Inter Milan: Most Successful Seasons in Nerazzurri History

Thomas Atzenhoffer@socceratzCorrespondent IIJune 7, 2012

Inter Milan: Most Successful Seasons in Nerazzurri History

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    Italy boasts some of the world's greatest football clubs in all of history. One of those clubs is Internazionale Milano, known throughout the world as Inter Milan.

    The Milan-based club were founded in 1908 and have since won a total of 39 recognized trophies, including 18 Italian Scudettos, seven Coppa Italias, five Italian Supercoppa Italianas, two Intercontinental Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup, three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Champions League titles.

    Inter are the third most successful club in Italian history behind Juventus with 52 trophies and AC Milan with 49, but the club is one of only eight clubs to have one three or more European Cups in their history.

    As we look back at one of the world's best, here is a run down of the 10 greatest seasons in the history of the Nerazzurri.

1997-98

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    The team's third and final UEFA Cup triumph to date was won in the 1997-98 season.

    Inter faced Schalke 04 in the quarterfinals before moving on to meet Spartak Moscow in the semifinals. The Nerazzurri went on to overcome fellow Italian outfit Lazio 3-0 in the final.

    It was a great sign off as their last trophy of the 20th century, but they would have much rather it was the Champions League.

1929-30

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    While 1929-30 may not seem like it was as special, since Inter won only their third league title, it was also the first season in which an Inter player won the Italian Golden Boot.

    That legendary attacker was none other than Giuseppe Meazza, who scored 31 goals that season.

    Meazza would later (March 3, 1980) become the memorial namesake of the famous San Siro stadium in which both Inter and AC Milan reside today.

1993-94

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    The second of Inter's UEFA Cup titles in the 1990s came in 1993-94 as they defeated Austria Salzburg 2-0 on aggregate.

    Inter's famous Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp would be the tournament's leading scorer with eight goals, but he did not score in the final legs.

1938-39

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    Inter won their first Coppa Italia in 1938-39, almost 30 years ahead of arch rivals AC Milan, who did not win an Italian Cup until 1966-67.

    The Nerazzurri currently hold the third most Coppa Italia's of all time with seven, behind only AS Roma and Juventus who have nine each.

1909-10

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    Inter Milan were founded in 1908. It was only fitting that they would lift their first trophy and first title in only their second full season as an active club in the Italian top flight.

    The trophy raised was the first one to ever be called the Scudetto in Italy's elite league, and it would set the tone for one of Italy's most historic clubs to begin their rise to prominence.

1990-91

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    In 1990-91, Inter Milan were in the depths of European and domestic despair, having not won a European trophy since 1965 or a Scudetto in a decade.

    It was not a Champions League title, but lifting the UEFA Cup in that season got the monkey off the club's back. Inter went on to make the UEFA Cup their tournament in the 1990s.

2005-06

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    In 2005-06, Inter Milan pulled off a treble of sorts. Not only did they win the Italian double of the Scudetto and Coppa Italia, but they also added the Supercoppa Italiana to their trophy cabinet.

    In just under 100 years of existence, it was the first time the club had won a double.

1963-64

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    Inter Milan climbed the European mountain in 1963-64 to lift their first European Championship, doing so just one season after their arch rivals AC Milan were the first Italian side to achieve the feat.

    Inter, however, failed to claim the Scudetto and instead finished in second place. Victory in their first of two Intercontinental Cups helped to ease their frustration at least a little.

1964-65

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    Almost their greatest season ever, Inter Milan had an impressive run in 1964-65 on the back of a great 1963-64 campaign the year prior.

    The Nerazzurri won their second straight European Championship and second straight Intercontinental Cup, but this time added the Italian Scudetto to complete a great trophy haul for the year.

2009-10

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    There has been no season in recent memory or in the history of Inter Milan that was more impressive than the 2009-10 season under Jose Mourinho.

    The Portuguese "Special One" led the club to the final of nearly every competition and won them all save for the 2010 UEFA Super Cup.

    Inter claimed their 18th Italian Scudetto, seventh Coppa Italia, fifth Supercoppa Italiana and first FIFA Club World Cup, but their crowning achievement was a third European title.