INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


November 10th 1993


Italy Cup


Lucchese vs Internazionale


Bergkamp Dennis


Things to Know:

This shirt was worn by Dennis Bergkamp during the Italy Cup’s game between Lucchese and Internazionale which took place in Lucca, “Porta Elisa” Stadium, on November 10th 1993. Lucchese defeated Internazionale 2-1 but Internazionale passed to the following round. The shirt was swapped after the game with a Lucchese’s defender who we got it from.

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Bergkamp attracted the attention of several European clubs as a result of his performances for Ajax. Johan Cruyff advised him not to join Real Madrid, one of the teams said to have been interested in him. But Bergkamp was insistent on playing in Italy. He considered Serie A “the biggest league at the time” and preferred a move to either Juventus or Inter Milan. On 16 February 1993, Bergkamp agreed a £7.1 million move to the latter club in a deal which included his Ajax teammate Wim Jonk. Upon signing, Bergkamp said Inter “met all my demands. The most important thing for me was the stadium, the people at the club and their style of play.” Bergkamp made his debut against Reggiana on 29 August 1993 at the San Siro in a 2–1 victory. He scored his first goal for the club against Cremonese in September 1993 but had a difficult time against the highly organised and resolute Italian defences, scoring a further seven goals in the league. This was partly due to manager Osvaldo Bagnoli’s inability to find a stable forward partnership, preferring Bergkamp in a three with Rubén Sosa and Salvatore Schillaci. Inter’s poor league form culminated in the sacking of Bagnoli in February 1994 and his replacement by Gianpiero Marini, a member of Italy’s 1982 FIFA World Cup-winning squad. The club finished 13th in Serie A, one point away from relegation, but enjoyed success in the UEFA Cup, beating Austria Salzburg in the final over two legs. Bergkamp was the competition’s joint top goalscorer with eight goals and scored a hat-trick against Rapid București in the first round. In Bergkamp’s second season at Inter, the club changed managers again, appointing Ottavio Bianchi. Bergkamp endured a disappointing campaign, troubled with stress injuries and fatigue from the 1994 World Cup. He managed to score 5 goals in 26 appearances. Off the field, Bergkamp’s relationship with the Italian press and fans became uncomfortable. His shy persona and his propensity to go home after matches was interpreted as apathy. Because of his poor performance on the pitch, one Italian publication renamed their award given to the worst performance of the week, L’asino della settimana (Donkey of the Week) to Bergkamp della settimana. Inter ended the league season in sixth position and failed to retain the UEFA Cup, with the club eliminated in the second round. In February 1995, the club was purchased by Italian businessman and fan Massimo Moratti, who promised to invest heavily in the squad. Bergkamp’s future in the first team was uncertain following the signing of Maurizio Ganz a month after the takeover.

INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


January 9th 1994


Reggiana vs Internazionale


Zenga Walter


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This shirt was worn by Walter Zenga during the Serie A game between Reggiana and Internazionale which took place in Reggio Emilia, “Stadio Mirabello”, on january 9th 1994. Internazionale defeated Reggiana 1-0 and at the end of the game Zenga swapped his shirt with a Reggiana’s player whom we got it from. Zenga joined Inter Milan in 1982, after starting his professional career in 1978 in the lower divisions of Italian football (his first team was Salernitana in Serie C1, and he also played for Savona and Sambenedettese). Initially (in the 1982–83 season) he was the substitute of Ivano Bordon, who was one of the top Italian goalkeepers of his era, as he had been Dino Zoff’s reserve in the 1982 FIFA World Cup. However, Zenga played Inter’s matches in the Coppa Italia, impressing enough that the club decided not to buy another goalkeeper after Bordon’s decision to move to Sampdoria during the summer of 1983. Zenga became Inter’s starting goalkeeper in the 1983–84 season, where he conceded only 23 goals, better than any other goalkeeper in that season. Zenga experienced the peak of his career in the late 80’s and beginning of the 90’s. For three consecutive years (1989–1991) he was nominated by IFFHS the best goalkeeper in the world, ahead of goalkeepers like Michel Preud’homme, Rinat Dasaev and Andoni Zubizarreta. Zenga was at his best between the posts, as his great explosiveness and sharp reflexes enabled him to make great and spectacular saves. Not known for being a great penalty saver (frequently dropping down to the ground in the middle of the goal), in his career he did however save penalty kicks from Roberto Baggio, Michel Platini and Paul Merson. Zenga continued to play for Inter until 1994, winning the UEFA Cup in 1991 and 1994, his last season with the club.

INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


1996-1997


Uefa Cup


Guingamp vs Internazionale


Pagliuca Gianluca

Things to Know:

This shirt was worn by Gianluca Pagliuca during the game against Guingamp for the Uefa Cup 1996/1997. It was given to the old Guingamp stadium’s custodian who sold it in a charity auction.  

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During the game vs Guingamp of the Uefa Cup 1996/1997 the team played with regular Serie A shirts. The main difference between Serie A and Uefa Cup games is that on Uefa Cup games the sponsor logo is forbidden on retro number. So before the game vs Guingamp the Internazionale F.C. kitman cover the Umbro logo on the number with a black marker. 

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In 1994, Pagliuca moved from Sampdoria to Internazionale from a then world record fee for a goalkeeper of £7 million. With the nerazzurri he reached two consecutive UEFA Cup finals, losing the first one against Schalke 04 in 1997 and winning the second one in 1998, when he captained the side to a 3–0 win over Lazio. Pagliuca left Inter in 1999, moving to his home town club, Bologna, after the former Juventus boss Marcello Lippi took charge of Inter and signed Angelo Peruzzi from his former club.

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This shirt was used by Ronaldo during the Serie A game between Bologna and Internazionale which took place in Bologna, “Renato Dall’Ara” Stadium on September 13th 1997. Internazionale defeated Bologna 4-2 and Ronaldo scored his first goal in Serie A exactly with this shirt. After the game Ronaldo swapped his shirt with Michele Paramatti, Bologna former player. The shirt was then auctioned by Michele Paramatti in 2012 for the charity event “Una Maglia per l’Emilia” organized by the player to raise money for people of Emilia Romagna (Italy) who got involved in the tremendous earthquake of  2012. 


INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


1997-1998


Bologna vs Internazionale


Match Worn Shirt


Ronaldo Nazario


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INTERNAZIONALE F.C. 


1998-1999


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


Recoba Alvaro


Anecdote:
Miami, 2015. A whole family came into a restaurant and they started having their meals. The young son Jeremia after he looked around at the restaurant’s guests shaked his father’s arm saying “Hey Dad look at there. Pepe from Real Madrid is seating there”.
“Jeremia – the father said – be good and don’t bother other table’s guests”. But jeremia was so excited and kidnapped Pepe’s attention who suddenly stood up and went to Jeremia’s table saying “Sorry for bothering you but I’m one of your biggest fans” and he wanted to take pictures with the kid and his father.
Jeremia got surprised especially when he reminded that the same thing happened with Luis Suarez who wanted to take pictures with his father.
He knew his father was a soccer player and he knew some stories about him but he never really believed in them. Until Suarez and Pepe made Jeremia changing his mind.

Jeremia father’s name is Alvaro “El Chino” Recoba.

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INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


1999-2000


Match Worn Shirt


Di Biagio Luigi

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At the beginning of the 1999–2000 Serie A season, Di Biagio transferred to Internazionale, and became a regular first team member due to his continued high standard of performance. During the 2001–02 season, he narrowly missed out on winning the Serie A title to Juventus on the final match-day; he received criticism, however, for his despondent performance in a 4–2 defeat to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, on his final league appearance of the season, despite initially scoring a goal during the match. Di Biagio remained at Inter until 2003, and during his four years at the club, he amassed 163 appearances, scoring a total of 18 goals in all competitions. Although he was unable to win a title during his time with the club, he did manage to reach the semi-finals of the 2001–02 UEFA Cup with Inter, losing out to eventual Champions Feyenoord. He also reached the semi-finals of the 2002–03 Champions League with Inter, under manager Hector Cuper, losing out to cross-city rivals and eventual Champions Milan on away goals. He also managed to win runners up medals in Serie A during the 2002–03 season under Cuper, as well as in the Coppa Italia during the 1999–2000 season, and the Italian Supercup in 2000, under Marcello Lippi.

INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


1999-2000


Cagliari vs Cagliari


Match Worn Shirt


Baggio Roberto


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Watch above the two memorable goals of Roberto Baggio against Parma in the play-off match for the last remaining UEFA Champions League place

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This shirt was worn by Roberto Baggio during the second half of the Serie A game between Cagliari and Internazionale which took place in Cagliari, “Stadio Sant’Elia”, on May 14th 2000. Internazionale defeated Cagliari 2-0 and Roberto Baggio scored the first goal. After the game Baggio swapped his shirt with a Cagliari’s player whom we got it from. In the 1999–2000 season, Baggio’s former Juventus manager, Lippi, was appointed as Inter’s new coach. Lippi did not favour Baggio, and left him out of the squad for most of the season, stating that Baggio was out of shape. In his autobiography, Baggio stated that Lippi had dumped him after Baggio refused to point out which of Inter’s players had expressed negative opinions about the coach, also highlighting an incident during a training session, where he called out Christian Vieri and Christian Panucci for applauding Baggio for a notable assist. Baggio was used scarcely, and often as a substitute, scoring only 4 goals in 18 appearances during the regular Serie A season. He made 5 appearances in the Coppa Italia, with his only goal coming against local rivals Milan in the second leg of the quarter-finals, as he helped Inter reach the final, only to be defeated by Lazio. Despite his limited playing time, Baggio still managed several important goals to help Inter to a fourth-place finish, alongside Parma, such as his match winning goal against Verona, which he scored after coming off the bench, after being excluded from the team since 18 December 1999. Baggio had also previously helped to set up Inter’s equaliser during the match. This was the first time Baggio had scored for Inter since his goal on 27 May of the previous season, and in the post-match the interview, he denied accusations made by Lippi in regard to his personal form. Baggio’s last important contribution to Inter was scoring two memorable goals against Parma in the play-off match for the last remaining UEFA Champions League place, which Inter won 3–1; Lippi had been forced to field Baggio due to several injuries. Baggio was given a perfect 10 rating from the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, who described his performance as “absolutely perfect all game”. This game is considered an example of professionalism shown by Baggio, as Inter’s president Massimo Moratti had stated that Lippi would only stay on if the team qualified for the Champions League.


INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


1999-2000


Match Worn Shirt


Peruzzi Angelo


Did you Know?

After leaving Juventus in 1999 for 28 billion lire (€14.461 million) transfer fee and a reported 8 billion lire pre-tax wage, Peruzzi spent one unsuccessful season with Internazionale – despite his excellent performances –, under his former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi, finishing the league season in fourth place, and reaching the Coppa Italia final.

INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


2000-2001


Match Worn Shirt


Vieri Christian

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Vieri was a complete, quick, prolific and opportunistic striker, with a keen eye for goal. Due to his notable goal-scoring prowess, Vieri is regarded by pundits as one of the greatest Italian strikers of all time and one of the top strikers of his generation. In his prime, his unique and direct offensive style of play, which blended power with pace and a solid technique, led him to be compared to Luigi Riva and Roberto Boninsegna, as well as earning him the nickname of “Il Toro” (“The Bull”). Despite his goalscoring ability, he was also injury prone throughout his career, however, which greatly affected his pace, fitness and mobility in later years. Vieri was predominantly left-footed, although he was capable of scoring with both feet, as well as with his head, and from volleys. He has often been described as a large, old fashioned centre forward, due to his powerful physical presence and outstanding aerial ability; he is the all-time top scorer of headed goals in Italian league history. Despite being primarily a goal-scoring striker, he was also capable of providing assists to teammates, which was aided by his ability to use his strength to hold up the ball and play with his back to goal in order to participate in the build-up of attacking plays. Although he was primarily a goal-area threat, Vieri had an accurate and powerful shot from distance as well as inside the area; he was also an accurate penalty taker.

INTERNAZIONALE F.C.


2000-2001


Match Worn Shirt


Ballotta Marco


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After three seasons with the Biancocelesti, Ballotta enjoyed a brief stint with Inter Milan, who acquired the player as part of Angelo Peruzzi’s multi-billion lire move to Inter. Inter claimed the transfer fee for Ballotta and Peruzzi were 7 billion and 40 billion respectively (thus 33 billion plus Ballotta), while La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed the transfer fee of Peruzzi was 35 billion plus Ballotta. During this timeframe he was also loaned to Modena, helping them gain promotion to the top flight in 2002 and subsequently signing permanently for free.