In November 15–25, 2011 Moscow hosted the 6th Tal Memorial, a traditional Grand Master tournament. The Russian Chess Federation, sponsored by Gazprom.
Germanyis a large consumer of Russian gas and a long-standing partner of Gazprom. Beginning from 2007 Gazprom has been a sponsor of the most popular Bundesliga club – FC Schalke 04. Boasting deep-routed football traditions, Schalke 04 is among the top three most successful German clubs for the last five years. In the season 2010/2011 the team reached the Champions League semi-finals and won the German Football Association (DFB) cup.
Thanks to the established partnership, the logo of Gazprom may be seen now on the sporting gear of Schalke football players.
As football to the English and hockey to the Canadians, so is rhythmic gymnastics to the Russians – an object of national pride. Russian female rhythmic gymnasts have been traditionally considered one of the most prominent athletes in World Championships and Olympic Games. Beginning from 2002 Gazprom has been the primary sponsor of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Between November 28 and December 1, 2010 Nadym hosted the 10th traditional International Youth Boxing Tournament dedicated to the memory of Vladislav Strizhov, the first Director General of Gazprom dobycha Nadym.
Taking part in the fights were sportsmen from various countries: Finland, Israel, Mongolia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Bashkortostan. The following renowned boxers, Olympic, World and European Champions were invited to the tournament as the guests of honor: Vyacheslav Yanovsky, Alexander Lebzyak, Ozurbek Nazarov and Evgeny Makarenko.
The Gazprom Neft Cup, the Eighth Youth Ice Hockey Tournament of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), will be held from April 20 through 25, 2014. The tournament will be held simultaneously in two different cities in two different countries. The twelve teams of the West group will compete in Minsk, while the twelve teams of the East group will play in Omsk. The super-final will also be held in Omsk.
The Gazprom Neft Cup is part of the Gazprom for Children program, and is the largest-scale youth hockey tournament in Europe.
On November 26, 2010 the Helios sports center was opened in the Orenburg District. The center can accommodate more than 400 guests. It is comprised of two buildings located on 2,300 square meters and linked by a heated passage. A swimming pool with four lanes is located in one building, while sports and gymnastics rooms and a ping-pong room are in the other.
A subdivision of the Yubileyny children’s and youth sports school sponsored by Gazprom dobycha Orenburg operates in the sports center. It includes swimming, football, ping-pong and volleyball sections. The Helios sports center was built as part of the Gazprom to Children program.
After a six-year break, the International Football Tournament among gas companies was held on May 24–27 in Tula on the initiative of Gazprom and with the assistance of foreign partners.
The Tournament brought together 7 football teams of European partners in the gas industry: Gaz de France, Verbundnetz Gas, Beltransgaz, Statoil, E.ON Ruhrgas, OMV and Gazprom.
The Zenit football club being sponsored by Gazprom for several years is among Russia’s best teams nowadays. Zenit is the only team that won all major football trophies of the USSR and Russia: the USSR Championship (1984), the USSR Cup (1944), the USSR Super Cup (1985), the Championship of Russia (2007, 2010), the Cup of Russia (1998/99, 2009/10), the Premier League Cup (2003) and the Super Cup of Russia (2008, 2011).
In the recent decade the team headed by Dutch coach Dick Advocaat has made a significant progress on the international scene as well: in 2008 it won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. The club is managed by Alexander Dyukov, President of Gazprom neft.
Revival of interest in sports is largely associated with the success of our sportsmen in major international competitions especially in such popular kinds of sports as football and hockey. This is why Gazprom nowadays sponsors the leading Russian hockey clubs: SKA Saint Petersburg and Avangard Omsk.
With a view to promote its brand in the foreign market, Gazprom became in 2010 the general sponsor of Crvena Zvezda (Red Star), a Serbian football club with a rich history. The sponsorship support also stipulates building up reserves to finance the club's youth team.
Gazprom chose the Serbian football club for a good reason. In 2009 Gazprom entered the foreign market of oil refining for the first time ever – its subsidiary company Gazprom neft acquired a 51 per cent stake in the Serbian oil company NIS, thus becoming a major investor of Serbia.