5 Englishmen Who Have Played In Serie A

5) David Beckham

Beckham first went to Milan while on loan from LA Galaxy, and it was big news around Europe. He said that his decision was based on the desire to play for England in the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.

He was first introduced in the training facilities by the chief executive, on 20 December 2008. He wore number 32 on his back, as his usual number 7 shirt was already taken, as was another shirt number he wore, 23. Beckham was welcomed with a warm greeting to the club, and was cleared in his physical. As usual in his career, he was always in great shape, and in fact, the club doctor made the comment that he assumed Beckham could play for another 5 years, which would have made him 38 at the end of his career.

4) Trevor Francis

In the summer of 1982, he made the move to Italy. At the time, he was 28 and one of the most respected strikers in the world, not just in England. His move to Sampdoria was big news, and Capello nominated him as the most successful Englishman to move to Serie A. Francis scored 17 goals and made 68 appearances for the club.

During the 1984-85 season, the team made a challenge for the title, but they were unsuccessful. However, they did beat Napoli and won the Coppa Italia. After that season, Francis was not played much and eventually moved to Atalanta. He was unable to bring back his form and moved back to England in 1987.

3) Paul Ince

Ince made an impact in Italy, much against what was expected. He was playing for England at the same time as the more talented Paul Gascoigne, but he played a major role in midfield, breaking up play for the team, which let Gascoigne be more creative. The club liked Ince’s style of play, especially how determined and hard working he was. There were reports that the club president wanted Ince to stay, but he eventfully only managed two seasons for the club. He did have a great debut season for the club, and was close to winning a medal in the following seasons, as Inter lost in the final of the UEFA cup to Schalke.

2) David Platt

Platt was one of the most successful ever players to move to Italy. He is known as being there throughout the 1990’s, after his success during the Italia ’90 World Cup. He first went to Bari, and then Juventus, who he won the UEFA Cup with. However, most people remember him with the Sampdoria shirt on.

Initially, he moved down a division when Bari were relegated, but his classic attacking midfielder style got him a transfer to Juventus. He was unsuccessful in Tuin, and the coach was not too keen on him. His move to Sampdoria made him a fan favorite and he won the title with them in 1994.

1) Paul Gascoigne

He joined Lazio for a fee of £5.5 million, and made £22,000 a week, which was staggering at the time. It was on 27 September 1992 when he made his debut, a match that was shown in Britain at the time (it was against Genoa).

He did not find it easy to settle in Italy, and took on a lot of negative comments from the local press. There were also occasions when he made the situation worse by punching reporters. In another well known incident, he belched down a microphone. These things were not liked at all in Italy and made his time there difficult.

The fans of the club loved him, but the owner was not too excited about him joining, making some famous comments at the time. His form was not great during the first seasons, and he was troubled by an injury which had kept him out of football during the previous season. He became popular with the fans during the Rome derby, when he scored in the final minute of the game, against A.S. Roma.

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The 12’ x 6’ Match Fold goal is the premium product in the football goal range and has been designed to make assembly as easy as possible; it can be setup in just 30 seconds!

There are also plans to introduce 2 new sizes to the Math Goal range, these will be 6’ x 4’ and 8’ x 5’

To complete the goal range, Quickplay have also designed a range of combo-goals which offer a standard football goal and a training rebounder – the Elite Combo is 8’ x 6’ and the Kickster Combo is 8’ x 5’


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The Spot Elite Rebounder is free-standing and requires no sandbags or weights, it measures 8’ x 6’ and is manufactured from heavy duty coated steel and solid core fibreglass uprights ensuring strength and rigidity but maintaining ease of portability.

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5 Inter Milan Premier League Managers

There are five managers who have been at the helm for Inter Milan as well as having managed in the English Premier League, here they are;

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson joined Inter in 1995 at a time when the club was in its ‘dark days’ Club president Massimo Moratti maintains that Hodgson’s calm approach averted certain disaster (relegation) and that he is considered an important person in the clubs history. Hodgson left in 1997 but returned for a short managerial stint in 1999 after leaving Premier League club Blackburn Rovers.

Premier League

Blackburn Rovers – 1998-99

Fulham – 2007-10

Liverpool – 2010-11

West Bromwich Albion – 2011-12

José Mourinho

Mourinho will be forever remembered for the 2010 season when he managed the Inter team to the treble including the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and Champions League Final victory over Bayern Munich.

