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    Inter's reputation in the world of football

    Before anyone thinks I'm mad, understand that I'm trying to be as non-Inter, to be as neutral as possible when I'm writing this piece.

    I have been very curious in the past couple of years when it comes to Inter's reputation in the world of football. We had dominated the Serie A so much but it seems that we never do get that recognition from those outside of Italy. It's true that Italian clubs' performance in Europe was on a decline but Italy IS the World Champion and Milan DID win the UCL back in 06/07.

    Then last night, we finally conquered Europe. We got the trophy that has been eluding us for 45 years. We won the trophy that is considered as the grandest price in club football. But for some reason, I feel that those media and fans out there regard our achievement like a 'flash in the pan,' like when Porto won the Champions League in 03/04 for example. Instead of crowning us as Europe's best club, like how Barcelona were hailed as one of the best team ever after winning the CL last year, it seems to me that they are trying their best to rain on our parade.

    For example, the focus of the media has been on our departing coach, Mourinho, instead of the team and its players. Yes Mourinho is the biggest name in football right now but the amount of attention we get is just disgustingly low. Another example, I just watched the SKY Sports UK post-match review of the match and instead of hailing Milito’s remarkable performance, they chose to put down his goals by saying that he got it the easy way because Demichelis & Van Buyten was extremely bad.

    If you ask me, even right now our name in the world of football is not as big as Manchester United. It’s not as big as big as Barcelona’s. It’s not as big as Real Madrid. And heck, it’s not very much bigger than Milan’s when actually our achievement over the past few years DWARFS Milan’s.

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    So why? Why is this the case with Inter? Why do the others get their praises but not us? I feel that there are several reasons and I’ll try to discuss them in this article. They’re done in no particular order by the way.

    Firstly, it has to do with the 45 years we suffered without European glory. The drought of international accolades is not something that can be pacified in just one season, no matter how good it is. Inter’s name has fallen so far down the list for so many years and it will take a few years of good achievement in European stage for Inter to be regarded by them as the top name in Europe.

    Secondly, it’s the lag of big names in our club. I was comparing Real Madrid’s achievement over the past 7 years, starting from season 03/04. I purposely picked this number because it coincides with the drought in title that they’re suffering in the next years. Since that season, Real Madrid had just won 2 La Liga titles when we won 5 Serie A titles plus a Champions League. But our name does not even come close to Real Madrid’s name. Why is that?

    The answer I deduced from this is Florentino Perez’ Los Galacticos policy. Even though Real Madrid was suffering, they still managed to get the most attention from the football world. Who cares if David Beckham was struggling as a central midfielder with Real? Who cares if Michael Owen just warms the bench? All they here about is Real Madrid is the team with Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, Zidane, Figo, Beckham, Owen and it’s those names that the fans want to talk about, that the media want to report about.

    Thirdly, it’s the identity that the club has chosen. The captain of this club is Javier Zanetti. The president of this club is Massimo Moratti. The current biggest star player of this club is Diego Milito. They are three of the most humble person I have ever seen and all of them just happen to be our bandiera. They shun the spotlight, are very modest in giving interviews and never create any sensation. Case in point, when Mourinho joined us, he was this arrogant bastard who demands everyone’s attention to him and look, our club’s stock rose too!

    Fourthly, and it has to do with the third point, is the lack of shameless marketing from our club. For this point, I’m comparing our club with Milan. Even though Milan has finished in the top 2 of the Serie A just twice since winning the Champions League in 02/03, Galliani & Berlusconi still have the shameless guts to proclaim themselves as “The Most Success Club” in the world.

    Do you remember in 08/09, somewhere in December, after Milan failed to win (Draw or lose, can’t be arsed to check), Galliani had the gull to say that “I’m still happy today, because this time last year, we were crowned World Champions.” What a fucking travesty right!? But that groundless arrogance, backed by big names like Beckham & Ronaldinho, has helped maintain Milan’s status among Europe’s big names. Obviously it won’t last forever and their façade have been exposed more and more lately.

