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In 1908, a dispute occurred within the Milan Cricket and Football Club, which led to the formation of a new team of rebels. They called themselves Football Club Internazionale Milano.

The name arose from the players’ desire to include foreigners on the team, and they have ever since been known as “Internazionale” or simply “Inter.” The Italian players who were left behind went on to become A.C. Milan, and a healthy rivalry has existed between the two local clubs to this day.

The inclusion of expatriates at Inter Milan was so successful that the Nerazzurri (Black & Blues) needed only two years to claim their first major trophy—the Scudetto (league title). The captain of that 1909-10 championship team was Virgilio Fossati, who later died in World War I. In 1920, Inter honoured his memory by raising the Scudetto trophy for a second time.

When Italy came under fascist rule in the late 1920s, the Nerazzurri were forced to merge with Milanese Unione Sportiva. So it occurred that the team won its third Scudetto under the temporary name Ambrosiana Inter in 1930. By 1938, they had captured their first Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) along with the season’s league honours, a feat they repeated in 1940.

The legendary “il Balilla,” Giuseppe “Peppino” Meazza, was the guiding force on the team both before and after World War II. When the club reformed in 1945, they recovered their old name and became officially known as Internazionale FC Milano.

Following Meazza’s retirement in 1947, the Nerazzurri scrambled to rebuild and emerged in the 1950s even stronger. They won their sixth league championship in 1953 and their seventh in 1954. The era of La Grande Inter (The Great Inter) had begun, as the club topped all other Serie A teams again in 1963, 1965 and 1966.

During that period, Internazionale also succeeded as the European Cup champions in 1963-64 and 1964-65. And they also won their first worldwide titles, capturing the Intercontinental Cup in both 1964 and 1965.

Before the close of the 20th century, Inter would add to their trophy case at San Siro Stadium. The Scudetto was theirs again in 1970-71, 1979-80 and 1988-89. They took home the Coppa Italia for the second time in 1977-78 and then once more in 1981-82. Their very first Supercoppa Italiana victory arrived in 1989, and the 1990s saw them hoist the UEFA Cup on three occasions: 1990-91, 1993-94 and 1997-98.

One might think that the Nerazzurri had put their best days behind them before entering the new millennium, but that was not to be the case at all. If anything, Internazionale have proven to be an even more daunting foe in the 21st century.

Inter’s record since 2000 includes an unbroken string of five Serie A titles from 2005 through 2010, plus four more Coppa Italia wins and four additional Supercoppa Italiana victories. The year 2010 was arguably their best ever, as the Nerazzurri took home all of those honours for an unprecedented Italian treble, along with the UEFA Champions League title, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to boot.

Going into 2012, Internazionale are looking to add to their 30 domestic trophies and avenge their 2011 embarrassment, playing bridesmaid to A.C. Milan in Serie A. As one of the few clubs never to have been relegated from Italy’s top flight, Inter is a team to back in match-ups, tournaments and league play for the foreseeable future and a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.

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