Proud Sponsor of Calcio Mangiato

Agency: Dude Milano


There is only one thing Italians love as much as their food, and that is football. Every match comes with its unique and magical rituals whether in a stadium, at home, or restaurant.

It’s undeniable that, in Italy, the most recognized association with football is the sandwich. It is this special relationship that inspired Heinz’s new brand platform for sauces - “Proud Sponsor of Calcio Mangiato” - created by DUDE Milan. “Calcio Mangiato” means “Eaten Football”, which links the brand to all those moments where the football world meets the food world, starting with the iconic ritual of the pre- or post-match sandwich consumed outside the stadium.

At the heart of this ritual are Mauro, Sofia, and Ruggiero – the sandwich makers and protagonists of the Stadium Heroes activation and “Proud Sponsor of Calcio Mangiato” campaign. It highlights the paradox of their proximity to their football team at San Siro every Sunday, yet being unable to go inside the stadium and enjoy a game as football lovers.

Heinz gave the sandwich makers the opportunity to step inside the stadium for the first time in their career to watch a game and be part of the crowd of fans. The entire stadium thanked them with a standing ovation and special announcement over the speakers.

To ensure the seamless continuation of the sandwich-making tradition, and to make sure that no-one went hungry, Heinz arranged for three Italian chef influencers to take over and keep the sandwiches flowing.

An undoubtably unforgettable day for Mauro, Sofia, and Ruggiero, our genuine heroes of the stadium. But that's not the end of the story: in 2024, Heinz and DUDE are gearing up to spread the spirit across Italy, celebrating the unfaltering love shared between food and football.

The campaign is running on Italian TV and Heinz Italia Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels. The influencers who took part in the film also covered the activation on their channels with interviews and special recipes created for the occasion.

This professional campaign titled 'Proud Sponsor of Calcio Mangiato' was published in Italy in January, 2024. It was created for the brand: Heinz, by ad agency: Dude Milano. This Film medium campaign is related to the Food and Sports industries and contains 1 media asset. It was submitted 3 months ago by Brooks: Zoe.


Paula Marconi: CMO Continental Europe
Francesco Meschieri: Head of Marketing Italia
Fiamma Sinibaldi: Senior Brand Manager
Alberto Steiner: Brand Manager Jr
Filippo Mentasti: Brand Specialist

Chief Creative Officers & Partners: Livio Basoli & Lorenzo Picchiotti
Creative Directors: Davide Labò & Luca Riva
Head of content: Ludovica D’Aquino
Art Director: Mariano Barresi
Copywriter: Alessandro Magnani
Junior Art Director: Marzia Cimino
Junior Copywriter: Camilla Viganò
Client Director: Elena Panza
Account Director: Martina De Siervo
Account Manager: Silvia Asta
Digital PR Manager: Vittoria Caron
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer - Lorenzo Foffani
Strategy Director - Marco Mammino
Integrated Production Director: Matteo Pecorari
Senior Producer: Maria Chiara Muglia
Producer: Vincenzo Perrotta
Head of Physical Production: Simone Raddi
Junior Production Coordinator: Francesca Di Donna
Post Production Director: Seba Morando
Post Producer: Miriam Ottina
Senior Film Editor: Niccolò Gobbi
Motion Designer: Gabriele Frigimelica
Junior FIlm Editor & Motion Designer: Federico Catania
Editor: Davide Vitola
Colorist: Giorgia Meacci
Music and mix: Magma Music Agency

Director: Alessandro Redaelli
Autor: Ruggero Melis
DOP: Tommaso Merighi
Scenography: Amalia Valsecchi
Photographer: Glauco Canalis rep by Controluce


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