However, just a couple of days after that famous victory in the Santiago Bernabau Stadium in Madrid, Mourinho announced that he was “sad, as almost for sure it’s my last game with Inter”. He went on to say; “if you don’t coach Real Madrid then you will always have a gap in your career”.

Inter and Real finally agreed a record-breaking compensation package and José was on his way!

Premier League

Chelsea – 2004-07

Chelsea – 2013-15

Rafael Benítez

Benitez is the only manager in history to have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and FIFA Club World Cup and so it was no surprise that after leaving Liverpool in June 2010 Inter cam calling and within days Benitez agreed to become the new head coach on a 2-year deal.

Premier League

Liverpool – 2004-10

Chelsea – 2012-13

Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri was announced as the new Inter Milan manager in September 2011 replacing the outgoing Gian Piero Gasperini who after managing the team to 4 losses from 5 games was dismissed for poor performances.

Ranieri signed a 2-year deal (actually to 30 June 2013) and started off in fine style by guiding the Nerazzurri to a 3-1 victory over Bologna followed by a 3-2 success over CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

During December 2011 – January 2012 Inter won 7 consecutive Serie A matches including a 1-0 victory over near neighbours AC Milan sparking talk of them challenging for the title.

Premier League

Chelsea – 2000-04

Leicester City – 2015-present

Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini - Inter Milan Manager

It’s safe to say that Mancini is a darling on Inter Milan but despite the fact he was an attack-minded player his managerial style was often criticised for being negative. He often stressed about the importance of not conceding a goal and that he would be happy with 1-0 wins.

That being said, in his first season Inter won the Copa Italia with a 3–0 victory over Roma at the San Siro and they finished their in the Serie A, they also reached the quarter finals of the Champions League before succumbing the arch-rivals AC Milan.

Premier League

Manchester City – 2009-13


The All Time Top 20 Internazionale Players

Widely regarded as one of the world’s legendary football clubs, Internazionale (or Inter Milan) are a giant in Italian football having won the Serie A title 18 times (only bettered by their fierce rivals Juventus and AC Milan), they have also won the Copa Italia (equivalent of the English FA Cup) 7 times. While domestically, they have been a dominant force, they have also flexed their muscles in European competitions winning the UEFA Cup 3 times and the UEFA Champions League 3 times most noticeably in 2010 when they managed the treble under Jose Mourinho’s management.

Winning that amount of trophies is no mean feat but it certainly helps when you have world class players in your team, Inter have had many and it is difficult to determine who have been the best players to have worn the famous blue and black stripes.

Here are my top 20 Inter Milan players;

20. Samual Eto’o

Eto’o scored 53 goals in 101 appearances for Inter and was pivotal in their successful 2009-11 seasons.

19. Luigi Cevenini

Cevenini played 190 times for Internazionale and scored an incredible 156 goals, he also played for 7 other Italian clubs including Milan and Juve.

18. Jair

Jair played for Inter between 1962-1972 thought he did play 23 times for Roma in the 1967-68 season, he was a fast and powerful winger who could also operate as a striker.

17. Zlatan Ibrahimović

No introduction required, the charismatic Swede played for Inter between 2006-2009 before leaving for Barcelona that involved a swap deal for Samuel Eto’o

16. Tarcisio Burgnich

Burgnich was a no nonsense Argentinian who operated as a centre back \ sweeper and spent 12 seasons with Inter before joining Napoli in 1974.

15. Mario Corso

Regarded as one of Italy’s greatest wingers, Corso was fast and intelligent with the sweetest left foot, he made 413 appearances for Inter and scored 75 goals.

14. Christian Vieri

Vieri spent 6 seasons at the San Siro after joining in 1999, he scored 103 goals in just 143 games and went on to win 49 caps for the Azzurri

13. Julio Cesar

After joining Inter from Brazilian side Flamengo in 2005 this brilliant shot-stopper made 228 appearances and was a key member of the team that won 5 consecutive Serie A titles.

12. Esteban Cambiasso

Signed from Real Madrid in 2004 after his contract expired Cambiasso spent 10 seasons with Inter amassing 315 appearances and netting 41 goals.

11. Iván Córdoba

Inter spent €16m on Córdoba in the 2000 winter transfer window and played 324 times for the club before his retirement in 2012, he also won 74 caps for Columbia.

