The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced a new sponsorship agreement with the International licensed forex broker, XTrend.
With this deal, XTrend has become a regional sponsor for the Argentine National Team.
With its extremely innovative app-based technology, XTrend, a global leader in investing and financial services, puts its trading platform at customers’ fingertips through iOS and Android. The brand’s owners consistently improve and expand the trading platform technology by paying attention to traders’ demands and placing a high value on effective problem-solving customer service for its users, giving online trading of financial products a fresh, contemporary feel.
With the help of this alliance, the AFA will be likely to help bring Argentina’s superstars like Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Julián Alvarez, and Emi Martinez nearer to the spectators.
The ability to enjoy rare experiences, autographed jerseys, and treasured memories will enable Argentinian supporters and XTrend users to come together and develop a deeper connection to their favourite football heroes and team. The Argentine National Team intends to increase its commercial operations worldwide and into new developing markets, as evidenced by the regional agreement that goes into effect today.
Claudio Fabian Tapia, President of AFA, said, “The Argentina National Team has felt the strength and support of the Asian community throughout the World Cup, and we are very glad to have XTREND being our regional sponsor of the Argentine Football Association. The association opens a new platform for us to connect with fans. As a result, our association is consolidated as a leader in the world football environment. We welcome XTREND as our regional sponsor.”
Michael Rezaie, CEO of XTrend, said, “Today we take great pride in starting our association with the Argentine National Team, a significant milestone for XTREND’s growth within the region and internationally. Historically Argentina has been a standout performer of soccer talent and success in World Football, with recently reaching its pinnacle when winning the 2023 World Cup. We believe XTrend also embodies the same commitment and values with such a prestigious football association allowing our partnership the opportunity to associate technology and innovation to a wider audience of football enthusiasts in the region.
“We share the same vision to the AFA, where we also want XTrend to be the standout performer in Financial Services internationally, we are continuously enhancing our trading platform to help traders reach new heights within their professional trading journey. Undoubtedly, we are excited about what this partnership will bring for the future to XTrend and its Clients.”
Leandro Petersen, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer of AFA, said, “Throughout the last five years we had established a strategic view and goal for our Association, recovering international prestige and worldwide commercial attractiveness, this regional sponsorship with XTREND is the outcome of dedicated team work and a clear direction by AFA. We are pleased XTREND has chosen our Association and become a regional sponsorship in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. AFA and XTREND will be jointly developing commercial and marketing actions that increase the synergy and power of their brands in the southern Asian market.”
Sportfive nets third-party rights to Brazil, Argentina’s home W/Cup qualifiers
A key piece of the puzzle in the South American media-rights market has been solved ahead of the Conmebol Fifa World Cup qualifiers that get underway this week, with the Sportfive agency landing rights for matches involving Brazil and Argentina.
Sportfive has secured exclusive third-party media rights (territories outside of the two countries playing) to all home 2026 World Cup qualifiers of the two South American giants, having reached an agreement with two agencies: Brax for Brazil’s rights and Torneos for Argentina’s.
Brazil’s first home game in the World Cup qualifiers is against Bolivia on September 8, while world champions Argentina kick off their campaign tomorrow (Thursday) at home to Ecuador.
In addition, Sportfive will sell third-party media rights for all home friendlies played by Brazil outside of the Americas. This was a long-term contract previously held by the UK-based Pitch International agency that expired after the 2022 World Cup.
It is a significant contract win for Sportfive and comes less than a year after Pedro Cubillos returned to the agency tasked with overseeing media rights acquisitions and sales across Latin America.
Cubillos was with Lagardère Sports – renamed Sportfive in 2020 following the takeover by H.I.G. Capital – for close to a decade. In 2019 he set up Tribe Sports Marketing agency with former colleague Marco Gonzalez.
Thomas Klingebiel, president of media at Sportfive, said: “We are thrilled to have secured these exclusive media rights for the South American World Cup Qualifiers. This agreement reinforces Sportfive’s commitment to delivering top-tier sports content to a global audience.”
South American football governing body Conmebol does not sell collective rights to World Cup qualifiers in the region. Rather, the football federations sell domestic and international rights to their respective home qualifiers and friendlies on an individual basis.
It means last-minute deals have often been required to ensure widespread exposure of the Conmebol World Cup qualifiers.
Just this week, SportBusiness reported clarity over Bolivia’s matches, after the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) was granted domestic rights to its home World Cup qualifiers after a court ruled against a claim from Mediapro and Sports TV Rights, which bid for the rights in a tender earlier this year.
The FBF was granted a ‘constitutional protection’ by the Departmental Court of La Paz that will enable the federation to exploit the rights on its own FBF Play streaming platform, rather than selling the rights to a third party such as Sports TV Rights or Mediapro.
