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Brazil Mocks Mick Jagger's World Cup Curse
Brazilians are keeping a close eye on Mick Jagger's World Cup predictions after noticing that any team picked by the rocker seems destined for failure.
Italy have become the latest victim of what fans of the host nation call the Rolling Stones star's "pe frio" ("cold foot") - a reference to the bad luck he brings teams.
At a concert in Rome on Saturday night, Sir Mick told 70,000 fans that four-time World Cup winners Italy would secure a vital victory over Uruguay to advance to the knockout phase.
The Italians lost 1-0 and are heading home after the first round for the second successive World Cup.
In May, the singer delighted a Lisbon crowd with his prediction that Portugal would win their first World Cup this year.
But the Portuguese, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, are on the brink of elimination after failing to win a game in the tournament.
Earlier in the World Cup, Sir Mick was mocked after taking to Twitter on June 19 to urge on England against Uruguay. "Let's go England! This is the one to win!!," he wrote.
England lost and also face an early trip home.
The Brazilian obsession with Jagger's football insights began four years ago at the World Cup in South Africa.
Searching for an explanation for their country's shock quarter final loss to the Netherlands, Brazil's fans settled on Sir Mick, who brought his son Lucas - fathered with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez - to the game and wore a Brazil shirt.
Earlier in that tournament, he had already earned a reputation for losing picks by showing up in the stands with Bill Clinton to cheer on the United States as they crashed out to Ghana.
The following day he watched as England were hammered 4-1 by Germany.
Brazilians are now taking to social media, begging the Stones frontman to either keep quiet or, even better, put his curse on Holland or arch-rivals Argentina by backing them.