Inter Milan to play in city

ITALIAN soccer super-power Inter Milan are coming to Sheffield to mark the 150th anniversary of the first football club in the world.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 12:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2007, 9:15 am

The Serie A club – twice Champions League winners – will play a friendly with Unibond First Division side Sheffield FC in a prestigious game to mark the club’s football milestone on November 8 at Bramall Lane.

Inter, who celebrate their centenary next March, will bring 26 players from various countries. Coach and former Italian international Roberto Mancini and President Dr Massimo Moratti will attend.

Inter picked-up 15 Scudetto titles, two Intercontinental Cups, the Cuppa Italia five times, the Italian Super Cup three times and the UEFA Cup on three occasions.

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It’s the second major announcement by Sheffield FC in a week after it was revealed FIFA President Sepp Blatter is attending their anniversary dinner on October 24.

Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims said: “For a club from the Unibond League to be playing Inter Milan is a dream come true. It is a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.

“This will be a great occasion for all football fans and we hope the Sheffield public will turn out in their thousands.”

Sheffield FC will also play a local derby against Bryan Robson’s first team squad at the Bright Finance Stadium, Dronfield, on October 10, 7.45pm. Tickets for both games are available from Bramall Lane. Contact 0870 787 1799.