US to Keep Wearing Nike
The United States Soccer Federation will wear Nike uniforms through the Qatar World Cup.
The nine-year extension will have Nike design all United States Men’s and Women’s National Team’s uniforms at every age level.
“The partnership reinforces Nike’s leadership in soccer, as we continue to deliver game-changing innovations on the pitch and share the same vision to grow the sport as a whole in the U.S.,” Nike brand president Trevor Edwards said in a statement.
Nike has been a partner of US Soccer since 1995.
“Nike has been an outstanding partner and shares our long-term vision for progress, innovation, and player development,” US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
“We have enjoyed a tremendous history together, and look forward to building on our progress.”
Chilean Club Gets American Sponsor
United States-based company Under Armour will design kits and training apparel for Chilean Primera Division club Colo-Colo.
Colo-Colo will wear Under Armour uniforms for the next five seasons as part of the agreement.
“This presents an amazing platform for our brand to reach new audiences in Chile, serve as the foundation of our growth in South America and propel our momentum in the game of football,” Under Armour executive vice president Matt Mirchin said in a statement.
Gulf League Sponsor
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank will continue its sponsorship of the Arabian Gulf League for three more seasons.
The extension signed Thursday makes ADIB the official banking partner of the Gulf League, and will continue ADIB sponsored fan events before Gulf League games.
“Our sponsorship of the Arabian Gulf League reflects our desire to contribute to uniting people through the positive values of football,” Hassan Al Nuwais, marketing manager of ADIB, said in a statement.
ADIB will continue its “Future Champions League,” a yearly tournament for young rising football stars in the Emirates.
“We strongly believe in promoting an active lifestyle, particularly at youth level, and therefore are proud to continue supporting the League in their mission to develop and engage the UAE’s future football stars.”
German Club Tire Sponsor
Nexen Tires will have a 240-meter LED advertisement at German club VFL Wolfsburg’s stadium.
A banner will also be featured on the club’s website, and Nexen Tires will be allowed to use photos of Wolfsburg players in promotional material for the rest of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season.
By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer
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