July 7 – Concacaf are building on their links with Qatar with Qatar Airways committing to a confederation-wide partnership that sees the carrier becoming the Official Airline of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup that completed its final preliminary qualifying rounds last night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Qatar Airways branding was visible at the Fort Lauderdale stadium through all 11 broadcast matches and will continued through the 11 Gold Cup stadiums in eight US metropolitan cities when the Gold Cup group stages kick off on Saturday July 10 in Arlington, Texas.
The Qatar national team is guesting at the Gold Cup this summer and will do so again at the 2023 edition, the year after it has hosted the 2022 World Cup. Qatar have been drawn against Honduras, Grenada and Panama and play their opening match will be on July 13 Panama in Houston.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as a confederation-wide partner of Concacaf,” said Concacaf president and FIFA vice president, Victor Montagliani.
“Their extensive experience across global football and sport sponsorship will undoubtedly benefit our confederation. We look forward to working together to elevate this summer’s Gold Cup, the next edition of the Concacaf Nations League and football across the entire region.”
2021 is Concacaf’s 60th anniversary year and the Gold Cup is its flagship men’s competition. The first edition was played in 1991 and the 2021 edition will be the 16th Concacaf Gold Cup.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “Our partnership with Concacaf is a demonstration of our commitment towards utilising sport as a means of bringing people together. We look forward to seeing fans from around the world engage with one another and share their passion for the global game. This alliance with Concacaf will help us strengthen our presence in the North, Central American and Caribbean regions, where football is deeply embedded in the culture and lifestyle.”
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