At the 2010 World Cup, the secret of Mick Jagger's immortality was revealed to be his ability to suck the lifeblood out of any team he supported. He attended Team USA's round of 16 match against Ghana with Bill Clinton and the U.S. lost. He supported his native England in its match against Germany and England lost. And he supported Brazil against Netherlands (he has a Brazilian child with model Luciana Gimenez) and Brazil lost.
As each side he backed lost, the fans in those countries quickly blamed him as the common link. In most places, this was only a joke — after all, 70-year-old rock gods don't have cosmic power over football teams (except maybe Keith Richards) — but in Brazil it became slightly serious.
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Now, after four more years of performing in stadiums around the world, he has again decided to cast his unforgiving spell on World Cup teams.
From the AP:
At a concert in Rome on Saturday night, Jagger predicted to 70,000 fans that four-time World Cup champion Italy would pull off a clutch victory over Uruguay to advance to the knockout phase. The Italians lost 1-0 Tuesday and were headed 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 top player heading into the World Cup, would win it all at the monthlong tournament in Brazil. Portugal is on the brink of elimination after failing to win in its first two group matches.
Earlier in the World Cup, Jagger suffered some good-hearted ridicule after taking to Twitter on June 19 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.
Given the perceived carnage Jagger has now wrought on two World Cups, Brazilians have taken to calling him "pe frio" — a term to describe bad luck that translates to "cold foot" — and Brazilians on social media are hoping to either dissuade him from putting his cursed support behind their team or, better yet, convince him to back rival Argentina instead.
Perhaps if Maroon 5 agrees to stop writing songs about him, he will finally be at peace and use his powers of destructive support to bring down something truly awful like the FIFA executive committee.
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