What were Inter players doing in 2010?

Inter have won their first title in 11 years, but what were the Nerazzurri doing when José Mourinho conquered their last title before today, 11 years ago?

The Special One is the last foreign coach to have won the Serie A title and the only one different from Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri to claim the Scudetto in the last 11 years.

Repubblica.it reveals what the current Inter players and Antonio Conte were doing in 2010, when Inter won the Treble.

The coach had been sacked by Atalanta and was on the verge of becoming Siena’s boss in Serie B. He gained Serie A promotion in 2010-11 while Allegri’s Milan won the Scudetto.

Romelu Lukaku, Inter’s best scorer this season, was only 17 and was playing for Anderlecht in Belgium. Ivan Perisic was also playing in Belgium, but with Club Brugge, Milan and Bologna were interested in signing him.

Lautaro Martinez ‘wanted to play basketball and wanted to imitate his idol and compatriot Manu Ginobili,’ but his father managed to change his mind with the Argentinean who then switched to football.

Alessandro Bastoni was just an 11-year-old who had just joined the Atalanta youth sector.

Stefano Sensi was 15 and was in talks to join Cesena, given that his club Rimini went bankrupt.

Nicolò Barella was 13 and was playing in the Cagliari youth sector, while Samir Handanovic had already spent six years in Italy and was preparing to play his first World Cup where he would face Chile’s Arturo Vidal (23 at that time) and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen.

Ajax had signed the Dane for €1m from Odense two years prior. Andrea Ranocchia had just ended his best-ever season with Bari partnering with Leonardo Bonucci at the back.

Achraf Hakimi was playing in the Real Madrid youth sector and had quit the sport of swimming, Matteo Darmian was playing for Padova in Serie B. He was in the same team as Jack Bonaventura and Vincenzo Italiano, now the Spezia head coach.

Last but not least, Inter President Steven Zhang was studying at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Perhaps he would have never imagined that 11 years later, he would have become the first foreign owner to conquer the Serie A title at Inter.

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