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Bayern Munich’s Google partnership connects with fans

German Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich have celebrated their club’s 120th anniversary by linking up with technology giant Google as a way to increase their digital engagement.

According to German outlet Focus, the partnership has been agreed to run until the end of the 2019/20 season, but will most likely be extended so that it stays around for the rest of 2020 – and potentially further into the future.

The Bundesliga’s record champions have confirmed that in light of their significant club milestone of 120 years, the initial activation will be focused around a voting campaign allowing fans to select their most emotional moment in Bayern’s long history.

The integration will be limited to just being available in Germany – those in the country would simply need to enter ‘FC Bayern’ into Google’s search engine. If all goes well, it’s expected that further territories could be included in future activations as the innovation is very much in its beginning stages. In fact, this partnership is Google’s first such campaign that focuses around a soccer club.

It does open the door for new possibilities that Bayern and Google can implement together, with a variety of voting campaigns that make the supporters feel part of their club. Even on match days, fans could share their opinion on who was player of the match, or vote on what they think is the best highlight of the season.

While this digital fan engagement is going to start off in Germany, the fact that it can grow outside of their home country presents as a perfect opportunity to interact with their fanbase, where all top clubs are always looking to expand and connect.

“As a leading technology brand, Google is constantly innovating and creating new products for an ever-changing market, similar to the deep-rooted values of FC Bayern,” said Bayern Munich’s President for the Americas, Rudolf Vidal.

“We are pleased to kick-off this unique alliance during our 120th anniversary year and look forward to exciting collaborations in the future.”

Bayern Munich are top of the Bundesliga in a competitive title race, with 52 points from 24 games. Second-placed RB Leipzig are just three points and a win away from matching the league leaders with 49.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Tottenham Hotspur announce Science in Sport as their performance solutions partner

Tottenham and SiS

Tottenham Hotspur have named nutrition brand Science in Sport (SiS) as their first official performance solutions partner, signing a four-year deal.

The partnership will see SiS provide the Premier League outfit with products and a dedicated performance solutions framework, custom designed by the company to shape the team’s nutrition strategy.

Spurs will employ staff to work alongside SiS to help develop the programme, which will be led by the club’s lead nutritionist, Emma Tester.

“At Tottenham Hotspur we aspire to be the world’s best in performance nutrition. Since the start of pre-season, we have been working closely with James Morton and the team at SiS to get the products implemented across the squad and begin planning our wider nutritional strategy,” Tester said via Tottenham Hotspur.

“Having access and support from industry-leading experts is of huge benefit to us“We have had great feedback from the players on the range of products available to them and we look forward to developing bespoke products to truly personalise their nutrition programme.

In return, SiS will gain brand visibility on coolers and water bottles, as well as branding promotion at the club’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium home on matchdays and at the club’s training ground.

Spursplay, the club’s recently launched streaming platform, will offer feature SiS-branded content demonstrating how the brand’s products are being used.

Included on the Board is Prof. James Morton, Director of Performance Solutions at SiS, who said via Tottenham Hotspur:

“Science in Sport are committed to fuelling the world’s best athletes and sports teams with world leading science and innovation. With our Performance Solutions programme, we tailor our research, innovation, and world class knowledge to deliver a true competitive advantage. We are delighted to partner with Tottenham Hotspur, a sports team who share the same pioneering values and vision.”

Exclusive content about the partnership will be available on SPURSPLAY, the Club’s new home of live and on-demand video content, including interviews and behind the scenes access to the Performance Framework being implemented. SiS-branded coolers and bottles will also regularly be seen pitchside on matchdays and during training sessions.

Optus Sport to stream Football Victoria’s Nike F.C. Cup Final

Nike F.C. Cup

Football Victoria have made the exciting announcement that Optus Sport will yet again stream the Nike F.C. Cup Final in 2022.

Optus Sport have been the home of the English Premier League in Australia since 2016, and are also home to LaLiga, the Women’s Super League, K-League, J-League and the EURO’s.

The Cup Final will be held on Sunday afternoon, when South Melbourne takes on Calder United at Valley Park Events Centre, Broadmeadows.

Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros applauded Optus Sport’s commitment and acknowledged their continued support of the local game in a statement released by Football Victoria.

“The appetite for women’s football is growing exponentially and we thank Optus Sport for their elevation of the Nike F.C. Cup again in 2022,” he said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that subscribers across the nation can experience the quality football that the two teams will deliver on Sunday.”

Match coverage starts at 3.30pm AEDT, with the final kicking off at 4pm this Sunday.

Coverage will also be provided for non-subscribers on NPL.TV and Football Victoria’s Facebook and YouTube.

Customers can watch Optus Sport on their favourite screens and devices via Fetch, Apple TV, Android TV compatible Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, compatible Samsung Smart TVs or desktop, or on-the-go via tablet, mobile, or laptop.

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