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The journey has started in 2005 ...
Gazprom becomes official partner of FC Zenit:
The partnership with FC Zenit started in 2005
Since 2005, Gazprom supports FC Zenit, who regularly represents Russia on the European football stage.
FC Zenit wins the Russian League title
On the last matchday of the season 2007, the team coached by Dick Advocaat secured the first Championship title in club history.
Beginning of the partnership with FC Schalke 04 in 2007
Gazprom becomes main partner of the famous football club from Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Zenit wins UEFA Cup
At the City of Manchester Stadium on May 14, 2008, the Russian club celebrates its greatest success in club history to date, winning the UEFA Cup against Glasgow Rangers.
Beginning of the partnership with FC Crvena Zvezda in 2010
Gazprom becomes main partner of the traditional football club from Serbia
Zenit wins the double
After a historic season 2009/2010 FC Zenit stands at the top of Russian football after winning the League and Cup competition.
Schalke wins the German Cup
The Schalke squad around their former goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer wins the German Cup in 2011 with a 5:0 victory over MSV Duisburg at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Beginning of the partnership with the UEFA Champions League
Starting with the season 2012/2013 Gazprom becomes an official partner of the most prestigious club competition in football - the UEFA Champions League.
Launch of Gazprom's ticket raffle TICKETMANIA
Since 2013, Gazprom reliably gives away tickets for various UEFA Champions League matches and made football dreams come true.
50 year anniversary of the Marakana stadium in Belgrade
The famous Marakana, now Stadium Rajko Mitić, has been the home ground of FC Crvena Zvezda since 1963 and celebrated a fulminant 50th birthday in 2013.
Launch of Gazprom's CSR project "Football for Friendship"
Since 2013 Gazprom annualy implements the social youth programme "Football for Friendship", which aims to teach children the fundamental values of football.
Starting from 2013, 211 countries have been won over for this project.
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Opening of the GAZPROM Arena in St. Petersburg
On April 22nd, 2017, the new home ground of FC Zenit
"The Gazprom Arena" with a capacity of up to 68,134 spectators opens in St. Peterburg. In its young history, the stadium has already hosted seven matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup
2018 in Russia
Flag ceremony of Football for Friendship participants at the World Cup 2018
Hundreds of children from different countries carry the flag of their country of origin at the opening of the FIFA World Cup 2018 and become a symbol of the unity of nations in sports.
An unforgettable moment!
YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Founding of the Youth Football League in Russia (YFL)
Supported by main partner Gazprom, the Youth Football League has been established in 2019 to reform the youth competition system in Russia and ease the transition of youth footballers to professionals.
FC Zenit again wins the Russian double
Ten years after the double in 2010, FC Zenit again wins the Russian Championship and Cup.
Football for Friendship with another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title!
In 2020, Football for Friendship was awarded another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, with the online freestyle football masterclass bringing together athletes from over 100 countries for most users in a football/soccer video hangout.
As a culmination of the Eighth Season of Football for Friendship, the Grand Final Show took place. The online show included the 2020 Football for Friendship eWorld Championship Final with a winner presentation, as well as the announcement of the International Football for Friendship Award winner.
Release of the new football simulator "Football for Friendship World"
On December 10th, 2020, on the World Football Day, the new Football for Friendship World game, a multiplayer football simulator, was released. The simulator is based on the most important values of the international children's social programme, such as friendship, peace and equality.
To be continued!
All photos provided by:
- Zenit St. Petersburg
- FC Schalke 04
- FK Crvena Zvezda
- Football for Friendship