Derby della Madonnina


The Derby della Madonnina, also known as the Derby di Milano (Milan Derby, in English), is a derby football match between the two prominent Milanese clubs, Internazionale and A.C. Milan. It is called Derby della Madonnina in honour of one of the main sights in the city of Milan, the statue of the Virgin Mary on the top of the Duomo, which is often referred to as the Madonnina ("Little Madonna" in Italian).

Derby della Madonnina
Other namesMilan Derby, Derby di Milano
LocaleMilan, Italy
Teams
First meetingMilan 3–2 Internazionale
Italian Football Championship
(10 January 1909)
Latest meetingMilan 0–3 Internazionale
Serie A
(21 February 2021)
StadiumsSan Siro
Statistics
Meetings totalOfficial matches: 228
Unofficial matches: 71
Total matches: 299
Most winsOfficial matches: Internazionale (84)
Unofficial matches: Milan (36)
Total matches: Milan (113)
Top scorerAndriy Shevchenko (14)
Largest victoryInternazionale 0–6 Milan
Serie A
(11 May 2001)

In the past, Internazionale (commonly abbreviated to Inter) was seen as the club of the Milan bourgeoisie (nicknamed bauscia, a Milanese term meaning "braggart"), whereas A.C. Milan (nicknamed casciavid, meaning "screwdriver" in Lombard language, with reference to the blue-collar worker) was supported mainly by working class.[1] Because of their more prosperous ancestry, Inter fans had the "luxury" to go to the San Siro stadium by motorcycle (motoretta, another nickname given to the Nerazzurri). On the other hand, the Rossoneri were also known as tramvee (i.e. able to be transferred to the stadium only by public transport). Today, this difference has largely been mitigated.

Taking place at least twice during the year via the league fixtures, this cross-town rivalry has extended to the Coppa Italia, Champions League, and Supercoppa Italiana, as well as minor tournaments and friendlies. It is one of the only major crosstown derbies in association football that are always played in the same stadium, in this case the San Siro, as both Milan and Internazionale call San Siro "home".

History


On 13 December 1899, Alfred Edwards and others founded the Milan Cricket and Football Club. Edwards, a former British vice-consul in Milan and a well-known personality of the Milanese high society, was the club's first elected president. Initially, the team included a cricket section, managed by Edward Berra, and a football section managed by David Allison. The Milan team soon gained relevant notability under Herbert Kilpin's guide. The first trophy to be won was the Medaglia del Re ("King's Medal") in January 1900, and the team later won three national leagues, in 1901, 1906 and 1907. The triumph of 1901 was particularly relevant because it ended the consecutive series of wins of Genoa, which had been the only team to have won the title prior to 1901. On 9 March 1908, issues over the signing of foreign players led to a split and the foundation of Football Club Internazionale.

The first derby match between the two Milanese rivals was held in the final of the Chiasso Cup of 1908, a football tournament played in Canton Ticino, Switzerland, on 18 October of that year; the Rossoneri won 2–1. While Inter and Milan faced each other sporadically in the early years, the rivalry has been renewed annually since the inaugural 1926–27 season of the Divisione Nazionale, the first truly national Italian league. The two teams have played each other at least twice a year since then.

A vintage derby, 1950–51.

In the 1960s, the Milan derby saw two big stars of Italian football come face-to-face. One of the most representative players of Inter was Sandro Mazzola, the son of former Torino player Valentino Mazzola who, along with most of his Torino teammates, died in the 1949 Superga air disaster after dominating Serie A for four seasons. His Milan counterpart was Gianni Rivera, nicknamed "Golden Boy" for his talent. This era saw brilliant derby matches and an increasing rivalry: while Milan won the European Cup in 1962–63, Inter followed with back-to-back success in the following years. Milan again won the title in 1968–69. During this successful period for both teams, Milan were coached by Nereo Rocco and Inter by Helenio Herrera, both coaching many notable players. The rivalry continued on the Italian national team, where two players from their respective clubs would often not play together, with one usually being substituted by the other at half-time. Rivera ended up losing the starting line-up to Mazzola in the 1970 final against Brazil, in which Italy was defeated 1–4 by the South Americans. He would later enter in the 84th minute after Italy were already far behind.

