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Reusch is a worldwide operating manufacturer of sports equipment for football (mainly goalkeeper gloves) and winter sports.

Reusch International SPA
IndustrySporting goods
Founded1934
FounderKarl Reusch
HeadquartersBolzano, Italy
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Erich Weitzmann
ProductsGoalkeeper gloves, winter gloves,
Sports equipment
Websitewww.reusch.com

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HistoryEdit

In 1934, Karl Reusch manufactured his first pair of gloves in the attic of his home. The first pairs were sewn by hand. In 1972, he developed the first glove for professional alpine athletes. Together with his son Gebhard, Reusch entered the industry with a collection of specially designed winter gloves. One year later in co-operation with German goalkeeper Sepp Maier, Gebhard Reusch developed the first goalkeeper glove in history.[citation needed] In 1989, Reusch introduced its first skiing apparel and 3 years later the first team sport collection. In the beginning of 2000, Reusch expanded their product portfolio with helmets and goggles. After 2004 Reusch focussed on developing and delivering alpine and goalkeeper gloves for amateurs and professionals.

StructureEdit

The company's headquarter is located in Bolzano, Italy. It has distributors in approx. 60 countries.

CollectionsEdit

Each year the company arranges one goalkeeper collection (goalkeeper gloves, apparel, protections and accessories) and one winter collection (Racing, Ski, Freeride, Mountaineering, Board, Nordic, Multifunction gloves) for children and adults available in shops worldwide.

SponsoringEdit

The first goalkeeper that had been sponsored by Reusch was Sepp Maier at the Football World Cup 1974 in Germany. Over the years Reusch supported many international top-goalkeepers such as the World Cup winners Ubaldo Fillol (ARG, 1978), Nery Pumpido (ARG, 1986), Bodo Illgner (GER, 1990), Claudio Taffarel (BRA, 1994) and Marcos Reis (BRA, 2002). With Dida from AC Milan (2002/03, 2006/07) and Júlio César from Inter Milan, Reusch goalkeepers have won three UEFA Champions League titles over the last 15 years. Amongst the top goalkeepers Samir Handanovič (Inter Milan), Ralf Fährmann (FC Schalke 04) and Diego López (Espanyol Barcelona), Reusch currently sponsors more than 220 professional goalkeepers in the first national divisions all over the world.

In the Alpine ski sector Reusch collaborates with many World Cup athletes, such as Marcel Hirscher, Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Henrik Kristoffersen, Lara Gut, Alexis Pinturault and Anna Veith. Additionally Reusch is the official supplier of seven of the world's most successful ski federations (Austria, Switzerland, France, USA, Norway, Liechtenstein, Slovenia). With Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (AUT), one of the world's most successful extreme alpinists trusts in Reusch gloves.

ReferencesEdit

  • Retailer Catalogue WINTER 2009/10
  • Retailer Catalogue SOCCER 2010
  • Archive Reusch International
  • Reusch Homepage

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