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Carlos Cantó, chief executive of boutique consultancy SPSG Consulting, has warned that clubs risk losing out on sponsorship revenue because their players have become competitors in content generation.

Closer Than You Think, the activation of Man City partner Xylem, aimed to drive awareness of and uncover solutions to the planet’s water challenges.

In 2018-19, BNP Paribas Fortis’ season-long ‘Purple Cam’ stadium selfie initiative gave every RSC Anderlecht fan an exclusive photo-led experience within the team’s Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Energiedirect.nl created an energy product specifically for fans of PSV Eindhoven to try and drive sales and reduce churn in the region.

The 2019 tie-up between newly promoted Norwich and carmarker Lotus was unveiled with ‘Driving Performance’, a campaign spearheaded by a car chase video starring Darren Huckerby and Delia Smith.

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

Mainz 05 has extended partnerships with financial services firm Sparkasse Mainz and textile management company Mewa, while fellow German Bundesliga football club FC Augsburg has renewed agreements with…

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‘Terrains’, which debuted in June 2019, was a video-led TV and social campaign from Jeep, activating its Juventus sponsorship with the message that excellence must be achieved through hard work on the toughest territory.

Borussia Dortmund was the first German club to pen an official partnership with the ByteDance-owned platform and launched it with a video-led challenge to boost user engagement and attract a new, younger generation of fans.

The ‘Where Winners Feel at Home’ activation was built around the creation of a fully functioning hotel room – with pitch view – in Bayern’s Allianz Arena.

Paddy Power leveraged its 2019-20 Huddersfield Town FC shirt sponsorship through a hoax kit launch campaign called “Unsponsor #SaveOurShirts”.

Southampton launched its 2019-20 kit with 'Saynts Festival: The Greatest Kit Launch That Never Happened', a parody of Netflix’s documentary about Fyre Festival, the infamously failed music festival.

Spanish sports car brand Cupra signed as the Official Automotive and Mobility Partner of LaLiga club FC Barcelona in a five-year deal.

Spanish LaLiga club Sevilla FC has embarked on a modernisation process, including a major refurbishment of both its stadium and training ground, as it looks to accelerate growth in commercial revenue.

Isobar and Aston Villa developed an immersive digital platform specifically to launch the club's 2018-19 kits.

Chelsea official automotive sponsor and sleeve sponsor Hyundai expanded its ‘supporters first’ #ForTheFans concept through the ‘Hyundai FC’ grassroots football programme.

Recent deals at Juventus and Bologna show how Italian clubs are looking to DRT to retain betting partnerships even now they are banned domestically.

Indian tyre-maker Apollo Tyres built a unified marketing campaign that aligned its sponsorship of Manchester United with its Indian properties.

Fashion brand Hugo Boss is committing significant levels of investment to its four sports sponsorship strands in football, motorsports, sailing and golf.

Liverpool and shirt sponsor Standard Chartered teamed up on an initiative to help eliminate avoidable blindness, activated at Anfield through an audio ‘Kop Roar’ experience.

'Fair Play’ was a 2019 campaign from Birra Peroni, the official beer of city rivals UC Sampdoria and Genoa CFC, which incentivised rival fans to hug one another by offering free beer for those participating.

Jobsite Indeed activated its Eintracht Frankfurt shirt sponsorship through multiple initiatives including ‘Job of the Match’, which introduced supporters to behind-the-scenes jobs within the club.

Visa leveraged its sponsorship platform at the Women’s World Cup 2019 to support women’s football on the global stage and to tell a broader story that aligned with an audience beyond sport.

Adidas activated its Real Madrid sponsorship by supporting the first ‘influencers’ charity football match in Spain – at the Santiago Bernabéu – and raising money for the Real Madrid Foundation.

Budweiser’s activation of the 2018 Fifa World Cup spanned four weeks of the tournament and captured attention from every major global market – making Budweiser the most talked about brand during the event.

EA Sports’ sponsorship of the Premier League Primary Stars schools programme put the Fifa video game at the centre of the teaching resources provided by EA Sports and drove engagement with teachers and pupils alike.