Brothers Giuseppe and Franco Baresi in the 1979–80 derby.

Arguably Milan's greatest-ever era took place during the late 1980s and had extended through to the mid-2000s. Often hailed as the greatest-ever Milan side, the team stemming from the 1989 European champions managed by Arrigo Sacchi, contained legendary Milan players, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Paolo Maldini, amongst others. Milan's dominance, both domestically and internationally, had seen them capture four league titles and three European Cups (finishing runners-up two additional times) between 1989 and 1996. During this time, Inter had gone on to finish runners-up in the 1992–93 season (behind Milan) and won two UEFA Cups.

San Siro Stadium in the 2009–10 derby.

Inter's long wait for a league title that began after 1989 finally arrived in 2006, when the Calciopoli scandal stripped Juventus of the 2005–06 title (as well as deducting points from Milan's final overall total) and handed it to Inter, who originally finished third behind both Juventus and Milan. This was seen as a controversial decision by many, as even though the title won the previous season by Juventus was also stripped, it was left unawarded, which many felt should have also been the case with the 2005–06 title. Inter went on to win the 2006–07 Serie A title as well in a season that saw Juventus relegated from the top division, and Milan, as punishment, starting the season with negative points. Inter's triumphant campaign included a record-breaking run of 17 consecutive victories and victories in both fixtures against Milan. During the same season, however, Milan had captured their seventh European Cup/UEFA Champions League, defeating Liverpool in the Final in Athens. As the Italian league recovered from the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal, Inter continued to dominate, winning each league up until the 2009–10 season in which they secured the title on the last day of the season. That season had also seen Inter become the first Italian side to win a treble. In addition to their league title, Inter also secured the Coppa Italia and their first Champions League title since 1965. The following season, however, Milan, with the acquisition of several players that included former Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, recaptured the Scudetto, their 18th overall, leading the league standings from as early as November until the end of the season. That season also saw Milan win both derby matches, keeping clean sheets in both fixtures.

On 26 January 2021, Inter and Milan were matched up for the 2020–21 Coppa Italia quarter-final. In the 31st minute Ibrahimović scored the opening goal for Milan. Just before half time, former Manchester United teammates Ibrahimović and Romelu Lukaku became involved in a verbal fighting match, causing both players to receive yellow cards by Paolo Valeri.[2][3] In the 58th minute, Ibrahimović received a second yellow card, and was sent off, and Lukaku would then score from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. Before the match could go to extra time, Christian Eriksen scored in the 90+7th minute to advance Inter to the semi-final.[4]

Since 2011–12, both Milan teams have lagged behind Juventus in Serie A, with a disappointing ninth-place finish for Inter in 2012–13 and a difficult campaign for Milan in 2014–15, finishing tenth. Despite this, Inter have been the better of the two in derby matches, with eleven wins (including one in the 2020–21 Coppa Italia), six draws and five losses (including one in the 2011 Supercoppa Italiana and one in the 2017–18 Coppa Italia).

Official match results


Key

Colors

  Milan win
  Draw
  Inter win

Competitions
  • SF = Semi-finals
  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • R16 = Round of 16
  • R32 = Round of 32
  • GS = Group stage
  • R1 = Round 1
  • R2 = Round 2

Results

1 The 2002–03 UEFA Champions League semi-final tie was won by Milan on away goals after a 1–1 draw on aggregate.[5]
2 The 2004–05 UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final match was abandoned after 72 minutes; UEFA awarded a 3–0 win for Milan as Inter fans threw flares onto the pitch.[6][7][5]
3 The 2017–18 Coppa Italia quarter-final match was won by Milan 1–0 after extra time.

