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Carlsberg on board for EURO 2012

Carlsberg has become the fifth UEFA EURO 2012 global partner after prolonging an involvement with the UEFA European Championship that stretches back to 1988.

Carlsberg will continue its EURO love affair in Poland and Ukraine
Carlsberg will continue its EURO love affair in Poland and Ukraine ©Getty Images

UEFA and Carlsberg have announced an extension of their long-term sponsorship agreement for UEFA's flagship national-team competition, a relationship which began in 1988 at the UEFA European Championship in the former West Germany.

Carlsberg therefore becomes the fifth global partner for UEFA EURO 2012 following on from the announcements of the adidas, Castrol, Coca-Cola and Hyundai-Kia agreements.

As part of this sponsorship deal, Carlsberg will benefit from exclusive marketing rights for alcoholic beverages within official premises of the competition. Carlsberg will also continue to offer European football fans sole and exclusive programmes such as the opportunity to present the Carlsberg Man of the Match awards.

In addition to the partnership of UEFA EURO 2012, Carlsberg will also benefit from global marketing rights for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship to be held in Denmark.

"With EURO 2012 we cement our many years of loyalty to, and enthusiasm for, premium European football," said Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen, CEO of Carlsberg Group. "EURO 2012 is not only a milestone for Carlsberg, being an official sponsor for almost a quarter of a century, but excitingly it is also the first ever UEFA EURO to be hosted in eastern Europe.

"The interest and tradition for football in the host countries, with a total of over 80 million inhabitants, is enormous and therefore we are thrilled to be part of this exciting tournament," Buhl Rasmussen added. "We are creating history together with UEFA and all our employees in Poland and Ukraine."

Commenting on the signing, David Taylor, CEO of UEFA Events SA, said: "The UEFA European Championship has benefited from the partnership with Carlsberg for more than two decades, and we are proud to extend this relationship with such a recognised and dedicated brand. The imagery behind the UEFA EURO 2012 logo represents a plant that grows and grows – the same goes for the relationship between Carlsberg and the UEFA European Championship."

UEFA Events is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UEFA and has been created to manage and handle UEFA's commercial and event operations.