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Tommy Hilfiger Teams Up With Rafael Nadal As Global Brand Ambassador

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 18 / 14

The Tommy Hilfiger Group announced that Rafael Nadal will appear as the global brand ambassador for the Tommy Hilfiger underwear and Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collections beginning in fall '15. The campaign imagery will be photographed in early '15 in Spain and it will break globally in fall '15 with ...

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that he "cannot remember a World Cup host nation falling as far behind with their preparations as Brazil have," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Blatter: "Brazil has just found out what it means and has started work much too late. No country has been so far be ...

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Tags: International Football

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