The Internazionale (Inter) and AC Milan derby, which is known as the Derby della Madonnina or Milan Derby, is considered to be a world-class rivalry. The competition between the two football clubs is seen as being the primary way in which the top team in Milan is determined.
This football rivalry, which dates back to 1908, has resulted in these teams playing one another a total of 213 times. These separate teams were born from one club. In 1899, former British vice-consul in Milan and businessman Alfred Edwards created the Milan Cricket and Football Club. Their first manager was David Allison. The club was quite successful, but in 1908, there was a disagreement over the use of foreign footballers. That dispute led to a split and the creation of F.C. Internazionale Milano.
Statistics and Records
The two football clubs have managed to be dominant at different times. The mid-1960s saw Inter rise to power, as they won consecutive European Cups and Intercontinental Cups. But there was a shift in the late 1980s, as AC Milan garnered more success.
In the last decade, the two teams have met 21 times, with Inter winning 11, AC Milan seven, and the other three ending in ties. Of the 213 total meetings, Inter has won 76, AC Milan 74, and there have been 63 draws.
In terms of titles, the Rossoneri have 47, while Inter has captured 29. Both have earned 18 Serie A championships, while Milan has won the UEFA Champions League seven times and the Nerazzurri three. It is in international titles that Milan outpaces Inter two-to-one. Inter has won seven Coppa Italia titles, while their rivals have five. Their most recent head-to-head championship derby occurred in 2011 when Milan beat Inter 1-0 for the Supercoppa Italiana title.
The top goal scorer in this derby is Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko with 14. Striker István Nyers leads all Inter players with 11 goals. The Rossoneri’s Gunnar Nordahl also has scored 11 times in the Milan Derby. A total of 41 players and seven coaches have been contracted to both clubs. Of those 41 who have played for both Inter and Milan, six players have switched from one or the other and then gone back to their original team.
Important Games, Players and Managers
On 6-8-2011, AC Milan and Inter met to decide the Supercoppa Italiana. The match had extra significance because Milan, which dominated play in the 1990s, saw its stock decline as Inter rose to power, becoming the league’s driving force from 2005-2010. Inter won four consecutive titles, and in 2010, under manager Jose Mourinho, they won the first ‘treble’ for an Italian club. Powers were shifting again with the start of the new decade. In 2011 when they met, AC Milan had already won the Serie A title in 2011.
As the derby started, Inter went ahead first on a curling Wesley Sneijder free kick that went by Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati at the 22nd minute. But in the second half, former Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic got in at close range and notched the equalizer in the 60th minute of play. At minute 69, Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng scored the go-ahead goal. Despite their best efforts, Inter could not tie the game, as Milan’s defense shut down their opponents. AC Milan took the title 2-1.
Of course, when you’re rivals you also compete when you are off the pitch. Milan and Inter have been doing just that and the Nerazzurri won. In what was a much watched competition for world class talent, Inter scored a huge victory in June 2015 when they beat out numerous teams, including AC Milan, to sign Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia for €35million (£25m). The star player, who was heavily courted by the Rossoneri, signed a five-year deal with the Nerazzurri instead, giving Inter a big off-season victory.
In the last few years, it’s been noted that the rivalry between Inter and Milan has died down a bit. However, you may soon see the intensity level rise again. In the 1960s, the teams were certainly in the midst of a truly classic man-to-man matchup as two of the finest footballers in the world played on each squad.
Sandro Mazzola was one of Inter’s most gifted strikers, and Gianni Rivera, nicknamed Golden Boy due to his fine football talent, was a masterful player for AC Milan. The two men were highly competitive, and each helped to raise their teams to new levels. Back and forth the two football clubs battle in derbies and for titles. It was the golden age of this rivalry as each year they seemed to swap Serie A titles. The foundations for such a rivalry are still in place.