To understand the history of rock is to know that the Rolling Stones played a fundamental role in the world of music. And within the myth
Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones and their relationship with football
To understand the history of rock is to know that the Rolling Stones played a fundamental role in the world of music. And within the mythical British group, Mick Jagger is the most recognizable face, with Keith Richards very close to him.
And it was a day like today, July 26, but in 1943, when the singer and showman was born in Dartford, United Kingdom. The interpreter of iconic songs such as (I Ca n’t Get No) Satisfaction, Paint it Black and Gimme Shelter turns 79 and is a well-known soccer fan, a sport to which he is more closely related than is believed.
A fervent Arsenal fan, he and the Rolling Stones were recognized by River Plate wearing uniforms during their stay in Buenos Aires for a concert in 2006… and many more stories.
The “Curse of Mick Jagger”
Like the rocker that he is, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones tend to sell out stadiums and please the masses of fans… unless you go to the stadium without a microphone and do it from the stands. That’s when fans worry about the so-called curse of Mick Jagger.
But what is this curse? At France 1998, England played Argentina in the round of 16. Jagger attended to support the Europeans, but the Albiceleste won on penalties 4-3. That’s where the so-called curse began.
In Korea-Japan 2002, Jagger attended England’s match against Brazil in the quarterfinals, with Canarinha winning 2-1. For Germany 2006, the trend continued: Jagger supported England, who lost to Portugal; while in South Africa 2010, the Three Lions fell to Germany in the round of 16 (4-1).
But it was not only in support of the national team. In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – where he also supported England and the national team did not go beyond the group stage – he expressed his support for Italy, Portugal and Brazil… none were champions and even the locals were humiliated by Germany (7-1) and Mick Jagger was there.
The last sign of the curse was seen in Russia 2018, where Jagger attended the stands of the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to cheer on his team in the semifinal against Croatia… which they lost 2-1.
The day he met Pele
It is no secret that the Brazilian star enjoys music, even as a young man he used to play the guitar in his spare time. And when two world figures get the chance to meet, they won’t miss the opportunity.
That happened when the footballer played for the United States Cosmos in the second half of the 1970s. And in a city like New York, considered by many to be the center of the world, the meeting was inevitable.
Mick Jagger and Pelé met at Giants Stadium in 1977, the Brazilian’s last year as a professional. The photo is today one of the most iconic that we will find.
His passion cost him a fine
Even with the so-called curse, Jagger will not stop supporting his team. The musician attended the match between England and Denmark in the semifinal of Euro 2021, with which they advanced to the final with a controversial penalty.
The continental contest was played with the public, but Mick Jagger did not comply with an important point: he traveled from France to England and did not respect the sanitary measures imposed by the United Kingdom in mandatory quarantine, for which he had to pay a fine of 10 thousand pounds sterling.
It goes without saying: his music led him to transcend to one of the most important shows in the world.
On February 5, 2006, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were the stars of the Super Bowl XL Halftime Show, in which the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy.