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Remembering the iconic Inter Milan side which won the treble

Published at :April 23, 2020 at 12:20 AM
Modified at :April 24, 2020 at 10:06 PM
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The Nerazzurri accomplished the feat under Jose Mourinho in the 2009-10 season.

The 1990s to 2010s was a great phase for Italian football. The biggest stars of that era played in Italy and one of the most iconic teams of that time has to be the Inter Milan side which won the treble a decade ago in 2010.

It was a team full of stars and was anchored by an able leader and tactician in Jose Mourinho. The Nerazzurri in that season had set a benchmark in Italian football something which others have not been able to reach yet.

A decade later, Khel Now takes a trip down the memory lane and see how the stars from that Inter side are holding up currently.

Francesco Toldo

Just like Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Toldo was regarded as one of the best custodians during that time. The treble season happened right at the climax of his career aged 38 and hence he was mostly a backup for Julio Cesar. The Italian custodian currently works as a goalkeeping coach for the Italy U-21s.

Julio Cesar

The Brazilian was in the prime of his career during the treble season and hence he was Jose Mourinho's first choice. He made some game changing saves to bail out the Nerazzurri at times. Cesar returned to his boyhood club, Flamengo before retiring from the sport in 2018.

Javier Zanetti

One of the all time greats of the game. Zanetti was a revelation in himself and his loyalty to the club was second to none. He featured in 858 matches for the Nerazzurri and retired in 2014 - following which Inter have retired his iconic #4 jersey. The former Argentina star is currently the vice president at Inter.

Lucio

The Brazilian was everything required in a modern centre back. He was tall, sturdy and good with the ball. He also had a knack of scoring goals from set-piece situations. The Brazilian then featured for clubs like Juventus, Sao Paulo, Palmeiras before joining Indian Super League outfit FC Goa. He then returned to Brazil and played for his home district club Gama before hanging his boots in January 2020.

Ivan Cordoba

Another defender who gave his all for the crest and was one of the most athletic players during that time. Cordoba had immense versatility and it was a challenge for any forward to face the lanky Colombian defender. He spent 12 years at the club and never joined another club in Europe.

Maicon

One of the best fullbacks during his era and mainly in the treble season, Maicon was remarkable and was hailed with the best in the world tag. The Brazilian fullback joined AS Roma in 2013 and then returned to Brazil and had stints with clubs like Avai and Criciuma EC in the lower divisions. He is currently a free agent at the age of 38.

Walter Samuel

The South American domination in defence continues with Walter Samuel who also played a crucial part in that historic season. Samuel joined Inter with baggage of redemption after failing at Real Madrid and he turned it around with a nine-year spell with Inter. He turned to coaching and was a technical coach at Inter under the tutelage of Stefano Pioli in 2016. He is currently working under Lionel Scaloni as an assistant manager for the Argentina national team.

Marco Materazzi

While the Italian is remembered for his encounter with Zinedine Zidane, there's more to his game than just an incident. He was an exceptional defender and played a crucial role that season despite being at the latter stage of his career. After leaving Inter Milan, the Italian went on a career break before joining Indian Super League outfit, Chennaiyin FC as a player-manager and guiding them to the title in 2015/16 season before drawing an end to his career.

Christian Chivu

The former Romanian international was another very versatile player in this Inter Milan side and made crucial contributions to Jose Mourinho's triumph for the treble. He was once wanted by both Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2007. After retiring in 2014 Chivu is currently managing the Inter U-17 team.

Davide Santon

Santon at that time was an upcoming talented fullback who had several loan stints throughout his career before joining AS Roma permanently in 2018. The Italian fullback failed to realize his true potential but was a part of this treble-winning iconic Inter Milan side.

Dejan Stankovic

One of the greatest in his era, Stankovic was a pillar in midfield for the Nerazzurri. Interestingly the midfielder amassed 103 caps in representing Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and then Serbia. He also featured 231 times for Inter Milan and was a vital cog in Mourinho's historic team. Stankovic has taken over the managerial role and is currently managing Red Star Belgrade.

Thiago Motta

The leader in midfield, Motta was one of the architects of the this historic Inter Milan side. He added steel in the middle of the park and spent the prime of his career in Italy for the Nerazzurri. Motta then represented for top clubs like FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. He then started coaching with PSG U-19 side and was appointed as the manager of Genoa later, before getting sacked in December last year.

Esteban Cambiasso

Another vital player in this historic side who found his mojo at San Siro and stayed there for 10 years. Cambiasso was one of the most integral players for Inter in his prime and was one of the leaders in this highly talented side. The Argentine midfielder moved to Premier League and represented Leicester City before joing Greek giants Olympiacos. Like some of his teammates he also took up coahcing and was the assistant to Jose Pekerman in charge of the Colombia national team.

Wesley Sneijder

The Dutchman was one of the architects of the treble winning season and he was also Jose Mourinho's primary weapon in midfield. He assisted Diego Milito in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich and played a huge role in chance creation. Sneijder joined Galatasaray in 2013 and then had stints with French outfit OGC Nice and Qatari outfit Al Gharafa before hanging his boots in 2019.

Sulley Muntari

Another energetic midfielder who made his move to Italy from England after plying his trade for Portsmouth. His persistent running and physicality added a different dimension to Mourinho's midfield as he played a key role in the 2009/10 season for Inter. He joined direct rivals AC Milan after four years of service. The former Ghanaian International had several stints starting from Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad to Serie B's Pescara. Muntari last featured for Spanish Segunda outfit Albacete Balompie. The 35-year old midfielder is one of the players from this team who has not hung his boots.

Ricardo Quaresma

The Portuguese winger is another player in this list who have not left the sport and is still plying his trade for Turkish Super Lig outfit Kasimpasa. Quaresma was a squad player during his time at Inter under Jose Mourinho.

Mario Balotelli

The list of active players goes on as Mario Balotelli is still featuring for Serie A outift, Brescia Calcio and have scored five times this season. He was a youngster during the 2009/10 season under Jose Mourinho but still the Italian forward scored 11 times in 40 games coming on from the bench.

Goran Pandev

The Macedonian forward also played his part in this historic team which won the treble. Pandev's first spell at the club was not as he expected but his second spell was much more fruitful. The 36-year old has featured in several all top clubs in Seria A, starting from Lazio, Inter and Napoli. He had a stint at Galatasaray before returning to Italy and currently plies his trade for Genoa and have scored seven goals this season in the Seria A.

Diego Milito

The man who ran riot for Inter in the treble winning season. He as Jose Mourinho's ace in this Inter Milan side as Milito created something out of nothing. The Argentine forward scored 30 goals in 52 games which also includes a brace in their 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. The talisman went back to his boyhood club in Argentina, Racing, before hanging up his boots. However he has taken the job of a sporting director at Racing.

Samuel Eto'o

Eto'o was one of the footballing greats of his generation. He was simply sensational as a forward and Mourinho's idea of pairing up Milito and Eto'o worked like magic as the duo combined exceptionally and were a complete nightmare for the opposition defenders. The Cameroonian forward scored 16 goals during that campaign and ran riot in the next season with 37 goals. He plied his trade for different clubs in different continents. Qatar Sports Club was the last club he represented before retiring in September 2019.

Note: Patrick Viera and Mancini left Inter in the 2010 January transfer window.

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