Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Inter Milan All-time Team

2010 Champions' League
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Inter Milan won back-to-back European Cup in the early 1960's.  Led by Coach Helenio Herrera, the team was known as "La Grande Inter".  Herrera introduced a new tactics that would changed Italian football.  His method revolutionized the Italian "Catenaccio", a defensive tactics used by the Italians.   Under Herrera, Inter Milan played with hard-tackling defenders and overlapping fullbacks.  In 2009-2010, Inter Milan won the Champions League again under Jose Mourinho.  


La Grande Inter

Team
GK: Walter Zenga (Italy)
Zenga was considered one of Italy's greatest keepers.   He played 58 times for Italy, notably at the 1990 WC Finals in Italy. He had five clean sheet, a total of 518 minutes without conceding a goal, a record still standing in the WC Finals.  He played mainly for Inter Milan.


Zenga
GK: Gianluca Pagliuca (Italy)
He made his name with Sampdoria, winning the league in 1990-1991 and reaching the European Cup's final in 1992.  In 1994, Inter Milan broke the world transfer record for a keeper to sign him.  While at Inter, he reached UEFA Cup Final twice, winning it in 1997-1998.  For the national team, he was the starting keeper at both USA 1994 and France 1998.  

GK: Giuliano Sarti (Italy)
Sarti had done well in European football.  In 1960-61, he helped Fiorentina to win the Cup Winners' Cup.  In 1963, he joined Inter Milan and became the starting keeper of La Grande Inter under Helenio Herrera.  He won two European Cup with them.

RB: Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
He was the starting rightback for Inter Milan for almost 20 years.  He served as their captain from 1999, earning him the nickname "Il Capitano" (The Captain).  He held all kind of appearance records in Italy.  He widely considered to be Argentina's best ever rightback.  He holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Argentine national team and played in the 1996 Olympic tournament, five Copa América tournaments and two World Cups, in 1998 and 2002.


Zanetti


RB: Tarcisio Burgnich (Italy)
Throughout his career, Burgnich played for Udinese, Juventus, Palermo, Internazionale, and Napoli; although he won titles with both Juventus and Napoli, he is best known for his time with Inter Milan, where he was a member of manager Helenio Herrera's Grande Inter side.  He also participated and won the Euro 1968 with Italy. 

CB/RB:  Giuseppe Bergomi (Italy)
Bergomi played his entire career with Inter Milan.  He was one of Inter Milan's greatest defender.  He won the WC in 1982 and appeared in the 1986 and 1990 WC Finals. He was capped 81 times.

SW: Armando Picchi (Italy)
He was the captain of La Garnde Inter.  The team was transformed when Helenio Herrera moved him to the libero position and a legendary team was born.  He was capped 12 times by the Azzurri.
Picchi
CB: Giuseppe Baresi (Italy)
Baresi spent 16 seasons at Inter Milan while captaining the team from 1988 to 1992.  He won two league titles and the UEFA Cup in 1990-1991.  For the national team, he was a starter at the WC Finals in 1986. His elder brother is Franco Baresi of AC Milan.  
Giuseppe Baresi
CB: Riccardo Ferri (Italy)
He spent most of his career with Inter Milan.  He won the UEFA Cup in 1991 and a Serie A title in 1989.  He played at Euro 1989 and Italia 1990.

LB: Giacinto Facchetti (Italy)
Under the emerge Paolo Maldini, Facchetti was considered to be Italy's greatest left back. He spent his entire career with Inter Milan.  He was the star wingback of La Grande Inter where they won back-to-back European Cups.  He was capped 94 times and also won the Euro 1968 with Italy.
Facchetti
LB: Andreas Brehme (Germany)
He is best remembered for his career with Kaiserslautern and Inter Milan.  He was the Serie A Foreign Player of the Year in 1989, in an era where the best players played in Italy.  He was an important player for West Germany in the 1990 WC Finals, where he scored the winning goal in the Final. 

DM: Gabriele Oriali (Italy)
He was the starting defensive midfielder at the 1982 WC Finals in Spain.  He was a great destroyer at his time.  He played mainly for Inter Milan, but also with Fiorentina.

CM/DM: Aldo Campatelli (Italy)
Campatelli made his debut with Inter Milan at the age of 17 in 1939.  He played with them until 1950.  From 1950 to 1953, he played with Bologna.  He won two Serie A titles with Inter Milan.  He was capped 7 times and a member of the 1950 World Cup team.

CM: Lothar Matthaus (Germany)
Captaining the West German team in winning the WC in 1990.  He was the European Player of the Year and the first ever World Player of the year in 1990. He played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), a record for an outfield player, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). He also won the Euro 1980 in Italy, and played in the 1984, 1988, and 2000 European Championships.


Matthaus
CM:  Luis Suarez Miramontes (Spain)
Considered to be Spain's greatest player until 1970's.  He won Ballon d'Or in 1960.  In 1964, he led La Roja in winning the European Championship.  For club football, he was a member of "Grande Inter" and won two consecutive European Cups.

CM/AM: Sandro Mazzola (Italy)
He was a part of Inter Milan's "La Grande Inter".  He won four Serie A titles (1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971), two European Cups (1964 and 1965) and two Intercontinental Cups (1964 and 1965).  He won the Euro 1968 with the Azzurri and led them to the WC Finals in 1970.  During his career, he was known for sharing the starting position with AC Milan's Gianni Rivera on the national team. His father was Valentino Mazzola who died when Sandro was 7 years old.
Sandro Mazzola
LW/FW: Istvan Nyers (Hungary)
He was of the same age as the members of the Mighty Magyars, but he was not a member of them.  He was capped twice by Hungary between 1945 and 1946. Born in France of Hungarian immigrants, he moved back to Hungary and played for various numbers of clubs in Eastern Europe.   He joined Inter Milan in 1948, where he won two Serie A titles and finished as the top scorer of the league.

