99 years..and counting!
The founding of Football Club Internazionale Milano ninety-nine years ago was reported two days later in local paper La Lombardia. The article of several lines summed up the 'communiqué' signed by the founding members, which was written on the back of a headed letter bearing the name of Umberto Muggiani, father of painter Giorgio, who designed the club's original coat of arms.
Inter's long history began during a secret meeting at the Orologio restaurant in Milan. According to historical reconstructions, the founding members met from eight o'clock until eleven thirty, deciding on an annual partnership share of 10 Lira. Soon after, the club's headquarter's was moved from the Commercio restaurant to the Caffé Vergani. In the early days, the players bought their own football boots and kits, played on a pitch near Milan's Naviglio Grande, and could often be spotted fishing balls out of the canal before moving to the Arena Civica, where home matches were played until the Stadio San Siro was built.
The history of Inter's birth and Italian football in general was passed down from book to book, from memory to memory, just as legends are born. Like Inter's first ace Hernst Xavier Marktl, a Swiss national born in 1887. At the age of 22 Marktl, with his hawk-like moustache, had the appearance of a distinguished gentleman in his jacket and tie. He played two league matches for the Nerazzurri, the first two competitive matches of our ninety-nine year-long history.
Campelli, Fronte, Zoller; Yenni, Fossati, Stebler; Capra, Peyer, Peterly, Aebi and Schuler formed the attack-minded side that won the club's first Scudetto in 1909/10. They scored 55 goals that season, won both Milan derbies, and captured the attention of Inter's first fans thanks to the passion of Fossati, the saves made by Campelli, the elegance of Aebi, and the goals of Peterly. They wrote: "Great applause salutes the victory of Internazionale F.C.".
The story continues.