Airtel(India) has signed a five-year sponsorship deal with Manchester United Football Club which is yet another step forward for Indian Football. The news is sure to bring a buzz across India as currently India is one of the biggest regions of Asia which is promoting English Football in all aspects. Airtel is amongst the largest Cellular Networks in India and now, by signing such a deal, they will now hope to reach further heights and will surely look to expand their enormous network even more.
Under this partnership the customers of Airtel from from all over India will get exclusive access to Manchester United Content on their Mobile Phones. Further more, if you’re Airtel user and a United fan too and if you really think that you can kick the ball, then Airtel will also give you an opportunity to prove your worth at one of the Manchester United Soccer Schools. Moreover, Airtel will also be providing its’ customers with an opportunity to watch football matches at Old Trafford and travel to Europe to watch Manchester United play in the UEFA Champions League which is certainly a dream come true for a crazy Manchester United Fan like me.
“We are very excited to partner with Manchester United, a powerful global brand with huge following across the world and in India,” said Sanjay Kapoor, deputy CEO, Bharti Airtel. He added “Football is definitely seeing a growing interest amongst the young population in India. Therefore, we are making a pioneering effort to bring to them rich football content on their mobiles, a fantastic opportunity to be part of the world’s leading football club through participation in soccer schools, and also an opportunity to watch football matches across Europe.”
David Gill, CEO, Manchester United Club, added,
“Manchester United is delighted to announce the partnership with Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications company and one of Asia’s emerging global brands. This partnership demonstrates the enduring strength of the Club internationally. We are very proud to have Bharti Airtel as the first Indian company to partner with Manchester United Club. This major partnership will bring the action and the passion of Manchester United directly to the millions of fans of Manchester United across India and other Asian countries.”
As part of the alliance, if you’re Airtel user then you will have an access to exclusive content such as video clips of EPL matches and UEFA Champion’s League Highlights, Match Feeds, Reports and Editorial features, Post and Pre-Match Analysis etc. Downloads of mobile games, ringtones, animations and wallpapers of Manchester United along with the access of the internationally popular Manchester United Mobile Portal will be made exclusively available for the Airtel customers.
Airtel customers can also watch Manchester United Football matches at the Old Trafford Ground in the Premier League, FA Cup, Football League Cup and UEFA Champions League. A few lucky Airtel customers will also get an opportunity to travel with the Manchester United first team during their away UEFA Champions League matches.
Last but not the least, if you are Airtel customer and think you have got all what it takes to be a good footballer then Airtel will provide you with ‘once in a life time opportunity’ to train at one of the Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS). MUSS are currently running in Hong Kong, Seattle, Toronto and Dubai as well as Manchester. A true United fan like me would love to be at one of these Schools no matter what it takes. Fingers Crossed!!! . . . =P. Well guys(& girls as well) who knows you could be amongst the lucky ones to play along side Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford one day .
So, THAT’S IT? Well, the answer is ‘NO’. I’m sure there is a lot more to come. Trust Me.