Team Overview: Internazionale continued their dominance of Serie A in 2009. The club’s recent success is symbolic of its grand history, as it is the only team to have never been sent down. They have 17 titles now, and Juve fans must be jealous of their success. 2009 ended with Inter’s four-peat, and now they look toward 2010.
Top Performers: The MVP for Inter – and all of Serie A – was Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic who won the Golden Boot with 25 goals. ZI, as I call him, also showed his charitable side by notching 7 assists. Mario Balotelli also had a decent year with 8 goals, and Julio Cesar was impenetrable in the net, ceding a mere 0.78 goals per game in 2009.
Highest Highs: Inter’s year was almost all “highs”. They led the league in almost every imaginable statistic. They had the most goals (70) and they conceded the fewest (32), which naturally resulted in their easy title. They also never lost @ home, and they only lost one game from October 1 to March 31. Thus, they have no real rivals.
Lowest Lows: Inter ‘s regular season success was somewhat spoiled by their poor performances in knockout tournaments. They were embarassed by Sampdoria (3-0) in the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semifinal and they couldn’t get past Man U in the Champions League. In fact, Ferguson kept Inter out of the net two straight games.
Future Outlook: Inter – like Man U – may become a victim of their own success as Ibrahimovic – like C. Ronaldo – feels he just can’t accomplish anything more with the club. If he leaves for more money and fame, Inter will need to replace him with someone dangerous, like Eto’o. They may lose a few players this offseason, but I bet they will win a fifth straight title in 2010.