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Posts Tagged ‘2014 World Cup’

Tim Howard Set to Save Up on Endorsements

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ICYMI (and the ratings tell us that very few did), Tim Howard is America’s newest hero with his World Cup-record 16 saves in the game against Belgium, or the highest-rated soccer match in the history of U.S. cable TV.

It was great that our American media lauded him for his bluster, that Twitter provided us with the #ThingsTimHowardCanSave meme, and that our political class played along with the ‘U.S. Secretary of Defense‘ Wikipedia story.

Big brands would love to follow suit.

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When Brands Bite Back: World Cup Edition

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Just when you thought nothing interesting was going to come of the World Cup following that gut-wrenching tie against Portugal, we have a notable player accused of mastication.

During a game that pitted Uruguay against Italy, Luis Suarez (the gentleman seen checking his incisors above) got in a tangle with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini (the other guy). And then, Suarez got the munchies and bit Chiellini. Thank God for Twitter, because some notable brands decided to have some fun at Suarez’s expense with hashtags, original thoughts, subtle product placement, and even a few sponsored tweets.

It was all in fun, of course, until Suarez got suspended for nine games and banned from “any football-related activity” for four months.

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TBWA\Chiat\Day, Adidas Throw a World Cup House Party

For the Super Bowl, the game is the advertising. For the World Series, ads are a respite. For the World Cup, however, there’s just not as much fanfare. TBWA\Chiat\Day hopes to change that with its new spot for Adidas.

The work features retired legends of football/soccer/futbol (depending on who you ask) David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane, who are bored watching the young guys Gareth Bale and Lucas Moura playing EA Sports’ 2014 FIFA World Cup.

And then, a jewel-encrusted goblet of male bravado spills on the hardwood floor as a real soccer game trashes “Beckhingham Palace.”

Now that you’ve recovered, click through for some credits.

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