Inter Team Of The Decade 2000-2010

As we approach 2010, Goal.com's Adam Scime selects his Inter best XI from the past decade...
While the early part of the decade saw limited success for the Nerazzurri, the post-Calciopoli era has belonged to them completely.

Many new faces have come and left Inter over the past ten years, some forgotten for their lack of impact, some exalted for their Scudetto winning exploits. With four consecutive Serie A championships under their belt, it’s no wonder a majority of the players in this list still play for the Nerazzurri.

It has been a period of dominance for Italy’s current champions, almost going from ‘zeroes-to-heroes’ and Adam Scime selects his best Nerazzurri XI from the past decade…

Formation: 4-4-2

Julio Cesar (2005 - ):
Upon joining Inter, the Brazilian was immediately sent out on loan to Chievo, but upon his return managed to usurp veteran Francesco Toldo, establishing himself not only as the number one with the Nerrazurri, but arguably Serie A. His spectacular stops have helped the club salvage a number of results over the years.



Maicon (2006 - ):
Another Brazilian to continually improve since joining Inter is Maicon, to the point where many now consider him the best right-back in the world. His drives forward and devastating crosses have made him indispensable to the club - not even free-spending Real Madrid or Chelsea can pry him away. Three great campaigns and three championships. A rare blight was when he was involved in a fight during the club’s Champions League exit to Valencia in 2007, earning a three-match ban.



Ivan Cordoba (1999 - ): The Colombian has been a starter for the Nerazzurri for ten consecutive years. He’s played in more than 360 matches and while originally known for his speed at the back, his ageing has not hindered his progress. The former San Lorenzo centre-back has played a large part in all nine of the club’s trophies over the past four years (four Scudetti, two Coppa Italias, and three Italian Super Cups).



Marco Materazzi (2001 - ):
Say what you want about his temperament, but few are as committed to the Inter cause as the World Cup winner. A fan favourite, the 35-year-old may no longer be a starter, but he has had some particularly impressive domestic campaigns – including one where he scored 10 goals in the 2006-07 Scudetto winning year. Overall, he’s made 245 appearances for the club.



Javier Zanetti (1995 - ):
The veteran has stayed with the club through 15 different coaches and was one of the first buys of the Massimo Moratti era. An interesting statistic is he has not received a red card in this decade, also becoming the player with the second most appearances in the history of Inter, only behind Giuseppe Bergomi. Playing in a variety of positions in defence and midfield, he is ever-present in the line-up and praised for his consistency, former coach Luigi Simoni recently proclaimed ‘He’s not human!’



Luis Figo (2005 - 2009): The Portuguese playmaker may have spent his twilight years with Inter, but brought a winning mentality that was sorely lacking at the San Siro. Nerazzurri fans quickly became enamoured with his determination, as much as his set-piece skills. The veteran also was one of the first to openly point out the Calciopoli scandal in the press. He announced his retirement after winning the past season’s championship with the Milanese giants.



Emre Belozoglu (2001 – 2005):
Not many in this position have managed to delight the Inter crowd, but the Turkish star was one of the few this decade that added spark to the midfield in some barren times. What he lacked in stature he made up for in other ways, but was eventually transferred to Newcastle after an injury plagued season.



Esteban Cambiasso (2005 - ):
His transfer has to be one of the bargains of the decade. He joined Inter from Real Madrid on a free transfer and after his work-rate ensured that he was ahead of Edgar Davids in the pecking order. He is now recognised as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world. The 28-year-old has made over 150 appearances for the club in just four seasons, scoring 20 times and is unsurprisingly tied to the club until 2014.



Dejan Stankovic (2004 - ):
He was a firm favourite of coach Roberto Mancini in the line-up and has been an industrious part of the midfield ever since. The Serbian was liked by supporters even before he made his first appearance, as he originally snubbed Juventus when joining the club. When Jose Mourinho took over many thought he would leave, but he proved his worth to the side and once again became a key member of the Scudetto winning side.



Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2006 - ):
There are few players who have had the influence of ‘Ibracadabra’ on Massimo Moratti’s club. Since his arrival, Inter have won three straight Scudetti and his goals and creativity have carried them to domestic dominance and made for some memorable highlight reels. His main criticism continues to be the inability to deliver in the Champions League, however, few can argue with his brilliant displays in Serie A . It’s no wonder the Nerazzurri have suggested he’s worth around €80 million.



Christian Vieri (1999 – 2005): Some people believe that ‘Bobo’ was the sole reason the team managed to stay in the top five places in Serie A during the first half of the decade. His powerful strikes carried the team on many occasions, as he averaged 0.71 goals per game for Inter in Serie A. During his prime, he was regarded as one of the deadliest strikers in the world. But in the end he only managed a single Coppa Italia trophy at the club.




Julio Cesar

Maicon – Cordoba – Materazzi – Zanetti

Figo – Emre – Cambiasso – Stankovic

Ibrahimovic - Vieri

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Adam Scime, Goal.com