President of the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) Sándor Csányi and President and CEO of MOL Group Zsolt Hernádi announced a new sponsorship agreement between the two sides, MLSZ’s official website reported. The sponsorship deal is for HUF 285 million (€ 0.9 million) in the coming year, in addition to which the Budapest-based oil and gas giant will guarantee HUF 2 billion (€ 6.3m) from TAO corporate donations towards MLSZ projects. As a result of the agreement MOL has now become the main sponsor of Hungarian football.
“It is a great honour for us, as a sponsor of the MLSZ, to be the main backer of the national team”, said Zsolt Hernádi following the announcement. “I am certain that we will also contribute to the team successfully representing the country in the future and continuing on the path it has recently set out on”, he said. “Football sponsorship is not new to MOL; we previously participated in the revival of the Bozsik Programme, initiating change in football. We have also sponsored Videoton FC, one of the most successful Hungarian teams of the past decade and through INA we are also sponsors of the Croatian national team.”, Hernádi added.
Sándor Csányi thanked the MOL Group for its support, adding that from the HUF 2 billion TAO corporate donation MLSZ would continue to finance its pitch-construction programme. “On behalf of the MLSZ, as well as the clubs, institutes, schools and municipalities where pitches will be built in the future, I’d like to thank MOL for their support and the monies they are providing”, said the President, who, concerning preparations for the European Championship, let it be known that the national team would also play a friendly against another European footballing heavyweight in May, following on from the announcement the same day that Hungary would host Croatia in March.
via mlsz.hu photo: Tibor Illyés – MTI