Manchester United has teamed up with one of its principal partners, DHL, to bring the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour to China.
Reds legends Ronny Johnson and Viv Anderson will fly into China with Turkish Airlines, Manchester United’s official airline partner and accompany the Premier League Trophy as DHL delivers it to Beijing on Saturday 17 March, before being joined in Shanghai by another former player Jesper Blomqvist from Sunday 18 to Tuesday 20 March. An earlier event planned for Beijing on Friday 16 March has been cancelled.
With 72 million dedicated fans in China this is a unique opportunity for them to engage with the club as it visits the famous Chinese cities. Fans will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the coveted trophy and club legends during various events including fan parties and in-store activity.
As its official logistics partner, DHL plays a key role behind the scenes when it comes to delivering success for Manchester United. After successful tours of Latin America, parts of Asia and not forgetting Manchester, the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour will be delivered to 27 destinations including India, Turkey, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Africa and Norway. The trophy will travel almost 48,000 miles giving fans across the globe the opportunity to celebrate the club’s prestigious 19 league titles.
Richard Arnold, Commercial Director for Manchester United, comments: "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 around the globe. The passion and fervour of United fans is famous around the world, and China is no different."
Wu Dongming, Managing Director for DHL-Sinotrans, comments: "We feel honoured to support the delivery of the trophy and look forward to its arrival in Shanghai. Manchester United is a legendary name for many Chinese football fans and DHL-Sinotrans is proud to provide such an exclusive opportunity for them to take a closer look at the precious Premier League trophy."