While talking about the most popular and outstanding games that capture people’s minds, we can notice different titles including basketball, card or table games, computer games or cyber sport, pachinko or Japanese casino games, etc. However, football is the game that takes the most significant place in people’s hearts.
Therefore, in this article, we are going to talk about one of the most remarkable football clubs in the world and its outstanding players. We mean Internazionale (Milan).
Inter is a professional football club from Milan and one of the most titled clubs in Italy and Europe. The team’s full name, Internazionale Milano, was introduced after the Second World War. Inter have won more than 30 trophies domestically, including 18 Scudettos, seven Italian Cups, and five Supercups.
Inter’s fan army exceeds 20 million and the club is the second most supported team in Italy. Now let’s talk about the players who helped Inter to be the only team that has never left the elite of Italian and world football.
Played for the team: 2000 – 2012
This outstanding sportsman played for the Colombian national team and scored the winning goal in the America’s Cup final in 2001. Now Cordoba is best known as a player for Italian club Internazionale. Ivan Ramiro Cordoba’s great adventure started at Inter in 2000. It was marked by 455 games, 18 goals, and 15 titles in black and blue FC. As well as something that cannot be expressed in numbers and statistics — the love of the fans and the respect of the opponents. By the way, Real Madrid were close to acquiring Cordoba but the football player said he would not leave because he wanted to win and make history with Inter only.
Despite the interest of many top European football clubs, Ivan Cordoba remained loyal to Inter. He was the #2 player in the team almost immediately and did not lose it until the end of his career.
Played for the team: 2005 – 2012
Like many of his talented countrymen, Julio Cesar played for Flamengo before leaving for Europe and signed for Inter at the end of 2004. It took the Brazilian a year and a half to impress Inter’s owners. Who would have thought this guy would launch Inter’s modern golden era. When Cesar became a mainstay player, the team took their first scudetto in 16 years. Then Inter were unstoppable at all — they got more cups and supercups. Julio will help Inter win numerous domestic trophies and also win in the 2010 Champions League, where he will be the tournament’s top goalkeeper.
Played for the team: 1978 – 1994
It is simply impossible not to note Zenga’s invaluable contribution to Nerazzurri history. Being a charismatic, flamboyant, and outgoing guy, Zenga has always been a favourite of the Milan fans and his incredible dedication to one team is hard to imagine in the current realities of modern football. Zenga defended the colours of Inter between 1978 and 1994. During that time, the goalkeeper appeared in 473 games for the Nerazzurri, 194 of them without scoring a goal. In addition to becoming the Italian champions in 1988/89, Zenga was named goalkeeper of the 1990 World Cup and UEFA European goalkeeper of the year.
Maicon Douglas Sisenando
Played for the team: 2006 – 2012
We cannot imagine all these victories and cups without Maicon, the Brazilian defender who joined the football club in 2006. It was at Inter that Maicon became the best right-back in the world. Always on the line, no injuries, no problems, easy to learn new things — over time Mourinho discovered Maicon’s defensive abilities as well. In 2010, Maicon was named both Defender of the Year and Best Brazilian in Europe — the first time this award has gone to a defender.
Played for the team: 2001 – 2011
Role: Central Defender
After setting the record for a defender in Serie A in the 99/00 season, Materazzi moved to Inter for €10.5m. After his first season at Inter, in which Materazzi became one of the team’s key players. He made 33 appearances the following season and Inter reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. Marco Materazzi is not considered a top footballer but he is obviously an outstanding player who remained in the history of the football club.