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PUMA signs Indian National Football Captain Sunil Chhetri

  • Signs 3-year deal with the country’s best striker and top goal scorer
  • Adds Captain Fantastic to its roster of world class athletes wearing PUMA’s performance footwear and apparel
  • PUMA continues to invest and grow the sport of football in India

Global sports brand PUMA today announced that Sunil Chhetri, captain of the Indian National Football team and Bengaluru FC signed with the brand. A captain, leader and a legend, he is the second-highest after Cristiano Ronaldo on the list of active international scorers in world football. Signing a three-year deal with PUMA, he now joins the brand’s roster of global players like Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Luis Suárez and Sergio Aguero among others.

One of the greatest footballers India has ever seen, Sunil Chhetri plays as a striker for the national team and Bengaluru FC. A hero for both the club and the country, he is the most-capped player and also the all-time top goal scorer for the Indian team. Named AIFF Player of the Year six times, he was also conferred with the Arjuna award in 2011 and Padma Shri in 2019 among several other coveted sports honors.

“I am excited to join the PUMA family. Over the years, I have closely witnessed and experienced the brand’s football heritage. Now signing with them as a PUMA player is a very natural progression for me,” said Sunil Chhetri. “We share a common goal to accelerate the growth of football in the country. I appreciate their commitment to the sporting ecosystem and look forward to creating a new chapter for Indian football,” he added.

This partnership extends PUMA’s legacy with Indian football. From its longstanding association with Bengaluru Football Club since 2014 to individual agreements with players like Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthe, Nishu Kumar and Rahul Bheke, the brand aims to further its commitment to the sport and talent.

Abhishek Ganguly, Managing Director, PUMA India said, “Sunil Chhetri is synonymous with football. A living legend and an inspiration for the youth, he has made a huge impact to grow the sport and its following in India. His passion is very much in line with PUMA’s vision. Together, we are invested in growing the culture of football, inspiring and achieving new levels in the game.”

PUMA has teamed up with the country’s best athletes to support their never-ending effort to become faster, stronger, and better every single day. From Indian Cricket Captain, Virat Kohli and boxing champion MC Mary Kom to ace sprinter Dutee Chand, the brand is fueling the growing passion for sports across disciplines.

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TECNO associates with Manchester City Football Club

TECNO associates with Manchester City Football Club as Mobile Photography partner for the India Trophy tour 2019

~Adds to the nation’s football fever through a Multi-City Trophy Tour; with the special appearance of Club legend Micah Richards~

TECNO Mobile, a global premier smartphone brand, is associated with the current EPL and FA Cup Champions, Manchester City Football Club since 2016. In July’19, both the partners decided to extend their global partnership through an official signing ceremony that took place in Delhi. This association has been incredibly successful due to the fact that TECNO Mobile and Manchester City follow similar values of holding consumers at the highest pedestal by providing them with unique mobile experiences and exceptional matches every day, respectively.

TECNO Mobile, the leading smartphone brand is taking another step to further strengthen the association with City by becoming their Mobile Photography partner for the India Trophy tour 2019 which spans across multiple cities across India. The partnership helps in fostering greater engagement by giving fans an opportunity to experience the spirit of the game closely.

To celebrate Manchester City’s record-breaking 2018/19 season, Manchester City and TECNO kicked-off with a trophy showcase in Mumbai today, bringing men’s and women’s trophies to India. Located in the heart of the city at Phoenix High Street Mall, the trophies were displayed amongst football fans, sports enthusiasts and TECNO consumers over a fun filled long carnival.

Commenting on the association, Mr. Arijeet Talapatra, CEO, TRANSSION India said, “Our association with the prestigious Champions Club embodies perfection, excellence and passion to succeed beyond limitations is the hallmark for both of us. We are delighted to collaborate with Manchester City Trophy Tour as it celebrates a highly successful season and gear up for a much bigger success in the coming year. Through this strategic partnership that highlights our global as well as local ambitions, we are committed to further strengthen our relationship with the Indian consumers, fans, and the elite football club.”

To further create the excitement for the football fans in India, TECNO organised an exclusive ‘Meet & Greet’ with the legend Micah Richards in Mumbai. After a gruelling skill-based task with thousands of young and aspiring footballers from the Mumbai Celebration Sports Club, 11 enthusiasts were selected with a life time opportunity to learn on ‘How to take perfect Penalty Shot’ from the legend himself.

Commenting on his maiden visit to India, Micah Richards, City Legend said “I am thrilled to visit India as part of Manchester City’s Trophy Tour. Our aim is to bring an authentic City experience, allowing fans in India a chance to experience the club they love closer than ever and right in their hometowns. We have been receiving immense support from the City fans in India and I can’t wait to engage with them all.”

India being one of top priority markets for TECNO Mobile globally, the brand is committed to bring top-end features at an affordable pricing for the value-conscious Indian customers. The brand has been constantly disrupting the sub 15K category and 2019 was a successful year, bolstering the strong product portfolio with many firsts to its credit. ‘CAMON i4’ earned the crown of becoming the first triple rear camera smartphone under 10k and Phantom 9 offered segment-first 6GB RAM, Dual Front Flashlight  and in-display fingerprint sensor at a competitive price of INR 14,999. TECNO SPARK Go was the superstar of the family, emerging as the most affordable dot notch display smartphone in India, and most recently CAMON 12 Air became the first and only ‘Dot In-Display’ camera phone under 10K.

TECNO’s marketing strategy is centred around increasing overall brand awareness and brand recall by establishing a deeper bond with the youth of India.  TECNO’s collaboration with Manchester city is with an objective to strengthen their brands’ outreach in terms of marketing and advertising campaigns across the country.

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Body pulled from wreckage of football player Sala’s plane

UK authorities have recovered a body from the wreckage of the plane which crashed with Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board.

In a statement to CNN on Wednesday night, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said: “Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations.

“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage.”

The AAIB did not specify whether the body was Sala’s or of the pilot’s.

The body has been carried to the Isle of Portland and would be sent to the Dorset coroner. Crews could not recover the wreckage of the Piper Malibu at this time because of weather conditions, the statement added.

Sala, 28, and the 59-year-old Ibbotson were flying in the single-turbine aircraft from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, Wales, when it disappeared from radar near the Channel Islands on January 21.

The Argentine striker had recently signed with English Premier League club Cardiff City for a reported $19.3 million from French club Nantes and was heading to the Welsh capital after saying farewell to his former team-mates in France, reports CNN.

Wreckage from the plane thought to be carrying the footballer was found on Sunday by a privately funded search team working in close coordination with the AAIB.

The same day, the AAIB had also begun a three-day underwater search of an area 4 square nautical miles off the island of Guernsey.

Last week, Cardiff City and Nantes both held emotional tributes to Sala before their matches.
Body pulled from wreckage of football player Sala's plane
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