Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Spain

Barcelona © Action Images

Qatar Airways to sponsor Barca shirts



Barcelona, until recently one of the few clubs in world soccer whose players did not display a corporate logo, will switch to Qatar Airways as their official shirt sponsor next season, the Spanish club said on Friday.

The airline's logo will replace Qatar Foundation on the front of their strip, the club said in a statement on their website (www.fcbarcelona.com).

The change is part of a controversial sponsorship agreement signed with Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) last year.

Barca signed what was then the most lucrative shirt sponsorship deal in soccer, worth €30 million a year and helping to promote the Gulf nation that will host the 2022 World Cup.

"Qatar Foundation has been the beneficiary of the contract (signed with QSI) for the last two years and starting from July 1 it is going to become Qatar Airways," Barca vice president Javier Faus told the club's television channel.

"QSI has given the rights of our main sponsorship to Qatar Airways. We are happy to accept the change. They are a global company and we share many of the values they have.

"Beyond that, they have expressed their intentions to increase their investment in Catalunya."

As part of the deal with QSI, Qatar Foundation replaced the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Barca's shirts, with the UNICEF logo being relegated to the back below the number and player's name.

Barca pay the organisation €1.5 million a year to display their name.

Barca are one of four Spanish top-flight clubs to be owned by their members, along with Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna.

Some members spoke out against the deal with QSI, pointing to what they said was Qatar's poor human rights record.

The club countered that the country was trying to make improvements in those areas, and that Barca needed investment to be able to keep competing at the highest level.

Shop

Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R202.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Neil Tovey
Brockie - A striking example
Jeremy Brockie has only been in South Africa since January but has made a big impression.

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ref in red card 'blunder'
In my last blog for supersport.com I stated that video technology is, more than ever, required to...

Sunday Oliseh
EPL goes to war with non-Euro foreigners
What will the Barclays Premier League be without foreigners today? Uninteresting to say the least...

Carol Radull
LVG has arrived
I said it a few weeks ago, that once Man United found their footing, it would be impossible to stop...

Segun Odegbami
Football is full of failed coaches
I admit that I am looking for trouble writing today about coaches. I do not really like discussing...

John Dykes
Ups and downs for Mersey managers
My thoughts have increasingly turned to Merseyside of late as Social Media has been abuzz with talk...