Inter Milan have unveiled their third kit for the 21/22 season, and it features a bold, innovative, and genuinely fun shirt for a club attempting to reiterate its founding principles.
Inter was founded on 9th March 1908 as part of an organised breakaway from the Milan Cricket and Football Club. A group of Italian and Swiss men had become concerned and aggravated by the dominance of Italians in the squad and wanted the club to be able to accept foreign players without any restrictions. The new club’s name, Internazionale, represented that sentiment.
The shirt released today is made from 95% recycled polyester, while the central graphic design references the away shirt worn by the team for its 89–91 seasons—you might remember it, all jaggedy blue and black rectangles with the Misura logo over the top.
Those founding principles from 1908 are reiterated with the words “Brothers and Sisters of the World” printed inside, which are an updated version of the famous founding principles written down on that day in a restaurant near the Duomo in Milan.
In Italian, those principles read “Questa notte splendida darà i colori al nostro stemma: il nero e l’azzurro sullo sfondo d’oro delle stelle. Si chiamerà Internazionale, perchè noi siamo fratelli del mondo.”
And in English, that’s “This wonderful night bestows us with the colours of our crest: black and azure against a gilded backdrop of stars. It shall be called Internazionale, because we are brothers of the world.”
And just two years after that meeting, Inter would win their first Scudetto. Bellissimo.