Amsterdam, 2 April 2013 – As some of the best football teams in the world battle it out in the Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League, Heineken® has unveiled the latest instalment of its ‘Road to the Final’ campaign with the launch of a new ad campaign. The ad demonstrates how, with imagination and resourcefulness, one man is able to witness club football’s most prestigious event – the Final itself.
Premiering around the world today, the ad is the latest element of the brand’s global integrated ‘Road to The Final’ campaign as it celebrates its seventh consecutive year sponsoring the UEFA Champions League.
The ad features one lucky fan, who receives a ticket to the UEFA Champions League Final. The only problem is that he is on the other side of the world and faces a race against the clock to get to the match. Through a combination of resourcefulness, imagination and inventiveness he manages to overcome every obstacle put in his way – to be rewarded with the ultimate football experience – a pitch side seat at Wembley, arriving just before kick-off.
Throughout the ‘Road to the Final’ campaign, Heineken® is encouraging fans to engage with the brand through a series of unique activities from on-pack to in-bar and social media challenges, offering once-in-a-lifetime prizes.
The brand’s Facebook fans can play a pinball game inspired by elements of the advert. Players can compete against each other – and Heineken® ambassadors including four times UEFA Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf – to earn bragging rights. For the Semi-Finals, eager fans will have the chance to engage with Seedorf through Twitter – with the most resourceful receiving prizes for their imaginative responses to the challenges set for them.
As the ‘Road to The Final’ campaign reaches its climax, Heineken® will be rewarding fans for displaying inspiring and imaginative behaviour by offering tickets to the UEFA Champions League Final in Wembley and this year’s Star Final VIP viewing event, in Ibiza. More than 250 lucky fans from around the world will have the chance to experience the combination of football and music in the world’s party and nightlife capital.
Hans Erik Tuijt, Heineken’s Global Activation Director, commented on today’s announcement: “We are delighted to launch the next stage of the ‘The Road to The Final’ campaign with this new TVC. UEFA Champions League fans who enjoy our brand are intelligent, quick witted and worldly people so we have crafted a campaign that they will enjoy being part of.
We aim to inspire UEFA Champions League fans watch the advert, engage with the brand – play the digital game, Tweet Clarence Seedorf and come to Heineken® events. If they do this then they might get the chance to see the Final in a uniquely Heineken® way, whether it’s at Wembley or even Ibiza.”