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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. Talks between Gazprom and the European Union of Football Associations (UEFA) on a three-year extension of the Russian energy giant’s sponsorship contract with the Champions League entered the final stage, a source in Gazprom told TASS on Monday.
Gazprom has been the official sponsor of the most prestigious European tournament of football clubs, the Champions League, since 2012 and the most recent sponsorship deal of the Russian energy giant with UEFA expired following the end of the current season.
"The text of a new agreement between Gazprom and UEFA is ready and is currently under the stage-by-stage approval by both sides involved," the source said in an interview with TASS.
UEFA’s press service declined to comment on the subject after it was reached by a TASS correspondent.
Besides the Champions League, Gazprom is also the official sponsor of Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg FC, Germany’s Schalke 04 FC and Serbia’s Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) FC.
At the beginning of 2012/2013 season, the energy company added England’s Chelsea FC to its sponsorship folder as it inked a three-year collaboration as Official Worldwide Energy Partners of the 2012 UEFA Champions League winners, Chelsea.
Moreover, on September 14, 2013, Gazprom signed a contract with the international football federation FIFA. The Russian energy giant is an official FIFA partner from 2015 and throughout the FIFA World Cup 2018, which will be hosted by Russia.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.