soccernet blog
FC Inter Milan
December 30, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/30/2010

Inter finally unveiled Leonardo. The former AC Milan player and coach introduced himself to Inter fans with his typical love-for-all messages. Summer of love rivisited. Tons of sugar poured over Nerazzurri past and present. Moratti, players, Mourinho. Nice words for Benitez too: "Rafa is a winner. He won everything with Liverpool and a lot with Valencia".

December 23, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/23/2010

Official. Rafa Benitez is not Inter coach anymore. For him a €3 million compensation plus a one way ticket - to Anfield?

Under the Spaniard Inter won the Italian Supercup, lost the Uefa Supercup and won the Fifa Club World Cup. Benitez left the team placed 7th in the league, 13 points behind AC Milan [with two games in hand to cut the deficit].

December 19, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/19/2010

Rafa talks. The Spanish coach had been waiting for this win for months - the FIFA Club World Cup topped the list of Massimo Moratti's requests. Rafa knows Inter got in touch with six, seven coaches and talks are still going on. After so much listening it's time for him to reply. And it's the talk of a very proud man.

December 18, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/18/2010

And now it's Javier Zanetti time to lift the trophy that 45 years ago was handed to Armando Picchi, after Inter won over Independiente their second Intercontinental cup in a row.
To clinch the third title in this competition, Inter did the decent thing and defeated TP Mazembe in a final which hardly will be remember as a classic.

December 16, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/16/2010

Inter were supposed to defeat Seongnam and they did it. But no fanfare, please. Despite being Asian champions Seongnam could never be a threat for Inter or any other European champion. At club level the gap between Europe and Asia is still huge.

December 15, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/15/2010

You can feel mood has slightly changed in Inter's camp after Internacional were beaten by African champions TP Mazembe in the semi-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. Everyone's final was the 'Inter derby' between Internazionale and Internacional. TP Mazembe's historic win changed everything. Asian champions Seongnam are encouraged by the African champions' achievement and will try to imitate them.

Rafa Benitez: happy and confident
©Getty Images

December 10, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/10/2010

Rafa Benitez's tenure at Inter is likely to end next week. His days are numbered. Apparently, winning the FIFA Club World Cup won't be enough for the Spanish coach to save his job. Too many injuries, too many excuses, too many losses - this is Moratti's final verdict.

December 7, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/07/2010

Werder 3 Inter 0. It's Inter's fifth defeat in the last nine games. The European champions took the last game of the UEFA Champions League group stage as an unnecessary training session.

December 4, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/04/2010

A superb game from Lazio's Brazilian ace killed Nerazzurri remaining hopes of a sixth straight league title. If AC Milan win at home to Brescia there could be 10 points between Inter and Serie A's top. Scudetto's gone, that's a certainty. And if the European champions keep playing this way even the Fifa Club World Cup could follow the same path.

December 1, 2010
Posted by Gianni Serra on 12/01/2010

Inter's squad list for the next FIFA Club World Cup has been finally announced. It includes the still injured Julio Cesar, Chivu, Santon, and Milito. An act of faith.