Barcelona Announce Qatar Airways Shirt Sponsorship

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Barcelona Announce Qatar Airways shirt Sponsorship

FC Barcelona and Qatar Sports Investments announce that they have agreed, under the terms of their contract, that Qatar Airways will appear on the Club shirt from the 2013-2014 season as the new main shirt sponsor.

The contract signed by Qatar Sports Investment and FC Barcelona foresaw the possibility of including a new sponsor on the team shirt from the third season of the agreement.

Meanwhile, Qatar Sports Investments, in agreement with FC Barcelona, has designated Qatar Foundation as the Official Human Development Partner of FC Barcelona, which will allow the promotion of initiatives based on their shared values to continue.

Sandro Rosell, president of FC Barcelona, has welcomed Qatar Airways as, “an ambitious brand with global aspirations, always committed to achieving the utmost excellence in its field. These are objectives with which FC Barcelona fully identifies.”

The contract signed with QSI permits the possibility of including a new logo on the shirt from the third season of the agreement, as the club reported to the Assembly of Representatives in September 2011. The inclusion of sponsorship on the shirt was agreed at the Assembly of Representatives in August 2003.

Rosell also stressed that “after sharing two fantastic years with Qatar Foundation, we are delighted to be continuing our relationship by welcoming them as our official Human Development Partner.”

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Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, said, “We are delighted to form this alliance with FC Barcelona, the biggest football club in the world. Qatar Airways has been voted Best Airline in the World for two consecutive years (2011 and 2012) and will work with FC Barcelona on activities of benefit both to fans and passengers, offering tangible rewards to both organisations.”

A Qatar Foundation spokesperson added that “when we started this fantastic journey with FC Barcelona, our objective was to work closely with the club, the team and the supporters to promote awareness of Qatar Foundation on an international scale. This has been a huge success. In fact, the first two years of the collaboration have surpassed our expectations and we are looking to deepen and strengthen our relationship with FC Barcelona and its supporters around the world in our continued role as a proud partner of the club.”

Qatar Sports Investments, Qatar Airways and Qatar Foundation are united in their commitment to the success of FC Barcelona.


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Guest
+28 # Guest 2012-11-17 08:40
Bad :sigh:
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Guest
+31 # Guest 2012-11-17 08:46
Qatar
Qatar Everywhere
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suensoccer
+27 # suensoccer 2012-11-19 14:41
When will the team rename to be "FC Qatar"?
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-8 # Guest 2012-11-20 05:55
stupid...
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+25 # Guest 2012-11-17 08:54
In a future no far, we will see the 'Qatar Nou Camp Stadium'. I'm pretty sure of it
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Starkso
+40 # Starkso 2012-11-17 09:12
Isnt it ashame seeing Barca who once held Unicef proudly in front of their shirts, a nice frirendly charity organisation...to now having Qatar Airways. I know Barca still do things with Unicef but when they had Unicef on front of their shirts it actually looked nice! Aswell as spreading awareness and whatnot with it. It is really just sad seeing Barca selling their soul for the past couple of seasons to Qatar businesses and organisations..signs of the times i guess.
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-10 # Guest 2012-11-17 09:25
Qatar must be rich right now if they're hosting the World Cup and this
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+5 # Guest 2012-11-19 13:38
Pretty sure Quoting The guy:
Qatar must be rich right now if they're hosting the World Cup and this

