Derby d’ Italia-preview

Today is the day for one of the(if not) the biggest derbies in Italian football!

Inter and Juventus will play a game that could be the tipping point in the championship battle. First let’s go with some stats. First game was played in 1909 in Turin where Juventus won 2-0.

Their latest meeting was in International Champions Cup. Juventus won the game 1-1 (4-3 penalties). In total they played 248 matches (235 official and 13 unofficial). Juventus has most wins (106). Giuseppe Meazza,Omar Sivori and Roberto Boninsegna are the top scorers in this derby with 12 goals scored. Largest victory ever- Juventus-Inter 6-1 (10 June 1961). Now time for some history.

The matchup between Juventus and Inter is perhaps the most intense match in Italy between two teams from different cities, especially after the Calciopoli which saw Juventus stripped of their league title from 2005-06 and given to Inter. After a pitch invasion during a derby fixture in the 1960-61 season Lega Calcio awarded the match to Inter but later overturned the decision and ordered a replay, much to the fury of Inter president Angelo Moratti and club supporters. Moratti accused the Italian football association of favouritism due to the Agnelli family’s influence, as Umberto Agnelli was FIGC president at that time, although the competition was ruled by Lega Calcio since 1946. In protest, Inter fielded their youth players for the replay and were thrashed 9–1. Juventus striker Omar Sivori scored six goals in the match and went on to win the Ballon’dor that year.During the 1997-98 fixture at the Stadio delle Alpi there was controversy over referee Piero Ceccarini’s decision not to award a penalty for Mark Iuliano‘s foul on Inter forward Ronaldo. Juventus, up 1–0 at the time of the incident, were after few seconds awarded a penalty which was missed by Alessandro Del Piero Juventus won the game 1–0 and they went on to win the Scudetto that season. The incident caused heated arguments in the Italian Parliament during a publicly broadcast “question time” session in April 1998. Domenico Gramazio of the National alliance reportedly shouted “They are all thieves!” at fellow politician and former Juventus player Massimo Mauro the ruling Democratic Party prompting Chamber of Deputies member and then-Deputy Prime Minister Walter Veltroni to comment, “We are not at a stadium. This is a spectacle that is unworthy, embarrassing and grotesque…”. The session had to be suspended and several politicians were later penalised as a result.

During the days leading up to the derby on 5 December 2009 in Turin, there were fears about the Juventus ultras abusing Inter’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli (who was of Ghanaian descent) due to a history of racial abuse from fans who disliked the teenager because of his African background. Juventus chairman Jean-Claude Blanc and Mirella Scirea, widow of Juventus legend Gaetano Scirea, wrote to the ultra groups and publicly urged fans to refrain from using racist chants.

When Inter’s players arrived in Turin, the team bus was pelted with eggs by some Juventus fans. The match itself was marred by seven bookings, a red card and a number of heated on-pitch altercations, in particular between Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Inter midfielder Thiago Motta. Inter manager José Mourinho was dismissed in the first half for arguing with the referee. A second-half winner from Claudio Marchisio re-opened the Scudetto race as Inter’s lead was cut to five points.

Juventus and Inter were matched up for the semi-final of the 2015–16 Coppa Italia, where Juventus won the opening leg 3–0 at home in Turin on 27 January 2016. In the return leg on 3 March 2016, Inter won 3–0 in Milan at home to tie 3–3 on aggregate and force a penalty shoot-out, which Juventus ultimately won 5–3 to move on to the final.

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