Polish National Football Team Signs New Long Term Agreement
Warsaw, Poland, May 31st, 2005 – PUMA and the Polish Football Association (PZPN) today mutually announced a contract extension to the agreement initiated in January 2001.
Under the agreement, PUMA will remain the official supplier of all on-field, sideline, training and representation apparel and equipment to the Men’s ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘U21’ and U19 National Teams, as well as the Women’s ‘A’ National Team beyond the 2008 UEFA European Championships in Austria/Switzerland.
“With the borders of the European Union shifting eastward, Poland’s position as a key market is further underlined,” said Jochen Zeitz, PUMA CEO and Chairman, attending a press conference in Warsaw. Confirming the strategic importance of the continued collaboration he added, “PUMA has successfully established itself in this important market, and in doing so the partnership with the Polish FA has been a major contributor. Both parties have a strong heritage in football, but more importantly they have their eyes set on what promises to be an exciting future.”
Michal Listkiewicz, President of the Polish Football Association: “We are very pleased to have extended the co-operation with a global brand of PUMA’s magnitude. The Polish FA has a proud international record and so does PUMA. As such, it feels very reassuring to work with a partner that shares our ambition concerning the future of Polish football.”
The Polish National Team endorses the PUMA Cellerator line – the brand’s established statement football concept in footwear, apparel and equipment. All Cellerator apparel takes advantage of PUMA’s AMT (Advanced Movement Technology), which incorporates articulated cut lines to reduce friction, ensuring the player has a complete freedom of movement. In addition, the textile and material selection across the range has been tailored to players’ requirements – be it breathability, ventilation, moisture management and, naturally, comfort. The FIFA approved Cellerator ball introduces the revolutionary Dimple II CW System developed and designed to boost speed and distance with controlled trajectory.
Poland, whose honors include an Olympic Games’ title (1972), an Olympic silver medal (1976) and two FIFA World Cup third place finishes (1974 and 1982), is currently in second place of their 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, facing Austria, Azerbaijan, England, Wales and Northern Ireland in Group 6.