On Friday Atlético Madrid announced to have signed a “strategic agreement” with the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The deal will be officially presented on Saturday afternoon by Miguel Ángel Gil, just hours before the derby against Real Madrid.
Against Real Madrid the players will have ‘Azerbaijan Land of Fire’ printed across their chests.
It’s not the first time Atlético have had a shirt sponsor for a selected number of games. After parting ways with Kia at the end of the 2010-2011 season, Atleti long struggled to find a new partner, but had Chinese technology provider Huawei printed on the red and white for the Derbi Madrileño, while also signing an 8-game deal with Rixos Hotels. Huawei again featured on our jersey for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea and two more games.
The exact compensation for the single game deal with Azerbaijan is unknown, but Atlético is set to make millions for one match. Although unconfirmed at this point, As reports Atlético is set to receive a staggering €20m, which suggests the agreement reaches beyond the Madrid-derby.
Already confirmed is that as part of the agreement the Rojiblancos will also play a friendly match against a selection of Azerbaijan players and Diego Simeone will be part of a football clinic in Baku next summer.
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