German poultry specalist Wiesenhof picked as UEFA Euro 2024 national partner

Wiesenhof and UEFA Euro 2024

With the German UEFA Euro 2024 tournament swiftly approaching, long-time supporter of German football – poultry producer Wiesenhof – has been selected as the latest national sponsor for the continental tournament.

The Euros is a huge tournament not only in Europe but globally and with the eyes of the world fixed on Germany for their largest sporting tournament since the 2006 FIFA World Cup the selection of sponsors has been a hotly contested.

Wiesenhof is Germany’s largest poultry manufacturer and the fourth largest in Europe.

The company has been a long-time supporter of German football and under the partnership will provide fans with daily opportunities to win VIP tickets to the Euros.

Through this promotion more than 1,000 tickets will be awarded to fans across the nation as the tournament take place across 10 cities.

Wiesenhof will also offer from 1 January 2024 across several of their products including the companies vegan line participation codes for customers to go into the draw to win VIP tickets.

The company will also offer ticket raffles on their social media as well as through third party promotion.

Speaking on the newly announced partnership, UEFA Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein expressed excitement for the fans.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Wiesenhof for UEFA Euro 2024. Through extensive retail activations in Germany and special promotions, this collaboration will offer fans a chance to win hundreds of tickets to join us at the heart of the most outstanding football action of the summer,” he said via press release.

“These events, kicking off in early 2024, will celebrate the game of football and serve as an excellent prelude to what is poised to be another captivating European championship.”

Head of Marketing at the PHW group, Dr Ingo Stryck, mirrored this excitement and reassured fans of the opportunity for tickets that will be available.

“UEFA EURO 2024 will not only thrill passionate football fans from Germany and all over Europe, but will enthral everyone, and so we are proud to become an official national partner of this great competition,” he said via press release.

“We are especially pleased that we can share this enthusiasm by providing unforgettable live experiences to customers and fans through various raffles and competitions.”

This new deal is a great opportunity for German fans and will help boost the profile of German produce as the tournament gets under way in the middle of next year.

It is great to see a large international tournament support domestic business and as Wiesenhof joins other quintessential German brands like Bitburger it is a great sign that this contest will provide fans across the world with a unique look into German culture alongside world class football.

German football ends 70 years with Adidas for Nike deal

The German Football Association (DFB) has inked a mega eight-year deal with American sportswear giant Nike and move on from incredible 70-year partnership with Adidas.

The deal commences in 2027 after the next World Cup and runs to the end of 2034 with the company securing kit rights for at least two World Cup campaigns.

Nike were able to blow away Adidas’ offer and the deal was one they simply couldn’t refuse. It is reportedly worth AU$169.3 million a year, exactly double the amount Adidas currently gives the DFB which is $84.6 million.

Adidas has been a DFB partner since the 1950s and has been synonymous with the success of Germany’s men’s and women’s national teams, who have supported the company’s logo during 14 World Cup and European Championship triumphs.

This deal has caused huge public backlash from German fans and politicians who believe it goes against the traditions and history of the sport.

However, the DFB has defended its decision to drop Adidas as Nike made the better financial offer which would help the federation fund the future of German football as it would be invested into the grassroots game.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf explained the controversial decision and gives his well wishes to Adidas.

“We understand every emotion. It’s also a drastic event for us as an association when it becomes clear that a partnership that was and is characterised by many special moments is coming to an end after more than 70 years. That doesn’t leave us cold,” Neuendorf said in a statement.

“The DFB has to make economic decisions against this background. Nike made by far the best financial offer in the transparent and non-discriminatory tender process.

“The federation will do everything we can to achieve shared success with our long-standing and current partner Adidas, to whom German soccer has owed a lot for more than seven decades.”

It is a huge loss for Adidas’ legacy, losing a long term relationship with the country’s biggest sporting team to its main rival and ultimately showcasing the bargaining power Nike has over the company.

However, the company still has a huge standing in football despite this issue and won’t be too affected by it. At the international level, Adidas has deals with higher-ranked Argentina and Italy and will still supply Germany’s kits at the 2026 World Cup – a tournament which it will also sponsor.

This new deal allows more money to tackle issues in the grassroots game in Germany and help stabilise the system as it looks towards returning to long-term international success.

Football Victoria celebrates establishment between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC

A striking partnership has been established between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC, with the Western United affiliated club to play 11 home fixtures at Keilor Lodge Reserve.

The Club Changer Club Development Program, an incentive created in 2023 to assist clubs fostering and strengthening inclusive environments for multiple diverse communities within society to participate in football, supports the growth of women’s football, among many other ranges of football within the country.

Last year, all federation members dedicated a strong focus upon women and young females in football as a main element of their Legacy 23 campaign. This enables club development officers across the state to work in conjunction with clubs in order to foster a positive football experience within female football, both on and off the field.

In this facility sharing partnership, Sydenham Park SC vice-president Davis Lisolajski showcased his clubs enthusiasm.

“When we learned that they were without a home venue, it was an obvious choice for us to reach out and assist,” he said via press release.

“Women’s football holds significant importance for us at Sydenham, and we believe this partnership will benefit our young girls and both senior women’s teams. They will witness professionalism first-hand during match days.”

Calder United SC President Amanda Stella expressed excitement towards developing a sustained and effective partnership to spearhead National Premier League Women’s football to Sydenham Park in 2024.

“The support from Sydenham Park President Nick and Vice President David, along with the broader Sydenham Park community, is greatly appreciated, and we eagerly anticipate playing our senior and 20s home games for the 2024 season at Sydenham Park,” she added via media release.

“A special acknowledgment to Football Victoria’s Josephine La Pila for her work with both clubs to achieve an outcome that promotes collaboration among football clubs for the betterment of our beloved sport.”

Football Victoria have endorsed the partnership between these two growing clubs within female football across the state.

With Calder United establishing themselves as a competitive club amongst the NPLW competition, the partnership allowing the club between the Western United sister club and Sydenham puts a focus upon both sides allowing their playing and coaching staff to use one of the best pitch surfaces within the north-western district of Melbourne. The use of these highly elite facilities will allow them to have an advantage, perhaps being the difference in furthering themselves away from their competitors.

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