My Favorite Kit: Inter Milan 2007-08 Away Kit
2007-08 was a significant year in world soccer. The most recent Copa America took place, AC Milan had just won yet another Champions League, taking their record to 7. And Notably, Barcelona celebrated 50 years of playing at the Nou Camp, and Internazionale celebrated a historic Centenary. To commemorate the first half of their two year long centenary celebration, Inter released their change kits for the season.
3 notables about the kit.
1. The prominent Cross of St. Ambrose, which sparked some controversey amongst fans as it was a religious symbol adorning a football club’s shirts, and is a historical symbol of Fascist Italy.
2. The Pirelli logo is shrunken down, God bless them for accepting a smaller logo for one year, as it makes the kit look that much better, Pirelli was not the only company so gracious to do this for a throwback kit.
3. This absolutely beautiful kit hearkens back to Inter’s original away shirt, which was designed during the fascist reign of Italy (they changed the kit and club name in 1942.)
The best part about this kit is that it is still worn to this day sparingly as Inter’s third kit (most recently seen before Christmas of 2009 during Serie A play.)
Inter found good success while wearing this kit, winning their third straight Scudetto (Serie A champions) and were runners up in both Italian cup tournaments. The club also fielded many modern day legends including the likes of Captain Javier Zanetti, fellow Argentinan Hernan Crespo, Portugal legend Luis Figo, and former Arsenal hard man Patrick Vieira. These core four, along with sensational striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a young Julio Cesar did not reach their full potential under then manager Roberto Mancini, but a third straight Serie A title is quite impressive.
My final reason for loving this kit so much is that it is my white whale. This is one of the hardest kits to find, ebay, collector websites, no one wants to sell their’s, which is completely understandable, but if you own one, or know someone who wants to sell their kit (sizes small or medium) I would be more than happy to purchase it from you. Until then, my collection will stand incomplete without this kit. – J