Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Inter Milan All-Time Greatest Players for Italian players

Giuseppe Bergomi and Ricardo Ferri

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index. 

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Inter Milan's Italian players only.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

AC Milan All-Time Team
AC Milan All-Time Italian Team
AC Milan All-Time Foreign Player Team
Inter Milan All-Time Team 

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. 
Giacinto Facchetti and Sandro Mazzola
GK: Walter Zenga 
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, but also with Sampdoria, Padova and New England Revolution in the MLS of the USA. He won two UEFA Cups with Inter Milan.

GK: Gianluca Pagliuca 
Gianluca Pagliuca 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 
Giuliano 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 back-to-back European Cup with them in 1964 and 1965. He only had 8 caps with the Italian national team.

RB: Tarcisio Burgnich 
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 
Giuseppe Bergomi was one of Inter Milan's greatest defender, winning one scudetto and three UEFA Cups with them.  He played his entire career with Inter Milan.  He held the record of most appearance in the UEFA Cup. At the international level, Bergomi was a part of the strong defensive units of the national team throughout 1980's.  He was capped 81 times between 1982 and 1998. He won the World Cup in 1982 and appeared in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals. 
Giuseppe Bergomi 
CB/RB: Aristide Guarneri 
Guarnieri made his professional debut for Como in 1957, also playing for Internazionale, Bologna, Napoli, and ending his career with Cremonese 1973. He was part of Inter Milan's European Cup victories in 1964 and 1965 under manager Helenio Herrera.  Guarnieri obtained 21 caps for Italy between 1963–1968.  He was a part of the team that won the 1968 European Championship on home soil.

CB: Riccardo Ferri 
Riccardo Ferri spent most of his career with Inter Milan.  With them, he won two UEFA Cups in 1991 and 1994, and a Serie A title in 1989.  He had 45 caps.  He played at the 1988 European Championship and the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. Between 1994 and 1996, he played with Sampdoria along side his former Inter Milan teammate Walter Zenga. 

CB: Giuseppe Baresi 
Giuseppe 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 World Cup Finals in 1986. He was also at the European Championship in 1980, where he played alongside his younger brother Franco Baresi of AC Milan. It was the only tournament where both brothers attempted together.

SW: Armando Picchi 
Armando Picchi was the captain of La Garnde Inter.  The team was transformed when Helenio Herrera moved him to the libero position during the 1961-1962 season and a legendary team was born.  He was often credited of changing how the position was played. He was capped 12 times by the Azzurri, but he was left out of the 1966 World Cup team and an injury prevented him from playing at the European Championship of 1968, in which Italy won.
Armando Picchi 
LB: Giacinto Facchetti 
Until the emerge of Paolo Maldini, Giacinto Facchetti was considered to be Italy's greatest left back. He spent his entire career with Inter Milan from 1960 to 1978.  He was the star wingback of La Grande Inter where they won back-to-back European Cups in the 1960's.  He was capped 94 times for Italy. He was the captain of the nation team that won the European Championship in 1968 with Italy. He also played in 1966, 1970 and 1974 World Cup Finals.

LB: Luigi Allemandi 
Allemandi debuted in 1921 with A.C. Legnano. Later, he played with Juventus F.C., F.C. Internazionale Milano, A.S. Roma, S.S.C. Venezia and S.S. Lazio. However, the part of his career that stands out is the corruption scandal in the Torino–Juventus derby in 1927 that resulted in Torino being stripped of their title. He played 24 times for Italy winning g the 1934 World Cup.  He later served as Italy's captain between 1935 and 1936.

DM: Nicola Berti
Berti started his career as a seventeen-year-old with Parma under manager Arrigo Sacchi. After three seasons at Fiorentina he was signed by Internazionale in 1988 where he formed a notable midfield partnership with Lothar Matthäus, and was part of a team which won the 1988–89 record breaking Scudetto. He also won two UEFA Cups. At the international level, he earned 39 caps.  he appeared in both 1990 and 1994 World Cup Finals.
Nicola Berti
DM: Gabriele Oriali 
Gabriele Oriali was the starting defensive midfielder at the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.  He also participated in Euro 1980. For Italy, he had 28 caps between 1978 and 1983. He was a great destroyer at his time.  He played mainly for Inter Milan, but also with Fiorentina. He won two scudettos and two Italian Cups with Inter Milan. 

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

CM: Virgilio Fossati
Between 1910 and 1915, Fossati spent his entire career with Internazionale. He played 97 times for the club and scored 4 goals. Throughout his career, Fossati served as Inter and Italy's captain and also the first Inter player to play with the Italian national team. He served as Inter's coach between 1909 and 1915 while he was still a player.  He died in 1916 during the First World War during a battle.

AM/LM/CM: Evaristo Beccalossi 
Beccalossi started his football career with his hometown club Brescia in 1972, and later became a favorite of the Inter Milan fans, where he spent the majority of his career, from 1978–79 to 1983–84. Together with Alessandro Altobelli, Beccalossi formed one of the longest standing offensive partnerships of Serie A's recent history. They initially played together at Brescia and later became the teammates at Inter. He was uncapped.
Evaristo Beccalossi 
CM/AM: Sandro Mazzola 
Sandro Mazzola 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

FW/RW: Angelo Domenghini 
Domenghini began his career with Atalanta in 1960, winning the Coppa Italia in 1963. He then moved to Inter Milan in 1964, and was a member of Helenio Herrera's "Grande Inter".  He also later played for Cagliari, forming an attacking trio alongside Gigi Riva and Sergio Gori, as they went on to win the Serie A title. He was capped on 33 times for Italy. In the Euro 1968 final, he notably scored the equaliser against Yugoslavia, in which Italy won the title in the replay.  He also played in Mexico 1970.

