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For the 2020 Champions League’s return in August, Uefa partner Mastercard created a best practice example of how sponsors could switch physical experiences for virtual activations amid the pandemic.

Bochum and Nike’s campaign promoting the club's 2020-21 jersey led to tripling the previous season’s shirt sales and generating record revenue even without fans in the stadium or the physical club shop.

For the final stages of the 2020 Uefa Champions League, with matches played behind closed doors after the tournament’s pandemic-enforced shutdown, Hotels.com activated around the idea of watching the match from somewhere special.

In March 2019, Castle Lager leveraged its trio of South African national team sponsorships with a campaign revolving around a blended national team jersey, with live events, experiences, TV and social content and on-pack work.

Ahead of the 2020-21 season, CA Osasuna and kit supplier adidas rolled out an integrated online campaign promoting a trio of new centennial kits focusing on the local region, its land and symbols.

Electric mobility brand Nilox has renewed its sponsorship with Italian Serie A club Juventus for the 2020-21 season

Manchester United has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Government of Malta and the Malta Tourism Authority that will promote the island nation to the English Premier League club’s global f…

Food delivery company Deliveroo has entered into a partnership with French Ligue 1 football club Paris Saint-Germain

La Liga’s Real Sociedad will open its newly renovated, 40,000-capacity stadium – under the new Reale Arena moniker – on Saturday, while the club is close to striking a new shirt sponsorship deal. T

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Taking over as kit supplier in 2020-21, adidas brought Leeds United into its pandemic-influenced, global ‘Ready for Sport’ brand platform when unveiling the new kit in mid-August 2020.

Uber leveraged its partnerships with the two Seville football clubs with a digital video-led campaign that promoted respect in the rivalry around the April 2019 derby.

Uefa partner Santander brought the excitement of the 2020 Champions League Final in Lisbon to the world through an enhanced edition of its ‘Santander Media House’

At the start of the 2020-21 Bundesliga, FC Union Berlin and technical partner adidas rolled out a family-focused digital campaign to promote the club’s new shirt.

In January 2020, Real Madrid sponsor Audi celebrated the team’s Spanish Super Cup victory with a digital campaign presenting the players as superheroes and promoting the new Audi R8 Decennium.

New Balance and Athletic Bilbao sought to drive pre-orders of the 2020-21 home kit with a campaign solidifying the connection between the team, the kit and the fans.

In June 2020, Levante and Timpers launched a range of sneakers to raised disability awareness and generate funds for the club’s foundation.

October/November 2019 saw adidas and Juventus launch the club’s fourth kit via a fashion-meets-football campaign in partnership with Palace Skateboard.

With Covid-19 still raging in July 2020, Puma & AC Milan used an Instagram-led campaign – celebrating Milan’s contemporary design culture and architecture – to launch the 2020-21 home kit.

In Colombia, Budweiser used its official partnerships with the Premier League and LaLiga to create a 2019 campaign based on famous goals from the two leagues.

In April 2019, as Mallorca pushed for promotion back to Spain’s top tier, long-time official beer partner Estrella Damm launched a PR, OOH and social campaign to support the side through the season climax.

Napoli and Kappa promoted the club’s 2019-20 home jersey through a campaign creatively themed around the kit’s pixelated design that spanned street graffiti, PR, a launch event, live in-store signings and social media content.

In late June 2020, Bologna sponsor Trenitalia marked the end of Italy’s strict coronavirus lockdown with a campaign linking the restart of its ‘Frecciarossa’ high speed train services and the restart of Serie A.

Genoa promoted its partnership with the Gaslini Children’s Hospital by gifting all newborns in 2020 a free baby-sized team shirt.

Launched to leverage the restart of the Uefa Champions League in 2020, Manchester City official technology partner Cisco rolled out a campaign promoting its Webex video conferencing brand.

Jumping off the idea that the Barca team is out of this world, Audi leveraged its sponsorship to launch its new Audi e-tron in April 2019 via an alien-themed campaign spanning TV, print and social media.

In April 2019, Hyundai’s launch campaign for its new N range leveraged its Atlético sponsorship to emphasise the vehicles’ sporty characteristics.

To mark Liverpool’s 2019-20 Premier League title, partner Levi’s rolled out a clothing collaboration with street artist Akse.

The End of Football was a short disaster movie by which Xylem leveraged its Manchester City partnership to educate football fans about the water challenges facing our planet.