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W+K Amsterdam's New FIFA 16 Ad is an Operatic Ode to the Beautiful Game

Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, 2 years, 1 month ago

Leo Messi, Sergio Agüero, and Kobe Bryant show their skills in larger-than-life film directed by TRAKTOR

W+K Amsterdam's New FIFA 16 Ad is an Operatic Ode to the Beautiful Game

Football is a quest for beauty. Whether it’s mastering a move, outsmarting an opponent or scoring a goal, everyone wants to Play Beautiful on route to victory. With EA SPORTS FIFA 16, a whole new range of football beauty is made possible at every moment of the game thanks to player’s freedom of expression and gameplay innovation across the pitch.

Launching today and marking the game’s release is ‘FIGARO’, a global campaign that celebrates the fun, competitive quest for beauty with an operatic ode to football. Created by Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, the campaign kicks off with a two-minute commercial. The spot dramatizes the one-upmanship nature of football that drives players to make the game ever more beautiful, and literally sings an ode to the sport in the accompanying soundtrack - a specially rewritten, football-focused version of the famous Aria from the ‘Barber of Seville’ opera. 

From bone-crushing tackles to out-of-this world strikes, fascinating dribbling to awe-inspiring goals, the FIGARO spot celebrates all of football’s beauty and encourages players to: “Play Beautiful”.

Directed by Traktor, the film stars famous football stars - Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero and Alex Morgan, along with special appearances by Kobe Bryant and the legendary Pele. 

David Smith, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam Creative Director, says, “For a game that provides as much beauty as football it's surprising more operas haven’t been written about it. So it seemed appropriate to add one to the world's oeuvre."

The campaign launches globally from today, with versions of the film running across TV and online channels, along with social activations.

Creative Agency

Account Director: Nick Campion, Amber Martin

Art Director: Vasco Vicente

Business Affairs: Michael Graves

Copywriter: Evgeny Primachenko, Andrew Dobbie

Creative Agency: W+K Amsterdam

Creative Director: David Smith, Alvaro Sotomayor, Craig Williams

Executive Creative Director: Mark Bernath and Eric Quennoy

Finished Artist: Noa Redero

Group Account Director: Kirk Johnsen

Head of Planning: Martin Weigel

Head of TV / Production: Joe Togneri

Interactive Producer: Matthew Ravenhall

Planner: Michelle Arrazcaeta

Producer: (Associate) Stijn Wikkerink

Project Manager: Loes Poot

TV Producer: Elissa Singstock

Music and Sound

Audio Post Production: GCRS

Music Production: MassiveMusic Amsterdam


Sound Mix: Raja Sehgal, (Assist) Aaron Taffel


Edit Company: Final Cut London

Editor: Edward Line

Post Production / VFX

Flame: Alex Lovejoy

Post Production House: MPC London

Producer: Anandi Peiris

Telecine: Jean Clement, Kai Van Beers

Production Company

Director: TRAKTOR

DOP: Larry Fong, Bill Pope

Category: Gaming , Sports and leisure

Genre: Comedy , People , Visual VFX