Connections: FC Internazionale

By SFC Media Tue 18 Oct Inter vs Saints

Southampton have never played Internazionale competitively before, but there are a number of links between their current squad and Southampton's.

Saints head to the San Siro for the first time in their history on Thursday night and they share more than a UEFA Europa League qualifying group as some common ground.

- Inter midfielder Éver Banega and Saints’ Oriol Romeu played together on loan at Valencia during 2013/14.

- The Italian side’s third choice goalkeeper Tommaso Berni was a Wimbledon teammate of Kelvin Davis at the turn of the millennium. During that time, another ex-Saint, David Connolly was top scorer two seasons running (2001-2002, 2002-2003).

Tommaso Berni and Kelvin Davis during their time together at Wimbledon.

- Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and full-back Davide Santon were at Newcastle United together for a short time, but never played together.

- Inter full-back Yuto Nagatomo is an international teammate of Saints’ Maya Yoshida, and they played together in Japan’s 2-1 win over Iraq earlier this month (main picture).

- Inter’s defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia appeared for Lens against Jérémy Pied’s Lyon in a French league game during 2010.

- Summer signing João Mário, who is not eligible for the Europa League this season – is a former Sporting teammate of Cédric, while they both also line up for Portugal with José Fonte.

Cédric and João Mário from their time together at Sporting.

- Another midfielder, Gary Medel, played at St Mary’s for Cardiff alongside one time Saints loanee Steven Caulker in 2014.

- Attacking players Saphir Taïder and Dani Osvaldo have represented both clubs.

- Two Saints academy graduates have had notable games at San Siro, both against Inter - Alan Shearer scored twice there in a Champions League tie for Newcastle during 2003, while Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick in 2010 for Tottenham.

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