LOS ANGELES - Inter's new kits for the 2009/10 season, designed by Nike, were officially launched in a glitzy Oscar-style ceremony at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre on Thursday evening.
The Nerazzurri arrived at the global launch party in true film star style, stepping out of limousines and making their way down a black and blue carpet, accompanied by the chants of hundreds of fans. "We are true protagonists today," shouted Dejan Stankovic into the microphone of Inter Channel. "We seem like superstars," added Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Esteban Cambiasso was more reserved, saying with a modest smile: "It's all wonderful, but for me the Meazza is emotional; this isn't really my habitat."
Southern California sports radio personality Matt 'Money' Smith, who co-hosted the extravaganza with Nikefootball vice president Bert Hoyt, revealed to the audience: "This is the first time Inter Milan have ever launched their kit outside of Europe. We are very thrilled." Hoyt added: "Inter Milan is over 100 years old. It is an incredible club with an incredible tradition. In their history Inter Milan have won everything there is to win and we are proud to be associated with them."
The hosts then introduced Bedy Moratti, who underlined Inter's intention to continue the winning tradition: "Thank you to everybody here and a special thanks to Nike for everything they do for our team. We want to be first, we want to win everything, and I believe in our great champions. They are the best."
The launch of the new strip was preceded by a kit history, with a parade of models showcasing all 17 of Inter's Scudetto-winning kits. The curtain then went up to reveal the Nerazzurri in their new look.
The 2009/10 home shirt marks the one hundredth anniversary of Inter's first Scudetto and the the triumphs of the 1965/66 season when Inter won their tenth league title and second Intercontinental Cup, while the away shirt recalls that worn by the Great Inter side of the 1960s. The club crest is encircled by the colours of the Italian flag on both shirts.
Toldo, Orlandoni and Belec were the only players on stage wearing the same kit as last season. This is because Nike will organise another, more intimate presentation, to reveal a unique new goalkeeper's shirt for 2009/10.
The new kits will make their debut in Sunday's World Football Challenge clash against Club America in Palo Alto.