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Brazilian soccer fans have a message for Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger: voice your support elsewhere.
After noticing that every team Jagger publicly cheers for seems to crash and burn, Brazilians are hoping he’ll root for someone else, as the World Cup host nation seeks to win its first tournament since 2002.
Italy was the most recent victim of what local press in Brazil have taken to calling Jagger’s “pe frio,” or “cold foot,” a term used to describe the pall of bad luck he seems to cast over teams. At a Stones concert in Rome on Saturday, Jagger assured the crowd that four-time World Cup winners Italy would surely triumph over Uruguay to make it into the knockout round. The Italians lost 1-0, failing to advance for the second consecutive World Cup.
At a gig in May, the 70-year-old singer told a cheering crowd in Lisbon that he believed Portugal would finally win their first World Cup this year. But the Portuguese, despite the heroic efforts of Cristiano Ronaldo, have failed to win a single game and are on the verge of elimination.
Near the start of the tournament, Jagger took to Twitter to cheer for his home country, England, in their match against Uruguay. “Let’s go England! This is the one to win!!,” he wrote.
They lost and are also heading home early after a dire performance in the first round.
The Jagger Curse first captured Brazilian popular imagination at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. At that tournament, Jagger attended key England, U.S. and Brazil matches—every team he supported lost.
Brazilian soccer fanatics have been swarming social media with requests that Jagger point his pe frio towards strong-playing Holland or Brazil’s South American rival, Argentina.
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