The Brazil World Cup 2014 is on the horizon, and boy am I ready for it. I still stand by my stance that club football is better overall, especially the English Premier League…but the magic of the World Cup is just amazing. It does something to people. It brings countries together. Even in the US, which is crawling out of its soccer sarlacc, gets excited about the World Cup. As a soccer fanatic 24/7, I get people asking me about it, their desire to learn fills my heart. It helps ease all the bitching I get the rest of the time.
SO I decided that I would make a short list of my favorite soccer commercials that have been released for or around the time of a World Cup. Not all specifically advertise for it, but it’s obvious why it was released.
ESPN has been on its A game with soccer commercials the past few years. This one says it all and has a cheeky dig at England for being notoriously awful at penalty shootouts.
Another ESPN gem from 2010 that I love. I’ve had like 4 people send it to me this year so I guess ESPN is running it again.
Nike’s newest video is solid. Theirs have always been so great. Not my favorite but still quite entertaining.
Full length version of a classic 2010 Nike commercial. This one is very, very good.
My favorite of all time. Directed by Guy Richie, so that obviously helped. But the first-person feel of it still feels unique and has been copied too many times to count.
BONUS: the English FA made a spoof of the above video to encourage fat Englishmen to go outside and kick a ball. Hilarious.
Not directly World Cup related but it’s always funny to see how awful footballers are at acting. David James looks like he’s been told to act natural and has no idea what that means.
The epitome of how the World Cup *feels* to, well, the world. And for me it doesn’t hurt that it’s narrated by Bono with a U2 song in the background.