Dublin 2011: City v Inter past history
- 24 June 2011 11:26
- Posted by David Clayton
City take on Inter Milan for only the second time in the two clubs’ long and illustrious histories when they meet on 31 July as part of the Dublin Super Cup.
It has only been a year since the Blues met Internazionale for the first time, with the Italians running out 3-0 winners in a pre-season game in Baltimore.
Goals from Victor Obinna, a Joleon Lescott own goal and Cristiano Biraghi’s long range effort late on sealed a miserable evening for Roberto Mancini which was topped off Patrick Vieira was controversially red carded following a clash with Marco Materazzi.
The Frenchman played 67 times for Inter following a move from Juventus, before leaving to join City in January 2010.
Current Blues forward Mario Balotelli spent the early part of his career with the 2010 Champions’ League winners, too.
The young Italian notched up an impressive 20 goals in 59 league appearances for I Nerazzuri prior to his moving to Eastlands last summer and is the highest profile transfer between the clubs.
Former City striker Bernardo Corradi was once on the books at the San Siro when he was part-owned by both Inter and Chievo, though he never made a competitive appearance in the blue and black stripes of Inter, spending his time playing for the Verona-based club.
Another Stuart Pearce signing, Ousmane Dabo had slightly more success at Inter by making 13 appearances for the Italians in the late 1990s, prior to being sold to Parma.
Of course, Blues’ boss Roberto Mancini is man with a slightly longer history with Inter having managed them for four years from 2004.
In that time he won the Serie A title on three separate occasions, but resigned in 2008, and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Additionally, City’s backroom staff also bears similarities to that of Mancini’s coaches with Fausto Salsano, Massimo Battara and Ivan Carminati all having worked with the manager at the San Siro, too.