BARCLAYS ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST TO FIND THE BEST BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH DAY EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD
Barclays, title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, announces today, the final shortlist of ten entries from as far afield as Singapore, India, Ghana and Australia for the ‘Barclays Around the World in 90 Minutes‘ global fan competition, which set out to find the best Barclays Premier League match-day experience anywhere in the world. The ten best entries can all be viewed at http://www.barclaysfootball.com
The competition which ran between February and April has seen an overwhelming response from thousands of fans worldwide who shared their own unique match-day rituals. The entries included photos, audio clips, videos and written entries as fans aimed to prove that their experience is better than all others.
The final shortlist includes some fantastic footage from Edward Ofori in Ghana, which show fans gathering at a corn mill shop to watch a Barclays Premier League match. Neil Lohse’s video entry depicts his daughter’s experience as she stays awake all night to watch Arsenal with her dad, while Han Li Teo shows why his favourite bar in Kuala Lumpur has become the best place to follow Chelsea.
The winning entry is being chosen by the competition’s judging panel, which includes Barclays Premier League legend Marcel Desailly and global football commentator Martin Tyler. The winner will be announced in May 2010 and will receive a trip for two to watch their favourite Barclays Premier League team play live in the UK.
Marcel Desailly said: “The response from fans and the range of entries that we’ve received from so many countries is fantastic. It once again shows the passion and excitement that is generated by the Barclays Premier League around the world. It’s going to be really difficult to choose a winner as a lot of effort and thought has gone into these entries to bring their match-day experience to life.”
Shortlisted entrants in the ‘Barclays Around the World in 90 Minutes’ competition have the opportunity to win:
A trip for two to watch their favourite Barclays Premier League team play live in the UK during the 2010/11 season. The prize includes: travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, tickets and transfers
£500 in spending money
25 runners-up will also receive a Barclays Premier League team shirt of their choice.
Barclays Premier League
The Barclays Premier League broadcasts 380 games to more than 500 million homes in over 200 countries worldwide. Additionally, 13.5 million fans attended Barclays Premier League matches during the 2008/9 season.
For more information visit: http://www.barclayspremierleague.com
Barclays – Key Statistics
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