The stands are closed. Gatherings are prohibited. Calcium (Football) is sterilized due to the epidemic. But the occasion was very good and very rare: on Sunday 21 February, no less than 8,000 fans gathered around the legendary 80,000-capacity stadium. Tiffusi Nerazzurri (Black and Blue) from Inter Milan referred to as Giuseppe Meazza and their opponents Rossoneri (red and black) from Milan call the San Siro. Because it’s been ten years since Derby della Madonnina He did not see the two domestic teams at the top, topping the Serie A table, with world stars such as striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on one side and Romelu Lukaku on the other.
” It’s been ages since we’ve had such a head-to-head encounter with such a big stake in the Scudetto [le titre de champion finalement remporté par l’Inter début mai, NDLR] ‘, the day before the matchLa Gazzetta dello SportThe country’s leading daily sport.
” In recent years, both clubs have invested heavily to regain lost ground. They have each spent around 500 million euros to buy players of international stature and try to bring Inter and AC Milan back to the heart of European football. ‘, confirms Marco Bellenazzo, journalist for the daily Al-Eqtisadiah El only 24 raw and the author From La Fine del calcio italiano (Editor of Feltrinelli), published in 2008, when the country’s teams, starting with Milanese, misled the revolution of the globalization of the ball. Since then, Milan and Inter have been chasing their glorious past, especially after the war.
Inter and AC Milan, two styles, two social classes
In the mid-1950s, Angelo Moratti, at the head of a major oil group, bought Inter Milan and pushed the team to the top of the world. Under the leadership of coach Helenio Herrera in eight years, from 1960 to 1968, “Grand Inter” won three Italian championships and two European Cups for the Champions Clubs with a match based on tight defense and counter-attack with the foot. ” The theory of the so-called catenaccio tactical scheme will be placed on a more general level, Historian Fabien Archambault, professor at the University of Paris I, confirms. The basic idea is that Italy is less wealthy than Northern Europe, the players are smaller and weaker, but by being smarter and more organized it is possible to win. In fiction, and even if in reality this will develop over time, Inter Milan will always refer to the idea of playing defensively and vice versa, unlike Milan who prefer the offensive side. »
Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo and Nicola Ventola. pic.twitter.com/pDyOPWt26H
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In the Lombard capital, opposition to the style was also supplemented for a long time by social differentiation. Milan was supported mainly by the working classes, while Typho Because Inter was an expression of the city’s bourgeoisie. supporters Rossoneri They were nicknamed Cassiavit (screwdrivers) and Nerazzurri They are treated as Boschia (The Braggers) to emphasize the working class and their bourgeois extraction respectively.
” Originally, the difference was geographical as wellFabian Arcambault adds. Milan was the club of the city, while Inter Tifo was more firmly established in the Lombardy region. Over time, the disagreements diminished, and even the political opposition wanted Milan to be on the left (because working-class supporters voted for the Communists) and Inter on the right. During the 1980s, with the economic and social development of the city, Calcio in Milan would experience a revolution.
The king of private television, Silvio Berlusconi, bought AC Milan and invested heavily in the club. With a trio of Dutchmen (Van Basten, Gullit and Rijkaard) and a coach, Arrigo Sacchi, an inventive and resolute attacker, the team revived the successes of the immediate post-war era and into the 1960s when the Rossoneri around Gianni Rivera won two Italian championships and the European Cup twice.
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” Berlusconi’s genius was to consider AC Milan a TV producer with great spectacles “,” details Dario Revolta, the businessman’s former private secretary. The titles follow each other, also replays, and the competition between the two clubs in Milan intensifies. Massimo Moratti, son of the legendary President Angelo, who embodies the city’s center-left bourgeoisie, took over the presidency of Inter in the mid-90s , when Berlusconi entered national politics at the head of a right-wing coalition.
At that time, money flowed freely into Italian football, which awarded most of the world’s stars. The source of income provided by the number one pay-TV seems inexhaustible. In response to Milan – who won the 1996 title with Roberto Baggio and George Weah in their ranks – Inter Milan secured Ronaldo’s services the following year for a record transfer of 28 million euros. At the turn of the millennium, the two teams from Milan were at the forefront of the richest clubs in the world.
Build a new stadium together
Twenty years later, Inter Milan and Milan stopped. Their turnover is less than half of the biggest Spanish, English and even German teams. With the 2008 financial crisis, TV rights can no longer make up for the huge losses in player purchases. The result: economically, the Italian League is only the fourth European championship and no longer dominates ” transfer window The term imposed by the Italians at the time of the splendor of Calcio.
“As early as 1992, the Premier League changed its economic model with the arrival of international owners who invested in new stadiums, promotion and internationalization of club brands. Milan teams lagged behind and this shows in the level of sporting results. “Marco Bellinizzo analyzes.
It’s been more than ten years – in 2010, with a victory Nerazzurri By José Mourhino – That Milan can no longer win the Champions League. After piling 700 million and 1.3 billion euros in losses respectively, Silvio Berlusconi and Angelo Moratti gave up the scepter of both teams.
The first to a Chinese businessman who then sold it to the American fund Elliott. The second is for an Indonesian businessman, who sold it in 2016 to the Chinese group Suning, which is looking for liquidity, or even a new buyer.
Calcio in Milan is looking for a fresh start, while in Bergamo, Atalanta for several years settled at the top of the Italian standings, and Silvio Berlusconi bought Monza, another Lombard team currently in the second division.
To complete this transformation, Inter and Milan decided to build a new stadium together. Giuseppe-Meazza will have to be demolished in the coming months to generate an ultra-modern sports arena that will retain, according to nostalgia, a tower and part of the old San Siro stands.