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A summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • CasemiroReal Madrid’s defensive midfielder, Casemiro has become one of HyperX ambassadors. The player will use HyperX products while gaming and be featured in HyperX’s global advertising campaign “We’re All Gamers.”

 

  • Banking group Barclays will appear as the first title sponsor of English football’s Women’s Super League. According to the BBC, the deal, which will run through 2022, is valued at over $13.2 million and will see the top tier of women’s football in the country be renamed the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

 

  • The Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC) formal off-field outfits will now be provided by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani, after signing a four-year deal. The deal will see Armani produce formalwear from its Emporio Armani range for the men’s, women’s and Under 21 national teams. “We are proud that Italian excellence like Emporio Armani has decided to link its brand to the Italian national football teams” FIGC president Gabriele Gravina said.

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  • BETCRISHispanoCosta Rica-based gambling company Betcris has signed a four-year sponsorship deal with the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to become the official betting site of the Mexican National Soccer Team. “We thank the FMF for allowing us to be part of a select group of sponsors. With this sponsorship, Betcris.mx has established itself as one of the leaders of the sports betting and casino industry in Mexico. We are very proud to be able to support the National Team and, especially, the most passionate and unconditional fans in the world”, stated JD Duarte, Betcris CEO.

 

  • Spanish club La Liga has launched its own over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, becoming the first major European league to have its own OTT. LaLigaSportsTV will be available for free and will not show live La Liga games, but will include other content from Spanish soccer’s top flight such as match highlights and pre and post-match interviews. Fans outside of Spain will also be able to watch matches and competitions on demand once the live broadcast has ended, depending on local rights restrictions.

A summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • FC DallasThe Dallas Cowboys, Federación Mexicana de Futbol, FC Dallas, and the Dallas Sports Commission presented the details for the Mexican National Team US Tour, which will take place at the AT&T Stadium through 2022. The first match is prescheduled for June 9 and will see FC Dallas stage watch parties for out-of-market Mexico matches as well as participate in youth clinics and community initiatives.

 

  • ESPN has locked a three-year deal with IMG to get the rights to Italian Soccer’s Serie A for Latin America and the Caribbean. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

 

  • Atletico Madrid has signed a deal with Nibank, to strengthen its presence in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. As part of the agreement, Nibank will develop new payment methods and instruments in the region with Atletico branding. The deal is set to run through 2022.

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  • DAZN USADAZN confirmed it will launch in Brazil in 2019. Among its offerings are the Copa Sudamericana, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1. Operations in the South American country will start in March. Broadcasting rights of Italian and French soccer will last until 2021.

 

  • UEFA has confirmed the creation of the Europa League 2, a third continental club competition, which will be introduced in 2021. The new tournament, which will be played on Thursday evenings, will feature 32 teams, as per the existing Uefa Europa League.

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  • EFLThe French Football League handed over its broadcasting rights to Mediapro and BeIN Sports in a four-year deal worth US$72.9 million. The broadcasters will share coverage of Ligue 2 between the 2020/21 and 2023/24 seasons, having already locked domestic rights to Ligue 1, during the same period.

 

  • Amazon has signed on to its largest ad buy on Univision Deportes, as presenting sponsor of “The Championship Week” soccer events this month. “Semana de Campeonatos presentado por Amazon,” will play during the first half of December, including the MLS Cup championship game, along with the “two-legged” finals of Mexico’s top-tier Liga MX and playoff competition from the UEFA Champions League. Keep reading here.