Qatar is mega rich anyway, you know, what with all the oil they're sitting on?
Barcelona shirts with a sponsor on the front look plain wrong anyway, be it a profitable or non-profitable organisation. Bring back the unsponsored Kappa shirts of the mid 90s.
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+22 # Guest 2012-11-17 12:18
the only reason barca was not part of the rest was the clean shirt, then the slow introduction (deceive) of a "sponsor" on the shirt with unicef to see what was the reaction of hardcore fans to something on the shirt and now an actual full sponsorship that is not a non-profit organization is a complete sellout...
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-23 11:26
For what its worth I agree that I'd rather see the Barca shirts of years ago, without the tarnish of a sponsor. But the club is still a non-profit making one, it is owned by the socios, like Atletic Biblbao, like FC United of Manchester, and that makes it special to me whether it has a aponsor or not. The real reason they have developed these sponsorship deals is because the presidents want to see their side stay financially competitive, and Rosell has made it clear that the deals signed had clauses so that the next barca President can abandon the sponsorship,if it is an issue for the socios at the next election. But as you say, it is saddening to see certainly. :sad:
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-3 # Guest 2012-11-17 14:45
tbh Don't really care...
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-19 13:43
Quoting Chappy:
tbh Don't really care...


Zactly.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-17 20:14
I don't think Turkish Airlines will be too enamoured with this cosy little agreement!
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0 # Guest 2012-11-18 00:24
they've become an arab team, lost all respect for them
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+4 # Guest 2012-11-19 13:42
:lol:
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+15 # Guest 2012-11-18 10:01
Barca just turned to Qatarcelona. Sad.
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-6 # Guest 2012-11-18 20:31
Muslims
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-2 # Guest 2012-11-22 13:58
Quoting Jackson1:
Muslims

so what...stupid douche!
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+4 # Guest 2012-11-19 05:07
lol qatarlonia :D :D :D

strange when rosell critics how laporta's relationship with Uzbek while they also have relationship with qatari :-?
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+2 # Guest 2012-11-19 13:29
No Sponser--->charitiy sponsor--> super duper fat cat sponsor.


I knew when they introduced UNICEF that it will end in a massive deal 1-2years later. It´s all about money and this pretty likeable club (past) is becoming pretty awful nowadays.
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-4 # Guest 2012-11-19 13:42
Or, they could just go bust.

Honestly, can you lot please promise me you'll never run a business? Too many naive internet users.
:o
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-21 11:30
Quoting MegaDearth:
Or, they could just go bust.

Honestly, can you lot please promise me you'll never run a business? Too many naive internet users.
:o



But if you say you are MORE THAN A CLUB, than you should forget about the standard "sell everything even names etc." procedures. Of course we know how business is working but there is a thin red line between a football club and its tradition and a standard business selling wahtever.

In terms of football there is also the myth, aura, reputation call it what you like. Once lost, you´ll never get that back.

It is not about making money at all cost. IF you are willing to get a huge return of investment football is no good solution. Does this need another proof or can we agree on that.

Football is more than business and that is not naive. Otherwise people would not buy season tickets for clubs that never win anything in their whole life
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0 # Guest 2012-11-21 12:28
But football has proved to be recession-proof for business types who make the right investments, look at the Glazers at United, they should be bankrupt by now.

It's all aboot the money, honey. Newcastle's new owners put their own stamp on the stadium. Fans still go.

Complaints/principles don't change balance sheets.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-22 13:57
Quoting MegaDearth:
But football has proved to be recession-proof for business types who make the right investments, look at the Glazers at United, they should be bankrupt by now.

It's all aboot the money, honey. Newcastle's new owners put their own stamp on the stadium. Fans still go.

Complaints/principles don't change balance sheets.



Well, it seems that these arguments are basicially the same but serve both contrary point of views. I think a total sellout should be avoided and football is NOT an investment but something different.

It is not the end of the world for Barca nor for me, but it is one-after-one getting football in the wrong direction. And at the end of the way we complain about World Cups hosted in Quatar and not in England, and players earnign more money in a week than average joe in a year.

Some might think football is slowely undermining its own bases and fundaments...let us see when people have enough and they went too far.

I am in the position to be fan of a rather smaller club, hardly anybody cares about who is not in this world of exorbitance.

