English company Umbro, the manufacturer of Uruguayan football club Nasunal jerseys, has faced a crisis over the jersey of new-old team star Luis Suarez, who came from Atletico Madrid.
Robbie Schindler, director of Nacional’s sponsor Umbro Uruguay, said the demand for the shirt of Luis Suárez, the team’s newest striker, is growing like never before, thanks to the former Barcelona star’s popularity, which has created a buzz. company’s production crisis.
The Umbro company has been sponsoring the Nacional team for several years, but it has not had such an increased demand for T-shirts as it is now.
“I have been in this business for many years and I can say without hesitation that this is the most important deal I have faced in my career,” said Schindler.
He added: “The growing demand for Suárez jerseys puts Nacional on the map of world football.”
He continued: “Suarez is a monster, both as a player and on a personal level. He is far from any other player. There are things that I will not disclose due to secrecy, but this is a global phenomenon.
Regarding the number of Suarez shirts that have been ordered so far, an Umbro official clarified, “5,000 shirts are reserved and 2,500 shirts have been sold. Because we can provide us with that amount, we don’t have the fabric available to make shirts.”
To overcome this crisis, an Umbro official confirmed that an agreement had been reached with the company’s subsidiaries in China to produce 20,000 pieces of the shirt.
For his part, a representative of the company’s branch in China expressed his joy at working on the production of Suarez’s T-shirts, stressing that he is aware of the crisis, expressing confidence that he will deal with this issue and produce the required quantity in the shortest possible time. .
Nacional have announced the inclusion of Luis Suarez during this summer’s Mercato in a free transfer deal after his contract with Atlético Madrid expired at the end of last season.
Suárez, 35, started his career at Nacional, notably in 2001, and was promoted to the first team in 2005 for one season, in which he led Nacional to the Uruguayan league crown at that time. time, scoring 12 goals. .
Suárez then made his way to Europe from the Dutch gates of Groningen and from there to Ajax Amsterdam, where he broke into the ranks and scored 96 goals with his jersey, leading him to the Eredivisie title and another Cup.
An important step in Suarez’s career was a move to Liverpool in 2011, where he scored 82 goals in 133 matches with him and crowned him with the English League Cup, and also fought for the league title until the last round of the 2014 season.
Suárez’s golden period came in the ranks of Barcelona between 2014 and 2020, where he scored 198 goals in 283 matches and crowned the Blaugrana with 13 trophies, including 4 leagues and the Champions League title.
His last major stop with Atlético Madrid in two seasons, he starred in the first and led Roja Blancos to the Spanish La Liga title.