Johannesburg - In
a move to realise South African soccer fans’ ultimate sporting dream, Hansa
Pilsener has become the official beer sponsor of Barclays Premier League clubs
Manchester City and Arsenal in South Africa.
Fresh from their 2013/14 season
triumphs with Arsenal winning this year’s FA Cup and Manchester City winning
both the Barclays Premier League title and the Capital One Cup. No one
knows better than these two teams what it takes to chase a dream season.
teams will have a mountain to climb to hold on to their titles, which is why
Hansa has chosen them to inspire South African dreamers to chase a dream season
of their own.
“Hansa is a beer brewed for
dreamers and it’s a brand that represents pulling out all the stops until you
reach your goal. For fans and players alike, football represents that effort.
It’s about never giving up whether your team is at the bottom of the log for
one season, whether your star player transfers to a rival team or sustains an
injury, or whether you lose on home ground,” said Hansa Pilsener General
Manager Khensani Nobanda.
“These hurdles may seem different
to the daily challenges our dreamers face but it takes the same drive,
self-belief and resilience to overcome them. We believe that these two teams
will inspire our dreamers to chase their own dream season,” added Nobanda.
Commenting on the partnership,
Chief Business Officer for Manchester City, Tom Glick, said: “Hansa has a
special relationship with South African City fans and has been part of their
match-day experience in pubs and supporters clubs across the country for many
years. Their brand vision to inspire people to achieve their dreams, make
them the perfect fit for Manchester City, and we are looking forward to helping
them to achieve this goal.”
Vinai Venkatesham, Sales and
Marketing Director for Arsenal Football Club said of the partnership: “We are
delighted to welcome Hansa Pilsener to the Club as an official partner. We are
always looking to engage with our supporters and fans of the game globally, and
through this partnership we will be able to offer exclusive access to the Club
while giving Hansa Pilsener the opportunity to reach our millions of supporters
through creative digital media campaigns.”
In addition to inspiring South
African dreamers, fans of both teams will be delighted at the opportunity to get
closer to these leading international teams. Hansa will have exclusive access
to match tickets and autographed official merchandise to give away to South
African dreamers over the next few months.
“As official sponsors of
Manchester City and Arsenal in South Africa, Hansa Pilsener is looking forward
to making football fans dreams come true and has more exciting initiatives
planned which will be announced in due course,” said Nobanda.
The two teams go head-to head on
Sunday, August 10 in the Community Shield as the EPL season's opener.
Fans win the chance to see
their favourite team play live
Every week until the end of the
season in May 2015, the beer brand will give away tickets for one fan and
friends to watch their favourite team live in England. “This means over 120
people will have the chance to watch their favourite Premier League team play
live - a dream come true for any die-hard football fan – and we are proud to be
able to make that happen,” concluded Nobanda.
Hansa Pilsener promises the brand
will be delivering larger than life dreams to local football fans and that it
is excited to support local fans’ dreams of seeing their heroes play live.