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In July 2019, Audi’s American arm launched a new multi-year youth initiative within its MLS activation programme called ‘Goals Drive Progress’.

In 2016-17, Delta leveraged its Chelsea partnership to refresh its in-flight safety video with an animated film featuring stars Willian, Gary Cahill and César Azpilicueta.

Bookmaker M88 activated its 2018-19 Bournemouth shirt sponsorship with initiatives spanning fan promotions, live events and a comic video series aimed at fans and customers in Asia.

Through late 2018 and early 2019, Manchester United’s global betting partner brought in several players to attempt two football skills world records.

At the start of December 2019, Qatar Airlines leveraged its sponsorships with AS Roma, FC Bayern Munich and Fifa with an in-flight safety video based around a fictional pre-match team-talk.

Long-time club sponsor Carlsberg celebrated the May 2019 anniversary of Liverpool going ‘all-red’ with a limited edition red-label red barley beer.

In 2016, Emirates leveraged its Hamburg shirt sponsorship with an on-pitch ‘safety demonstration’ that became a social media video phenomenon.

A digital campaign run by Manchester City, sponsor SAP and the Cityzens Giving programme, the activation ran from February to July 2019 and highlighted the fans who helped their communities thrive.

In 2018-19, the Rwanda Development Board activated its deal with Arsenal via a suite of efforts aimed at making tourism a key contributor to the country’s economy.

Fiorentina and Le Coq Sportif launched their 2017-18 kit via a digital-first campaign promoting the familiar purple home jersey alongside four away kits – each representing one of the city’s ancient neighbourhoods.

Expedia-owned Hotels.com activated its rights at Spurs during the 2018-19 season with a programme that spanned digital signage, perimeter LEDs, big screens and interior television both at the club’s temporary Wembley home and then its new stadium.

Marriott signed as Manchester United’s first official hotel partner primarily to promote awareness of its new Marriott Bonvoy Rewards brand.

Emirates unveiled its ‘Fly Better’ brand promise in October-November 2018, with a launch phase led by the airline’s sports sponsorship portfolio and culminating with AC Milan’s home game against Juventus.

In 2018-19, Marathonbet gave Lazio fans the chance to have their selfies become part of an image on the team’s shirt for the 29 October home match against Inter Milan.

As part of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich’s 120th anniversary celebration in February 2020, the club invited fans to vote for the most emotional moment in its history through an initiative run in harness with new partner Google.

In November 2019, eToro leveraged its six Premier League club sponsorships to promote the ‘Fan Financial Statement’, a report that showed how fans were – and weren't – getting value-for-money from their spending on football.

In December 2019, battery manufacturer Duracell became the first brand to sign-up to one of Chelsea’s trial, short-term partnerships.

Nedbank, title sponsor of South Africa’s top club football cup, activated its rights around the May 2019 final to aid the response to flooding in host province KwaZulu-Natal.

Wanda activated its rights around the 2018 Russia World Cup through a multi-strand activation spanning a flag-bearer experience, hospitality programme, fan ticketing and a digital experience.