LW: Mario Corso 
Mario Corso was one of the greatest Italian wingers of all-time.  Nicknamed "God's Left Foot", he was a part of La Grande Inter of the 1960's. Except for two seasons with Genoa at the end of his career, he played his entire career with Inter Milan. At the international level, he earned 23 caps for Italy, but was never selected for any major tournament.

FW: Luigi Cevenini
Luigi Cevenini's professional career lasted from 1911 to 1939.  He played for many clubs.  He played 190 times for Inter Milan and scored 156 goals, winning the Italian Prima Divisione title in 1920. From 1915 to 1929, he played 29 times for Italy.  His four brothers also played professional football.  His elder brother Aldo represented Italy 11 times.  To distinguish them, Aldo was known as Cevenini I, Mario as Cevenini II, Luigi as Cevenini III, Cesare as Cevenini IV and Carlo as Cevenini V.

FW: Giuseppe Meazza 
Giuseppe Meazza is one of Italy's greatest players. At the international level, he had 53 caps, scorimg 33 times. He led Italy winning two World Cups in 1934 and 1938.  He was probably the best player in the 1930's.  He was the best player at the 1934 World Cup Finals ands as captain in 1938. At the club level, he played mainly for Inter Milan in the 1930s, scoring 242 goals in 365 games for the club. He also played for AC Milan, Juventus, Varese, and Atalanta.  The home stadium for both AC Milan and Inter Milan in San Siro is named after him.

Giuseppe Meazza 

FW: Alessandro Altobelli 
Alessandro Altobelli played for Latina and Brescia before joining Inter Milan in 1977, where he became a star at the club.  He scored over 200 goals for them.  He also spent a season with Juventus in the 1988-1989 season before joining Brescia.  For the Italian national team, he had 61 caps. He was best-remembered for scoring a goal against West Germany at the World Cup Final in 1982. He also played in the 1986 World Cup Finals.

ST: Christian Vieri 
Christian Vieri was born in Italy, but grew up in Australia.  At the club level, he played for 12 clubs in his career.  He played in Italy, Spain and France. He was the Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1999. He became the most expensive player in the world when Inter Milan signed him from Lazio.  For the national team, he made his debut in 1997 and played in his last game in 2006.  He won the Silver in France 1998.  He missed out on the 2006 World Cup team, where Italy won the World Cup.
Christian Vieri 
ST: Benito Lorenzi
Throughout his career (1947–1960), Lorenzi played with Inter Milan, Alessandria, Empoli, Brescia and Varese. He won two back to back Italian league titles (in 1953 and 1954) with Inter, and scored 143 goals in 314 games in official matches. With the Italian national team, Lorenzi scored 4 goals in 14 appearances between 1949 and 1954. He participated in the 1950 and 1954 World Cups with Italy.

ST: Roberto Boninsegna 
Roberto Boninsegna was a key player as Italy reached the World Cup Final in 1970, scoring Italy's lone goal at the Final.  He also played in the World Cup Finals in 1974, but was overlooked for the European Championship in 1968. For his club career, his best years were with Inter Milan, where he won a single scudetto.  In 1976, he joined Juventus, winning two more scudetto, an Italian Cup and an UEFA Cup.  He was Serie A Top Scorer twice (1970–71, 1971–72).
Roberto Boinsegna

Honorable Mention
Gianfranco Bedin, Giampiero Marini, Mario Bertini, Francesco Toldo. Annibale Frossi, Gino Armano, Giiorgio Ghezzi, Graziano Bini, Attilio Giovannini.

Squad Explanation
-- Only 9 foreign players are on my Inter Milan all-time team.  Here are the following 16 Italian players on that team. Roberto Boninsegna, Alessandro Altobelli, Giuseppe Meazza, Sandro Mazzola, Mario Corso, Walter Zenga, Gianluca Pagliuca, Giuliano Sarti, Gabriele Oriali, Aldo Campatelli, Tarcisio Burgnich, Giuseppe Bergomi, Giuseppe Baresi, Riccardo Ferri, Armando Picchi and Giacinto Facchetti.
-- Attilio De Maria and Antonio Angelillo were Argentinian players recruited to play for Italy.  All "oriundo" player who were not capped first by Italy are considered to be foreign player.
-- The Italian players not on the all-time team included  Angelo Domenghini, Aristide Guarneri, Christian Vieri, Luigi Allemandi, Benito Lorenzi, Nicola Berti, Evaristo Beccalossi and Luigi Cevenini.
-- Angelo Domenghini is a replacement for Jair, who was on my Inter Milan All-Time team.
-- I feel that Francesco Toldo deserved to be one of three since I made the all-time team.  However, I decided not to change the original three keepers selected on my Inter Milan all-time team are Italians. 
-- Christian Vieri has played about 13 clubs in his career.  For Inter Milan, he scored 103 goals in 143 Serie A matches with Inter.
-- Luigi Allemandi edged out Graziano Bini for the left back position.
-- Virgilio Fossati was added to the team, largely because he represented the early years of Inter Milan. He was the first ever Inter player capped by Italy.
-- Mario Bertini, Gianfranco Bedin, Giampiero Marini and Nicole Berti all played in similar position and roles. So I took Evaristo Beccalossi as one of two remaining midfield spots.  He was a playmaker.  Nicola Berti was chosen ahead of the other midfielders because his name was mentioned more than others on my research. He was probably better known because he was a modern player. The decision is very close.
-- Evaristo Beccalossi was ignored by the Italian national team, but he was respected by Inter Milan.


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