While Italian football is awash with some of the biggest same-city derbies in the world, the Derby d’Italia between Inter of Milan and Turin-based Juventus is as intense and ferocious as any when the two Serie A powerhouses come to blows.
When journalist Gianni Brera gave the fixture its famous label in 1967, the duo were the two biggest teams in Italy and, while the likes of AC Milan have reason to argue their inclusion in any such discussion now, it remains as important a date in the Italian football calendar as ever.
As is often the case in Italian football though, a lot of players have crossed the divide from Bianconeri to Nerazzurri and vice-versa, but which players have played for both Inter and Juventus?
Every player to have played for both Inter and Juventus
One of five footballing brothers to have played professionally, Luigi Cevenini joined Inter from AC Milan in 1911, going on to score an astonishing 201 goals in 179 appearances during three spells with the Nerazzurri. There, he won the 1919/20 Serie A title. As his career wound down, a move to Juventus showed he still had his goalscoring touch, hitting 42 in 67 outings.
The Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, also known as the Stadio San Siro depending on who is playing at home, honours the name of the greatest player in Inter’s history and a two-time World Cup winner, despite joining bitter Derby della Madonnina rivals AC Milan in 1940. The attacker would only spend two seasons with the Rossoneri, though, and during one year in Turin, scored 10 times in Juventus colours.
Midfielder Enrico Candiani spent a decade with Inter from 1937/38 to 1946/47 and captured both the Serie A title and Coppa Italia during his time in Milan. After leaving the Nerazzurri for Juventus, he recorded his most prolific season in front of goal, with 15 goals in 35 appearances.
Unlike Meazza and Candiani, Tarcisio Burgnich spent his one season at Juventus, in 1960/61, before becoming a legendary figure for the Nerazzurri. The defender enjoyed 12 years with the Milanese club and was part of La Grande Inter, which won four Scudetti and a pair of European Cups and Intercontinental Cups – the forerunners to the Champions League and Club World Cup.
Goalkeeper Giuliano Sarti had made over 200 appearances for Fiorentina before becoming a constant presence in between the posts for that famous Inter side from 1963 to 1968. He spent a single campaign as understudy at Juventus immediately after leaving the Nerazzurri, which proved to be the start of the shot-stopper easing himself towards retirement.
With the quality surrounding the midfielder, it is unsurprising that Sergio Gori struggled to establish himself with Inter during two spells at the club during the 1960s, accumulating just 24 appearances. Similar challenges greeted him in Turin between 1975 and 1977, although he featured five more times in a Juventus shirt.
The attacker’s 78 goals in 200 appearances helped Juventus to a trio of Serie A titles in the early 1970s, but continental success thwarted Anastasi, losing both the European Cup and UEFA Cup finals with the Bianconeri. A two-year spell with Inter after leaving Turin brought a Coppa Italia in 1978, despite struggling for goals in Milan.
After struggling to break through the Inter youth ranks, helping Cagliari to a second place finish in 1968/69, brought a return to the club. Over the next seven seasons, Boninsegna netted 113 times in 197 Serie A outings and won a first Scudetto medal. Two more would follow at Juventus between 1976 and 1979, as well as a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.
While known for wheeling away in delight, celebrating his goal in the 1982 World Cup final, Tardelli was already a Juventus legend at that point and remained with the Bianconeri for another three seasons. He eventually left as one of the few who have won the UEFA Cup, European Cup Winners’ Cup and European Cup.
The midfielder’s time at Inter, immediately after leaving the Bianconeri, was less successful. His ageing body and injuries limited appearances during the first of his two seasons at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
During five years with Juventus, Pietro Fanna spent the majority of that time on the fringes of the first team, but he still made 101 appearances for the club and won three Scudetto medals. However, he is more revered for his role in the 1984/85 Serie A title triumph of Hellas Verona, which secured his move to Inter.
After scoring 209 goals in all competitions whilst with Inter between 1977 and 1988, the 1982 World Cup winner finished his time in Serie A with a year at Juventus. Altobelli’s football career was not over, though, becoming top scorer for Italy at the 1995 and 1996 Beach Soccer World Cups.
Four-time Serie A winner Serena spent two seasons with Juventus either side of spells with Inter and won a Scudetto with each. The striker was fundamental to the Nerazzurri’s 1988/89 success and won the Capocannoniere crown with 22 goals.
The playmaker started the wave of British and Irish footballers that headed to Serie A during the 1980s and early 1990s when leaving Arsenal for Juventus in 1980, but with a maximum of three foreign players permitted at the time, joined Sampdoria two years later. Once again, Brady was forced to move on and made Inter his next home, playing 58 games for the Nerazzurri.
Luigi De Agostini
As a versatile left-sided defender or midfielder, De Agostini played 146 times in Serie A for Juventus and won the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia whilst with the Bianconeri. After leaving Turin for Milan, the Italy international was a regular starter for Inter, but still left after that solitary campaign at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
A move to Juventus in 1989 helped Schillaci cement his place in Italy’s 1990 World Cup squad, where he finished top scorer as the Azzurri finished third. A Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup were his only trophies with the Bianconeri, though, and scored just 36 times in 132 matches. After moving to Inter ahead of the 1992/93 campaign, injuries blighted the striker’s time in Milan and he headed to Japan after two seasons.
Roberto Baggio became one of the most iconic figures in world football after making a controversial move from Fiorentina to Juventus in 1990, winning successive Serie A titles and being named European Footballer of the Year in 1993. Baggio spent one more season in Turin after his infamous penalty miss in the 1994 World Cup final, joining AC Milan and winning another two Serie A titles.
