SOCCER NOTE



Thursday, May 1, 10:19 AM
(Courtesy PR Newswire -- 201-946-5462) 

#Inaugural Reebok Cup Soccer Tournament To Feature 
Top Club Teams From Latin America and Europe#
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          Brazilian World Cup star and Mexican National Team captain
                         among elite players competing 

STOUGHTON, Mass., May 1/PRNewswire/ -- The first-ever Reebok
Cup, an international soccer tournament featuring four of the
world's most powerful club teams, will be held in the United
States at the Orange Bowl in Miami and Soldier Field in Chicago
on July 25th and 27th, respectively, it was formally announced
nationally today by Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE: RBK) 

The inaugural Reebok Cup, sanctioned by FIFA and the U.S. Soccer
Federation, will showcase the world-class talent of clubs from
Brazil, Germany, Mexico and Colombia.  Representing Europe is
five-time German League champion and two-time UEFA Cup winners
Borrussia Moenchengladbach.  The Latin clubs are represented by
Palmeiras of Brazil, 1996 Brazilian First Division champions
currently in first place this season; Necaxa of Mexico, winners
of the 1995 Mexican League championship; and Club Atletico
Junior, the 1993 and 1995 Colombian League Champions. 

"Reebok is delighted to be able to present four top
international soccer clubs in this unique and exciting
competition," said Peter Moore, senior vice president of
Reebok's global soccer and rugby division.  "It is especially
fitting that Reebok Cup should take place in Miami and Chicago. 
These two cities have been supportive of soccer for many years
and appropriately have been awarded expansion franchises for MLS
in 1998. 

The tournament format consists of doubleheaders at each venue
with the opening match in Miami featuring Necaxa, led by Mexican
national team captain Alberto Garcia Aspe, national team forward
Luis Hernandez and Ecuador's national team striker Alex Aguinaga
against the talented Mochengladbach side that includes star
midfielder Stefan Effenberg and Swedish national team striker
Martin Dahlin, who led his country to the semi-finals of World
Cup USA '94.  In the "South American Showdown," Brazilian
national team defender Cafu, and Freddie Rincon, starting
midfielder for Colombia's 1990 and 1994 World Cup teams, will
lead Palmeiras against Club Atletico Junior, one of the oldest
clubs in the Colombian first division that features rising star
forward Miguel Asprilla and former Colombian national team
goalkeeper Jose Maria Pazo. 

The opening match of the doubleheader in Chicago will decide
third-place in the tournament.  The winners of the Orange Bowl
doubleheader will compete in the championship match to determine
the inaugural Reebok Cup champions. 

"International matches are always special," said Martin Dahlin. 
"Our team will look to achieve the necessary self confidence
during the Reebok Cup in order to be in best form for the German
Bundesliga afterwards." 

The Reebok Cup will become an annual tournament staged worldwide
featuring international club teams including Reebok sponsored
clubs such as Liverpool F.C. and Aston Villa F.C. of the English
Premier League, A.C. Cagliari of Italy and IFK Goteborg of
Sweden, among others. 

"This competition is further evidence of Reebok's commitment to
the game and business of soccer worldwide," said Moore.  "Soccer
teams are quickly becoming viable brands and need to be marketed
by forward-thinking global partners. This forms the basis of
Reebok Cup, part of our overall strategy to support our club
partners by providing opportunities to build their brand equity
throughout the world." 

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Stoughton, MA., is a
leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports,
fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment.  Principle
operating units include the Reebok Division and the Rockport
Company, Inc.  Sales for 1996 totaled approximately $3.5
billion. 

Reebok can be accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.reebok.com 

CONTACT: Dave Fogelson of Reebok International, 617-341-7792 or 
         Tony Signore of Alan Taylor Communications, 212-714-1280