So I am just glancing at it with interest.... :-*
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0 # Guest 2012-11-30 11:26
Yeah me too.
Cool.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-19 14:54
Mes que un club? Well this development takes Barca a step closer to being just like any other club. While I'm sure it did Unicef's profile/fund raising no harm at the time, it was always part of a strategic masterplan to phase in shirt sponsorship - with the Qatar Foundation providing the bridge - to full commercial shirt sponsorship. While we can all appreciate the commercial realities of the modern day, this is still sad news.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-19 21:18
It's all about money, so it's understandable. The problem lies in the fact that it's always Qatar that's throwing the money around. Qatar sponsoring Barca last year, Qatar "winning" the right to host the World Cup, and now more money being thrown their way from Qatar.
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-20 15:06
In my mind there's a little Catalan child in a Romario shirt waiting outside Nou Camp for Xavi to sign his program and a big Rolls Royce zooms past and exhaust fumes bellow in his face. The Rolls has the Qatari corporate members in and they swill champagne...the child sheds a single tear.
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-1 # Guest 2012-11-21 12:42
Quoting Baggios chip:
In my mind there's a little Catalan child in a Romario shirt waiting outside Nou Camp for Xavi to sign his program and a big Rolls Royce zooms past and exhaust fumes bellow in his face. The Rolls has the Qatari corporate members in and they swill champagne...the child sheds a single tear.


Grow up.
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+3 # Guest 2012-11-20 15:07
FC Qatarcelona - ¡M?
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-20 16:17
FootballArticles2.blogspot.com
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-21 05:34
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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0 # Guest 2012-11-21 05:36
Shame Barcelona!!!The way things are going,Barcelona players may become eligible to play for Qatar.As it is,Qatar is throwing a lot of money around.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-30 11:26
Quoting Vinit:
Shame Barcelona!!!The way things are going,Barcelona players may become eligible to play for Qatar.As it is,Qatar is throwing a lot of money around.


So?
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0 # Guest 2012-11-21 17:42
Barca have had shirt sponsorship for years... hasnt anyone seen the Nike swoosh, the Kappa label, and the TV3 Catalonia badge? What is that if its not shirt sponsorship? Idiots.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-22 12:01
Quoting Joseba84:
Barca have had shirt sponsorship for years... hasnt anyone seen the Nike swoosh, the Kappa label, and the TV3 Catalonia badge? What is that if its not shirt sponsorship? Idiots.

yeah it's called "Technical Sponsorship" there are suppliers to the team: TV3 = Barca tv , Nike = uniforms, marketing, etc...
NOT a business( Money making interest on announcement in the shirt ) like qatar airways... you stupid [censored]tard...
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0 # Guest 2012-11-30 11:27
Quoting rajaz69:
yeah it's called "Technical Sponsorship" there are suppliers to the team: TV3 = Barca tv , Nike = uniforms, marketing, etc...
NOT a business( Money making interest on announcement in the shirt ) like qatar airways... you stupid censoredtard...


Yes it is. Always has been. Smell the coffee.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-21 18:59
Just wait for the top Arab players to make their moves to become bench-warmers at this historic club
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+1 # Guest 2012-11-22 07:35
Quoting Adam:
Just wait for the top Arab players to make their moves to become bench-warmers at this historic club

Are there any top Arab players?
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mac man
0 # mac man 2012-11-23 09:28
I think there is no better Barcelona shirt sponsor logo is cool. :sad:

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0 # Guest 2012-11-26 16:29
Barcelona is the famous team.All people enjoy this team's game.And i like also.
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0 # Guest 2012-11-30 11:29
I will give anyone here a thousand US dollars a month if they post on this site under the name "MegaDearth".

i.e When you post using an anonymous name, change it to "MegaDearth" and I will sponsor you.

Who's in?
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0 # Guest 2012-12-02 03:31
I think there is misunderstood from supporters because of the football doesn't have religion were they christ or muslim.
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0 # Guest 2012-12-06 12:24
Would prefer to see Tic Tac as new sponsor of Barca :D
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0 # Guest 2013-02-11 18:44
Once the Arabs run out of oil, all their football sponsorships will come to a quick end.
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