London 29th April, 2014 – Portuguese legend Deco is back in the world of football, after signing an exclusive deal with MasterCard to become the  Official Player Mascot Manager for the UEFA Champions League Final 2014 in Lisbon.

Deco’s first act as Player Mascot Manager was to assemble a miniature dream team of UEFA Champions League stars, to help MasterCard celebrate their role as Official Player Mascot Providers of the UEFA Champions League. The two time competition winner led a line-up of mini-lookalikes in an exclusive “Player Mascot Training Camp”, featuring stars from current UEFA Champions League Semi-Finalists Chelsea FC, Club Atlético de Madrid, Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern München alongside legends from the past 20 years of the competition.

As an Official Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, MasterCard is giving 22 lucky children across Europe the chance to be the Official Player Mascots for the UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon on Saturday 24th May. With the camp also including mini-lookalikes of a number of iconic past UEFA Champions League winning players, the guide will help the chosen mascots enjoy a Priceless Experience on May 24th.

The young group showed they were just as talented as their famous footballing namesakes, rehearsing the all-important Player Mascot duties such as the tunnel run out, handshake and line-up with utter professionalism, all under the watchful eye of the former Porto, Barcelona and Chelsea FC star.

MasterCard Player Mascot Manager Deco said: “The pinnacle of my career was winning the UEFA Champions League and playing against some of the finest players in the world. Leading the player mascot camp with the mini superstars brought back some great memories of being on the pitch alongside some of the true European greats, and it was great to help the mascots prepare.”

Javier Perez, President, MasterCard said: “Being a Player Mascot in European football’s showpiece event is the closest that any kid can get to living the priceless experience of being a footballer in the UEFA Champions League Final. To help our mascots get ready for the big day we are delighted to have appointed Deco as the MasterCard Player Mascot Manager, in this our 20th year of sponsoring the most prestigious footballing event.”

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The prize includes the chance to experience the pre-match build up, including access to the tunnel, a pre-match meal and a rehearsal ahead of receiving an official match day uniform. Winners will then experience what it’s like to walk from the Estádio da Luz tunnel onto the pitch ahead of kick off, before lining up on the pitch with the stars, rounding off a truly Priceless Experience.  

MasterCard Player Mascot Manger Deco assembled a miniature dream team of superstars for a top secret Player Mascot Training Camp to hone their skills. MasterCard is giving 22 lucky children a Priceless Experience as Official Player Mascots for the UEFA Champions League Final. To find out more visit Facebook.com/witnesshistory

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