Etihad Airways’ logo on Manchester City’s kit will be replaced with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 logo when the Premier League champions play Borussia Dortmund in their pre-season International Champions Cup clash in Chicago on July 20.
The move comes as part of Etihad Airways, who has been City’s main club partner since 2009 and their efforts to raise awareness about the Special Olympics World Games, where they are the official airline partner. The event will see over 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries gather in Abu Dhabi for the biennial.
Being held in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time, the Special Olympics World Games are expected to attract up to 500,000 spectators is likely to be the largest global event to be ever held in the United Arab Emirates’ capital.
Patrick Pierce, Etihad Airways Vice President Marketing Partnerships, said: “Promoting the Special Olympics World Games on the Manchester City jersey is a wonderful reflection of our airline’s values. Much like travel, sports play a crucial role in bringing together diverse global communities. So it’s our pleasure to join both partners to honor the history of the Special Olympics in their founding city of Chicago, while also drawing attention to what will be the world’s most inclusive sports and humanitarian gathering in 2019.”
Significantly, in addition to being a part of the International Champions Cup, Special Olympics are also celebrating their 50th anniversary in the city where it all began.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 16, 2018
Khalfan Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Managing Director of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said: “We are glad to see Man City FC play Borussia Dortmund at Soldier Field, the site of the first Special Olympics International Summer Games, fifty years ago, with the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi logo on their shirt.
“Special Olympics is a global event that aligns closely with the UAE’s values and vision and we are incredibly proud to be the first country in the MENA region to be hosting the upcoming World Games in Abu Dhabi next year.
“Inclusion and integration of people with intellectual disabilities is a priority for the UAE leadership and has been backed by legislation and comprehensive support for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
“The support of partners such as Etihad has been invaluable in ensuring we are able to spread the Special Olympics message far and wide and we would like to sincerely thank them for their support.”
Damian Willoughby, Senior Vice President of Partnerships at City Football Group, said: “With the Special Olympics World Games being held in Abu Dhabi next year, we are proud to be a part of such an important landmark event for sports in the Middle East. Our deep and longstanding ties with Etihad Airways have led to some phenomenal collaborative projects over the years, as we have sought to make football and sports as accessible, inclusive and engaging as possible for communities around the world.”
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France capped off a month of football fever as they defeated Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Cup winners for the second time in the country’s history. The four weeks in Russia produced one of the best tournaments the game’s ever seen, with the introduction of VAR, a record number of penalties and huge upsets including Germany finishing bottom of group F. Didier Deschamps became only the third person ever to lift the World Cup as both a player and manager (joining Mario Zagallo, Franz Beckenbauer) as his France side brushed aside Croatia in a thrilling finale.
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41. Philippe Coutinho opens the scoring in injury time to break Costa Rican hearts.
40. Ahmed Musa notches a double as Nigeria get three points against Iceland.
39. Xherdan Shaqiri scores a dramatic winner in stoppage time as Switzerland defeats Serbia 2 – 1.
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38. Romelu Lukaku stars as Belgium put five past plucky Tunisia. The big frontman scores twice.
37. Javier Hernandez finds the net to see Mexico into the latter stages of the competition.
36. Marco Reus scores as ten-men Germany defeat Sweden in dramatic style. 2-1.
35. Harry Kane bags a hat-trick as England thump Panama 6-1.
34. Takashi Inui puts in a team performance and gets on the score sheet as Japan sneak a point against Senegal 2-2.
33. James Rodriguez is the star man as Colombia sees off Poland 3-0.
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Australia forward Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from international football.
The 38-year-old, the Socceroos’ all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, played his 107th and final game for his country against Peru at this summer’s World Cup.
That left Cahill two short of former goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer’s record of most appearances for Australia.
The ex-Millwall and Everton player tweeted: “Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos.
“No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge.”
Today’s the day that I’m officially hanging up my boots on my international career with the Socceroos.— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) July 17, 2018
No words can describe what it has meant to represent my country. Massive thank you to everyone for the support throughout all my years wearing the Australian badge. pic.twitter.com/gqnM1HWA7S