One of the longest and most successful partnerships in sport continues: Today, the German Football Association (DFB) and adidas officially announced the extension of their long-term partnership. DFB President Reinhard Grindel and Herbert Hainer, CEO of the adidas Group, confirmed in Paris that adidas will remain the Official Supplier of the world’s largest sports federation until 2022.
March 22 – FIFA’s ethics committee launches probe into cash-for-votes 2006 Germany World Cup bid bribery scandal and organizing committee officials including Franz Beckenbauer. Mark Bisson reports
March 4 – A law firm suggests there is no evidence of Germany buying votes from FIFA members to stage the 2006 World Cup but can’t prove it. Kevin Nutley reports.
Nov. 3 – Police raid the headquarters of German FA and homes of president Wolfgang Niersbach and German FIFA Exco member Theo Zwanziger over tax evasion allegations related to 2006 World Cup.
October 28 – Michel Platini wants to see the World Cup field expanded … Germany’s football heads says Qatar’s World Cup issues are a “burden on football.”
March 8 – FC Barcelona signs football’s most lucrative jersey deal… Samsung partnership with Chinese Super League represents “new era”… SAP teams with German football… Rangers sell stadium naming rights… More inside in this edition of The Sponsorship Column.
Nov. 27 – General secretary of German Football Association says proposal for 24-team tournament staged across 12 countries is popular among UEFA members … FIFA to decide which GLT system to use for Brazil 2014 … More inside this Newsdesk …
June 29 – Emirates Stadium to host “Beyond Football” summit, and Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore to speak … Delta signs as official airline of Chelsea FC… Sunderland “invests” in Africa… Rewe and German FA renew. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
May 11 – Bundesliga champs to call Signal Iduna Park home for at least another decade … Arsenal ink Emirates for pre-season tour of Africa and Asia … Stoke City secure new shirt sponsor. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Nov. 25 – Russian Football Union president wants a nationwide ban on beer ads in football stadia to be scrapped … Middle East airline renews sponsorship of Bundesliga club… Targobank will sponsor German club competition for the next four seasons. More inside.