F.C. Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter, and colloquially known as Inter Milan outside of Italy, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Lombardy. The club have played continuously in the top tier of the Italian football league system since its debut in 1909. Inter has won 30 domestic trophies as well as local rivals A.C. Milan, including 18 league titles, 7 Coppa Italia and 5 Supercoppa Italiana. From 2006 to 2010, the club won five successive league titles, equalling the all-time record in that time (now the record is held only by Juventus, with six successive league titles). They have won the Champions League three times: two back-to-back in 1964 and 1965 and then another in 2010. Their latest win completed an unprecedented Italian seasonal treble, with Inter winning the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto the same year. The club has also won three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup. Inter’s home games are played at the San Siro stadium (cap. 80,018), also known as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Shared with rivals A.C. Milan, the stadium is the largest in Italian football. The local team A.C. Milan are considered among their biggest rivals, and matches between the two teams, known as the Derby della Madonnina, are one of the most followed derbies in football. The club was founded on 9 March 1908 as Football Club Internazionale, following the schism with the Milan Cricket and Football Club (now A.C. Milan). The name of the club derives from the wish of its founding members to accept foreign players as well as Italians. Since its founding in 1908, Inter have worn black and blue stripes. It is rumoured that black was chosen to represent night and blue was chosen to represent the sky. Aside from a short period during World War II, Inter continued to wear the black and blue stripes, earning them the nickname Nerazzurri. For a period of time, however, Inter was forced to abandon their black and blue uniforms. In 1928, Inter’s name and philosophy made the ruling Fascist Party uneasy. As a result, during the same year the 20-year-old club was merged with Unione Sportiva Milanese. The new club was named Società Sportiva Ambrosiana after the patron saint of Milan. One of the founders of Inter, a painter named Giorgio Muggiani, was responsible for the design of the first Inter logo in 1908. The first design incorporated the letters “FCIM” in the centre of a series of circles that formed the badge of the club. The basic elements of the design have remained constant even as finer details have been modified over the years. Starting at the 1999–2000 season, the original club crest was reduced in size, to give place for the addition of the club’s name and foundation year at the upper and lower part of the logo respectively.
Il Football Club Internazionale Milano S.p.A., meglio conosciuto come Internazionale o più semplicemente come Inter (al di fuori dell’Italia anche come Inter Milan), è una società calcistica per azioni italiana con sede a Milano. Fu fondata il 9 marzo 1908 da 44 soci dissidenti del concittadino Milan (che aveva imposto il divieto di far arruolare altri calciatori stranieri a quelli già presenti nella rosa) e insieme a quest’ultimo rappresenta il capoluogo lombardo nel calcio professionistico. È l’unica squadra ad aver partecipato a tutti i campionati di Serie A a girone unico dalla sua fondazione, avvenuta nella stagione 1929-1930. Il club occupa il sesto posto (terzo tra i club italiani) nella speciale classifica dei migliori club europei del XX secolo stilata dall’Istituto Internazionale di Storia e Statistica del Calcio (IFFHS). La tradizione vuole che il grafico e pittore futurista Giorgio Muggiani, socio-fondatore del club, al momento di realizzare lo stemma, scelse i colori nerazzurri perché in quei giorni erano gli unici a sua disposizione sulla tavolozza. In realtà la scelta del nero e dell’azzurro fu dettata dall’espressa volontà di opporsi simbolicamente al rosso, l’altro colore che insieme al nero campeggiava sulle maglie del Milan: infatti all’epoca si utilizzavano matite a due colori, rosse da una parte e blu dall’altra. Ispirato a quello dei club inglesi, lo stemma riporta le lettere F, C, I, M.