What is the curse of Mick Jagger? England fans blame singer for World Cup loss to Croatia
- Mick Jagger is jokingly being blamed for England’s loss to Croatia in the semis
- The Rolling Stones frontman ‘curse’ goes back to the 2010 World Cup in S. Africa
- Jagger was supporting Brazil when they were humiliated 7-1 by the Germans
Football is not coming home this time, and some people are jokingly blaming Mick Jagger.
It was a spirited display from Gareth Southgate’s team that saw the Three Lions just miss out on a shot at immortality.
And Mick Jagger was there to witness it all.
The Rolling Stones frontman was in attendance at the England-Croatia game, and fans with long memories noted that the rock legend has a habit of attending games where he ends up backing the losing side.
Mick Jagger is jokingly being blamed for England’s loss to Croatia in the semis having famously backed the losing side many times in the last three World Cups
What is the World Cup curse of Mick Jagger?
The rumours of a Mick Jagger curse returned during the 2014 World Cup and even doubled in intensity as his track record appeared to worsen.
Halfway through the tournament Jagger was busy touring with the Rolling Stones but predicted that Italy would beat Uruguay and progress to the knockout stages; that Portugal would win the Cup; and tweeted that England should beat Uruguay.
And it was a case of, ‘You can’t always get what you want’ as Italy lost to Uruguay, Portugal didn’t make it out of the Group stages and England lost to Uruguay as well.
The legend of his curse even led to the Brazilians coining a nickname for Jagger: Pe Frio, which translates literally as ‘cold foot’, but means someone who brings bad luck with him.
It didn’t help that Pe Frio was supporting Brazil, along with his Brazilian son Lucas, at the game where they were humiliated 7-1 on their own home turf by the Germans.
The curse story got so out of control that Jagger was forced to defend himself, saying on social media: ‘I can take responsibility for the first German goal but not the other six!’
During the 2018 World Cup, Jagger saw Brazil’s lukewarm draw with Switzerland.
And now, as England crashed out of the World Cup, fans are jokingly blaming Sir Mick for jinxing the Three Lions with his presence.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.