Days earlier, and before the FBF had the legal right to sell Bolivia’s matches, Brazilian broadcaster Globo secured exclusive rights to the home matches of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
This secured the broadcaster’s near-universal coverage of the qualifiers in Brazil, as it had already retained domestic rights to the Brazilian national team’s home World Cup qualifying matches and friendlies until 2026.
Mediapro holds international rights to all of Peru’s home qualifiers and friendlies over the quadrennial period between World Cups. It also holds global media and marketing rights to the international matches of Chile in conjunction with the 1190 Sports agency over the 2023-26 period.
Aside from the individual sales, a quartet of South American football associations banded together in May to sell media rights to their home 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers on a collective basis, in what experts regarded as a step in the right direction for the region’s international football rights market.
The Uruguayan Football Association (AUF), Paraguayan Football Association (APF), Ecuadorian Football Federation (EFE) and Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) issued a joint Request for Proposal (RFP) on May 18, initially giving interested parties until June 8 to submit bids. No deals have been confirmed following the tender, however, Mediapro is understood to be the favourite to acquire the rights.
Six South American nations will qualify automatically for the 2026 World Cup in USA-Mexico-Canada (up from five at Qatar 2022) and with one other entering an inter-confederation playoff, only three nations will be automatically ruled out of qualification.
BeIN Sports records 93.5 million total views for FIFA Women’s World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 garnered a record-breaking cumulative viewership of 93.5 million across the region, beIN Sports revealed.
The Qatar-based network provided exclusive real-time coverage for all 64 matches of the tournament in both the Arabic and English languages.
“When we launched our beINSPIRED initiative on the eve of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019, the aim was to help grow under-represented sports and one of our focuses was women’s football,” said Mohammad Al Subaie, CEO of beIN – MENA.
“This year’s Women’s World Cup expanded from 24 teams to 32 teams, yet what we have witnessed this past month shows that not only is interest growing in the region, but the way fans follow the game is evolving too. With a cumulative viewership of over 93m tuning into our linear coverage from across the region, the growth of women’s football is undeniable, and we are very proud to be helping drive that.”
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Major events like the semi-finals and final, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, were televised on beIN Sports’ free-to-air channel as part of the network’s push for the visibility of women’s sports.
The tournament was held in Australia and New Zealand where almost two million spectators were attended the matches in person– a notable increase of over 600,000 compared to the previous record.
Spain faced off against England at the final in Sydney to lift its first World Cup title following an intense 1-0 game.
Deemed as a record-breaking event, women’s national teams from The Philippines, the Republic of Ireland, Portugal, and Morocco played on the global football stage for the first time.
Morocco’s Nouhaila Benzina also made history by becoming the first player to wear a hijab at a World Cup.
PANASA Cup: Ghanaian Philanthropist Seeks More Corporate Backing, Media Support For African Scrabble
A very passionate and dependable stakeholder of scrabble in Ghana and Africa, Samuel Mbrayeh Quartey, has described the PANASA President’s Cup as a groundbreaking event as far as the sport is concerned in Africa and the world.
Quartey, who is nicknamed SM Quartey, while speaking at the ongoing PANASA Cup in Lagos, Nigeria noted the game of scrabble in Africa as it is now not just about getting corporate bodies to throw their weight behind the game, but corporate bodies that are connected and can relate with the sport is what is needed for it to be lifted all round.
“I’m happy to be in Lagos to witness this tournament which I will call groundbreaking. The kind of organization we are seeing here is taking the game of Scrabble to another level. Before the tournament and during the tournament, I have seen a kind of friendship and brotherliness among all the contestants. It’s really like coming together of one family and such environment is beautiful,” Quartey told Maxwell Kumoye’s Zeal Media Cast Blog.
Samuel Mbrayeh Quartey, a renowned architect and philanthropist is excited with the standard of organization of both the President’s Cup and the African Youth Scrabble Championship which Ghana is fully represented in.
“The organization, the set-up, the ambience, fresh customized boards for everybody, the officiating, the quality, everything associated with it, it’s the height of scrabble, it’s a spectacle and I’m happy to be here watching it.” he stated.
SM Quartey further stressed that Ghana and other African countries should build on the success story of the Pan African Scrabble Association (PANASA) President’s Cup. “Am happy to be here in Lagos with our director from the Ministry of Sports in Ghana, we have been taking lessons here, and we to go back home and replicate what we have seen here.”
On the issue of corporate backing and support, the Post Graduate Diploma holder in Architecture, from the prestigious Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana,
On the issue of corporate sponsorship, the graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology of Ghana said: “Scrabble as a game is best supported by people who have love for the game, not just corporate bodies who have no connection with the game, so some of our old enthusiasts who are concentrating on their corporate businesses, it’s about time we knock on their doors and say come and show some love and support to our common joy, which is scrabble.”
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