Atletico Miniero ditch Dryworld and tie up Topper

Club become latest firm to terminate Canadian supplier early.

Atletico Miniero ditch Dryworld and tie up Topper

Brazilian soccer side Atletico Miniero have unveiled Topper as their new kit sponsor after the early termination of their deal with Canadian firm Dryworld.

The contract with Topper will run for the next four years, and will begin at the start of the 2017 season. Topper had previously partnered with the Brasileirão club between 2010 and 2012.

Atletico had originally signed a deal with Dryworld in September 2015 that was scheduled to run for the next five years. Dryworld was reportedly instrumental in the transfer of former Real Madrid and Manchester City star Robinho to the club, but following delayed payments and kit delivery, Atletico have elected to terminate the contract early.

According to a statement released by the club, Atletico ‘clarifies that there are pending contractual and financial issues, and these issues will be decided following contractual rules, protected by a clause of confidentiality’.

The news comes just days after Premier League soccer side Watford terminated their Dryworld contract two years early, favouring Adidas after a series of undelivered orders.

Atletico finished the 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in fourth position, qualifying for 2017 Copa Libertadores group stages. The team were due to play their final game of this season against Chapecoense, but the fixture was called off following the tragic plane crash involving the Chapecó-based side.