SOCCER PASSION:Fans get once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch UEFA semi-final in Ukraine
ONE hundred passionate football and Carlsberg fans had the opportunity to watch the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final between Portugal and Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine recently.
Dubbed "real fans" by Carlsberg because of their passion for the game, these diehard football lovers had earned a spot in the largest entourage from Asia headed for the tournament.
Winner Ganesh Kamrajoo, 24, of Batu Caves said: "I have never been luckier. Now that I have won, I feel extremely lucky but nervous at the same time as this is my first trip out of the country. I am very grateful to Carlsberg for giving me this fantastic experience."
Low Kar Men, a 23-year-old student from Kuala Lumpur said: "My favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Portugal. I never imagined I would be watching him play live in the semi-final of this tournament. This is like a dream come true, thanks to Carlsberg."
Carlsberg Malaysia marketing director York Spencer said: "As the official beer and official sponsor of the tournament, Carlsberg is in a position to give our consumers a truly unique EURO 2012 experience.
"For many football fans, watching a semi-final live is just a dream. Many of those joining us will also be experiencing Eastern Europe for the first time.
"Carlsberg takes much pride in being the brand that has made this possible for Malaysians," he said.
"The fans have joined us in celebrating football in all its glory over these past few months.
"Many of them took their passion for the brand and the game to new heights by showing how fanatical they are by participating in Carlsberg's 'Are You Fan Enough?' consumer promotion.
"This reward for Malaysians is our way of connecting with our consumers' passion for Carlsberg and the game. Their loyal support deserves to be recognised with something extra special like this once-in-a-lifetime trip."
Chuah Huat Beng, 37, from Penang said: "I have been to Barcelona, United Kingdom and Paris but this is my first time to Eastern Europe.
"I love football and I love being able to watch a UEFA EURO game live, this is a great opportunity."