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The Italians will look to get their season up and running. Goal looks at the pre-season friendlies that the Nerazzurri will play before they begin their season...

The 2012-13 season saw Inter finish 9th in the Serie A and hence failed to secure a European berth. The upcoming season vows a fresh start under new man in-charge Walter Mazzarri.

Back to work from July 12th

The players returned to training on 8th July at the Angelo Moratti Sports Centre, Inter's training ground. The squad include new recruits Ishak Belfodil, Mauro Icardi and Marco Andreolli.

Pre-Season Friendlies

II
Trentino Select XI  vs Inter

Date: 17st July, 2013

Venue: Stadio La Pineta

Played

 


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In his first game, Mazzarri led his side to a 0-3 victory with Rodrigo Palacio, Alessandro Capello and Ricky Alvarez on the scoresheet. New recruits Belfodil, Icardi and Andreolli made their debut.


II
Vicenza vs Inter

Date: 22st July, 2013

Venue: Stadio Pineta Pinzolo

Played

 


The Nerazzurri played their second friendly against Vicenza Calcio, who were promoted to the Serie B from the Lega Pro Prima Divisione. Former Italy legend Roberto Baggio rose from the youth ranks of Vicenza.

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Inter registered a 3-1 win over Vicenza. Fredy Guarin, Belfodil and Alvaro Pereira were on target for the Nerazzurri. Stefano Giacomelli pulled one back for the hosts, but couldn't prevent his side from going down to Inter. Massimo Moratti, the Inter president, attended the game and was pleased with the performance.


III
FeralpiSalò vs Inter

Date: 23st July, 2013

Venue: Stadio la Quercia, Rovereto

Played

 

FeralpiSalò is an Italian football club located in Salò, Lombardy. They ply their trade in the  Lega Pro Prima Divisione, Italy's third tier football.

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Walter Mazzarri recored three wins in as many games as his side overcame FeralpiSalò with a 2-0 victory. Hugo Campagnaro, another of Inter's new summer arrivals, netted his first goal for the club since his move from Naples, with Palacio scoring as well. There were some positive signs for Inter as youngsters Ibrahim M'Baye, and Patrick Olsen impressed with limited game time.

 

IV
Hamburger SV vs Inter

Date: 27st July, 2013

Venue: Imtech Arena, Hamburg

Kick Off: 15:30 (local time)

13:30 GMT

7:00 pm IST

 

About the opposition-

Thorsten Fink, a successful midfielder with Bayern Munich during a six year spell between 1997 and 2003, has pledged to the Hamburg faithful of a promising upcoming season in the Bundesliga.

Rafael van der Vaart, Hamburg's star attacking midfielder and captain will be the man to watch out for. The Dutch international was signed from Tottenham at the start of the last season, and took no time to settle into the club, his second spell with the Dinosaurs.

V
Inter vs  Chelsea

Date: 2 August, 2013

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana

Kick Off: 02:00 (local time)

07:00 GMT

12:30 pm IST

 

The San Siro side face another stern test in the form of English opponents Chelsea. The London side ended the last season on a high after winning the Europa League, and hence will be blooming with confidence.

 

V
Inter vs  Real Madrid

Date: 10 August, 2013

Venue:  Edward Jones Stadium Saint Louis

Kick Off: 20:00 (local time)

01:00 GMT

06:30 pm IST (both 11 August)

 

Inter face arguably the toughest opponents in their pre-season tour in the form of Real Madrid. The Los Blancos endured a trophyless last season, but much is expected under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti.

 

 
Inter's Man to Watch - Ishak Belfodil

Inter secured the services of Ishak Belfodil from Parma in the summer. The Algerian international netted 8 goals for Parma last season, and is expected to spearhead the Nerazzurri attack in years to come. With such promise and hype, the 6 ft 4 inch hitman will look to impress Mazzarri.

What the Bench-warmers need to do...

With 5 signings and more to come, the fringe players might have their starting spot in contention. They have to make most of the limited time in the pre-season to impress the gaffer, and stake a claim for starting berth. Along with several youngsters, Matías Silvestre, Ezequiel Schelotto and Gabriel Mudingayi would try to put in good performances on a consistent basis.

*Inter also play in the International Champions Cup, whose fixtures are yet to be declared on the official site

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