Adelaide United and UCAN continue to break records

Adelaide United & UCAN

Adelaide United has announced that they have renewed its three-year agreement with Global Technical Partner UCAN.

The Reds and UCAN originally teamed up in September 2020 in a relationship that set a club record. This new agreement surpassed its predecessor and shattered the Reds’ record for the richest commercial deal

Since their collaboration began, United and UCAN have produced some of the A-League’s best-designed playing, training, and off-field clothing – setting annual records for club retail sales.

UCAN, a well-known football brand in China for more than 30 years, was founded in 1988 by Chinese players and brothers Zhao Dayu and Zhao Daxin. UCAN’s corporate office is located in the city of Guangzhou. However, UCAN became Shenyang Haishi FC’s gear partner in 1994, becoming the first indigenous company to sponsor a club in China.

In the past decade, the organisation has begun exploring opportunities abroad with a strong focus on entering the football market in Australia. Adelaide United is incidentally the first professional football team overseas to be sponsored by UCAN. 

Adelaide United Head of Commercial Fabrizio Petrone, said via press release:

“From the outset, the working partnership we have had with UCAN has been outstanding,” he stated.

“Our ability to collaborate and innovate our playing, training, and off-field apparel has been second to none, enabling us to set the benchmark right across the A-Leagues. We are excited for the next three years and bringing our Adelaide United family some of the most aesthetically appealing and functional Reds clothing to-date”.

UCAN’s Global General Manager Ally Zhao shared similar views, adding via press release:

“We are very happy to extend our partnership with Adelaide United. Working alongside one of the most successful A-Leagues clubs is very exciting for us and we have enjoyed every aspect of our journey together so far,” she said.

“At UCAN, we are very excited about expanding our brand into the Australian market and we believe there is no better professional organisation to work alongside to help achieve this than Adelaide United.”

The Reds will face Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australia Cup on August 26 where the UCAN kits will be in full display.

Melbourne City FC and Tarneit United to promote grassroots growth

Tarneit United and Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC announced that Tarneit United Soccer Club are a Macca’s City Clubs Platinum Partner for the current 2023/24 A-Leagues season.

Melbourne City have used their partnership with McDonald’s Australia to create The Macca’s City Clubs program. This program aims to engage junior grassroots football clubs across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with the aim to help grow football on and off the pitch.

The club seek to create purposeful long-term relationships with every club they work with and make a huge impact on the development and participation numbers of the sport.

It was originally launched in the 2021/22 A-Leagues season, and the club continues to grow the club network utilising this amazing program every season.

There are plenty of benefits for Tarneit United SC that come out of this partnership including “Coach the Coach” workshops led by our experienced Melbourne City coaches, player meet and greets, and the opportunity to take part in exclusive matchday experiences and offers.

Tarneit United President, Burhan Farah explained why this partnership would benefit the members of the club greatly.

“Tarneit United is in the heart of the west and we’re excited to partner with the best A-League club in the country. Farah mentioned in a Melbourne City press release

“A love for football is our number one driver, and by aligning our club with Melbourne City FC, we hope to inspire our coaches and players to continue to grow our game in the community.

“It’s an honour to be a Macca’s City Club Platinum Partner and we look forward to supporting Melbourne City from the stands this season.”

Melbourne City FC CEO, Brad Rowse explained the importance of growing grassroots football in Victoria.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tarneit United to the Macca’s City Club program on the eve of the 2023/24 A-Leagues season. Rowse added in a club press release.

“Supporting grassroots football is important to us at Melbourne City FC, and with the addition of Tarneit United, we now have thirteen Macca’s City Club Platinum Partners stretching right across Melbourne.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Tarneit United and can’t wait to give their participants plenty of unforgettable experiences and opportunities in the years ahead.”

Melbourne City through their Football School and Maccas City Clubs programs have set a standard for the other teams in the league to hopefully follow in the near future.

The importance of setting a fantastic grassroots foundation of football in the country can never be undermined and this partnership provides another great example of it.

PSG eyeing huge Parc des Princes redevelopment

Parc des Princes revamp

Despite uncertainties over its future at the 48,000-capacity Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain is continuing to investigate possibilities for significant redevelopment work.

According to the French publication L’Équipe, PSG is considering putting a roof and a retractable pitch to the Parc des Princes as part of an ambitious expansion proposal. The stadium is owned by the City Council of Paris, and any substantial renovations would need PSG to buy the site.

PSG has many possibilities on the table, according to L’Équipe, and the club is still interested in purchasing the Stade de France. PSG must submit an offer to purchase the Stade de France by January 3.

PSG held a survey with its supporters in March about the club’s stadium alternatives, outlining four ideas. A “significant” refurbishment of the Parc des Princes, a shift to a restored Stade de France, a new stadium to the west of Paris, and a new site within a 20 kilometre radius of the Parc des Princes that may include the town of Poissy were all possibilities.

If the team is unable to execute a deal to buy the Parc des Princes, it may attempt to buy the Stade de France or relocate to one of two new locations in the city.

The French government presently owns the Stade de France through the Consortium Stade de France. In 1995, the state handed the two corporations control of the 77,083-capacity stadium under a deal with the partnership created by construction firms Vinci and Bouygues.

The agreement between Vinci and Bouygues will expire on July 1, 2025. The cost of acquiring the facility is estimated to be over $657 million, with additional expenditure necessary to transform it to the demands of a football club.

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