• Wed. Oct 27th, 2021

May 5, 2002, when Inter made harakiri

Byeditorial

May 5, 2021

May 5, 2002. A date that has entered the history of Italian football. That day Juve won the Scudetto on the last day of the championship, mocking Inter. The Nerazzurri, who were first in the standings with a point ahead of the Bianconeri, go to the mat against Lazio. And while Ronaldo is crying on the bench, Juve overcomes Udinese practice without problems and celebrates the title. And so on May 5, as well as for the death of Napoleon and the famous poem by Manzoni, it becomes, in football terms, the anniversary of the Nerazzurri’s defeat. One of the most daring epilogues in the modern history of the tricolor ball remembered in all these years on social media with memes, ironies and teasing. And also this year, with Inter just crowned Italian champions after 10 years, the hashtag # 5maggio is a huge hit on Twitter. “A #scudetto like that of # 5maggio2002 is not worth” 4 or 5 of the others “: a championship like that of # 5maggio2002 is incomparable!”, Reads a post. While a user writes: “No Scudetto will ever come close to the sporting orgasm of THAT # 5 May. Unforgettable, even today”. But what happened that day? Leaders Inter, launched towards the title, visited Lazio in an Olympic stadium with Nerazzurri hues: the twinning between the supporters, and the fear of an exploit by Roma still in the running for the championship, seemed to be the conditions for a match in descent of Inter. The match that was supposed to give the tricolor to Hector Cuper’s team, however, turned out to be an epochal harakiri. Poborsky, targeted by his fans, dragged Lazio to an incredible 4-2 victory, condemning Inter to a nightmare final seasoned by Ronaldo’s tears. To celebrate was the Juve of Marcello Lippi, who passed easily 2-0 on the Udinese field with the goals of Trezeguet and Del Piero realizing the decisive overtaking right at the photo finish. Juventus champion of Italy with 71 points, Roma – victorious on the Turin pitch – second at 70 and Inter, in the end, even third with 69. For the Nerazzurri people, in reality, the unfortunate date took on different connotations in 2010. On May 5, 7 years ago, the battleship coached by José Mourinho posted the Coppa Italia, the first piece of a historic treble.