Statistics


As of 21 February 2021
Matches Inter wins Draws Milan wins Inter goals Milan goals
First championships (1898–1929, 1945–1946) 22 8 3 11 40 36
Serie A (1929–present) 174 67 55 52 246 223
Championship 196755863286259
Campionato Alta Italia 2 1 0 1 3 3
Coppa Italia 25 8 7 10 24 34
Supercoppa Italiana 1 0 0 1 1 2
UEFA Champions League 4 0 2 2 1 6
Official matches 228846777315304

Top goalscorers

Below is the list of players who have scored at least six goals in official meetings.

The Rossonero Andriy Shevchenko, the top scorer of the Milan derby (14), and Giuseppe Meazza, the highest scorer of the Nerazzurri (12)
Rank Name Team(s) (goals) Goals
1 Andriy Shevchenko Milan 14
2 Giuseppe Meazza Inter (12)
Milan (1)
13
3 Gunnar Nordahl Milan 11
István Nyers Inter
5 Zlatan Ibrahimović Inter (2)
Milan (8)
10
Enrico Candiani Inter (7)
Milan (3)
7 José Altafini Milan 7
Alessandro Altobelli Inter
Roberto Boninsegna Inter
Benito Lorenzi Inter
Louis Van Hege Milan
11 Aldo Boffi Milan 6
Aldo Cevenini Milan (4)
Inter (2)
Attilio Demaría Inter
Sandro Mazzola Inter
Diego Milito Inter
Pietro Serantoni Inter

Most appearances

Below is the list of players who have played at least thirty games in official meetings.

The Rossonero Paolo Maldini, the record appearance-maker of the Milan derby (56) and Javier Zanetti, the record appearance-maker of the Nerazzurri (47)
Rank Name Team(s) (apps) Apps
1 Paolo Maldini Milan 56
2 Javier Zanetti Inter 47
3 Giuseppe Bergomi Inter 44
4 Alessandro Costacurta Milan 43
5 Gianni Rivera Milan 42
6 Giacinto Facchetti Inter 40
Sandro Mazzola Inter
Giuseppe Meazza Inter (37)
Milan (3)
9 Franco Baresi Milan 39
10 Mauro Tassotti Milan 35
11 Tarcisio Burgnich Inter 34
12 Giuseppe Baresi Inter Milan 33
Mario Corso Inter
14 Marco Sala Milan (31)
Inter (1)
32
15 Clarence Seedorf Inter (7)
Milan (24)
31
Luigi Perversi Milan

Records

  • Most goals in a single derby: 11, Internazionale 6–5 Milan (6 November 1949)
  • Largest derby margin of victory for Milan: 0–6 (11 May 2001)
  • Largest derby margin of victory for Internazionale: 0–5 (6 February 1910)
  • Most derby wins in a row: 6, Milan (from 5 February 1911 to 9 February 1919, and from 30 May 1946 to 11 April 1948)
  • Most consecutive derby draws: 4 (from 29 September 1935 to 7 February 1937)
  • Most consecutive derby matches without a win: 17, Milan (from 10 November 1929 to 7 February 1937)
  • Most goals in consecutive derbies for a player: 5, Romelu Lukaku (from 21 Septemper 2019 to 21 February 2021)
  • Fastest derby goal scored for Internazionale: Sandro Mazzola, after 13 seconds (24 February 1963)
  • Fastest derby goal scored for Milan: José Altafini, after 25 seconds (26 March 1961)
  • Most goals in a single derby for a Milan player: 4, José Altafini (27 March 1960)
  • Most goals in a single derby for an Internazionale player: 3, Giovanni Capra (6 February 1910), Amedeo Amadei (6 November 1949), István Nyers (1 November 1953), Diego Milito (6 May 2012) and Mauro Icardi (15 October 2017)
  • Most derbies played in a calendar year: 4 (1946, 1958, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2003 and 2005)
  • Youngest goalscorer in a derby: Edoardo Mariani (27 febbraio 1910, aged 16 years and 359 days)
  • Oldest goalscorer in a derby: Zlatan Ibrahimović (26 January 2021, aged 39 years and 115 days)

Head-to-head ranking in Serie A (1930–2020)


P. 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
9 9 9 9 9 9
10 10 10 10 10 10 10
11 11 11 11 11
12 12 12 12
13 13
14 14
15 15
16
17
18
19
20

Total: Milan with 41 higher finishes, Inter with 46 higher finishes (as of the end of the 2019–20 season).