    Fifthly, the lack of home-grown talent in our squad. Now, I’m comparing our situation with Barcelona. Last season, looking at Barcelona’s squad, they didn’t have a ‘big’ name either. Messi is fantastic but he wasn’t being talked that much outside of Spain. Neither did Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Puyol or Victor Valdes. But one thing they have in common is, alongside Pep Guardiola they were raised from Barca’s own academy backyard. This fact received more attention from the press compared to the individual talent of the players itself.

    Sixthly and finally, it has to do with Serie A’s ineptitude compared to its rivals. The lack of marketing that our domestic league does is just astonishing. Everyone can now watch the Premier League in HD and in some countries, the La Liga is being broadcast by SKY Sports UK in HD too. Their commentators are not those with dull, boring voices but those who can truly market their product well. The picture quality that Serie A is being broadcasted at, here in Indonesia and back when I was in the States, is just an abomination compared to the other leagues.

    And I just wanna point out one thing that is really in my nerves. Serie A only introduced a Serie A trophy for the first time back in the 05/06 season. And Good God almighty, what a fucking disgrace that trophy is! It’s half-assed, very small and looked like dog poo. I mean, here Serie A have the advantage of outshining the design the EPL trophy that were designed way back before and what do they do? They create something that’s fucking worse than that! The idiocy is just astonishing.

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    In the end, there are a lot of things that we CAN do in order to increase Inter’s name, but the question is, do we WANT to do those things? Should we get Beckham just for the media coverage? Should Moratti start whoring Inter out the way Galliani did for Milan? Should sell Milito because he’s too timid? Obviously the answer is no.

    There are some ‘righteous’ things that we can do that would ensure Inter name enters the top echelon of football. As much as we don’t want to commercialize the club, as much as we should give a fuck about what the others think about us, we DO need that attention from the worldwide media in order to secure the best players and the best coaches in the market. Let’s all hope that Inter will achieve all those.

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    Great piece Han. I'm also very interested in this subject, especially because Inter is not populair in the Netherlands. It's always the team that plays anti-football in their eyes, has almost no italians (without even thinking about the reason this club was found), and since 2 years has the most ignorant coach in the world. Because of this it's almost impossible to think that a 100% dutch kid becomes an inter fan. I'm half Italian, so that's the way I became familiar with calcio (and inter). But I really doubt that if I didn't have family in italy, that I would've even liked inter (because of the general view of inter here).

    But since our CL adventure this year, I'm seeing some changes. First of all, more and more newspapers and sportprogrammes are showing sympathy towards inter here. For example, the day after the 3-1 against barca, the most common newspaper here called our football an 'art'. Also my dutch friends like inter more and more because of all this. We are still not as populair as barca, real and the english teams, because the dutch like attractive football (mostly because of ajax in the seventies), but it's heading the right way. We simply need to keep this up.

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    how is inter in european standings after this win ?
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    Finally we can say, we are a TOP club at every aspect of football. money, reputation, squad, respect.

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    First of all i'm happy that AC Merda can finally SHUT THE FUCK UP with their CL-speech...the only thing left that our geriatric older brother had left that helped him to have a good nights sleep....well it's gone and as Berlus interrests are more focused on Viagra&staying out of jail Rossoneri should get used of even harder times ahead.

    Second,the world will see us in a different light from now on for sure...we have struck fear in their hearts...i've even seen Bayern supporters craving for Barca as they watched us eliminate Chelsea&first game against Barca at SS.
    I have faith in Moratti that he'll soon find the right substitute for Mou,keep the team together,ad some 1-2 WC midfielders to the squad and come out all guns blazing next season so teams will breath in relief when they find out'Thank god it's Real not Inter'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pazzainteramala View Post
    how is inter in european standings after this win ?
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    many people are fans of other clubs and not inter,.. and when they see inter killing others like nothing before,.. they get jealous,.. and they say all the stupid stuff,.. the point is we are the best,.. simple as that

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    Azz, Balotelli hasn't achieved much yet, but the probability of him becoming better than Ronaldinho is high. He may not have the 'wow factor' now, but chances are he will in few years.

