Since jumping into the soccer market US company Warrior has been focusing on producing high quality boots and attracting some high quality clubs to wear their kits. Today marks another high point for the Michigan based company, as it was announced that starting this coming season Warrior will be providing the kits and training gear for the most successful club in Portuguese soccer history, FC Porto.
This deal also follows hot on the heels of Warrior snapping up Porto’s defensive midfielder Fernando to an endorsement deal, further strengthening the brand in the land of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.
For those who only follow the “big four” leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany), the deal is a coup for Warrior, Porto are what I like to call a “mid-major” in European football. They’ve won both the Europa League (when it was UEFA Cup) and the Champions League since the year 2000, and are generally prone to deep runs in Europe.
Warrior General Manager Richard Wright (I can only assume not Manchester City reserve goalkeeper) released the following about the link up:
“We are extremely pleased to announce this partnership with one of the biggest clubs in world football. FC Porto will spearhead our entry into the Portuguese market and this deal marks a major leap forward in the global reach of Warrior Football. They are a club who regularly compete on the world’s biggest stage, the Champions League; and their ambitions to build on their successes make them a great match for Warrior.”
While Warrior have generally been known for aggressive designs and interesting colourways (especially with Liverpool), what images they’ve released of the new Porto kit seems to indicate that they are going to keep things somewhat traditional with the home kit at least.
Porto join Liverpool, Stoke City, and Sevilla as the major clubs in the Warrior stable and it’ll be interesting to see what else Warrior has in the pipeline as they seem to eye making a run at turning the Big 3 into the Big 4.
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