For the first time in the company history, a PUMA sponsored national team has won World Cup Final: The SQUADRA AZZURRI from Italy.
Italy, whose honors included three FIFA World Cup titles (1934, 1938 & 1982), a UEFA European Championship title (1968) and one Olympic Gold medal (1936) now earned their 4th star wearing Puma.
The contract between PUMA and the Italian Football Federation has been signed in 2003 and was renewed in November 2005 beyond the Football World Cup in 2014.
„Italy´s victory is the glorious final of an incredibly successful World Cup for us", says Jochen Zeitz, PUMA CEO. „We assume, that the football performance turnover rose by approximately 40% compared to 2005", he comments.
The brand visbility at this Word Cup not only strengthened, but cleary expandend PUMAs position as one of the top 3 football brands in the world.
PUMA will now produce new kits with four World Cup Stars, which will be available in PUMA Concept Stores
PUMA will start an international advertisement campaign, congratulating the Italian team to their World Cup victory. The ads will be printed in high profile newspapers such as the "Financial Times", "Gazzetta dello Sport", "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", "De Telegraf", "L´Equpe", "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" or "The Times"
PUMA has gained brand visibility throughout 56% of the tournament, making PUMA the most prominent brand in terms of visibility - that being, in 36 out of the 64 games at least one PUMA team was present, equating to 54 hours of on-pitch action.
PUMA was also among the top three brands in terms of player presence on the field, with 18% of all players wearing the most innovative speed proposition product line v1.06, which has received an outstanding response from players and teams alike. Exceptional sell through reports in all markets led to the football performance turnover rising by approximately 40% compared to 2005.
„This is a great starting position in terms of the European Cup in 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, both guest hosts being sponsored by PUMA, pushing through until the World Cup 2010 in South Africa where we will once again be the most dominant brand in African Football. With the Italians as one of the top favourite teams we will enter the World Cup in South Africa with a World Champion", says Jochen Zeitz.
WILLKOMMEN ZUM FUSSBALL is the biggest global marketing campaign in the company history with Pelé as the figurehead character of the advertising campaign. Overall, PUMA is highly satisfied with the results achieved at the World Cup.
"We have once again proven that PUMA is deeply embedded in the world of football. We intend to continue this course, starting on Sunday at the final with Italy, and carrying on through the European Cup in 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, both guest hosts being sponsored by PUMA, pushing through until the World Cup 2010 in South Africa where we will once again be the most dominant brand in African Football. With the Italians as one of the top favorite teams we will enter the world cup in South Africa with either a world champion or a runner up", says Jochen Zeitz.
PUMA previously announced that preparations are already underway for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. With an impressive portfolio of more than ten PUMA-sponsored African national teams, PUMA is already indisputably the most visible football brand in Africa.