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Spurs v Inter - a brief history

05 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

It's over 100 years since we first took on Italian giants Internazionale, the first of eight encounters and some thrilling moments on the European stage...


Our first match against Inter in our first-ever visit to Italy. This was the fifth of a nine-match post-season tour and we ran out 5-0 winners thanks to goals from Jimmy Elliott (2), Bert Bliss (2) and John Fleming. The Italian newspaper Gazetta Dello Sport ran the headline 'the exhibition of the great masters of football'. The game was held at the Arena Civica, which opened in 1807 and still holds concerts to this day.

Below: Diego Maradona in action, 1986



Inter provided the opponents for Ossie Ardiles' testimonial - a game remembered for all-time great Diego Maradona pulling on a Spurs shirt. Over 30,000 fans attended and watched Clive Allen and Mark Falco grab the goals in a 2-1 win.


Two thrilling matches in our first season in the Champions League. Inter looked every inch the holders as they raced into a 4-0 lead by half-time in our first group game in the San Siro, helped by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes' early red card. But pride and more was restored in the second half when Gareth Bale announced himself as a future superstar with a hat-trick as our 10 men clawed back to 4-3 and had Inter holding on at the final whistle. The attitude post-match was certainly 'bring on the return at the Lane...'

A fortnight later, we delivered, in style. In one of the most memorable nights at the Lane, Bale tore Inter apart ('taxi for Maicon') as goals from Rafa van der Vaart, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko saw us home 3-1. Fantastic.

Below: Gareth Bale takes on Maicon, 2010



The last time we met the Serie A giants was the first time in a knockout format, in the last 16 of the Europa League. Everything looked rosy with a 3-0 win in the home leg - goals from Gareth Bale, Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson - but how things turned at the San Siro! Inter dominated the return and forced extra time with a 3-0 win. Thankfully, Emmanuel Adebayor found a goal in extra time which meant Inter needed five - they scored another, but we held on to win on away goals!

Below: Relief as Emmanuel Adebayor scores at the San Siro, 2013


Other friendlies

We drew 0-0 at the Lane in 1993 and won 2-1 in 2006, also at the Lane, with Teemu Tainio hitting both goals.

Played for both

Edgar Davids, Robbie Keane and Jurgen Klinsmann are amongst the players to have worn both our famous Lilywhite and Inter's blue/black shirts. And let's not forget 'my name is Nicola Berti...'

Competition time!

Spurs in Oslo - Competition