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Arsenal fan and five friends make one of the seven squads for the Europcar Cup Five-a-side Tournament, May 27th 2015



For Arsenal fans young and old, the idea of emulating their heroes and scoring a vital goal at Emirates Stadium is the stuff of mere dreams. For local Walsall lad, Kareem Hameed, however, that dream has become a reality. The 18 year old has won the chance to enter his own team into the Europcar Cup Five-a-side Tournament, taking place at Emirates Stadium on 27th May 2015.

Teams will prepare for the game like their Arsenal heroes in the official changing rooms and receive a pre-match briefing in the dug-out.  Arsenal Legend, Ray Parlour, will also be on hand for team-talks and to present the Cup to the winning team.

Kareem will go toe-to-toe with three other fans’ teams that also won their place in the tournament via a social media competition hosted by Europcar, the official car and van rental partner of Arsenal.  Supporters were invited to tweet an image of themselves in their Arsenal shirt with the hashtag #EuropcarCup in order for a chance to win.

“I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was a kid, so to get an opportunity to play on the same pitch as my footballing idols is a dream come true”, explained Kareem. “I was completely gobsmacked when I received the news that I was getting to play at Emirates Stadium. I feel like the luckiest person in the world.”

Kareem, who is studying Business full-time at Aston University, has already selected his team of friends and family to join his squad for the day.  He believes they have what it takes to be crowned by Ray Parlour as the inaugural Europcar Cup champions.

“I would say we have an excellent chance of lifting the trophy on the day”, added Kareem. “We have been putting in plenty of practice in the lead-up to the event to make sure that we will gel as a team. I am absolutely thrilled to be playing at Emirates Stadium, the home of my footballing heroes, and can’t wait to get out on to the pitch and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with my mates.”

The four fan teams, picked from the social media competition, will be joined by a team of Arsenal bloggers, a team of sports journalists, and a team from one of Arsenal’s many supporters’ clubs.

The tournament will cap the end of Europcar’s first season as the official car and van rental partner of Arsenal Football Club.

“We wish Kareem and his team the very best of luck on the day” concluded Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “It should be a fantastic day for everyone involved.”




About Europcar

Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the Group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar Group operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent®, which is its low cost brand. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2014 for the 6th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards (« World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company »). Europcar was also designed « Leading Car Rental Company » in Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Australia.  Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.



For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office Ed McCambridge, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  europcarukteam@harrisonsadler.com




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