Today, on his 24th birthday, Internacional striker Leandro Damião shared a gift with Inter’s fans at the unveiling of the club's new away kit. Damião welcomed Inter supporters to a store in Porto Alegre, Brasil, where he talked to kids, signed autographs and showed off the away jersey for the upcoming season.
Internacional's away kit retains its traditional white as a base color. The jersey brings back the classic polo collar and has a red V-neck inset. The club's first emblem is rendered in white on a black background inside the back of the neck.
The cap of Inter mascot Saci is included in the coat of arms. (Saci is well-known in Brasilian folklore as a symbol of agility and trickery. He wears a magical red cap that enables him to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes—a quality the team aims to emulate against opponents.)
The new away shorts are red, and the socks are red with a white vertical stripe and the club's initials —SCI —on the back of the calf.
The new kit showcases Nike's commitment to provide players with the latest performance innovation and reduced impact on the environment.
Advanced Performance Innovation
The kit weighs just 150 grams, 23 percent lighter than previous kits. It boasts a 20 percent stronger knit structure and significantly improved stretch.
The fabric uses Nike Dri-FIT technology to draw sweat away from the body and through the fabric where it can evaporate, helping to keep players cool and dry.
Underarm and waistband ventilation zones of tiny laser-cut holes allow additional comfort and cooling. A mesh panel across the entire back increases air circulation.
The shirt’s bonded T-bars support the seams at key points and inner-welded seams have a clean finish to give a more striking appearance, while also increasing comfort and performance.
Reduced Environmental Impact
The shirt and short of each kit are made from up to 13 recycled plastic water bottles. In a pioneering process, plastic bottles are chopped into flakes, then melted down to form yarn that is spun into polyester fabric, reducing energy consumption by up to 30 percent, compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.
Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 1.1 billion plastic bottles from landfill through the use of recycled polyester.
The new away kit will be worn for the first time on July 28 in a game against Náutico in the 10th round of the Brasilian Championship. The jersey goes on sale throughout Brasil on July 23.