Cyber security and cloud company Acronis has formed a multi-year technology partnership with Manchester City Football Club.

The Citizens’ data and analysis of both their own performances and those of opposing teams will be protected by the Swiss-Singaporean company led by CEO Serguei Beloussov.

Acronis, which already serves teams competing in Formula One and Formula E, will provide secure storage of all data relating to players, fans and business operations after being announced as City’s official data backup and storage partner.

Acronis works with five million consumers and more than 500,000 businesses – including fellow Premier League club Arsenal FC – in 145 countries.

Damian Willoughby, senior vice president of partnership at City Football Group, said: “We are delighted to announce this new partnership with Acronis.

“A football club like Manchester City has a huge volume of data – covering everything from our players and fans to the day-to-day operation of our business – and we are excited to leverage Acronis’ expertise to enhance our data storage and backup functions.

“Acronis shares City’s passion for innovation and utilising the latest technologies and we look forward to working with them as our partnership progresses.”

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John Zanni, President of Acronis, said: “At the highest level of competition, data is a critical asset. Acronis’ technology is perfectly suited for high-pressure, digitally intensive environment.

“We are proud to partner with this great club and look forward to our joint projects in the future. We are confident this partnership will benefit Manchester City, Acronis, and all our partners and customers.”

As part of the partnership agreement, Manchester City will explore opportunities to work with the Acronis Foundation.

The foundation provides equitable education around the world through building schools in developing countries.

Details of how Manchester City and the Acronis Foundation will work together will be announced as the partnership progresses.