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August 6, 2011 1:00 PM BST
Beijing National Stadium — Beijing
Referee:‬ N. Rizzoli‎
Attendance:‬ 70000‎

Supercoppa Italiana preview: AC Milan - Inter

The new season in Italy kicks off as the winners of the country's domestic honours last season face each other in the Chinese capital, with the Super Cup trophy at stake

By Livio Caferoglu

The great joy of the players of Milan after the scudetto conquest (Getty Images)
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AC Milan (4-3-1-2): Abbiati; Zambrotta, Nesta, Silva, Abate; Seedorf, Van Bommel, Gattuso; Boateng; Ibrahimovic, Pato

The Serie A champions will be without their two new Bosman acquisitions in defensive duo Taye Taiwo, who carries over an ongoing suspension from his Marseille days, and Philippe Mexes, who is still nursing a knee injury.

In addition, coach Massimiliano Allegri will probably opt for Gianluca Zambrotta at left-back in the absence of Taiwo, and Kevin-Prince Boateng should get the nod ahead of Robinho in the central attacking-midfield berth. Ignazio Abate appears to have recovered from a flu virus in time, and should retain his place at right-back.

Inter (3-4-3): Cesar; Chivu, Samuel, Ranocchia; Santon, Motta, Sneijder, Zanetti; Eto'o, Pazzini, Pandev

Gian Piero Gasperini prepares to oversee his first competitive fixture in charge of the Coppa Italia holders, in which he must contend with the absences of Copa America participants Lucio, Maicon, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito, plus Emiliano Viviano and Yuto Nagatomo, with the latter pair injured. Also, Dejan Stankovic has picked up a potential knee injury in a training session in China and could be unavailable.

However, goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defender Cristian Chivu keep their respective places in the side, whilst captain Javier Zanetti reclaims his place on the right-hand side, and Davide Santon comes in for the injured Nagatomo on the opposing flank. In addition, Giampaolo Pazzini comes in to lead the line, with Eto'o pushing out to the left-wing and Goran Pandev replacing Ricky Alvarez on the right.


  • Inter and Milan are the joint-most successful sides in Supercoppa history, with five wins each.

  • Inter are set to feature in their seventh consecutive Supercoppa fixture.

  • However, this will be Milan's first appearance since 2004, coincidentally their last Supercoppa victory.
  • Surprisingly, this is the first ever time both sides will face eachother in Italy's traditional curtain raiser.

  • This will be the second time that the Supercoppa is held in Beijing; the previous being in 2009.

  • It is also the fifth time the match is being hosted outside of Italy; the other three times occurred in 1993, 2003 and 2004, in Washington, Tripoli and Washington again respectively.
  • Milan have the upper hand in 'Derby della Madonnina', with 105 wins in 274 encounters with Inter; Inter have won 95.
  • Filippo Inzaghi and Dejan Stankovic are the derby's top scorers still plying their trades for their respective sides, with four goals each.

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32Christian AbbiatiGoalkeeper
19Gianluca Zambrotta Defender
13Alessandro NestaDefender
4Thiago SilvaDefender
20Ignazio AbateDefender
-C. SeedorfManager/Coach
17Mark van BommelMidfielder
8Gennaro Ivan GattusoMidfielder
9Kevin-Prince BoatengMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Marco AmeliaGoalkeeper
25Daniele BoneraDefender
33Mario YepesDefender
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
21Massimo AmbrosiniMidfielder
9Alexandre PatoStriker
99Antonio CassanoStriker
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
26Cristian ChivuDefender
25Walter SamuelDefender
23Andrea RanocchiaDefender
11Ricardo ÁlvarezMidfielder
8Thiago MottaMidfielder
20Joel ObiMidfielder
10Dejan StankovicMidfielder
4Javier ZanettiDefender
29Samuel Eto'oStriker
10Wesley SneijderMidfielder
12Luca CastellazziGoalkeeper
-Marco FaraoniDefender
-Matteo BianchettiDefender
4Sulley MuntariMidfielder
19Goran PandevStriker
11Giampaolo PazziniStriker
-Luc CastaignosStriker
Probable Lineups
Christian Abbiati 32
Gianluca Zambrotta 19
Alessandro Nesta 13
Thiago Silva 4
Ignazio Abate 20
C. Seedorf 0
Mark van Bommel 17
Gennaro Ivan Gattuso 8
Kevin-Prince Boateng 9
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 10
Robinho 7
Julio César 30
Cristian Chivu 26
Walter Samuel 25
Andrea Ranocchia 23
Ricardo Álvarez 11
Thiago Motta 8
Joel Obi 20
Dejan Stankovic 10
Javier Zanetti 4
Samuel Eto'o 29
Wesley Sneijder 10