The Nike Commercial Jinx

Posted on 1 Jul, 2010, by in Miscellaneous

As with every World Cup or big soccer tournament, Nike come out with a huge, flashy, full of stars commercial to get you ready for the biggest tournament in the world and to make extra cash to get through the day. This time, Pretty much everyone starring in the 2010 Write your future Commercial didn’t really live up to the  hype, with some failing, along with their nation’s side, quite miserably.

Lets review this quickly –

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Didier Drogba – Broke his arm 11 days before the Ivorians played Portugal, but was brought back into playing fitness quite quickly, coming on as a sub against Ronaldo’s side, with the match ending in a poor 0-0 draw. I didn’t expect much from the Ivory Coast, especially with Brazil and Portugal in their group, but Drogba was arguably the best player in Europe this season, but the injury set him and his team back. He finished with only one goal, a garbage time opportunity against Brazil (3-1 win for Dunga’s team) and didn’t manage to score against the weak North Koreans in the Ivory Coast’s 3-0 win before packing up and leaving South Africa.

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Wayne Rooney – While the English press is ripping Capello’s squad to pieces, we know it was Nike to blame, no one else. Rooney, after a fantastic season with Manchester United, carrying them on his back pretty much alone, seemed burnt out and lost in all of England’s matches. No goals, no assists, no flair, pretty much nothing. The failure is not all on him, but Rooney was the one supposed to give England the edge, making them a potentially brilliant side. He wasn’t even close to delivering.

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Franck Ribery – Terrible, both him and the entire French team who disgraced their illustrious heritage with the squad revolt and by their awful form. Ribery has been touted as France’s gem, but he didn’t shine even for a moment in France’s South African campaign – France got only one point, scoring only one goal in their three matches, with Ribery counted for one assists in the losing effort against South Africa. Has really been on a downward spiral for the past two seasons.

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Cristiano Ronaldo – Four matches, one decent performance, the 7-0 drubbing of North Korea. He was the big star of Nike’s commercial, but he failed leading and captaining his side past the last 16 round, losing to Spain with a very disappointing performance in three of the four matches. He spat on a TV cameraman following the Iberian derby defeat, and got blasted by Figo and Carlos Quieroz. At least Mourinho, with a typical cheeky comment, has his back.

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Fabio Cannavaro – Got serenaded to in the commercial, but his 2010 World Cup ended in tears. Enjoying the reputation of a brick wall, Italy conceded in each of their group stage matches, including three against Slovakia, bowing out of the tournament after the group stage in a terrible title defense effort from the Italians, captained by Cannavaro.

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Ronaldinho – Dunga, never a big fan, didn’t even call him up. So far, it’s been working just fine from Brazil without the AC Milan star.