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World Cup: soccer match and advertisers’ dream

The Zag blog took a short hiatus while we underwent some staff changes, but after Kelsey’s blog last week we are back up! First off, we have four new bloggers who will be introducing themselves over the coming weeks and it looks like I’ll be the first. My name is Lauren, and I graduated from TCU about a month ago with a degree in strategic communications and history.

Now, on to more interesting things…

Friday marks the opening of the World Cup, arguably the largest sporting event in the world. While soccer may not be as influential here in America, to the rest of the world, it is life.

I will be the first person to admit that I know nothing about soccer. Yet, as the World Cup draws closer and excitement/TV coverage increases I have begun to garner an interest in the event. Perhaps it is because I view the World Cup as another excuse to get together with friends, but I have to admit the sport is becoming more and more interesting.

Like me, it appears that marketers have also taken note of the influence the World Cup holds throughout the world. Thus, numerous companies have created ads to reach this diversified audience. The ads created for the event vary from inspirational to humorous, all in an attempt to grab the attention of the billions of viewers who will be tuning in.

Getting the most online attention is Nike’s creation, a three-minute ad directed by famed director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. In fact, they have claimed that the commercial is their best piece of advertising to date. Entitled “Write the Future,” the ad depicts soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba envisioning the future after they save (or lose the game) with a single play. The commercial integrates scenes from around the world as well as some of the most famous people in pop culture, from Homer Simpson to Kobe Bryant to the “Elvis of Italy.” All in all, the ad is a pithy take on the effect soccer has around the world.

Write the Future: Nike

Another World Cup ad gaining recognition is Coca-Cola’s “History of Celebration.” It opens 20 years ago with soccer star Roger Milla’s celebratory dance after scoring a goal. What follows is a montage of soccer stars and fans dancing and celebrating on the field and in the stands. The ad implies that Milla’s liberated dancing taught the world to celebrate and to live. While a tad cheesy, the ad is a tribute not only to Milla but also to the excitement and joy that so defines the World Cup.

History of Celebration: Coca- Cola

Finally, Carlsberg Beer has created an ad that in their mind is the ultimate team talk. Staged in the locker room for the British soccer team, “Carlsberg Team Talk TV Ad” is an uplifting take on the locker room speech that will precede the most important game of the athletes’ lives. The dialogue pushes the men of England to “become immortals,” and to push the boundaries, to make all opponents wish they had never taken on the English team. This rendition of a team talk is a powerful mantra and while it is directed specifically at the English population, it still resonates with me, the American, amateur, soccer fan.

Carlsberg Team Talk

All in all, soccer fever is reaching an all-time high, and the ads that are circulating around the world only add to that excitement. Friday’s opening game is sure to be historical, only time will tell if these ads will also go down in history. Time will also tell if I can cultivate a true love of soccer. Well, maybe just an understanding of the game would do!

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06/10/2010 at 11:50 AM Leave a comment

The countdown to June

I may be in the minority at the moment — I’m a huge football (soccer) fan. Today was a big deal for my kind. In South Africa, celebrities and representatives gathered to present the tournament draw for next year’s World Cup — a football fan’s paradise and a glimpse of the beautiful game to a mass audience.

Honestly, I don’t understand why the draw is done nearly seven months before the tournament; I guess it’s intended to build up the hype machine for the games, and in my profession, the marketing.

The rights to broadcast the World Cup span hundreds of networks across the globe, so it’s safe to say that the month-long tournament next June will be a cash cow.

I really hope Heineken does not snag major sponsorship rights to the big dance, because their treatment of Europe’s Champion’s League drives me off the wall. Imagine this advertisement being played 15 times before and after every match — and that’s not an exaggeration.

Being a worldwide event, I’m sure there will be a diverse bunch of World Cup-themed advertisements saturating the market soon.

Here is the final draw for the 2010 World Cup. I’m definitely going to be fighting over favoritism and patriotism as England, my favorite football squad, is going to take on the United States in the first round.

Group A
South Africa
Mexico
Uruguay
France

Group B
Argentina
Nigeria
South Korea
Greece

Group C
England
United States
Algeria
Slovenia

Group D
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana

Group E
Netherlands
Denmark
Japan
Cameroon

Group F
Italy
Paraguay
New Zealand
Slovakia

Group G
Brazil
North Korea
Ivory Coast
Portugal

Group H
Spain
Switzerland
Honduras
Chile

World Cup Fever will be spreading quickly next year. For my sake, I hope the tournament will serve as a breakthrough for soccer in America. Even if that means the United States has to take down England, again.

12/04/2009 at 4:21 PM Leave a comment

Everything is bigger in Texas

AlexAs I was driving down I-30 on Sunday, I was anxious about two things: attending my first football (soccer) match and being able to see what $1.15 billion and three years of construction bears.

I was bound for Cowboys Stadium.

From the two 300-feet arches to the sheer amount of glass, Cowboys Stadium is really something out of this world. It easily dwarfs anything in the vicinity – the highest point on the Titan at Six Flags is 60 feet shorter than just one of the arches.

The building is so big that I had to back up 100-yards to fit it in the frame.

Sunday was the final game of the World Football Challenge, a soccer tournament featuring well-known clubs from around the globe; it was my favorite club, Chelsea of London, pitted against Mexican giants Club America.

Though the previous games were played in large venues, there’s none bigger than Cowboys Stadium.

It took a while, but after firmly clamping my jaw back to it’s normal, upright position, I stepped inside the mothership.

Immediately, visitors are greeted with an enormous concourse, but the piéce de résistance is the 50-yard scoreboard – the largest high-definition display in the world. And again, my jaw dropped.

Cowboys Stadium HD Screen

Overall, the experience was pleasant, though not without a few caveats. Parking is a nightmare, security is dodgy and concessions are pricy, but what’s new.

This stadium has a bright future ahead. With a diverse card of events like Paul McCartney next month, the NBA All-Star game in 2010 and Superbowl XLV in 2011, there’s no doubting the marketing potential for the city of Arlington as well as the Metroplex.

The investment brought forth by the city of Arlington and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be returned – though it may be a while. Like they say in Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.”

If anything, this building is a testament to the classic slogan, “Everything is bigger in Texas.”

I’ll be hard pressed to find anything quite like Cowboys Stadium.

Below is a gallery of more photos I took on Sunday:

07/29/2009 at 1:09 AM Leave a comment


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