Nineteen times champions Manchester United have teamed up with one of the club's principal partners, DHL, to deliver the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour.
As United's official logistics partner, DHL plays a key role behind the scenes when it comes to delivering success for the Reds. After successful tours of Latin America, parts of Asia and not forgetting Manchester, DHL will transport the Premier League trophy to 27 new destinations, including India, Turkey, Korea, Tokyo, Vietnam and Norway.
The DHL Champ19ns tour will travel almost 48,000 miles and give fans across the globe the opportunity to celebrate the club’s prestigious 19 league titles.
The four-month tour kicks off in Delhi on Saturday 4 February 2012 and will be accompanied by United legends Denis Irwin and Quinton Fortune, as well as the club’s famous Fred The Red mascot. After visiting Delhi, it will move on to Mumbai on Monday 6 February. This is the first time the club have toured India with the trophy and fans’ response is expected to be significant.
Other legends who will join the tour as it travels around the world include Andrew Cole, Lee Sharpe, Bryan Robson, Paul Parker, Ronny Johnsen, Jesper Blomqvist, Gary Bailey and Gary Pallister - with even more names due to be confirmed.
Fans will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the coveted trophy and club legends during various events including fan parties, in-store events and soccer schools, which will take place in each country.
United's Commercial Director Richard Arnold said: "The 19th league title was a special moment for everyone in the Manchester United family and the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour is our way of being able to share that historic achievement with our 333 million fans.
"The passion and fervour of United fans is famous around the world. We are looking forward to being able to continue that celebration in India."
John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express Europe, said: "The DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour provides us with a unique chance to showcase DHL’s behind-the-scenes operations with Manchester United to our key customers and employees in the countries we will be touring.