News Live Scores

'They're a disease carried from infancy' - the war of words that has poisoned the Juventus-Inter rivalry

The rivalry between Juventus and Inter is so explosive today that the animosity and hatred between the two clubs compares with virtually any other duel in football.

Over the years, a number of high-profile clashes both on and off the pitch have resulted in the profile of the Derby d'Italia being raised beyond all previous expectations.

With the latest installment of the drama scheduled for Saturday night at Juventus Stadium, brings you some of the classic quotes that have summed up, or stoked up, the bitterness that exists between the two Italian giants.

"The fans were just a few metres away [from the pitch], but there was no real danger"

- Inter defender Aristide Guarneri

The 1961 encounter between Juventus and Inter was abandoned when the referee claimed an overspill of supporters at a packed out Stadio Comunale was dangerous. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) originally handed a 2-0 away victory to the Nerazzurri, as was the custom at the time, but the day before the final game of the season the decision was reversed, with the two sides asked to replay the game on June 10.

"Clamoroso al Cibali!" (Resounding at the Cibali!)

- Sandro Ciolli

Sandro Ciolli was a radio commentator for Tutto il Calcio Minuto per Minuto, and after the previous day's decision, Inter went down to a 2-0 loss at Catania which gave Juve the title. Ciolli's words would go down in Italian football history.

"At first we were a bit embarrassed, and we didn't want to really punish them. But Omar Sivori was chasing the Ballon d'Or, and was determined to score as many as possible"

- Giampiero Boniperti

When the Juve-Inter fixture was replayed, with the Bianconeri already champions, Inter president Angelo Moratti ordered coach Helenio Herrera to field a Primavera team by way of protest. Juve won 9-1, with Sivori scoring six times against a defence containing debutant Giacinto Facchetti. It would become known as 'La Partita Fantasma' (The phantom game), and still represents both Juve's biggest league victory and Inter's heaviest defeat. The true rivalry had begun.

"I believe Brera coined the phrase because at that time the Bianconeri and Nerazzurri were first and second in the table and were the teams with the best two records for Scudetti won"

- Mauro Suma, author of I 100 Derby d'Italia

Legendary sports journalist and originator of great football lexicon Gianni Brera is the man widely credited as having first used the term 'Derby d'Italia' to sum up the matches between Juve and Inter, The meeting of the two sides in 1967 when they were the two giants of Calcio was the moment Brera gave the rivalry a title that has stuck to this day.

"I had stopped and [Ronaldo] overwhelmed me like a truck. I swear I looked at the ball. And then came the huge arguments because when we attacked Ceccarini gave us a penalty"

- Mark Iuliano

As the two clubs battled for Scudetto honours once more in 1998, they came head-to-head for a game at the Stadio delle Alpi which would be remembered for Mark Iuliano's unpunished challenge on Ronaldo in the penalty area. Within 20 seconds, the Bianconeri had gone up the field and earned a spot-kick. Although the penalty was missed by Alessandro Del Piero, Juve held on to win 1-0 and all but clinch the Scudetto.

"Ceccarini changed my life, because with that penalty we could have won the Scudetto and the Uefa Cup in the same year. I was effectively defrauded of the chance of winning the double, and I could still have been at a big club today"

- Inter coach Luigi Simoni

The decision by Piero Ceccarini is still talked about almost daily in Milan, with Interisti and former players alike still bitter about the referee's call. Inter coach at the time Luigi Simoni believes that the face of Calcio was changed massively in those 20 seconds.

"Juventus are a disease that unfortunately some people carry from infancy"

- Former Inter sporting director Peppino Prisco

Peppino Prisco was well known for his quotes regarding football and life in general, and also once described the 1998 penalty incidents as "not theft, but a treaty of stolen goods." One time shortly before his death in 2001, he stated: "I am almost 80 years old, and [with what I've seen] I do not want to believe that God would be a Bianconero."

"President Moratti has made many mistakes. He spent a huge amount to inappropriately pack his squad. And do we want to talk trades? How about Seedorf and Pirlo for Coco and Guly, or Cannavaro for Carini"

- Luciano Moggi

Juventus general director Luciano Moggi memorably talked up Uruguayan reserve goalkeeper Fabian Carini ahead of a swap deal for Inter's Fabio Cannavaro. Amazingly, Massimo Moratti was lured in, and the Italy legend would play a big part in Juve's controversial Scudetto wins of 2005 and 2006, while Carini played four games for the Nerazzurri in three years. As Moggi later goaded, it was not Inter's only notable transfer market error.


- Giovanni Cobolli Gigli

Juve president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli reacted angrily when his club was demoted to Serie B and deducted 30 points as part of the Calciopoli verdicts of 2006. The penalty would be reduced by a total of 21 points after two appeals, but they were relegated all the same, with Inter being awarded the 2006 title and the 2005 crown also being stripped from the Bianconeri.

"The thing is simple. Either everyone is innocent, or everyone is guilty. In this case, I think everyone is innocent"

- Luciano Moggi

Moggi resigned from his position at Juve to concentrate on his attempts to clear his name, and pointed the finger at Inter as conspirators in the phone-tapping which led to the original Calciopoli revelations. He also claimed that his actions were reflective of what was going on all around Calcio.

"Inter violated the article relative to sporting fraud and are directly responsible for having secured an advantage in the league standings by conditioning the regular function of the referee sector"

- Stefano Palazzi

Stefano Palazzi, the Chief Prosecutor involved in the Calciopoli II episode claimed that the Nerazzurri were guilty of more serious violations than any of the clubs punished in the original trial, but since the Statute of Limitations had expired on the case, the situation remained unresolved. His assertions would have no bearing on previous sentences over the destination of the 2005 and 2006 titles, leaving Inter and Juve fighting for the high moral ground.

"If I were in Moratti's shoes, I would have avoided going around telling everyone I was clean and honest for all these years. Now those phrases are even more shocking after the recent revelations"

- Luciano Moggi

Moggi used Palazzi's claims as justification for his previous attacks on Moratti which had claimed the Nerazzurri president to be among the ringleaders in the whole case.

"I am absolutely convinced that we have nothing to do with Calciopoli, so I hope and believe that justice will run its path ... Juve should go on holiday and forget Calciopoli"

- Massimo Moratti

The Inter chief insisted that his club were innocent, pointing to the fact they had not been implicated in the Calciopoli trial as evidence of their clean hands.

"It's always right to listen to men of a certain age, but Juventus plan their own holidays"

- John Elkann

The Juve owner hit back at Moratti with a dig of his own. John Elkann increasingly tried to refocus his club's sights on the future rather than continuing the struggle against the Calciopoli sentences.

"If we have to give back one title, then Juventus would have to give back more titles"

- Ernesto Paolillo

As reflected by their CEO, Ernesto Paolillo, the Nerazzurri continue to maintain that they have done much less to sully the name of Calcio than have Juventus.

"Inter are finished. Their credit, obtained from Calciopoli, has run out. The team has turned from being a warship to a weak mob. To win again Moratti will probably need a new Calciopoli"

- Moggi again!

The mouthpiece continues to back Juventus, and has found much satisfaction in Inter's recent fall from grace, having previously seen the Nerazzurri string together five years of almost unrelenting success off the back of Calciopoli.

"There's no controversy between Inter and Juventus at the moment. We steer away from controversy with Juve"

- Massimo Moratti

The Inter president attempts to play down the rivalry ahead of this weekend's fixture, also passing up the opportunity to shed doubt on the events at Catania last Sunday.