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Sporting goods brand Puma’s five-year kit sponsorship deal with English Premier League club Arsenal is part of a strategy focused on fewer, but bigger, “killer” deals to make it the number three brand in the football market, Christian Voigt, Puma’s senior head of global sports marketing has told Sports Sponsorship Insider.

International banking group HSBC, the naming sponsor of rugby union’s International Sevens Series, is backing the launch of a two-year grassroots programme targeting increased participation ahead of the sport’s debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football team Portuguesa has renewed its shirt sponsorship agreement with electronics manufacturer DL for the Brazilian top division’s 2014 season.

Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A football club Gremio has signed a one-year partnership with locally-based fashion brand Spirito Santo.

Correios, the state-owned company which operates Brazil’s national postal service, has agreed a deal to become a tier one sponsor of Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Games in the logistics category.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A football club Santos has signed a shirt sponsorship deal with language school CNA for the 2014 season.

Brazilian top division football team Sport Club do Recife has agreed a four-year kit partnership with German sportswear giant Adidas.

Leadership company Liderança Serviços has agreed a two-year extension to its sponsorship deal with Brazilian football team Figueirense after the club gained promotion back to the country's top division, Serie A.

Drinks company Viton 44 has agreed a new one-year deal for its Guaraviton brand to remain the main shirt sponsor of Brazilian top division football club Botafogo until the end of the 2014 season.

Leading Chilean football club Colo-Colo has announced a five-year deal for US sportswear brand Under Armour to supply its kit and training apparel.

Japanese automotive company Nissan has announced it will end its sponsorship deal with Brazilian club Vasco da Gama following the fan violence that occurred as the team was relegated from the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, the top division of Brazilian football.

Fifa has confirmed the appointment of Scottish-based temporary power provider Aggreko as a branded licensee for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Rio 2016 has announced that IT company Cisco has agreed a deal to become an official supporter of the Brazilian city’s staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

South American telecommunications company Claro has reached a deal to become the title sponsor of the inaugural Rio Open tennis event.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has signed a new five-year sponsorship deal with online English school EF Englishtown.

Cleaning products and accessories company Karcher has renewed its partnership with the Dakar Rally for the 2014 edition of the motorsport event.

The French football federation, the Fédération Française de Football, expects to increase its national team sponsorship revenue by between 10 and 15 per cent in its next cycle, to about €72m ($96.5m) per year, with a host of deals set to be agreed in the coming months.