Saturday 21 April 2018

It's all over now for Mick's picks

Brazilians say that every team Sir Mick Jagger supports at the World Cup does badly (AP)
Brazilians say that every team Sir Mick Jagger supports at the World Cup does badly (AP)

The Rolling Stones' Sir Mick Jagger can't get no football satisfaction.

In what is becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports and mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his picks.

Italy were the latest victim of what local media have taken to calling Sir Mick's "pe frio" - a term describing the bad luck that he brings teams that translates literally as "cold foot".

At a concert in Rome on Saturday night, Sir Mick predicted to 70,000 fans that four-time World Cup winners Italy would pull off a victory over Uruguay to advance to the knockout phase.

But the Italians lost 1-0 yesterday and were heading home after the tournament's first round.

At a show in Lisbon in May, the singer predicted that Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the game's best player heading into the World Cup, would win it all at the month-long tournament in Brazil.

Now Portugal are on the brink of elimination after failing to win in their first two group matches.

Earlier in the World Cup, Sir Mick suffered some good-hearted ridicule after taking to Twitter last Thursday to urge on his native England in a game, also with Uruguay. "Let's go England! This is the one to win!!," he wrote. England lost.

While Brazilians may laugh at Sir Mick, they love his music. The Stones' 2006 concert on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro drew an estimated 1 million people, a lot more than the 20,000 or so that pack the beach now to watch World Cup games on a giant screen.

Sir Mick also loves Brazilians, having fathered one 15 years ago with former Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez.

Brazilians' obsession with Sir Mick's football insights, or lack of them, began four years ago at the World Cup in South Africa.

Searching for an explanation for their country's stunning quarter-final loss to the Netherlands, Brazil's fans settled on Sir Mick, who showed up at the stadium accompanying his son dressed in a Brazil shirt.

Earlier in that tournament, he had already earned a reputation for losing picks by joining Bill Clinton in the stands to cheer on the United States, who lost to Ghana in the second round, and then a day later watching as England were trounced by Germany 4-1.

Whether Sir Mick tempts fate and offers up another prediction this World Cup is anyone's guess.

But if he does, Brazilians are begging it is not for them. Within hours of Italy's defeat yesterday, social media was buzzing with pleas for the rocker to keep quiet, or better yet, lend his reverse rabbit's foot to the country's despised rival, Argentina.

Press Association

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