Albania’s largest oil company is the latest sponsor of Italian champs AC Milan.
AC Milan are reigning Serie A champions. (Getty Images)
“The signing of the deal is the natural evolution of a well established relationship between Taçi Oil and its president that has been ongoing for many years,” Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said in a statement.
The newly announced partnership builds upon existing ties to Taçi, a sponsor of the Milan Junior Camp in Tirana since 2008 as well as a frequent promoter of the club’s friendlies in Albania.
“AC Milan has always been a symbol of strength for my family and me, of determination and success, the same values with which I have based my professional career on,” said company president Rezart Taci, who was linked with a possible club takeover back in 2009.
“I therefore hope that as well as bringing my group commercial success this deal will also represent the future when it comes to further international investments in the Italian game.”
Neither party has released any financial details surrounding the one-season sponsorship.
Asian Airlines Latch Onto QPR Queens Park Rangers of the English Premier League are sporting two new shirt sponsors for their first Premier League season in 15 years.
QPR announced this week a pair of multi-million dollar deals, both with Asian airlines.
Malaysia Airlines will get its logo on the club’s home shirts for the next two seasons while AirAsia takes ownership of the away and third jerseys.
“Attracting two major Asian companies to come on board shows the global appeal QPR has as a brand,” club CEO Philip Beard said in a statement.
“We are extremely positive about building a thriving relationship with both businesses in a bid to broaden our exposure in South-East Asia and further afield.”
QPR returned to the top-tier of English football for the first time since 1996 after winning the 2010-11 Football League Championship.
Italian Kits for Adelaide United
Adelaide United are showing off their new Italian-made kits as Australia’s A-League season
prepares for kick-off next month.
Adelaide’s new Errea-made kits.
The red and black shirts are made by Italian sportswear manufacturer Errea.
“We are delighted to be the technical kit supplier of Adelaide United,” Errea Australasia managing director George Aliferis told football magazine FourFourTwo.
“Having worked closely with Adelaide United over the past few months, with the entire clothing range being designed together, we are very pleased to launch the 2011/12 on field playing kits.
“Once the fans see the newly created Italia range we are sure they will be delighted not only with the styling and quality, but also with the fact that the clothing is produced in the EU.”
Australia’s seventh A-League season kicks off Oct. 7. Adelaide finished third in the 2010-2011 campaign.
Orlando Pirates and Peugeot South Africa Ink Deal
South African champs Orlando Pirates FC have an official vehicle just as the 2011 season gears up.
The Johannesburg-based side this week announced an exclusive partnership with French carmaker Peugeot.
“Orlando Pirates and Peugeot are two powerful brands renowned for being stylish yet resilient and reliable,” Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said in a statement. “In Peugeot we have a partner whose roots are in the origins of style and imagery.”
The deal came on the same day Orlando kicked off its Premier League Soccer title defence.
“Peugeot South Africa is proud to be associated with the legendary Orlando Pirates,” said Peugeot South Africa managing director Francis Harnie. “Peugeot is committed to the South African market hence our offering of the latest models that offer the South African driver cutting-edge design, technology and safety.”