Notes:

  • Both teams qualified for the final round of 8 teams in 1946
  • Both teams finished with the same number of points in 1958 and in 1991, but Milan had better goal difference in both cases

Players who played for both clubs


Note: Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. Player names in bold are still active for one of the two clubs.

Inter, then Milan

Ronaldo’s Inter Milan away jersey (left) and A.C. Milan away jersey (right) in the San Siro museum. He played for Inter from 1997 to 2002, and A.C. Milan from 2007 to 2008.
Name Pos. Inter Milan
CareerAppsGoals CareerAppsGoals
Giuseppe MeazzaFW 1927–1940348241 1940–1942379
1946–1947172
Enrico CandianiMF 1937–194618771 1949–1950228
Aldo BetDF 1967–196880 1974–19811440
Aldo SerenaFW 1978–198121
1981–1983212 1982–1983208
1983–1985288
1987–199111445
Maurizio GanzFW 1995–19976826 1998–2001409
Taribo WestDF 1997–1999441 2000–200141
RonaldoFW 1997–20026849 2007–2008209
Andrea PirloMF 1998–2001220 2001–201128432
Dario ŠimićDF 1999–2002663 2002–2008821
Christian VieriFW 1999–2005143103 2005–200681
Clarence SeedorfMF 2000–2002648 2002–201230047
Hernán CrespoFW 2002–2003187 2004–20052811
2006–20084918
2008–2009142
Giuseppe FavalliDF 2004–2006490 2006–2010752
Zlatan IbrahimovićFW 2006–20098857 2010–20126142
2020–3324
Mario BalotelliFW 2007–20105920 2013–20144326
2015–2016201
ManciniFW 2008–2010261 201070
Sulley MuntariMF 2008–2012667 2012133
2012–2015578
Giampaolo PazziniFW 2011–20125016 2012–20157421
Andrea PoliMF 2011–2012180 2013–2017903
Matías SilvestreDF 2012–201590 2013–201441
Leonardo BonucciDF 2005–200610
2006–200700 2017–2018352

Milan, then Inter

Name Pos. Milan Inter
CareerAppsGoals CareerAppsGoals
Aldo CeveniniFW 1909–19124215 1912–19155142
1915–19194248 1919–1921182
1922–1923221
Luigi CeveniniFW 1911–191211 1912–19155563
1915–191975 1919–19214054
1922–19279442
Lorenzo BuffonGK 1949–19592770 1960–1963790
Fulvio CollovatiDF 1976–19821584 1982–19861093
Francesco ToldoGK 1990–199300 2001–20101480
Christian PanucciDF 1993–1996899 1999–2001261
Cristian BrocchiMF 1994–199800 2000–2001151
2001–2008994
Roberto BaggioFW 1995–19975112 1998–2000419
Francesco CocoDF 1995–2002562 2002–2007260
Edgar DavidsMF 1996–1997190 2004–2005140
Patrick VieiraMF 1995–199620 2006–2010676
GulyMF 1998–2001576 2001–2004300
Thomas HelvegDF 1998–20031050 2003–2004230
Dražen BrnčićMF 2000–200110 2001–200300
Ümit DavalaDF 2001–2002100 2002–200400
Antonio CassanoFW 2011–2012337 2012–2013287
Matteo DarmianDF 2006–201040 2020–151

Trophies


Team Major Domestic International Grand Total
SA CI SCI Total UCL UCWC UEL USC FCWC / IC Total
Milan18573072-541848
Inter1875303-3-3939

References


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