Monthly Archives: July 2012
The start of the Serie A season is fast approaching and over the summer there has been quite a few changes to not only Inter’s squad but also to most of, if not all the top teams in Italy. We still have over a month left of the mercato to go too so there may be many changes still to come. I am really excited for the start of this season’s campaign with Inter having many fresh faces ready to do battle in our sacred colours of Black and Blue, and also with the young and talented Andrea Stramaccioni officially at the helm we can be sure of some entertaining and exciting football for the Nerazzurri in the coming months.
In the pre-season so far there have been quite a few Inter players that are making a good impression and I hope to see them stamping their authority over the Italian league throughout the season, some of the names that have been impressing the most are:
This is purely speculative… well from a hopefully optimistic point of view. A quietly confident yet anxiously nervous feeling at the same time, bringing with it the flushing of old forgotten emotions straight back to the forefront of my very being. The events that will unfold in the 12/13 Serie A season and my beloved Nerazzurri once again taking their place on the top podium at the very end.
It is match day 38. Il Capitano, the legend himself, Javier Zanetti is in good spirits; his side are on the cusp of winning their 19th scudetto and their first since 2010. His squad have worked hard, they have fought hard and they have shed blood, sweat and tears for 8 months, but now they see the light at the end.
In a season that appeared as though it would reek of the same failure and mediocrity of the last, the fans have stood by them and supported them as they found inspiration and seized every single point they could.
Inter Milan are now 3 points away from victory. The league title. The championship. The scudetto.
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It’s that time of year again when shirts for the upcoming season are released and in association with the NikeStore we are able to offer you them delivered direct to your door. The home shirt this season reverts back to the classic two black stripes with black sleeves that is always a classic for our beloved colours, but the away shirt has broke away from the traditional white and is completely red with black and blue stripes on the sleeves! This shirt has been highly controversial with the Curva Nord Ultras writing a letter to Massimo Moratti voicing their disgust at using a red shirt (I don’t particularly like it myself if truth be told but the important thing is the badge on the chest!) The colour I am told is part of the deal Inter are striking with the Chinese Rail Company to build us our own stadium in the next few years so with this in mind it has my complete backing! (For this season at least!)
The new Home jersey features the traditional blue and black stripes. The black stripes are wider, giving the shirt a more dominant look. The classic black crew neck collar gives a simple, elegant look whilst the underside of the black cuff reveals a touch of blue. The inner back neck graphic on the shirt uses ‘Il Biscione’, the snake symbol of Milan, with the outer back neck graphic simply reading ‘Inter’. The all-black shorts have ‘Inter’ on the back waistband and a snakeskin pattern representing Il Biscione along the side seam. The socks are all black with a white ‘Inter’ graphic. They also offer a new and innovative design featuring an updated cotton footbed offering support and maximum comfort.
The new Away kit gives the team a bold new look to make an impact on the opposition: a uniform of bright red shirt, shorts and socks. The crew neck is red and ribbed, whilst the inner back neck graphic of the shirt is inspired by ‘Il Biscione’, the snake symbol that the city of Milan and Inter share. The outer back neck graphic simply reads ‘Inter’. The cuffs on the shirt sleeves are tipped with iconic black and blue – stamping the club’s heritage on the new strip. The shorts are totally red with ‘Inter’ on the back of the waistband and a snakeskin pattern representing ‘Il Biscione’ along the side seam. The red socks have a black and blue top and a white ‘Inter’ detail.
After a terrible campaign last season that not only saw Inter finish the season trophyless, but also saw the team finish in sixth position, it’s lowest league position in many years, the Inter management towards the end of last season showed signs of wanting to start a long-term project with the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni, a young and talented coach who had recently won the Next Gen series and had also done some good work with the Inter Primavera. Stramaccioni was also the guy who guided the team to a sixth place finish in the league which qualified them for next season’s Europa League.
Now to the real reason for this writeup, Inter and the transfer market. Since the appointment of Stramaccioni, Inter’s targets in the transfer market have been somewhat defined clearly and the coach has been carried along by the management during transfer operations. For those that have been following Strama from the Primavera, it is clear that he favours the 4-2-3-1 formation mostly but switches to the 4-3-3 and 4-3-2-1 as the need may be, he likes his teams to attack and also keep possession of the ball and it is clear that it is with this formation in mind that the transfer market men would base their targets on.
Another important factor that should also be considered is finances. The team is low on finances especially for transfers and it is no secret that our president, Massimo Moratti has stated that the team needs to sell before purchases can be made. This means that players with high market values and the high earners in the team are going to make way for cheaper options. So many names ranging from Handanovic to Leandro Damiao have been mentioned by the media as possible targets for the club but I am not going to dwell on that, in this piece I’ll focus on the players that I believe are suitable for the team on the field and off the field (financially).