LONDON and BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OneFootball, the world’s leading soccer/football media platform, announced today a new format of digital collectibles, based around eleven global superstars’ player stories of how they got into the beautiful game.
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Footballer’s Journey gives fans around the world the chance to own part of their favourite players’ journey, celebrating milestones throughout their life, for club and country. In a comic book-style, and across four chapters each, the collection marks the beginning of a new era of football memorabilia and mementos for a new generation of supporters.
Featuring a list of players who have dominated their leagues over recent seasons, each of them are expected to have a busy winter period. Chapter 1 of Footballer’s Journey will tell the emotive story of seven of the players and their journey within the beautiful game in an innovative comic book style of digital collectibles.
In a candid interview for the World Cup collection, Alphonso Davies reflects on his early life in a refugee camp in Ghana, his family’s emigration to Canada and his meteoric rise in the MLS and now Bundesliga. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané shares his journey from losing his father at a young age, to running away at 15 to follow his dream of becoming a footballer. Each player shares the experiences that shaped them and helped them become the world beaters they are today.
Vinícius Júnior commented while on shoot, “This collection with OneFootball is an awesome way for us players to share our experiences, show our human side, and connect with the fans in a way that we haven’t done before. I can’t wait to start seeing people sharing our stories and collections, it means so much to us.”
Footballer’s Journey comic books will be free to start, and fans will be able purchase packs for $29 at aera.onefootball.com/players come December 15. They can also trade on the OneFootball marketplace to complete the player story comic books to get exclusive content and the chance to win real life rewards and experiences.
The seven featured players this winter are:
- Vinícius Júnior (Brazil / Real Madrid)
- Sadio Mané (Senegal / Bayern Munich)
- João Félix (Portugal / Atlético Madrid)
- Alphonso Davies (Canada / Bayern Munich)
- Raphaël Varane (France / Manchester United)
- Serge Gnabry (Germany / Bayern Munich)
- Minjae Kim (South Korea / SSC Napoli)
Paulo Dybala (Argentina / AS Roma), Marco Reus (Germany / Borussia Dortmund), Gio Reyna (USA / Borussia Dortmund), and Antony (Brazil / Manchester United) will all feature in 2023.
Alphonso Davies commented, “I’m excited to be able to show young aspiring footballers that you have to work hard to get to the top, and to be able to do that in a new and innovative way with OneFootball really resonates with me. I started playing football in Canada at school and later with local club teams. That was the start of my journey that has taken me all the way to the top of the Bundesliga and playing for my country this winter.”
“The list of players that are sharing in ‘Footballer’s Journey’ is incredible, and to hear their stories has really been an eye-opening experience for us. The emotions flow, and they don’t hold back,” said Jean-Charles Gaudechon, CEO at OneFootball Labs. “The level of commitment they have each shown to get to where they are today is truly inspiring, and we are honoured to be able to share that with football fans, to get them closer to their icons.”
No one gets fans closer to the beautiful game than OneFootball. Reaching over 100 million monthly active users worldwide, OneFootball is the most popular football media platform for the new generation of football fanatics. Understanding that the world’s football obsession goes beyond the 90 minutes of a match, OneFootball users get access to the most comprehensive football coverage on and off the pitch: from breaking news, highlight clips and live streaming to statistics and live scores of hundreds of leagues and competitions worldwide – fans get all the content they crave. OneFootball is the only company to offer single live football matches in-app on a free and pay-per-view basis, while native integration from OneFootball’s network of over 150 clubs, leagues, federations, players, as well as hundreds of independent content creators, and broadcasters adds close to 200k pieces of editorial and video content per month.
Founded in 2008, the company has a global reach – with headquarters in Berlin and regional hubs in London, Singapore and Lisbon – and is deeply embedded in the football ecosystem, with shareholders including top-tier clubs Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Olympique de Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the German FA. OneFootball is available in 12 languages and is the best-rated sports app in the world, based on millions of App Store and Google Play reviews.
In 2022, OneFootball announced a new joint venture – OneFootball Labs – formed with Web3 champion Animoca Brands alongside one of the pioneers in the blockchain space, Liberty City Ventures. OneFootball Labs will enable clubs, leagues, federations and players to release premium digital assets and fan-centric experiences on the sports-industry leading Flow blockchain so fans can get their favourite moments through the easy-to-use and secure wallet, Dapper. OneFootball aims to be at the forefront of the Web3 era, helping clubs, leagues, federations and players build more direct relationships with fans and creating new digital experiences. All digital collectibles will be available on OneFootball’s marketplace.
In July 2022, OneFootball announced its premium NFT rights in a first to market landmark deal with Lega Serie A Italian Club Football. Exclusive multi-year rights deal gives fans around the world, for the first time, the chance to purchase, own and trade the very best Serie A, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana action as digital video moments from the start of the 2022/23 season.
- As a result of this world-first deal, OneFootball becomes the Official Video Moments Partner of Lega Serie A.
- Product launch comes off the back of OneFootball’s new joint venture taking supporters into a new era of digital football fandom.
- Built on Flow, the next-generation blockchain of choice for leading sports organisations and leagues around the globe including the NBA, NFL and more.
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