Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Club América Introduces Prepaid MasterCard® Card for its Fans in the U.S. Market

Passionate fans can now manage and remit funds easily and securely, and connect with their favorite team

LOS ANGELES & MIAMI & MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United by a passion for soccer, Club América and Denarii Systems have launched the Club América Prepaid MasterCard® in the U.S. Club América fans can now use the Club América Prepaid MasterCard to make purchases, pay bills and remit money, while staying connected to their favorite team.

“Club América and Denarii have joined forces to shake hands with our fans who are in the United States,” says Michel Bauer, President of Club América. “We want our fans to know they can count on us to make secure purchases and remit funds to their loved ones. At Club América, our fans are what count.”

It is no secret that the core and triumph of Club América is the passion of its 20 million fans in Mexico, and its five million fans in the U.S. Many of these fans do not have a social security card, credit card or bank account, and Club América is proud to facilitate remittances from fans to their loved ones in a fast, economical and secure way. With the Club América Prepaid MasterCard the cardholders are able to send remittances with a text message from their mobile phones, through the website http://www.mitarjetaclubamerica.com/  or with a phone call to 1-877-836-0246.

The Club América Prepaid MasterCard also offers cardholders the ability to make ATM withdrawals, pay bills electronically and make purchases everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted. The card meets the unique needs of underbanked fans who, in addition to lacking traditional banking relationships, may not have access to a secure and affordable way to remit money to their friends and family in Mexico.

“This card has been created as a tool for Club América fans to manage their everyday payment transactions,” said Angel Pacheco, CEO of Denarii. “The ability for fans to send remittances to Mexico for as little as $4.95, pay their bills, and shop wherever they want, all using the convenience of their mobile phone, illustrates the strength and commitment of the partnership between Club América and Denarii.”

Fans in the U.S. may apply for a Club América Prepaid MasterCard and become a “Socio Águila” when visiting the club's official website, http://www.clubamerica.com.mx/,  or http://www.mitarjetaclubamerica.com/.  The Prepaid MasterCard card will be available in Mexico by the second quarter of 2011.

“We are excited to partner with Club América and Denarii Systems to offer the benefits of prepaid cards and value-added remittance services to Club América fans who are seeking an easy and secure way to manage their everyday payments and send money to loved ones abroad,” said Patricio Hernandez, Vice President of New Business Development for MasterCard Latin America and the Caribbean. “For those who are underserved by traditional financial institutions, the ongoing advancement of prepaid solutions continues to strive toward financial inclusion and providing everyday benefits.”

With the Club América Prepaid MasterCard, fans can now carry their passion for the Club América team in their pockets.

The Club América Prepaid MasterCard® is issued by MetaBank™, member FDIC, pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.

About Denarii Systems LLC
Denarii Systems is a payment solutions provider located in Miami, providing turnkey solutions to both financial institutions and companies of different commercial and government sectors worldwide. The main objective of Denarii Systems is to develop projects designed to potentiate low-income communities and unbanked. Denarii Card platform allows for the issuance of an electronic payment card without a bank account, relying on advanced mobile technology that delivers a transactional service via text messaging to all its customers. Denarii also offers a complete solution for processing e-commerce and POS. For more information visit http://www.denariisystems.com/.  

About MasterCard Incorporated
As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Incorporated prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2009, $2.5 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 22 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 140 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 140 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl™. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at http://www.mastercard.com/.  

About Club América
With 93 years of existence and the largest number of tournaments played at an international level with high television ratings, Club America goes beyond soccer... America is a brand with passion. Coupled with passion, successes, lessons and lots of heart, Club América is the referent of the Mexican Soccer team. Club América belongs to Grupo Televisa. It has more than 5 million fans in the United States and nearly 20 million fans in Mexico. For more information, please visit us at http://www.clubamerica.com.mx/.  Additional information can be found in our social networks: Facebook and Twitter

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