Qantas backs football in Oz

23rd Mar 2007

Football Federation Australia and
Qantas have announced that the airline would extend its long association
with football in Australia.The new two-year agreement will see Qantas extend its naming rights
sponsorship of the Qantas Socceroos, as well as its exclusive support of all
Men’s National Teams. Qantas will also remain the Official Airline of the
Hyundai A-League and its eight clubs, and the Official Airline of Football
Federation Australia.
Football Federation Australia CEO, Ben Buckley, said, “After the great
success of the Qantas Socceroos at the World Cup - in which Qantas played
an important role - it is wonderful to have such an iconic Australian brand
commit to support football in Australia, and Australia’s team, on the next stage
of our journey - into Asia.
“After bringing the Socceroos home in charter-flight comfort from Uruguay,
Qantas carried the team and thousands of supporters to Germany. The
players and the fans will be delighted to know that Qantas will continue to be
behind them on the road to the Asian Cup.”
The Qantas Socceroos’ road to Asia continues this weekend when they play
China in Guagzhou, with preparations culminating in the two June
blockbusters against Uruguay in Sydney on June 2, and Argentina in
Melbourne on June 6.
Qantas Socceroo Lucas Neill said, “The support of Qantas has been vital for
our recent success. Knowing that one of Australia’s most recognised and
respected companies is behind you can be the difference between winning
and losing. Having them extend their commitment to our team and our game
is really satisfying, and reinforces the new place that we feel we are
occupying in Australian sport.”
The Executive General Manager of Qantas, John Borghetti, said the
sponsorship was a continuation of Qantas’ long-term investment in football in
“Qantas is proud of the Qantas Socceroos and the team’s involvement in the
resurgence of football in Australia.
“We are very pleased with our partnership with Football Federation Australia
and look forward to continuing our support of the Socceroos as they make
their debut in the Asian Cup.”


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