FC Internazionale Milano will showcase a commemorative jersey in the Milan derby as they celebrate 20 years of partnership with Nike.
The Inter x Nike 20th Anniversary Jersey mashes up 10 famous home designs to create one special edition shirt which the team will wear – for the first and only time – when they face their city rivals at the San Siro on March 17.
“The jersey is like a roadmap of Inter’s recent history,” explains Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director.
“We picked out 10 designs from the past 20 years and some are synonymous with great victories while others are fan favourites. The real challenge was to get all these different striped patterns to work cohesively and it will be great to see the players wearing it in such a huge match.”
The jersey features five designs on the front and five more on the back, with several important moments represented.
These include Inter’s first season with Nike in 1998-99, a shirt worn by legendary striker Ronaldo; the club’s centenary season in 2008-09, a team captained by Inter legend Javier Zanetti; and perhaps Inter’s greatest ever season, the historic treble-winning campaign of 2009-10.
A golden crest, swoosh and sponsor’s logo detail the front of the shirt, while a custom ’20-year’ inner pride feature provides a finishing touch.
As well as the standard ‘stadium level’ jersey, a vaporknit ‘match level’ version has been produced, limited to 1908 units to honour Inter’s founding year.
“It’s a jersey that stirs the memory,” adds Hoppins. “Each different pattern makes you think of favourite players, important matches and special seasons. We are proud of our relationship with Inter and this shirt is a great way of showing that.”
10 for 20: Celebrating two decades of Inter and Nike
1998-99 Inter’s first season with Nike, a shirt worn by legendary striker Ronaldo
2008-09 A special kit for Inter for the first season after the club’s centenary.
2010-11 Club icon ‘Il Biscione’ (grass snake) lends the classic stripes a snakeskin effect
2013-14 The last shirt worn by ‘El Capitano’, the Inter hero Javier Zanetti
2017-18 An important year for Inter as they seal a return to Europe’s top club competition
2009-10 The greatest season in Inter’s history brings an unprecedented domestic and European treble
2011-12 An iconic jersey as thin stripes are introduced to the Inter home shirt
2014-15 Another brave design as pin stripes give Inter a fresh look
2015-16 Proud celebration of the 25th anniversary of a European triumph
2016-17 A fan favourite shirt as the Inter home jersey is updated with a tonal linear graphic.
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