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.


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

Dr Errol Sweeney
Was Liverpool goal a 'genuine' penalty?
The ref bashers were out in force yesterday following Liverpool’s one nil win over Swansea City in...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Klopp keeps it simple
Two events show why the players have easily taken to what Jurgen Klopp is asking of them.

Sunday Oliseh
Coaching Eagles: What they won’t tell you
Two days after starting as chief coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria a representative of a major...

Segun Odegbami
Nigeria needs something valid to celebrate
The Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium erupted in an orgy of celebration after Nigeria beat Swaziland 2-0.