Sunday, May 23, 2010

Inter Milan Wins Champions Title Over Bayern Munich

Diego Milito
scored a goal in each half to lead Inter over Bayern Munich 2-0 Saturday night, making Inter Milan champion of European soccer for the first time in 45 years.

In the first Champions League final played on a weekend, Milito scored in the 35th and 70th minutes at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Inter its third European title, following back-to-back wins in 1964-65. Inter completed an Italian treble following victories in Serie A and the Italian Cup.

"This is a joy I’ve never experienced," said Milito, who finished the season with 30 goals. "Football always gives the chance for redemption. I always fought hard and tried to give my all and learn as much as I could, even though I’m 30."

Bayern also had been trying for a treble after winning the Bundesliga and the German Cup.

"Bayern did not have its day," honorary club president Franz Beckenbauer said. "We had a few moments at the start of the second half but that was not enough. They made fewer mistakes."

The victory makes Jose Mourinho just the third coach to win the European title with two clubs. Mourinho also won the Champions League with FC Porto in 2004 before becoming Chelsea’s manager.

Ernst Happel (Feyenoord 1970 and Hamburg 1983) and Ottmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1997 and Bayern Munich 2001) also accomplished the feat.

Mourinho, the self-proclaimed "Special One," said after the game he is likely to leave to become coach of Real Madrid.

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