OPPO Inspirational Games interviewed three witnesses to share their stories about football
What was the most inspiring memory in your life? Was it the time you and your friends finally made it through high school? Was it the first time you received a paycheck? Or was it the time your team came back during the second half against all odds and won the championship? Instead of fading away, these inspiring memories will be forever imprinted in our minds. The 67-year history of the UEFA Champions League is full of passionate and inspiring memories. The amount of devotion players put into teamwork and sportsmanship was admirable. Allowing the UEFA Champions League fans to relive the most exciting games in history, OPPO hosted a global campaign to vote for the competition’s top three inspiring games of all time. This was conducted by finding those who witnessed the game during the time, then interviewing them and finally bringing these stories of inspiration to everyone. As part of the campaign “Inspirational Game”, OPPO believes that these stories strike up conversations between even strangers and unify football fans. When people lose their faith and strength in times of hardship, revisiting inspiring moments in sports helps them find their second wind. For fans of the UEFA Champions League to relive the strong emotions of the most exciting games in history, OPPO hosted a global campaign to vote for the competition’s top three inspiring games of all time. This was followed by actually finding those who witnessed the game during the time, then interviewing them and finally bringing these stories of inspiration to everyone. As part of the campaign “Inspirational Game”, OPPO believes that these stories strike up conversations between even strangers and unify football fans. Furthermore, it rekindles the passion for the game to inspire more people around the world. “Going to the stadium to watch a game always draws your best memory,” Nam Kunn, a graphic designer and photographer based in Paris said. “Football always brings the strongest emotions and never makes you bored.” Nam was a field photographer who happened to witness the amazing 4-0 during the first leg between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, and the histrionic 1-6 during the second. Tonín el torero, another hardcore fan, shared, “The passion for Real Madrid builds bonds.” Tonín recalls the time fans went wild when their team scored an amazing goal. That memory was a perfect depiction of a community coming together to embrace joy and hope. OPPO recently interviewed Mike Ferney, a visually impaired fan who enjoys matches in a different way. “How could someone who is visually impaired enjoy a football match in a stadium?” The answer is passion. The passion for football he had since childhood has now turned into a lifelong habit, and all of the matches that he experienced have become an unstoppable force that drives him ahead. Mike Ferney was diagnosed with visual impairment from birth, but this has not affected his zeal for football and Liverpool which started from a young age and has continued to this day. Though life with impaired vision is difficult at times, Liverpool’s victory at Istanbul moved him deeply at the age of 13. “It's being three nil down against one of the best teams in Europe,” Mike still remembers that feeling of intensity while recounting the story, “It could have been easy to roll over and give up, but they carried on. And I think the moment is short. Then things that happen help me believe that, even though it is football, it can be tied to a life lesson.” Mike’s cousin Stephen assists him by giving him a visual description of everything that’s happening on the field, and he enjoys standing in the stadium to experience the matches. Because to Mike, there are more senses to feel at a match than simply watching. There is a special energy when you stand in the stadium with the crowd around, Mike calls it the “feeling of synergy,” and that goes beyond visual aspects to various sensations like the noise of fans celebrating and the ground beneath him shaking. OPPO has been exploring more ways for people to enjoy sports under the brand proposition "Inspiration Ahead", especially assistive technology for people like Mike who have visual impairments or other disabilities to experience more inspiration in their lives. For example, Color Vision Enhancement Technology, which made its debut on the OPPO Find X3 series, was designed to improve color identification abilities for those who suffer from color vision deficiency. Thanks to the technology, the screen displays more accurate colors. Moreover, OPPO Research Institute Innovation Accelerator issued a focus on accessible technology and was a success this year. The accelerator was aimed to turn world changing ideas into reality. Guided by the brand proposition “Inspiration Ahead,” OPPO will continue to explore meaningful innovations regardless of the difficulties that lie ahead. OPPO will help more people enjoy the inspiration in life, and everyone can become a witness to their own moments of inspiration.