LW: Lennart Skoglund (Sweden)
He is regarded as one of Sweden's greatest players.  He played in Italy from 1950 to 1963.  His best stint was probably with Inter Milan.  He was a star in the WC in 1950 and played in 1958.

LW: Mario Corso (Italy)
He was one of the greatest Italian wingers.  Nicknamed "God's Left Foot", he was a part of La Grande Inter.  Except for two seasons at the end of his career, he played his entire career with Inter Milan.  He earned 23 caps, but never selected for any major tournament.

AM: Wesley Sneijder (Holland)
Sneijder emerged from the Ajax Academy before making to the first team in 2002.  He moved to Real Madrid in 2007, where he won a La Liga title in 2006-2007.  He also won a Champions' League title with Inter Milan in 2009-2010.  At the time of writing, he has 114 caps for Holland.  He was the star player for Holland as they reached the Final of South Africa 2010. He won the Silver Ball.  He moved to Galatasaray in 2013.

Sneijder

RW: Jair da Costa (Brazil)

Jair played with Portuguese before heading to Europe after the World Cup in 1962.  In Europe, he was a part of La Grande Inter.  He won 4 Serie A titles and 2 European Cup with Inter Milan.  He had one spell at Roma between two spells with Inter Milan.  He returned to Brazil and played for Santos in 1972.


FW: Giuseppe Meazza (Italy)
Meazza is one of Italy's greatest players. He led Italy winning two World Cups in 1934 and 1938.  He was probably the best player in the 1930's.  He played mainly for Inter Milan in the 1930s, scoring 242 goals in 365 games for the club.

FW: Alessandro Altobelli (Rome/Lazio)
He was the star striker for Inter Milan during the 1980's.  He scored over 200 goals for them.  He was best-remembered for scoring a goal against West Germany at the WC Final in 1982. 


Altobelli
CF: Antonio Angelillo (Argentina/Italy)
He was a member of the "Angeles With Dirty Faces" with Sivori and Maschio.  He moved  in 1957 to Italy after Argentina won the Copa America in 1957.  He scored 31 goals in 31 matches for Inter Milan in the 1958-59 season, the second highest record at the time. He was considered to be one of Inter Milan's greatest players.  He also had a successful career with Roma an another stint with Genoa, Lecce and AC Milan.  He was with AC Milan when they won the European Cup, but he did not play. He earned 2 caps for Italy.

ST: Roberto Boninsegna (Italy)
He was a star player in the great Italian side of the 1970's.  He was a key player as Italy reached the WC Final in 1970.  He scored Italy's lone goal at the Final.  For his club career, his best years were with Inter Milan.


Roberto Boinsegna


Honable Mention
Luigi Cevenini, Virgilio Fossati , Gianfranco Bedin, Luigi Allemandi, Giampiero Marini, Attilio De Maria, Evaristo Beccalossi, Esteban Cambiasso,  Aristide Guarneri, Maicon, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Nicola Berti, Angelo Domenghini, Dejan Stankovi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Milito,  Ronaldo, Samuel Eto'o, Faass Wilkes, Jurgen Klinsmann, Christian Vieri.


Squad Explantion
-- I did not have enough players from the 2010 Champions' league team.  Diego Milito, Maicon, Samuel Eto'o and Esteban Cambiasso made honorable mentions.
-- Burgnich and Zanetti kept Maicon and Luigi Allemandi out of the squad.
-- I really want to select Ivan Cordoba and Walter Samuel.  I don't even have space for Aristide Guarneri who was a part of La Grande Inter.  So how can I find space for them? Bergomi, Ferri, Baresi and Picchi were great players who also were loyal, Inter Milan players.   -- Inter Milan has great keepers. Walter Zenga was a lock for the starting spot.  Julio CesarGiuliano Sarti, Francesco Toldo, Giorgio Ghezzi and Gianluca Pagliuca were the alternatives.  Most of the lists I found ranked Ghezzi and Toldo right behind Zenga.  I opted to select Pagliuca and Sarti. 
-- Antonio Angelillo, Alessandro Altobelli, Giuseppe Meazza and Roberto Boninsegna were locks on the team. So I ended up cutting Benito Lorenzi.   
-- I wanted at least one modern attackers on the team.  Jurgen Klinsmann, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Diego Milito, Christian Vieri, Ronaldo and Samuel Eto'o were on the short list. All the players spent less than 5 years with Inter Milan.  Ronaldo did not win anything important and injuries cut shot of his stay.  Milito scored two important goals for the Champions' league Final, but I do not rate him as high.  Klinsmann did nit do enough for Inter Milan comparing to the rest of the team. I nearly took Vieri because his career with Inter Milan was longer than the players mentioned and scored more goals. In the end, I selected Wesley Sneijder. Why? This is an Italian team.  So I need someone who could play "trequartistas". Besides, he helped to win the Champions' league in 2010. 
-- Christian Vieri was the last player cut.  I considered dropping Matthaus and Aldo Campatelli for Vieri.

Formation
The formation is based upon Helenio Herrera's La Grande Inter.  Facchetti, Picchi, Mazzola, Suarez, Jair and Corso were on the original lineup.  Mathaus was more of a box-to-box midfielder, but in his youth, he did play as a defensive midfielder.  Meazza, Bergomi and Zanetti are the obvious starters for the remaining positions.









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