|Other names||Milan Derby, Derby di Milano|
|First meeting||Milan 3–2 Internazionale|
Italian Football Championship
(10 January 1909)
|Latest meeting||Milan 1–0 Internazionale|
(27 December 2017)
|Next meeting||Milan v Internazionale|
|Meetings total||Official matches: 220|
Unofficial matches: 71
Total matches: 291
|Most wins||Official matches: Internazionale (78)|
Unofficial matches: Milan (36)
Total matches: Milan (112)
|Top scorer||Andriy Shevchenko (14)|
|Largest victory||Internazionale 0–6 Milan|
(11 May 2001)
The Derby della Madonnina, also known as the Derby di Milano (or the Milan Derby, as it is known in the English-speaking world), is a derbyfootball match between the two prominent MilaneseclubsInternazionale and 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).
In the past, Inter was seen as the club of the Milan bourgeoisie (nicknamed bauscia, a milanese term meaning "braggart"), whereas Milan (nicknamed casciavit, meaning in the milanese dialect "screwdriver", with reference to the blue-collar worker) was supported mainly by working class. Because of their more prosperous ancestry, Inter fans had the "luxury" to go to the San Siro stadium by motorcycle (muturèta, another nickname given to the Nerazzurri). On the other hand, the Rossoneri were also known as tramvèe (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".
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.
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.
Arguably Milan's greatest-ever era took place during the late 1980s and had extended through to the mid-1990s. 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 and Frank Rijkaard, 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.
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 the Inter, who were placed 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 un-awarded, 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 had 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.
Since 2012, 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 four wins, five draws and three losses (including one in the 2017–18 Coppa Italia).
Official match results
Dates are in dd/mm/yyyy form.
- SF = Semi-final
- QF = Quarter-final
- R16 = Round of 16
- R32 = Round of 32
- GS = Group stage
- R1 = Round 1
- R2 = Round 2
Milan win Draw Inter win
1 2002–03 UEFA Champions League semi-final won by Milan on away goals rule.
2 2004–05 UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final match abandoned after 72 minutes and UEFA awarding 0–3 win for Milan following Inter fans throwing flares onto the pitch.
3 2017–18 Coppa Italia Quarter-final won 1–0 in extra-time by Milan.
Most goals in a match
- 11 goals on 6 November 1949 Inter 6–5 Milan
- 9 goals on 6 November 1932 Inter 5–4 Milan
Inter biggest wins
* Four or more goals difference, OR Inter scored five or above
- Milan 0–5 Inter on 6 February 1910
- Inter 5–1 Milan on 27 February 1910
- Inter 5–2 Milan on 22 February 1914
- Inter 5–4 Milan on 6 November 1932
- Inter 6–5 Milan on 6 November 1949
- Inter 5–2 Milan on 28 March 1965
- Inter 4–0 Milan on 2 April 1967
- Milan 1–5 Inter on 24 March 1974
- Milan 0–4 Inter on 29 August 2009
Milan biggest wins
* Four or more goals difference, OR Milan scored five or above
- Milan 6–3 Inter on 30 April 1911
- Milan 5–3 Inter on 27 March 1960
- Milan 5–0 Inter on 8 January 1998 in Coppa Italia
- Inter 0–6 Milan on 11 May 2001
Statistics as of 27 December 2017.
|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–)||167||62||54||51||232||217|
|Campionato Alta Italia||2||1||0||1||3||3|
|UEFA Champions League||4||0||2||2||1||6|
Below is the list of players who have scored at least six goals in official meetings.
Players who played for both clubs
Note: Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Inter, then Milan
Milan, then Inter
Internazionale 1 Martins 83 Milan 1 Shevchenko 45 agg 1-1; Milan won on away goal
Milan will come to Old Trafford in a fortnight with the chance to take the European Cup for the first time in nine years. On the shared ground that is their home, they went through to the final on the away goals rule. That peculiarity will not distract them from their joy in a piece of superb finishing from Andriy Shevchenko that proved crucial.
This side may just be capable of a faint echo of past glories against Juventus or Real Madrid in the final. Admittedly, they scarcely strutted in the desperate closing minutes here when Internazionale equalised and then harried Carlo Ancelotti's team for the first time.
On a night of showcase defending from both sides Paolo Maldini suffered a lapse in the 83rd minute when he failed to clear and the substitute Obafemi Martins, with the ball bouncing off his back, turned and brought Inter level. There was terror to follow for Milan, yet only their boldness should be remembered.
It takes nerve to be creative with such a prize at stake. Earlier in the season there were paeans to the side that were probably born of the wish that the club should once more have a line-up to compare with the team that contained Franco Baresi, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten.
Carlo Ancelotti, the current coach, was part of that group and wavers between idealism and the temptations of practicality. After a period of dreary form, he was prepared to dream anew. His selection here had not only Rui Costa behind the attack but, in Andrea Pirlo, another prompter in a slightly deeper position.
Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister now and AC Milan's president when they were in their pomp, beamed from his seat in the stand as the lead was established. It must have been a rich pleasure for him to see men such as Maldini and the 37-year-old 'Billy' Costacurta, who earned their fame at the start of the 1990s, make their way towards one last final.
Younger footballers have their ambitions too. Seedorf, a former winner with Ajaxand Real Madrid, could make history with a triumph in the Champions League for three different clubs.
His present revival ensued after Inter sold him to Milan and the sight of Seedorf back at the pinnacle of the Champions League will make supporters of the Nerazzurra wince even more than would already have been the case after this failure.
Their Inter side scorned expressiveness and that is only partially accounted for by the injury that continued to rule out their spearhead Christian Vieri. The coach Hector Cuper is a careful man who likes his player to steal up on their objectives.
It was easier to warm to an expansive Milan. In the 45th minute Seedorf fed a pass through on the left. Shevchenko then forced the ball through the legs of Ivan Cordoba and, with the marker tripping him, clipped the ball past Francesco Toldo at the near post as he stumbled. It was the tenth goal this persecutor has struck against Inter.
Until then, followers of the club found hope inescapable despite their justified dread of the Ukrainian. Even before kick-off their noise made the seats vibrate. Those Inter fans, unfurling a vast image of a cobra and creating a spectacle with the sparklers they held aloft, had won any battle of showmanship before kick-off. Their side found superiority harder to come by. Cuper's men had not scored in the two Serie A encounters with Milan that preceded the 0-0 draw in the first leg of the semi-final. After the interval, Inter tried to change this match and also their own conservative nature, but Milan, with Alessandro Nesta and Maldini, had a couple of the best defenders in the world at their service.
Until the closing passage, the threat from Inter was little more than hypothetical. With a nod towards security, Milan did replace Rui Costa with Massimo Ambrosini, but they had already taken their risks and, despite the fright at the close, seen them pay off.
Internazionale (3-5-2): Toldo; Cordoba, Materazzi, Cannavaro; J Zanetti, Conceicao, C Zanetti, Di Biagio (Dalmat, h-t), Emre; Crespo (Kallon, 71), Recoba (Martins, h-t).
Booked: Di Biagio.
Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Costacurta, Nesta, Maldini, Kaladze; Gattuso, Pirlo (Brocchi, 89), Seedorf; Rui Costa (Ambrosini, 63); Inzaghi (Serginho, 80), Shevchenko.
Booked: Inzaghi, Gattuso, Rui Costa, Kaladze.
Referee: G Veissiere (France).