Mick Jagger can’t get no soccer satisfaction.
In what’s becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his picks.
Italy was the latest victim of what local media have taken to calling Jagger’s “pe frio” – a term describing the bad luck that he brings teams that translates literally as “cold foot.”
At a Rolling Stones concert in Rome on Saturday night, Jagger predicted to 70,000 fans that four-time World Cup champion Italy would pull off a victory over Uruguay to advance to the knockout phase. The Italians lost 1-0 on Tuesday and are 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 the 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.
While Brazilians may laugh at Jagger, they love his music. The Stones’ 2006 concert on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro drew an estimated 1 million people.
Jagger also loves Brazilians, having fathered one 15 years ago with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez.
Brazilians’ obsession with Jagger’s soccer insights, or lack thereof, began four years ago at the World Cup in South Africa.
During that tournament, he showed up in the stands with former US president Bill Clinton to cheer on the United States, which lost to Ghana in the second round, and then a day later watched as England was trounced by Germany 4-1.
Whether Jagger tempts fate and offers up another prediction this World Cup is anyone’s guess.
But if he does, Brazilians are begging it’s not for them. Within hours of Italy’s defeat Tuesday, social media was buzzing with pleas for the rocker to keep quiet, or better yet, lend his bad luck to the country’s despised rival, Argentina.