10. Sandro Mazzola

Renowned for being one of the greatest Italian football players of all time and also for being a one-club player Mazzola made 417 appearances for Inter (116 goals) and also won 70 caps for the Italian national side scoring 22 times.

9. Roberto Boninsenga

Boninsegna was a prolific and powerful striker who played for Inter between 1969-1976 on 197 occasions scoring 113 goals, he was also a member of the Italy squad who finished runners-up in the 1970 World Cup Final.

8. Alessandro Altobelli

Altobelli was of slender build but that didn’t stop him becoming a prolific goalscorer both for Inter (128 goals in 317 appearances) and the Azzurri (25 goals in 61 appearances), he was a member of the World Cup winning squad in 1982

7. Walter Zenga

Zenga joined Internazionale in 1978 but was loaned out for 4 consecutive seasons, he returned to the San Siro in 1982 and quickly became the first choice goalkeeper going on to make 328 appearances and 598 for the national team.

6. Giuseppe Baresi

It’s probably fair to say that Baresi is Mr Internazionale, having spent 16 seasons as a player and amassing 559 appearances he is now the Technical Assistant at the club. Giuseppe also represented his country on 18 occasions.

5. Luis Suarez

No, not that Luis Suarez! This one was Spanish and played for Inter between 1961-1970, noted for his graceful and fluid play he earned the nickname El Arquitecto (The Architect) and is regarded as one of Spain’s all time best players.

4. Giuseppe Bergomi

An extremely accomplished centre half (could also play at right back), Bergomi was another ‘one club’ player accruing 519 appearance with many of those as club captain. He also earned 81 full international caps.

3. Giacinto Facchetti

Facchetti actually started his career (with hometown club; Trevigliese) as a powerful striker but after being signed by Internazionale in 1960 the then manager Helenio Herrera reverted him into an attacking full back role where he became one of the most effective defenders in Italian football.

2. Giuseppe Meazza

Regarded as one of the best players of his generation (and the greatest of all time to some!) Meazza made a total of 365 appearances for Inter Milan scoring a very impressive 243 goals. In 1980 the San Siro stadium was officially named the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza after the great man.

1. Javier Zanetti

Where do you start? “Il Capitano” (The Captain) holds the record for the most Internazionale appearances (615) and was regarded as the most versatile player to have ever worn the famous blue & black stripes, he played at both left and right back as well as left and right wing and could also ‘do a job’ as a holding midfielder. Zanetti was highly valued by Argentina too and was rewarded with 143 caps!


The San Siro Stadium

The project of having Stadio San Siro built was led by Piero Pirelli, the former AC Milan president. During the first twenty years of the 20th century, various grounds had already been occupied by Milan. by the early 1920’s the ground was located at Viale Lombardia.

Although it was a good ground, it quickly became too small for the growing number of fans that followed the club. So the architect Stacchini, who was also responsible for the Central Station in Milan, was hired to have an entirely new stadium designed.

On 19 September 1926 Stadio San Siro opened officially with a friendly match between Inter and Milan (6-3). Initially the stadium was comprised of four separate stands capable of holding 35,000 spectators.

AC Milan first owned San Siro. In 1935 the city of Milan became the owner. Soon the stadium had to be enlarged due to the increasing popularity of the club.

There were plans made for a huge stadium capable of holding 150,000 spectators. However, it was scaled down significantly. In 1939, the redeveloped San Siro was opened. It contained one completely enclosed tier.

Milan was the only occupant of San Siro until 1945. However Internazionale then joined them, after having played in Arena Civica prior to the that.

In 1950 San Siro was expanded even further. A second tier was built and situated right on top of the first tier, resulting in a seating capacity of around 85,000.

Over the next few decades, two European Cup Finals were hosted by San Siro: the first took place in 1965 between Benfica and Inter (0-1), and the second one was in 1979 between Celtic and Feyenoord (1-2).

Earlier the stadium had been ignored as a venue for playing the 1968 European Championships. However it was chosen for the Euro Finals in 1980. At that time it was officially renamed as Stadio Guiseppe Meazza, which was in honour of the former player of Milan and Inter.

San Siro hosted three of the first round group matches during the European championships of 1980.

The 1990 World Cup was then awarded to Italy, making it clear that a major upgrade needed to be done to San Siro. The option of having a new stadium built was considered. However, the Ragazzi, Hoffer, and Finzi Architects instead decided to undergo a very ambitious redevelopment plan.

