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May 02, 2012

Commerzbank and Deutscher Fußball-Bund extend premium partnership

● Commerzbank and DFB to cooperate for a further four years in professional and popular sports

● Martin Blessing: "The DFB and Commerzbank are continuing their successful cooperation, and in the coming four years will again place the emphasis on partnership and performance"

● Wolfgang Niersbach: "The decisive factors for a successful partnership are continuity and sustainability. We are pleased that we can continue our cooperation with Commerzbank"

● Martin Zielke: "The campaign with the national football team supports our growth path in the private customer business. The team is a true ambassador and will make our services even better known in the run-up to the European Championships"


Commerzbank is to remain a "Premium Partner" of the German Football Association (DFB) for a further four years. The Bank and the DFB have extended their agreement through to June 30, 2016. Thus both parties are continuing the partnership that commenced in 2008 and are intensifying the cooperation. "The DFB and Commerzbank are continuing the successful cooperation, and in the coming four years will again place the emphasis on partnership and performance. An excellent combination, for these values are lived out both in the Bank and at the DFB," said Martin Blessing, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Commerzbank. "We will continue our intensive cooperation with the DFB in the field of professional and popular sport. Football is important for our society, for it encourages values such as integration, fairness and respect."

"Continuity and sustainability play a decisive role in a successful partnership. We are pleased, therefore, that we will also be cooperating with Commerzbank in the future," explains DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach. The cooperation ranges from encouraging young talent through to the men's and women's national teams. Thus Commerzbank is promoting popular and professional sport in a multifarious manner. "Commerzbank has long been a partner committed to football," says Niersbach.

Martin Zielke, Board member of Commerzbank responsible for private customer business: "The campaign with the national football team supports our growth path in the private customer business. The team is a true ambassador and will make our services even better known in the run-up to the European Championships."

In the run-up to and during the European Football Championship the premium partnership between Commerzbank and the DFB will be experienced by a major audience. In the framework of a joint campaign with the German national football team, Commerzbank is advertising its free current account in the classical and digital media. This account has been available since April 2012 with a credit card that is fee-free for the first year, and which upon request is also available with a motif of the national team.* At the focus of the campaign will be a TV spot with players from the German national team.

For the forthcoming European Football Championship Commerzbank wishes the German team every success. "All of us at Commerzbank are already looking forward to an exciting tournament. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the German team can carry off the title," said Martin Blessing.

Commerzbank has been closely associated with football for many years, both at professional level as well as at popular level: Thus since 2005 the bank has given its name to the "Commerzbank-Arena" football stadium in Frankfurt and also been a partner to the successful women's soccer team at 1. FFC Frankfurt. Commerzbank has also been active in the field of talent encouragement and the promotion of young players for more than 25 years: For example with the annual Drumbo-Cup - the biggest indoor tournament for primary schools in Germany - and the "Girls Wanted" initiative to promote girl's football at grass roots level. The football commitment is rounded off by the premium partnership with the DFB. In the framework of this cooperation the bank is supporting the men's and women's national teams. Furthermore, Commerzbank was a national sponsor of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Championships in Germany.


Press contact Commerzbank:
Simon Steiner +49 69 136 46646
Maximilian Bicker +49 69 136 28696
Kathrin Wetzel +49 69 136 44011

Press contact DFB:
Ralf Köttker +49 69 6788 234


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About the DFB

With more than 6.8 million members, organised in nearly 26,000 clubs, the DFB is one of the world's largest sport federations. With the men's team a three-time winner of both the World and European Championships, and the women's team having won the World Championship twice and the European Championship six times, at international level the DFB is one of the most successful football federations.

About Commerzbank

Commerzbank is a leading bank for private and corporate customers in Germany. With the segments Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets, Central & Eastern Europe as well as Asset Based Finance, the Bank offers its customers an attractive product portfolio, and is a strong partner for the export-oriented SME sector in Germany and worldwide. With a future total of some 1,200 branches, Commerzbank has one of the densest networks of branches among German private banks. It has around 60 sites in 52 countries and serves almost 15 million private clients as well as 1 million business and corporate clients worldwide. In 2011, it posted gross revenues of almost EUR 10 billion with 58,160 employees.


* The prerequisite for free account management is a monthly payment of at least EUR 1,200. If the payment in any given month is lower than this, an account management fee of EUR 9.90 is charged for the month. The annual fee for the MasterCard credit card is waived in the first year, and thereafter amounts to EUR 29.90 per annum. The annual fee for the motif is EUR 5.

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