Inter Milan, founded in 1908, is an Italian professional football club. The club is owned by the Chinese multinational company Suning Holdings Group. Inter Milan operates in the city of Milan, Italy, and competes in the top-tier Italian football league, Serie A. It has a rich history and has achieved numerous domestic and international successes throughout the years.
Meaning and history
Internazionale Milan, commonly known as Inter Milan, was founded on March 9, 1908, by a group of Italian and Swiss football enthusiasts in Milan. Over the years, Inter Milan has established itself as one of the most successful and iconic football clubs in Italy and Europe. They have won numerous domestic and international titles, including 19 Serie A championships, 7 Coppa Italia titles, and 3 UEFA Champions League trophies. Inter Milan achieved their greatest success under the management of legendary coach Helenio Herrera in the 1960s when they won back-to-back European Cups in 1964 and 1965. The club has also achieved notable success in recent years, winning the Serie A title in the 2020-2021 season. As of now, Inter Milan is considered one of the top football clubs in Italy and competes at the highest level of European football.
What is Internazionale Milan?
Internazionale Milan, commonly known as Inter Milan, is a professional football club based in Milan, Italy. It competes in Serie A, the top tier of Italian football, and is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in the country.
1908 – 1928
The very first logo of the legendary football club was designed at the beginning of the 20th century and stayed in use for twenty years, making up a base for several future badges. It was a roundel in gold and white palette, outlined in black and blue. The stylized white IMFC monogram was set in the center of the medallion, over a solid gold background.
1928 – 1929
The redesign of 1928 introduced a more heraldic version of the Internazionale Milan logo. This time it was a solid blue roundel with two white crests on it. The crest was separated by a vertical wooden axe, also drawn in white. The left side comprised a shield with a green snake eating a man, decorated by a silver crown above it, while the shield on the right featured a solid Red Cross on a white background.
1929 – 1931
The logo, used by the football club at the end of the 1920s, was set in a modern style, using an intense black, gold, blue, and white color palette. It was a sharp and elegant geometric element in the center, with a vertically striped pattern. The element was crossed by a horizontally-stretched rectangular banner with the gold “Ambrosiana” inscription in the uppercase of a modern geometric sans-serif typeface.
1931 – 1945
The redesign of 1931 changed the shape of the Internazionale Milan logo, switching from a roundel to a sharp distinctive rhombus. The color palette was kept, but now blue became a dominating shade. The central part of the rhombus was taken by a golden football with thin black outlines. As for the lettering, it was now written around the perimeter of the logo, set in the uppercase of a medium-weight sans-serif font.
1945 – 1960
In 1945 the roundel was brought back. This time the central part was set in white; with the stylized monogram executed in gold, and the bold outline featuring a black internal part and a blue — external. It was a very sophisticated badge, which at the same time looked strong and modern.
1960 – 1963
The logo, used by the football club at the beginning of the 1960s was set in an elegant heraldic style, with the crest executed in white, blue, and black. The left part of the crest featured a vertically-striped black and blue pattern, while on the white right one, there was one of the most recognizable heraldic symbols of Milan was drawn in blue — a massive snake with a figure of a man in its mouth.
1961 – 1963
The logo, created in 1961, featured a vertically-oriented oval medallion in a blue and brown color palette. Two wide vertical brown stripes were set against a solid blue background and accompanied by a horizontal brown banner with the “Inter” lettering written across it. The badge was decorated with a light brown element in the center.
1963 – 1966
The redesign of 1963 has refined the original logo of the football club from Milan, with the stylish white monogram set on a solid gold background, and enclosed in a wide circular frame in black, gold, and blue. The badge looked a bit darker than the previous versions of the rounded medallion and evokes a sense of excellence and confidence.
1966 – 1978
In 1966 the Inter Milan logo was redesigned again, adopting a lighter color palette and switching the sans-serif characters in the monogram to serif ones. With small sharp details and brighter chases of the composition, the logo of the football club became more delightful and vivid. This version of the logo stayed with Internazionale Milan for a decade.
1978 – 1988
The redesign of 1978 introduced a new Internazionale Milan crest, set in a white, blue, black, and gold color palette. The white body of the crest was decorated by two wide diagonal lines in black and blue, overlapped by a white snake with two stripes across its top part. The upper left corner of the logo was decorated by a solid gold five-pointed star in a thin black outline.
1988 – 1998
The logo from 1966 came back as the Inter Milan primary one in the 1980s. The only difference between the two versions was in an enlarged five-pointed star in gold, set above the roundel. The star was meant to represent the wins of the club. As for the golden star, it was drawn in the same shade as the background of the roundel.
1998 – 2007
The redesign of 1998 has modified the iconic logo, redrawing the Inter roundel in a dark blue and gold color palette. The circle with the golden monogram got smaller, while the plain blue framing — was wider. The name of the club was now written along the upper part of the frame, using bold white capital letters in a geometric sans-serif typeface. As for the gold star, it is loved to the right of the monogram, in the central part of the logo.
2007 – 2014
The stylish sans-serif font came back to the IMFC monogram in 2007. The star moved back to the top part of the composition, and the roundel was redrawn in a new color palette, with white lettering, calm gold background, and a frame, composed of gold, black and blue layers. It was pretty much like the logo from 1963 but with the refined contours of the elements and a lighter color scheme.
2014 – 2021
The redesign of 2014 has removed the golden star from the Internazionale Milan visual identity, hence the circular medallion got enlarged. The colors of the logo were slightly lightened up, and the characters in the monogram were rewritten in thinner lines with more air in the image. This version of the logo stayed active until 2021.
2021 – Today
In 2021 the Inter Milan logo was completely rethought. The iconic IMFC monogram was replaced by a more laconic IM in bold geometric lines, enclosed in a white circular frame and set against an intense blue background of a roundel, framed in a thick black line. The new concept makes the Internazionale Milan logo look extremely bright, powerful, and stylish.