The new work included building a third tier, along with a roof for covering all of the stadium’s seat as well as a total of eleven cylindrical towers made of concrete situated all around the stadium in order to support the roof structure and extra tier. It resulted in a capacity of 85,700 seats.

San Siro was the host of the opening match of the World Cup between Cameroon and Argentina (1-0), along with three other group matches, one 16 match round, and the quarter-final match between Czechoslovakia and Germany FR (0-1).

In later years the stadium was further refurbished, with a slight reduction in capacity based on UEFA safety requirements. It was the host of the 2001 Champions League Final between Valencia and Bayern Munich (1-1). The Champions League Final for 2016 has also been awarded to the stadium.

Inter and AC Milan have both looked into building new stadiums elsewhere, given that the development is limited due to the stadium’s deteriorated state and the fact that the stadium is owned by the city of Milan. In 2012, Inter announced plan for building a new club-owned stadium. However, when Milan revealed firm plans for building a new stadium to be located in the Portello area, Inter’s plans were shelved and they opted instead to have San Siro renovated. However, in 2015 Milan’s plans fell through, and both clubs’ future plans are unclear at the moment.

Internazionale – Club History

Along with Juventus and maybe their fierce rivals AC, Internazionale have been one of the most successful Italian football teams since the turn of the century.

The Nerazzuri have won five straight Serie A titles under Jose Mourinho and Robert Mancini with the Jose Mourinho winning a unique treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2010.

Match Fixing Scandal

The Calciopoli match-fixing scandal that rock ed Italian soccer in 2006 considerable benefitted Inter, the points penalties, relegations and player sales made some of their rivals extremely weak with Turin giants Juventus the most penalised club.

Inter made the dreams of its owner millionaire Massimo Moratti come true when the trophies were taken from their nearest rivals particularly the aforementioned Juventus and AC Milan.

After many years of underachievement, Inter started building its success in 2005 by having football stars like Javier Zanetti, Wesley Sneijder, Maicon, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The club still attracts some of the biggest names in football and has the trophies to prove this.

In 2010, Rafael Benitez took over as coach from Jose Mourinho. However, his stay was short-lived despite becoming the FIFA Club Champions in December that year.

He was fired because the club had shown a poor performance in the domestic and European matches. Surprisingly, he was replaced by former AC Milan player and coach Leonardo who helped the club reach Coppa Italia.

Mancini took over again in 2014 after Leonardo left Inter at the end of the season and after ill-fated spells with Claudio Ranieri, Gian Piero Gasperini, Walter Mazzarri and Andrea Stramaccioni.

A Brief History

The club was formed in 1908 and it did not take long before the won their first league title in 1910. It was formed by a group of rebels who opposed the Milan Cricket and Football Club now known as AC Milan. Internazionale founders wanted a club that would accept foreign players into their team. The first team captain of the club was Hernst Manktl, a Swiss player.

After being rejected by rivals Milan when he was still a boy, Giuseppe Meazza enjoyed great success with Inter. Giuseppe holds the record for the most goals scored in a debut season with the 31 goals he scored in 1929-1930. These goals were instrumental as they made Inter win the Italian title that season. He also helped the Nerazzurri win titles in 1938 and 1940 winning a Coppa Italia in between these two league titles.

II Balila played 408 times and scored a record 287 goals. The club’s stadium was named after him in 1980.

In 1953 and 1954, Inter won back to back scudetti with Swede Lennart, Benito Lorenzo and Hungarian Istvan instrumental in the success.

In 1963, the Great Inter era began when the Argentine Helenio Herrera was coaching the team. In the 1960s, Herrera helped Inter win 3 Serie A titles and two European Cups. Inter won these titles because it had some of the best players to ever play for the team including Sandro Mazzola, Giacinto Facchetti and Luis Suarez.

Between the glorious period of the 60s and the scudetto laden start to the new millennium, Inter won the title three times only. However, they won three UEFA Cups in 1991, 1994, and 1998. One of the scorers in the 1998 finals against Lazio was Brazilian striker Ronaldo after he was signed from Barcelona for a world record fee. With 25 league goals, his debut was one to be remembered but the several knee injuries slowed his performance and he would later move to Real Madrid.

The Brazilian striker was one of the many expensive players signed under oil tycoon Moratti. It is only over the past few years that Inter has consistently delivered on the field.

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