By Abdi Ali
Published February 9, 2015
As the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League kicks off on February 17, 2015, Nissan is gearing up to share the excitement of the tournament with football fans across Africa.
Nissan will continue to bring innovation that excites closer to fans of Europeâ€™s biggest annual sporting tournament, which features some of Africaâ€™s best players, including three-time African Footballer of the Year and UEFA Champions League winner, Yaya TourÃ©. Through the qualifying stage and right up to the final on June 6, 2015 in Berlin, Nissan will team up with some of the leagueâ€™s most popular players and work to bring fans closer to the game and to raise its profile across the globe.
â€œNothing unites and excites people quite like football,â€ says Takashi Hata, Senior Vice President in charge of Nissanâ€™s Africa, Middle East and India region. â€œInnovation that excites is what Nissan stands for. Sharing in the joy of the 2015 UEFA Champions League with fans will help us to strengthen our brand and to increase the excitement about our innovative products.â€
As the official global automotive sponsor to the UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League, Nissan is expected to bring fans closer to the game with its own thrilling line-up of quality plays. With public events as well as its formidable product line up, fans will see Nissanâ€™s innovation first-hand.
â€œThe UCL is an important global platform for Nissan, and our aim is to show fans all over the world the excitement of both football and our cars,â€ says Hata.
With innovation and excitement at the heart of Nissanâ€™s Champions League programme, the activity â€“ which stars brand ambassadors TourÃ©, Barcelona and Spain midfielder AndrÃ©s Iniesta, and PSG and Brazil defender Thiago Silva â€“ aims to harness excitement both on and off the pitch. As â€˜Engineers of Excitementâ€™, these ambassadors will help Nissan introduce new innovations to football fans, playing a leading role in the brandâ€™s advertisements throughout the course of the 2014/15 season. TourÃ© will also star in a series of new television and print advertisements for the UEFA Champions League due to premiere in February 2015.
TourÃ© says: “I’m proud to be partnering with Nissan across its UEFA Champions League and Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 sponsorships. I am really looking forward to it and to working with Nissan to help bring the excitement around both of these fantastic tournaments to fans around Africa and the rest of the world.”
“Nissan is delighted that Yaya TourÃ© has joined our team as a global ambassador,” says Hata. “As one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, TourÃ© is the perfect ambassador for our brand as he possesses great all-round skills combining pace, power and high technical ability â€“ features Nissan incorporates into its vehicles.â€
The UEFA Champions League has a massive global audience. The 2013 final between FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen and Borussia Dortmund attracted 360 million viewers across television and social media platforms. Global viewership averaged between 105 million and 228 million per match in 2013, representing a lucrative platform for Nissan.
The 2015 UEFA Champions League partnership â€“ Nissanâ€™s largest sponsorship deal â€“ is another example of the brandâ€™s dedication and growth in global sports, which already includes its proud sponsorship of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Olympic Team Brazil, official sponsor of the Colombia and Mexico Olympic Teams, Team GB and Paralympics GB, Canadian Football League, sporting ambassadors including Olympics Gold Medallists Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy, corporate partner for Heisman Trust/Heisman Trophy and the official global automotive partner of City Football Group, owners of the Manchester City, the English Premier League champions.