U.S. Città di Palermo and Lotto Sport Italia S.p.A. have just signed an extension to the technical sponsorship agreement stipulated five years ago. The black and pink football club and the Italian sports company shall thus continue in their venture until 30 June 2010.

By virtue of the 5-year renewal, Lotto will stay on as “Technical Sponsor and Official Supplier” for the Palermo football club, exclusively purveying the sports wear and accessories to be used in matches, training and representative events. This holds true for the official team all the way down to the youth teams. The latter will also wear Lotto football boots.

This renewed agreement between Lotto and Palermo is not just a sponsorship deal but is structured as a real partnership that shall see the two companies develop further synergies at the commercial level as well as new leisure product lines, taking inspiration from the Team’s unmistakable black n’ pink hue.

“We are well pleased to be able to stay with Lotto along our brand’s path to growth and achievement which started in the Third Division five years ago” – said Rinaldo Sagramola, Managing Director of U.S. Città di Palermo – “Our common wish is that of being able to provide an image of efficiency and success, both in Italy and abroad”.

“In our fifth year of working together uninterruptedly, we are truly proud to announce another extension to our partnership with the Palermo Team, forming a union between North and South” – said Andrea Tomat, President and CEO of Lotto Sport Italia – “We are indeed glad to pursue this all-Italian alliance with a team which we feel akin to our brand in terms of their level of passion, enthusiasm and Italianess that we also share in our Company. The Club, and our Brand, have always upheld true Italianess, and the sponsorship agreement is very important for us not only in Italy, but the world over. This renewed contract, over such an extended period, means that the relationship of reciprocal trust remains steadfast.”

The sponsorship of the U.S. Città di Palermo confirms Lotto sports brand’s interest with regard to the national football scene and places itself within the ‘line-up’ of teams sponsored by Lotto in the upcoming 2005/06 championship, alongside Udinese Calcio, ACF Fiorentina and AC Chievo Verona in Italy’s First Division.