The Austrian Football Association (OFB) and Puma announced on Tuesday in Ernst-Happel-Stadium of Vienna that they will extend the current partnership with Puma as the official provider of the team kits for all the national teams. The deal runs through 2018.
The announcement came as no surprise as the 2 entities have been partners for 40 years. It is the longest partnership with any team for Puma. During the 4 decade run, Austria has played in 4 FIFA World Cups (1978, 1982, 1990, and 1998), 1 UEFA European Championship, and all of the qualifying and friendly matches.
“For us this is a very special partnership, the longest standing in PUMA’s history,” Christian Voigt, Senior Head of Global Sports Marketing at PUMA said. “Over the past 40 years we have formed a relationship of trust, and one that has been consistently based on common values and aspirations. We are delighted with this extension, and wish the ÖFB great success as they look to build on their great start to the European ChampionshipTM qualification.”
Puma will also provide the training gear and fanwear for Das Team.
“We have long standing relationships with most of our partners, all of which are based on trust, mutual appreciation and the right balance between giving and taking,” ÖFB president Leo Windtner added. “However, a partnership over such a long period of time is unique to us, and it shows it is profitable for either side. I am very pleased about PUMA keeping their faith with us, continuing to be a great technical partner.”
Austria is well-known for their red home jerseys but that has not always been the case. They used to play in a white jersey with black details, black shorts, and black socks similar to Germany but opted to make red the primary color for the home jersey in 2004.