Intermania, the Triplete 10 years ago: Italy fasting and the promise of Zhang | First page


May 22, 2010 – May 22, 2020. Ten years have already passed since the Champions League final won by Inter against Bayern Munich at the stadium Santiago Bernabeu of Madrid. The Spanish capital has the same initial letter of the city (Milan), of the president (Moratti), the coach (Mourinho), the bomber jacket (Milito) and the man-changing room (Materazzi) of that team that entered history by becoming champion of Italy, Europe and the world. Since then, no Italian club has ever managed to win an international trophy: the longest fast ever. The treble has reached the height of the Massimo Moratti era, managed to revive the splendor of the Grande Inter built in the sixties by his father Angelo. The former president is attributed with the mistake of confirming the 2010 squad almost in bulk, instead of selling some valuable pieces a little ahead of age and reinvesting on the market to rejuvenate it. The reasoning can be shared in hindsight, but does not take into account a fact: Moratti has always been a president-dad and, even if he could go back in time, he would make the same choices of gratitude towards the heroes of the Triplete.

After the sad Thohir parenthesis, Inter are now in the hands of the Zhang family. From day one, the Chinese have promised fans that Suning will bring the Nerazzurri club back to the top of world football. The path taken is the right one and the growth process has already started, as demonstrated by the improved results both in the field and in turnover. The management has gone from family to business, but to reap the rewards of this work still needs some time. After all, in 2010 many Inter players will have prayed: “God of football give us this Triplete, then we can even win nothing for ten years”.

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