Moscow, May 19, 2005. Eugene Shvidler, president of Sibneft, general sponsors of PFC CSKA Moscow, issued the following statement today after the club’s victory in the UEFA Cup final in Lisbon, Portugal on May 18:
“Dear CSKA players, coaches and supporters,
We at Sibneft are proud to share your joy regarding the unprecedented victory of football club CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup! By bringing Russia its first-ever European football club trophy, this team will forever have its name etched in the golden history of Russian sport.
Winning this tournament is not only an achievement for CSKA. It is a victory that unites all of Russian sport and serves as a source of national pride. The importance of this accomplishment goes beyond the boundaries of a single tournament, having a positive impact on the nation’s image around the world.
Sibneft will continue its close cooperation with football club CSKA, contributing in any way possible to the future success of the organization.