This Wednesday in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro, twenty-times Premier League champions Manchester United FC commenced a global five month trophy tour. As the team's official logistics partner, German logistics giant DHL is responsible for the safe delivery of the trophy across the globe until February 2014. The coveted league trophy, pictured below with United's Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Robin Van Persie, will be transported to over 30 destination over 25 countries including Ecuador, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Russia and the UAE. As well as transporting the trophy, DHL will also be delivering artifacts from the Old Trafford Museum to United fans worldwide.
Group Managing Director for Manchester United, Richard Arnold commented: 'The 20th league title was a huge milestone in the history of the Club and the United Trophy Tour, delivered to the world by DHL, presents a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this achievement on a global scale."
John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express Europe said that the tour: 'provides us with an opportunity to showcase DHL's partnership with Manchester United to our customers and staff in each location and to celebrate the common factors that drive success in both sport and business. This tour builds on the success of the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour in the 2011/12 season, something DHL was incredibly proud to be part of.
DHL has long prided itself on its support of sport and of football in rugby in particular. As well as being the official logistics partner of MUFC, it recently announced it would have the same logistics responsibility for the Rugby World Cup 2015.