Nike extends long-running Portugal kit supply deal to 2024
Portugal, the reigning European soccer champions, will continue to wear kit supplied by US behemoth Nike until the end of 2024 after a new contract was signed with the FPF, the Portuguese Football Federation.
The six-year extension covers 25 FPF national teams in soccer, futsal and beach soccer.
The FPF and Nike first teamed up in 1997, and the present four-year deal expires after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which Portugal qualified for on Tuesday thanks to a 2-0 victory over Switzerland.
Bert Hoyt, vice-president and general manager of Nike Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We will continue to provide the Portuguese teams with the most innovative equipment, following the success that the two brands have lived together."
Last July, Portugal became the first Nike-wearing national team to win the Uefa European Championships, with a 1-0 win against host nation France, also kitted out by Nike.
Months later the sportswear giant signed a $1-billion lifetime contract with Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, former Portuguese international Luis Figo has been appointed as an advisor to Aleksander Ceferin, president of Uefa, European soccer's governing body.
The 44-year-old will advise on a variety of technical and legal matters as well as continuing to be an ambassador for the game. His appointment is part of Ceferin's plan to get more former players involved in the decision-making process, with one-time Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler and ex-Serbia midfielder Dejan Stankovic both having started working as Uefa advisors earlier this year.
Ceferin said: "He is a highly respected figure within the game and I am very pleased he is joining our team. His tremendous football experience will be a very valuable asset to Uefa."