Internazionale Milano (aka Inter Milan) is an Italian football team. They are amongst the oldest, most successful and popular teams in this country. It was home to many popular players in history, including Bergomi, Zlatan and many others. Don’t mistake it for AC Milan, they are two different clubs.
Who owns Inter Milan? The team is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Suning Holdings. They hold over 60% of the team’s stock.
The club was created in 1908 in Milan, Northern Italy. As such, they are one of the oldest surviving clubs, in addition to being the oldest continuously high-ranking club. The ‘international’ part in the next doesn’t allude to anything; it’s merely there because the other Milan-related names were taken by then.
1908 – 1928
The 1908 is a collection of first letters taken from each word of the club’s full name in Italian – that is, ‘Football Club Internazionale Milano’. These are colored white and variously intertwined over the black circle. They all were in the center, shifted and shuffled to accommodate all the distinct features of each letter. The rest was occupied by similar white rings, all the way towards the edges of the circle.
1928 – 1929
The second logo was instead a blue waving circle with several Milanese symbols, and then some. The central piece was a fascia, an axe of sorts used by the Italian fascists as a primary symbol. By then, they were very much in power, and that was an effort to win their support.
On its left was a coat of arms of the Visconti family, a powerful aristocratic dynasty of old, very prominent in Milan. On its right was the coat of arms of Milan proper, although only as a shield.
1929 – 1931
A year later, they instead introduced a sort of blue rhomb with black vertical stripes in its middle section, a brown ball in the very center and the contemporary club name along the edges. Back then, it said: ‘Associazione Sportiva Ambrosiana-Inter’ (referring to the Ambrosian Republic, a Milanese entity from the Middle-Ages) in golden letters.
1931 – 1960
Since the 30s, they started reusing their original emblem design, but with golden letters and a white background. The rings were, for their part, black and blue – after the team’s iconic uniforms.
1960 – 1961
The 1960 logo is a coat of arms of sorts, divided into two vertical sections. The one on the left featured black and blue stripes, and the right one was mostly white with a blue snake of Visconti above and a yellow football below.
1961 – 1963
The 1961 emblem is a quaint blue oval with bronze stripes, a snake of Visconti again and a small plaque saying ‘Inter’ in the top of the figure.
1963 – 1966
This design is derived from the 1931 attempt, but this time they reversed the golden and white parts, while also adding a golden ring between the two other
1966 – 1978
Several things happened in 1966. Firstly, they made the golden middle ring simply into the outline for the black one, and also added a similar outline for the outer blue layer. Moreover, the ‘C’ latter also became a bit smiller.
1978 – 1988
The 1978 logo was another attempt at the club’s own coat of arms. This time, it was a white shield with two diagonal stripes of black and blue, in addition to a golden star in the corner. Lastly, they also added a white snake with the bicolor collar. It wasn’t positioned as a Visconti serpent, but it was certainly a reference to it.
1988 – 1998
This one was mostly the same circular logo, but with black, golden and white palette (no blue this time) and a golden star right above. This one, and the one on the previous logotype, celebrated their first Cup of Italy in 1977.
1998 – 2007
In 1998, they decided to use the same letters combination as their logo, but banked more on blue and black. The letters themselves were bright yellow, and their background – black. It was then encircled by a slim blue ring, the same black one and a big wide blue one.
There, they put ‘Inter 1908’ in white, celebrating their 90th anniversary. Also, the Cup star didn’t just go away – it as now between the tips of the letter ‘C’.
2007 – 2014
By 2007, they returned a few blue elements to the logo, but it was largely unchanged from the 1988 design.
2014 – 2021
In 2014, they simply removed the star from the logo and called it a day.
2021 – today
The team’s uniform design is unchanging and iconic. They are basically different variations of black shirts with blue vertical stripe, paired with black shorts. There are also alternative colors that feature yellow, green and other colors in unique patterns. The black-and-blue designs are still everyone’s favorite, though.
Inter Milan Colors
PANTONE: PMS BLACK 6 C
HEX COLOR: #000000;
RGB: (0, 0, 0)
CMYK: (0, 0, 0, 100)
PANTONE: PMS 286 C
HEX COLOR: #010E80;
RGB: (1, 14, 128)
CMYK: (100, 70, 0, 25)