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Derbykoorts: Inter – AC Milan

Saturday night in the Serie A the 181st Derby della Madonnina played. The competitiecijfers are balanced: 60 victories for the rossoneri, 67 for Inter and 53 equal play.

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This time it is not an absolute topper: Inter state fourth, Milan is a middenmoter in a league that is exceptionally dominated by ‘the others’ : Juventus, AS Roma and Napoli.

AC Milan is since 1986 owned by the group of companies of Silvio Berlusconi and is now in a sporting and administrative crisis, a conflict between Silvio’s daughter Barbara Berlusconi and Silvio’s friend since the ’80s Adriano Galliani.

Inter is since last month in the hands of the Idonesische investment group led by Erick Thohir making the after AS Roma and the second Italian first division is in the hands of a foreign group. Thohir announced in January a lot to want to invest to the team to strengthen.

Both teams are dreaming each of their own stadium. Since 1947, do they play together San Siro, that until 1980 the name of the district in which the stadium in 1926 erected. First it was the home of Milan, also was the owner, to the city stadium in 1935 bought. In 1980 it received the name of the one year previously deceased Giuseppe Meazza, a pre-war Italian international, which both clubs came out, he played the most years of his life for Inter.

Meazza as striker two-time world champion, was in his time one of the best players in the world, and lover of his cabriolet, champagne and women, not necessarily in that order.

Of the sociological difference from the early days remains low. Traditionally it was Milan, founded in 1899, the club of the people. Internazionale, was founded in 1908 from dissatisfied Milanleden who did not agree with the increasing number of Italians in the player base and who were in favor of more foreigners (especially Swiss), was the club of the bourgeoisie.

Both clubs remain of all the Italian eersteklasseploegen the most people go, in spite of the disappointing results this season. That is not illogical, in the stadium with the largest capacity (81.277 places), all have Inter this year with 30.700 subscribers and Milan with 23.490 season tickets even surpassed by competitierevelatie AS Roma, that 23.941 abonnes.

Striking: the very first Milanese derby ever between the two teams was on October 18, 1908 finished in the Swiss Chiasso. Milan won 2-1. Also the inauguratiematch in San Siro on september 19 1926, was a derby. Inter triumphed 3-6 in what was then still the home of the enemy.

Geert Foutré

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