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Derby Della Madonnina: A City Divided

Each year, the iconic San Siro stadium will host the latest installment of the Derby Della Madonnina. (a.k.a The Milan Derby). It’s one of the world’s biggest soccer derbies as both clubs play their home games in the San Siro stadium.

Over the years, Inter and AC Milan have faced off 295 times in the Derby Della Madonnina. Inter has the edge in official matches, but Milan having won more games overall. Andriy Shevchenko holds the record for most goals in this fixture with 14 for the Rossoneri, which Giuseppe Meazza closely follows with 12 goals for Inter and 1 for Milan.

Schism And Class Struggle

The rivalry between the two clubs dates back to the inception of Inter. In 1908, following a disagreement on recruiting foreign players, members of AC Milan who were in favor of such transfer dealings split from the club to form a new entity – Internazionale.

Milan, the Rossoneri, faced Inter, the Nerazzurri, for the first time just seven months after the schism in the final of the Chiasso Cup. The Rossoneri ran out 2-1 victors and, consequently, one of the biggest rivalries in football was born.

Historically, Milan supporters were part of the working class, whereas Inter’s followers were the bourgeoisie. Though the class divide isn’t prominent today, the deep-rooted hatred between the supporters remains.

The Maldini Dynasty

The one player who personifies Derby Della Madonnina more than anyone is Milan legend Paolo Maldini. Now operating as the club’s technical director, the 53-year-old was one of the greatest defenders ever to play soccer. His illustrious 24-year-long career saw him win five European trophies, seven Scudetti, and countless other cups and personal accolades, all while being the ultimate one-club man.

Paolo’s father, Cesare, a Rossoneri legend in his own right, became head coach following a stellar playing career and led Milan to the club’s biggest ever win against their rivals; a 6-0 beatdown of Inter (video) on May 11, 2001.

Paolo’s son, Daniel, a Milan academy product, made his first-team debut 2019-20 season in a 1-1 draw with Verona. However, the young man will have big shoes to fill if he wants to perform like his father and grandfather in the Derby Della Madonnina.

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