Few cities in the world can boast two international football teams. Milano is one of the lucky few, thanks to AC Milan and Inter Milan. Furthermore, both teams play in the same Meazza San Siro stadium, fondly called "La Scala of football", which makes Milano one of the most popular destinations for the teams’ fans and also for those who follow the clubs during the big matches.

 

Which team is the best? Well, that’s up to you to choose: if by chance you prefer Inter Milano, here's a map with the major places in the city linked to the team’s history.

Ristorante L'Orologio

Via Giuseppe Mengoni

 

On the evening of March 9th, 1908, the International Football Club was founded by a group of dissidents of the Milan Football and Cricket Club at the ‘Orologio’ restaurant in via Mengoni (now closed). The club’s colours were chosen by one of the founders, the Futurist painter Giorgio Muggiani:

 

"This magnificent night will bequeath its beautiful colours to our official badge: black and blue on a golden background inspired byte stars. It will be called Internazionale, because we are brothers of the world".

 

Tradition also says that the choice of the colour blue was made because, at the time, pencils were often used which had blue and red at opposing ends: a further indication that they clearly wanted to stand out even more from their AC Milan rivals.

Ripa di Porta Ticinese football field

Ripa di Porta Ticinese 113

 

Inter’s first playing field - in gravel and bordered by fruit boxes - ran alongside the Naviglio Grande, which is why there were always boats available to retrieve the balls that ended up in the canal.

Historical seat in Foro Buonaparte

Foro Buonaparte 70

 

The legendary seat of the Inter club, where it remained until 1985. The headquarters was then moved to Piazza Duse and, successively, to via Durini from 1997 to 2009.

Historical seat in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 9

 

Former Inter headquarters, in close proximity to the Duomo, from 2009 to June 2019. These were the headquarters in the years of the legendary Triplete.

Inter headquarters

Viale della Liberazione 16/18

 

Current Inter headquarters, in the Porta Nuova area, among the new skyscrapers of Milano.

Birthplace of Giuseppe Meazza

Porta Vittoria area

 

Giuseppe Meazza was born in the Porta Vittoria neighbourhood; as famous football player and then coach, the Meazza San Siro Stadium was named in his honour. At the age of 16, he entered Inter’s first team and made his debut at 17, scoring 3 goals in his first game.

 

A great champion, he played for Inter for many years and became a legend of Italian football. He won two World Championships with the Italian national team in 1934 and 1938.

"Gianni Brera" Civic Arena

Viale Giorgio Byron 2

 

From 1930 to 1947, and then occasionally until 1958, Inter played their home games at the Arena Civica. They had moved there after the stands of old-Goldoni Fossati stadium had collapsed, causing several injuries.

 

The last match played there by Inter was on December 10th, 1958: the Coppa delle Fiere (which no longer exists) against Lyon, which they won 7-0.

Meazza San Siro Stadium

Piazzale Angelo Moratti

 

The San Siro stadium, commissioned by the president of AC Milan at the time, Piero Pirelli, was built in 1925 in the eponymous Milanese district, near the Ippodromo del Trotto.

The property remained under the ownership of AC Milan until 1935 when it was purchased by the Municipality of Milano and, in 1947, became the official premises also for Inter who, up until then, had played their matches at the Arena Civica.

 

Here the Nerazzurri Inter team won their second European Cup in the 1964/1965 season against Benfica.

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Galleria Passarella 2

 

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