The votes are pouring in as Nerazzurri fans decide upon the next four entries into the Inter Hall of Fame. It's the fourth edition of inductions into the pantheon of Inter greats; let's see who joins the 12 currently sitting pretty in the Hall of Fame.
Here are the past winners:
- 2018 edition: Walter Zenga; Javier Zanetti; Lothar Matthaus; Ronaldo;
- 2019 edition: Francesco Toldo; Giacinto Facchetti; Dejan Stankovic; Giuseppe Meazza.
- 2020 edition: Julio Cesar, Giuseppe Bergomi, Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Milito.
There are 57 players in with a shout of following in the footsteps of Esteban Cambiasso, the last midfielder inducted into the Hall of Fame. We've got a series of names here who have made huge contributions to the history of the club: legends from the Grande Inter side such as Mario Corso, Luis Suarez and Sandro Mazzola, other historic figures such as Gabriele Oriali, Evariso Beccalossi and Nicola Berti, as well as modern day heroes like treble winner Wesley Sneijder.
Early years until World War II
Among the stars of Inter's early years are players who didn't only triumph with their club side, but also played a part in Italy's first two World Cup wins in the 1930s. Giovanni Ferrari falls into this category - he won both the 1934 and 1938 editions. Virgilio Fossati was another memorable figure, who became the first Inter player to represent Italy. Armando Castellazzi was successful both as a player and as a coach for the Nerazzurri, while Attilio Demaria starred in the 1934 World Cup. The other players from this era who join them as Hall of Fame candidates are: Emilio Agradi, Antonio Blasevich, Enrico Candiani, Aldo Cevenini I, Osvaldo Fattori, Renato Olmi, Enrico Rivolta, Paolo Schleider, Pietro Serantoni, and Giuseppe Viani.
Lennart 'Nacka' Skoglund is the most notable name from Inter's midfield in the 1950s. The Swede, who could be described as a reckless genius, played a part in two Nerazzurri Scudetto triumphs. Enea Masiero, Bruno Mazza, Maino Neri and Fulvio Nesti are other notable figures from this period.
The Grande Inter era
Helenio Herrera's Inter side have gone down in the annals of footballing history. Key figures in his team were Gianfranco Bedin, Mario Corso, Ballon d'Or winner Luis Suarez and Sandro Mazzola. The latter, a talented and versatile attacking midfielder, featured 565 times for the club, picking up a litany of trophies as well as finishing second to Johan Cruyff in the 1971 Ballon d'Or voting.
The Nerazzurri in the 1970s and 1980s
Salvatore Bagni, Evaristo Beccalossi, Domenico Caso, Gabriele Oriali, Gianpiero Marini (who went on to coach Inter to UEFA Cup success in 1994), Giancarlo Pasinato, Giuseppe Pavone, Herbert Prohaska and Alessandro Scanziani are the standout players from this era, either making at least 60 appearances for the club or winning a trophy in one or both of the two decades.
With Lothar Matthaus having already entered the Hall of Fame in its first edition of voting, Nicola Berti is a strong candidate to be inducted in 2021. Yet he's got competition from this era in the form of: Alessandro Bianchi, Enrico Cucchi, Pietro Fanna, Gianfranco Matteoli, Benoit Cauet, Youri Djorkaeff, Davide Fontolan, Wim Jonk, Antonio Manicone, Francesco Moriero, Angelo Orlando, Igor Shalimov, Diego Simeone, and Aaron Winter.
Success with Mancini and the treble-winning side
Finally, we've got several names from 21st century Inter sides who have a good chance of making the Hall of Fame. Among them are winners from the Scudetto and Coppa Italia triumphs under Roberto Mancini and those who led the Nerazzurri to treble glory in 2010. Here are the players up for induction: Luis Figo, Kily Gonzalez, Thiago Motta, Wesley Sneijder, Santiago Solari, Patrick Vieira and Cristiano Zanetti.