The 2014-15 season looks like a promising one for many of the Lotto-sponsored club teams all around the globe. From newly famous success stories to league title contenders, Lotto teams are doing the brand proud by playing great soccer and striving to reach new heights as a club. Let’s look at some of the more notable Lotto wearers that will be lighting up their respective leagues in the upcoming season.
Followers of American domestic soccer will be well acquainted with the name Orlando City Soccer Club by now. After finishing second in the USL Professional Division in 2013, the Lotto-sponsored team played in the USL Pro Playoffs, reached the Championship against Charlotte Eagles, and won 7-4 to spectacularly become league champions. The club then entered the USL Pro 2014 season as the team to beat in its last season before being elevated to Major League Soccer. It also made worldwide headlines when it announced the upcoming signing of Brazilian legend Kaká, who was considered the best player in the world earlier in his career. Other USL Pro teams donning Lotto kits include the well-run Arizona United and Sacramento Republic F.C., who recently made league history by breaking the record for single-season home attendance, offering proof that soccer is on the rise in this country.
South American giant San Lorenzo, in their Lotto soccer team uniforms, is also aiming high in the upcoming Argentine Primera División season. The team won the Torneo Inicial in 2013 last season, allowing them to play in the 2014 Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club tournament in South America. Fantastic performances have seen San Lorenzo make it to the Copa Libertadores final for the first time in its history. The deciding match is to be played against Paraguay’s Club Nacional on August 13th.
Some of the most successful stories amongst Lotto’s sponsors are not potential title-winners but are very much on the rise. New Lotto client A.C. Cesena won promotion to the Italian Serie A, one of the biggest leagues in the world, at the end of last season with a playoff victory over Latina. Cesena will be playing Italy’s most important clubs, including fellow Lotto-wearer Genoa C.F.C., which is the oldest club in Italian soccer, dating back to 1893. Leones Negros, a historically-famous Mexican club, will also be returning to the top flight in its country after a successful 2013-14 season. It will work to cement its place in the Liga MX by achieving survival this season.
Other world-famous clubs to look for in the Lotto shirt this year is Hoffenheim, who finished in the top half of the German Bundesliga last season, and Deportivo de La Coruña, who gained promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the upcoming season. These teams’ aims, like those of all Lotto-wearers, are to give its all in the 2014-15 season for the supporters and the club shirt.