Friday, March 23, 2007

Qantas extends naming sponsorship of Socceroos

Qantas airline has extend its naming rights sponsorship of the Qantas Socceroos, as well as its exclusive support of all Australia's men’s national teams for a further two years. Qantas will also remain the Official Airline of the Hyundai A-League and its eight clubs, and the Official Airline of Football Federation Australia.

“After the great success of the Qantas Socceroos at the FIFA World Cup – in which Qantas played an important role – it is wonderful to have such an iconic Australian brand commit to support football in Australia, and Australia’s team, on the next stage of our journey – into Asia," Football Federation Australia CEO, Ben Buckley, said.

The Qantas Socceroos’ road to the Asian Cup continues this weekend when they play China in Guagzhou, with preparations culminating in the two June blockbusters against Uruguay in Sydney on 2 June and Argentina in Melbourne on 6 June.

“The support of Qantas has been vital for our recent success. Knowing that one of Australia’s most recognised and respected companies is behind you can be the difference between winning and losing. Having them extend their commitment to our team and our game is really satisfying, and reinforces the new place that we feel we are occupying in Australian sport,” Qantas Socceroo Lucas Neill said.

The Executive General Manager of Qantas, John Borghetti, said the sponsorship was a continuation of Qantas’ long-term investment in football in Australia. “Qantas is proud of the Qantas Socceroos and the team’s involvement in the resurgence of football in Australia. We are very pleased with our partnership with Football Federation Australia and look forward to continuing our support of the Socceroos as they make their debut in the Asian Cup,” he said.

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