Nineteen times English Premier League champions Manchester United together with its partner DHL will be embarking on a worldwide trophy tour known as “DHL Champ19ns” to 27 destinations including Ghana.
The four-month tour is starting February 4, 2012, the club said on its official website January 26, 2012.
United won a record 19th English league title last May 2011 and has already visited several countries around the world with the Premier League trophy.
And in February, Manchester United said, “the trophy will embark on a new world tour, visiting the following destinations: India, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Singapore, Germany, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands.”
The club says the DHL Champ19ns tour will travel almost 48,000 miles and give fans across the globe the opportunity to celebrate the club’s prestigious 19 league titles. The tour will be accompanied by United legends Denis Irwin and Quinton Fortune, as well as the club’s famous Fred The Red mascot.
Other legends who will join the tour as it travels around the world include Andrew Cole, Lee Sharpe, Bryan Robson, Paul Parker, Ronny Johnsen, Jesper Blomqvist, Gary Bailey and Gary Pallister – with even more names due to be confirmed, it noted.
Fans will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the coveted trophy and club legends during various events including fan parties, in-store events and soccer schools, which will take place in each country.
“The 19th league title was a special moment for everyone in the Manchester United family and the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour is our way of being able to share that historic achievement with our 333 million fans,” said United’s Commercial Director Richard Arnold.
By Ekow Quandzie