Emirates in Dh300m AC Milan Shirt Deal

DUBAI - Emirates airline on Friday said it had signed a five-year 60 million euro (Dh 300 million) sponsorship deal with Italian football giants AC Milan.

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Published: Sun 14 Feb 2010, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Tue 31 Jan 2023, 3:21 PM

The international airline of the UAE, which has become a global powerhouse for sports sponsorship, inked the deal in the presence of superstars Ronaldinho and David Beckham, on loan from LA Galaxy, an Emirates press release said on Friday.

“We like to give sports fans something to shout about and this exciting shirt sponsorship deal certainly does that,” said Shaikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.

Shaikh Ahmed, who was represented at a press conference in Milan by Boutros Boutros, the airline’s divisional senior vice-president, Corporate Communications, added: “Once again, Emirates has demonstrated its unstinting support for the world of sports, while extending our relationship with one of theleading iconic football brands. Needless to say, in the current economic climate, our enhanced commitment to the club, Italy and sports fans across the globe takes on an even greater significance.”

Emirates first signed a sponsorship agreement with AC Milan in September 2007. The following year, the relationship was elevated to top institutional sponsor. The shirt sponsor deal, spread over five years, will become visible from the start of the 2010/2011 season.

AC Milan’s executive vice-president and managing director Adriano Galliani joined Beckham, Boutros, Ronaldinho, Team Captain Massimo Ambrosini and Head Coach Leonardo at the press call at Milanello, AC Milan’s training ground.

Galliani said: “When Emirates became one of oursponsors, the relationship that linked the two companies grew and evolved, thanks to a common vision and common objectives. Today, wehave reached the most important target — Emirateshas become ourshirt sponsor and has positioned its brandon the most successfulclub in the world. This choice shows that the global values ofthe AC Milanbrand and the quality of our offering keeps on attracting the most dynamic and innovative international companies.”

The AC Milan squad, brimming with superstar players, has made a number of training visits to Emirates’ home of Dubai, escaping the chill of the European winter to enjoy the airline’s superb on the ground and in-flight service, along with the warmth of the UAE, the release said.

Other teams sponsored by the carrier include Paris Saint Germain Football Club in France, Hamburger SV in Germany, Olympiacos FC in Greece, and of course Arsenal in the UK.

The 2004 Arsenal agreement was the biggest club sponsorship deal in English football history. Emirates has become the first airline to reach Official Partner status for the FIFA 
World Cup.

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