Top-tier Russian soccer side Rubin Kazan have announced that US sportswear manufacturer New Balance will be their new kit supplier.
The Russian Premier League outfit are thought to have been disappointed with the quality of kits provided by their current supplier, Jako, and have subsequently terminated a contract with the German manufacturer which was due to run until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
The two-time domestic champions have been wearing last season’s uniforms until now, and will unveil the New Balance-branded range of match kits and training wear for all players and coaches on 17th September.
The financial terms and length of the agreement were not disclosed. The partnership represents New Balance’s first major kit deal with a Russian soccer club.
Rustam Sayakhov, general manager of Rubin Kazan, said: “FC Rubin Kazan is happy to work with such a strong global sports brand such as New Balance. There have been several changes in the club recently, including in the technical sponsorship area.
“Every detail matters when ambitious targets are set, and the club needs to win. We are confident that, with the new structure and with the high quality of New Balance match and training kits, we will have every chance to meet our goals in the coming football season.”
Richard Wright, New Balance’s global football general manager, added: “New Balance, as a brand, is growing globally and plans to become one of the top three athletic brands in the world. We believe that a technical sponsorship contract with FC Rubin Kazan will be the first step in the development of the New Balance football culture in Russia and will also contribute into further global brand expansion in football.”
Rubin Kazan are sixth in the Russian Premier League with 14 points from nine games. They play their next fixture at home to FC Ural on 17th September.