The event, held in Tallinn, Estonia, brought together 300 players from 11 countries in what has become an annual tradition for the world’s leading glassmaker. 18 teams took part in the male competition, won by players from the Rinteln plant in Germany, and nine teams in the female contest, won by Holland.
Football unites people across all levels of O-I and the winners of last year’s Estonian female team featured diverse talents from palletisation, the quality laboratory, cold end, procurement and plant management.
Michael Prechtl, Country Group Executive North/Central Europe, said: “At O-I, we are dedicated to ensuring our plants are a great place to work. Alongside the career development and training opportunities we offer, events like the O-I soccer cup provide employees with the chance to step outside of their normal role and enjoy a friendly competition with their international colleagues.”
As an event which promotes global teamwork, each competition is organised by volunteers from the previous year’s winning country, supported by their predecessors. This year, the Estonian organisers were grateful for the huge support they received from the Polish team who ran the 2016 competition and from other countries.
Pablo Vercelli, VP Human Resources Europe, said: “I am excited to be part of the O-I soccer cup and to play alongside colleagues from across the EU. All O-I employees share a passion for glass and dedication to their work, creating a real sense of family that crosses geographic boundaries. The competition presents an opportunity to work together and strike up friendships in an informal setting.”