    If we sell him, I assure you that in few years we will be out looking for a player of his characteristics and will pay big money for that. The kid really has it, I have never seen a 19-year old with so much talent. We need to take a risk sometimes, and like I said, chances are that he will be a big deal and chances are he will sell shirts. I bet there will be a million gangsta-wannabe rich kids around the world sporting Balotelli shirts, sometimes you need to see it from a marketing point of view.

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    Considering it's only like 100 000 people living in Harlem, and not even one percant giving a shit about Balotelli, I doubt the shirt selling will go down that well, despite him being a homeboy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    Considering it's only like 100 000 people living in Harlem, and not even one percant giving a shit about Balotelli, I doubt the shirt selling will go down that well, despite him being a homeboy.
    Was that supposed to be racist or funny?

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    It was supposed to be funny, considering the choice of "gangsta-wannabe" comment before me. If you couldn't get that, then I'm very sorry that you can't read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy View Post
    It was supposed to be funny, considering the choice of "gangsta-wannabe" comment before me. If you couldn't get that, then I'm very sorry that you can't read.
    Didnt see that and I was just joking anyways lol

    So Hamed you have this vision that Balotelli will inspire lil gangstas everywhere to put there guns away and embrace football?

    I like your style brotha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammoudi View Post
    We still don't have the respect and the 'wow' factor and that only comes with entertainment. With the new UEFA laws, we will be required to generate more money and this means tours to Asia etc. but also advancing our image.

    People in China or kids in Qatar will not fall in love with Stan/Eto kind of players but with entertainers. Love or hate it, it's the new reality and we need to make more money from promotions.
    And they can't fall in love with Sneijder, Milito, Lucio, JC, Cambiasso? Not to mention any of the great players throughout Inter's history? People are going to fall in love with winners.

    I frankly don't give a damn what people think about Inter or how much of a 'wow factor' the players have. I care about winning and that is something Inter has done and will continue to do very well. If Balotelli can get his ducks in a row ie. CONSISTENTLY producing, CONSISTENTLY being a team player, and CONSISTENTLY being mature, I am all for keeping him. I don't want him around to sell shirts or get new fans in Qatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HYDEZ View Post
    People are going to fall in love with winners.
    Greece europian champion, Karagounis golden ball and Charisteas in Nike comercial.... loooool Please grow up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan View Post
    Greece europian champion, Karagounis golden ball and Charisteas in Nike comercial.... loooool Please grow up.
    An international team...obviously not going to be loved by very many non Greeks. Nice try though.

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    If your targets in shirt sales are 'gangsta-wannabe rich kids', then you are doing something wrong. Especially considering most of these kind of people would be americans who most likely think that 'Inter milan' is a nr.7 at the local pizza place.

    I dont think there is alot of 'gangsta-wannabe rich kids' in China or Qatar either btw. But im sure it was a joke anyways.
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    Appealing to people who aren't Inter fans is crucial. Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Milan are all extremely successful on that front. It's important for gaining a worldwide following, as well as being profitable. I'm tired of being bumped from friendlies in favor of Real Madrid.
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    Selling shirts , we have Etoo and Sneijder who have a worldwide reputation and can do a better job than Mario....But I do believe we should get more of this marketable players but not at the expense of the team..... who says u cant have the 'wow' factor and also be matured

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    winning titles is better than win money with mercandishing, i rather always be the dark horse.


    in the last 5 years: inter >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> real madrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex de Large View Post
    winning titles is better than win money with mercandishing, i rather always be the dark horse.


    in the last 5 years: inter >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> real madrid.
    but winning titles AND money with merchandising is better than what u said

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