As part of the campaign, legendary football stars Thierry Henry, Cafu and Lukas Podolski starred in three videos to pay homage to their respective national teams’ heritage: France, Brazil and Germany.
Thierry Henry, France
As a player, Thierry Henry won virtually every major honour in football for club and country, including the FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA European Championship™ with France. He was part of the 2003/04 Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side that went unbeaten in the Premier League and remains the club’s record scorer. He later moved to Barcelona, where he won the UEFA Champions League.
Being able to play in front of my family, wearing that jersey in the stadium of the team I supported as a youngster – scoring a goal! To be part of a World Cup… there is no price at all.
In a career that spanned 20 years, Cafu redefined the role of a full-back, with his game built around attacking from the right flank. He played for two of the biggest clubs in Italy, Milan and Roma, and won the FIFA World Cup™ with Brazil twice, in the USA in 1994 before captaining the side in 2002 in South Korea and Japan.
In that moment, my only thought was about my family – where I came from. That kid from the favela, who had a chance to play in the 1994 World Cup Final… When you see in the crowd the joy, the positive feelings, it gives you a lot of strength.
Lukas Podolski, Germany
Lukas Podolski won 130 caps for Germany from 2004-2017, memorably scoring a rocket in his final match against England. After starting his career with FC Köln, he played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter Milan. He now plays in Japan for Vissel Kobe.
The German mentality is about the team behind the team… To hold the trophy in your hands with your son on the pitch, to share it with him at the Maracana was an eternal experience.
Hyundai World Football Heritage contest
As part of the Hyundai World Football Heritage contest, international football fans have the chance to attend the most coveted football match in the world, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ final. As well as flights and accommodation, fans heritage and cheering cultures will be exhibited in Hyundai Motorstudio Moscow, selected from the FIFA World Football Museum.
The contest consists of online entry submissions, and an interactive website announcement displaying each of the 32 qualified countries’ best online entries. For more information on how to enter, visit worldcup.hyundai.com.
The Hyundai Go! Special Edition range
Hyundai Motor recently announced the Go! Special Edition range to support its sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The Go! Special Edition models are available in a number of colours, including an all new colour, Champion Blue (metallic).