London (AFP) – Chelsea have signed a club record kit deal with Nike that is reported to be worth £60 million ($73 million, 66 million euros) per season to the Premier League club.
The Blues have been in talks with American sportswear giants Nike since May, when it was confirmed Chelsea were ending their partnership with adidas six years early at the end of June 2017.
That deal with the German firm was said to be worth £30 million annually, but it will be dwarfed by the Nike agreement, which is understood to see the company make the full kit for Chelsea’s first-team, academy sides and ladies’ squad for the next 15 years.
Chelsea will earn an estimated £900 million by the time the deal, which starts from next season, expires in 2032.
Manchester United, the Premier League club with the most visible global profile, have a 10-year deal with adidas, which started for the 2015-16 season and is worth a total of £750 million.
Spanish champions Barcelona are said to receive £120 million-a-year from their agreement with Nike.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia believes the new deal will offer the west London club a unique opportunity in brand development.
“This is an incredibly exciting and important deal for the club. Like Chelsea, Nike is known around the world for its excellence and innovation and we look forward to working together in what is sure to be a successful partnership,” Granovskaia told Chelsea’s official website.
“We believe Nike will be able to support our growth into new markets as well as helping us maintain our place among the world’s elite football clubs.”
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Manchester City’s away shirt for the 2015-16 season will be a one-of-a-kind design that features a closeup of a Blue Moon.
The unique design features a dark blue shirt with the Blue Moon design splashed across the upper chest and around the v-neck collar of City’s away shirt for next season.
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Nike’s design is quite remarkable. And it’s a whopping departure from the way that we think about soccer shirt designs.
One of the classiest (and very understated) aspects of the design is how the Manchester City crest stands out in white (or is it gray?) on the shirt.
Plus hats off to Manchester City and Nike for deciding to put the Etihad Airways shirt sponsor logo in the same blue/cyan color so it’s a seamless part of the design — instead of being featured in a distinct different color and ruining the look of the shirt.
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For the first time since the 2008-09 season, the official ball that will be used in the Premier League during the 2015-16 season will be a red and white gradient.
The leaked photo of the ball (see above) shows a unique panel design from Nike that features a crimson and white gradient. The ball, named Nike Ordem, will officially be revealed in July, 2015.
“The new Premier League 15-16 Soccer Ball has 12 panels in a three layer casing system, combined with black aerodynamic Nike Aerow Trac grooves for maximum visibility,” says FootyHeadlines, “Recent Nike Premier League balls were combined with different tones of blue.
“Technology wise, the new Nike Ordem 3 15-16 Official Premier League Football features the same characteristics as the Nike Ordem 14-15 Premier League Match Ball. The Nike Ordem Ball is Nike’s ‘most innovative, technologically advanced and aerodynamically tuned ball to date.’”
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