Authoritarian coach Fabio Capello struggled to find a role for the majestic brilliance of the legendary Italian within a rigid 4-4-2 formation, though, and they shipped him off to Bologna. Within a year, he was back in Milan after signing for Inter, and such was his influence, a desire to wear No.10 resulted in Brazilian superstar Ronaldo surrendering the shirt number.
After struggling to become first-choice goalkeeper at AS Roma, Peruzzi moved to Juventus in 1991 and became a club legend during nine years with the Bianconeri. The 1996 Champions League winner also won three Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia, UEFA Cup and Intercontinental Cup, but a desire to bring Edwin van der Sar in from Ajax accelerated his departure to Inter. The veteran custodian would spend just one year with the Nerazzurri before heading back to Rome and signing for Lazio.
One of the most underrated midfielders of his generation, Jugovic earned a move to Juventus in 1995 after his stunning displays at Sampdoria and within 12 months was scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final. However, the hero status that goal brought him could not keep the Serbian in Turin, and eventually found himself at Inter, via Lazio and Atletico Madrid.
Vieri had an eventful one season with Juventus, after winning the Serie A title, but then starting their disastrous Champions League final defeat to Borussia Dortmund in 1997. That summer the striker left Italy for Atletico Madrid and 29 goals in 32 matches, quickly brought a return to the peninsula with Lazio. A world record fee took him to Inter 12 months later and his longest spell with one club saw him net 123 times in 190 outings for the Nerazzurri.
The Portuguese midfielder won the domestic double in his first season at Juventus and was then crucial to the club lifting the Champions League the following season against Ajax in Rome. Sousa left immediately afterwards for Borussia Dortmund and went on to beat the Bianconeri in the final with the Bundesliga side. A year later, he was back in Italy after signing for Inter, but injuries had started to plague the end of his career.
After two years of appearing to struggle in Serie A at AC Milan, the tenacious Dutchman moved to Juventus and became one of the most recognisable stars in world football. His recognisable image was partly down to his need to wear protective goggles because of glaucoma, but also playing a vital role in three Scudetto triumphs and their journey to the Champions League final in 2003. Davids then joined Inter on a three-year contract in 2004, only to agree to terminate the contract six months in, after just 23 appearances.
The 2006 World Cup winner found a long-term home when moving to Milan in 1998, just not with Inter. After struggling for first-team opportunities, Pirlo moved to neighbours AC Milan two years later and became one of the greatest midfielders of his generation in a deep-lying playmaker role. The Rossoneri allowed the Italian international to join Juventus, fearing his powers were on the decline in 2011. However, they were proven wrong as he played an instrumental role in the first four of nine consecutive Serie A titles.
Inter signed Cannavaro amid the financial difficulties being experienced by Parma at the start of the 2000s, but it was not the transformative move that it should have been for the Nerazzurri. The defender struggled with his fitness and the Milanese giants failed to challenge for the Scudetto. Within two years, they offloaded Cannavaro to Juventus, where he formed a defensive unit in front of Gianluigi Buffon and alongside Lillian Thuram, winning two Serie A titles. Those titles were later revoked in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal.
Performances for Danubio in Uruguay took the goalkeeper to Juventus in 2001, where he made eight appearances as a backup to Buffon. A loan spell with Standard Liege convinced Inter to accept Carini as part of the deal that took Cannavaro to Turin, but the Nerazzurri gave him even less playing time.
Had it not been for the Calciopoli scandal of 2006 that stripped Juventus of two Serie A titles, Ibrahimovic might not have moved to Inter that summer and led the team to three consecutive Scudetto triumphs. However, the Swede had scored just 26 goals in 92 games for the Bianconeri, so a move away from Turin may have come regardless of their demotion to Serie B. The striker was imperious with Inter, though, netting 57 times in 88 Serie A appearances.
Vieira was another of those who left Juventus in the wake of their relegation to Serie B and headed to Inter after just 12 months with the Old Lady. The 1998 World Cup winner would win a hat-trick of Serie A titles with the Nerazzurri, but left six months before they secured the 2010 Champions League.
Bonucci probably struggles to remember his single Serie A outing for Inter against Cagliari during the 2005/06 season, as well as wanting to forget an unhappy campaign with AC Milan in 2017/18. The defender holds legendary status at Juventus, or at least did for some time, after 502 appearances, eight Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia triumphs.
The Brazilian joined Inter in 2009 and barely missed a minute of action as the Nerazzurri claimed an historic treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League in his first campaign in Milan. That triumph was the last act for a lot of the squad that coach Jose Mourinho had built, though, and Lucio also departed for Juventus in 2012. A solitary Serie A game saw the defender request the termination of his contract six months into his stay and he returned to his homeland.
Juventus signed the combative midfielder from Fiorentina in 2009 and he helped them battle their way back towards the upper echelons of Serie A, but left for Galatasaray the summer before they started collecting titles for fun. When Melo returned from Turkey in 2015, Inter were still in something of a transition from the Mourinho-led heyday and spent just 18 months in Milan.
After being rescued from an unhappy six-month stay at Premier League side Chelsea by Juventus, Cuadrado made the permanent move to the Old Lady and was a consistent performer throughout 314 appearances for the Bianconeri. Therefore, it was disappointing that Juventus supporters expressed their displeasure at him joining Inter in the summer of 2023, and that the Nerazzurri fans asked him to prove his dedication to his new club.