Football Club Internazionale Milano was founded in 1908 as part of a breakaway from the Milan Cricket and Football Club. The team's name is in reference to a desire amongst its founders for foreign and Italian players to co-exist. The club is usually referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter and outside of Italy, the name Inter Milan is often used. Inter are the second most popular team in Italy and the eighth most supported in all of Europe.
The club has been in the top flight of the Italian league system for the duration of its history and has won the league 18 times. In addition, Inter have won the European Cup three times, including back to back wins in 1964 and 1965 and the Coppa Italia on seven occasions. Other trophy wins include three UEFA Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The most successful period in the club's history came between 2004 and 2010. During this time, Inter won the Coppa Italia on four occasions and Serie A on five consecutive occasions, equalling the record for back-to-back title wins. In the 2009–10 season, Jose Mourinho led the club to win the UEFA Champions League and complete a historic Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble.
Popular former players include Javier Zanetti, the club's record appearance maker; Giuseppe Meazza, whos scored 284 goals for the club; Giacinto Facchetti, one of the most popular players of all time and Lothar Matthaus, who won the FIFA World Player of the Year award whilst playing for the club. Other noteable names to represent the club include Samuel Eto'o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Wesley Sneijder.
Inter play home matches at the San Siro, which is officially named the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. The stadium, shared with rivals AC Milan, has a capacity of 80,018.