Citroën has applied its protective Airbump® technology – as seen on the Citroën C4 Cactus – to the popular football-based game Headis.
As official automotive partner of Arsenal Football Club, Citroën teamed up with Headis and four Arsenal Premier League players for a tournament on a specially created Headis table. Arsenal stars Mikel Arteta, Héctor Bellerín, Calum Chambers and Francis Coquelin have had their first experience of Airbump® Headis in a singles tournament held at the Arsenal training ground.
Headis, a hybrid of football and table tennis, is a popular game in Germany where Bundesliga teams, as well as the national team, have used it to hone their players’ aerial abilities. The competition amongst the Arsenal players was brought to life by Citroën, who created a new and unique Headis table using Airbump® technology, a feature of the multi-award winning Citroën C4 Cactus, designed to protect the bodywork from minor bumps and scrapes.
The tournament saw players from the Arsenal first team play winner stays on, with Arteta, Bellerín, Chambers and Coquelin getting tips from Headis creator René Wegner along the way. Triumphant in their respective semi-finals, Arteta and Chambers faced off in the final, with the Spaniard emerging victorious. All the action from the games was captured in a video, which also features René Wegner and Headis World Champion Cornelius Döll showcasing their skills.
René Wegner commented; ”The Arsenal players were really good and you can see that their footballing abilities translate well into Headis. The competition was fierce, but Arteta was a deserved champion as not only did he display great technique, but also great tactical skill. I hope the players will report back on the benefits of Airbump® Headis to the manager. Who knows, maybe they can convince the club to install a table permanently.”
To watch the action unfold, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOjIS3QabYE.
For the ‘making of’ video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpnDB08Z4y0.