adidas will continue supplying the official match ball for UEFA Champions League matches for the next three seasons.
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UEFA is pleased to announce the extension of adidas' partnership with the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–21 cycle as the Official Match Ball Supplier, continuing its relationship with the sportswear company which began in 2001. The agreement also covers the right to supply the official match balls for the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Youth League and UEFA Futsal Champions League between 2018 and 2021.
The UEFA Champions League continues to be the most watched annual sporting competition on the planet, with a cumulative television audience of 3.7 billion per season. The 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv this weekend, between Real Madrid and Liverpool, will be aired in over 200 countries and will have an estimated reach of 350 million viewers worldwide, confirming its status as the world's most watched annual sporting event.
As the Official Match Ball Supplier of Europe's premier club competition, adidas will continue to supply high-quality match balls for use in all games played in the UEFA Champions League, which will continue the manufacturer's long-standing position as a key supporter of European football.
Commenting on the agreement, Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA marketing director, said: "adidas has been a valued partner of the UEFA Champions League since we joined forces in 2001, and we are delighted we will be continuing our relationship for another three seasons. Not only is adidas a leader in its field, it also has an extensive heritage in football, so we look forward to continuing our relationship as we enter a new UEFA Champions League cycle."
This is the seventh partnership announcement for the 2018–21 sponsorship sales process for the UEFA Champions League, with Heineken, Nissan, PepsiCo, MasterCard and Gazprom signing new renewal deals, while Santander has joined as a new partner. The worldwide sales of all UEFA club competition sponsorship rights are being carried out by TEAM Marketing AG on UEFA's behalf.
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UEFA Media & Public Relations
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Global PR Manager, adidas Football
Note to the editors:
UEFA Events is a wholly owned subsidiary of UEFA, created to manage and handle the European football governing body's commercial and event operations.
TEAM is currently in the market finalising sponsorship for the next cycle of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.