After receiving the news that long-time crowd favorite Destinee Hooker had returned to the club, Osasco fans got yet another reason to celebrate: the team has found a new m aster sponsor. After splitting up with Nestlé after more than a decade of successful runs, the club will now be sponsored by Audax, a soccer club from the city. Soccer-volleyball partnerships are not uncommon in Superliga: Sada/Cruzeiro is by far one of the best volleyball teams in the world, while Corinthians/Guarulhos, although just starting out, already has a rapid growing fan-base.
Here are both parties’ reactions:
“We worked hard in this period to keep our team afloat. We are in the last stages of setting up our roster. Soon we will have more exciting news to our fans. Osasco has a deep history, tradition, and is used to working everyday. All of this has resulted, throughout the years, in huge results, titles, podium finishes, and lots of memorable sporting moments.” – Coach Luizomar Moura
“We at Audax love sport. Up to today, we have invested in soccer, but when the opportunity arose to establish a partnership between our club and a winning volleyball project, we worked hard to make things work out. The result is a new partnership that I am sure will give Osasco, Brazil’s volleyball capital, lots of titles.” – Audax’s president Mário Teixeira
Osasco is now about to undergo its 22th season. One of the most successful clubs in Brazilian volleyball history, it’s a 5 times Brazilian champion, and a 1x World Champion.