Continental Expands UEFA Sponsorship to Include International European Qualifiers
By Community | February 6, 2014
Tire manufacturer Continental has expanded their partnership with UEFA to include the European Qualifiers running from 2014 to 2017.
Continental – which is already an Official Sponsor of UEFA EURO 2016 France – now acquires a comprehensive set of rights in connection with the European Qualifiers for the forthcoming three years. The rights relate to the qualifying matches for UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, ampoule and underlines Continental’s commitment to supporting football.
This rights package offered by UEFA was made possible by the recent centralisation of commercial rights. Through the new “Week of Football” concept, discount qualifying matches will be spread over several days, giving fans the opportunity to watch more matches than ever before. This, in turn, will give Continental high visibility across the European Qualifiers matches, with a wide-reaching promotional presence including touchline advertising.
Continental becomes the third global partner for the European Qualifiers, following on from the previous announcement of the Carlsberg and Socar agreements. With the European Qualifiers due to begin in September, UEFA can expect to see other commercial partners coming on board in the coming months.
Continental will also enjoy a significant rights package across other UEFA national team competitions, including the UEFA Under-21 Championship in 2015 and 2017, UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 and UEFA Futsal EURO 2014 and 2016.
Commenting on the partnership agreement, Guy-Laurent Epstein, Marketing Director of UEFA Events SA, said: “It is fantastic that Continental have chosen to endorse UEFA’s newly centralised European Qualifiers platform. As a long-standing partner of the UEFA European Football Championship, this rights package provides an ideal bridge for the company to firmly establish itself across European national team football. By also coming on board as sponsor of our other national team tournaments – Under-21, Women’s & Futsal EUROs – we can now look forward to working with Continental throughout the four year cycle and providing them with a strong platform to promote their brand and engage with their target audience.”