adidas provided fans the opportunity to meet some of the world’s most iconic football players today, as AC Milan stars Riccardo Montolivo and Davide Calabria visited the adidas store in Villagio Mall. Hundreds of fans visited the store to catch a glimpse of the stars on Qatar soil, as they spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with the public.
Speaking at the event AC Milan Captain, Riccardo Montolivo, said: “We have a huge game on Friday evening against Juventus and, thanks to the overwhelming support we’ve received today, the team are more than ready to take to the pitch here in Doha. It’s always an amazing experience to meet fans away from our home country and see such strong support for AC Milan in Qatar too. Thanks to adidas for giving myself and Davide the chance to meet local fans and hear their well wishes ahead the final.”
Also at the appearance was AC Milan full-back, Davide Calabria, who added: “It’s great to share the magic of the Italian Super Cup with Qatar. It was great to hear messages of support from fans here at the adidas store today, and the team hopes to hear them in the stadium too on Friday night!”
The team is in Qatar to compete against league rivals Juventus in the prestigious Italian Super Cup. The game is being played at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium tonight (23rd December) - the second time within two years that the stadium will host an Italian Super Cup fixture.
AC Milan have a decorated history, having won the Italian league an impressive 18 times, proud winners of seven UEFA Champions League titles and six Italian Super Cup trophies. After winning the 2011 edition in their last appearance, AC Milan are back to face Juventus who have won the last four editions of the Italian Super Cup, including the 2014 edition also staged in Doha where they won on penalties against Napoli.
League rivals Juventus have won the trophy consecutively for the last four years, including a win on penalties against Napoli here in Qatar in 2014.
After meeting the players at the adidas store in Villagio Mall, 12-year-old AC Milan fan Abdulla Saeed said:
“I am so happy to have met some of my favourite players from the AC Milan team. I want to be a midfielder just like Montolivo so to meet him here and get his autograph at the adidas store in Qatar has been a dream come true!”
Today was a great opportunity for fans of adidas and AC Milan to spend time with European football stars on Qatar soil, as adidas continue to share the brands’ love for sport with the region and help to bring fans closer to their sporting idols.
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