24 August 2012

Football's ad enough

They say that, in television, you should never work with children or animals. Or footballers.

Two ex-professionals have recently sold themselves in advertisments which have differing effects on Anglo-Italian relations.

This first one stars Mr Unbelievable Jeff himself, Chris Kamara. The hardman-turned-hilarious pundit recently teamed up with his Italian counterpart Tiziano Crudeli to advertise betting firm Ladbrokes in a faux shampo commercial. Here, Tiziano leaves Kammy in his Prince Harry suit:

Our second advert stars another footballing brute, Stuart Pearce, who is currently the head coach of England Under-21s and, of course, recently managed Team Merchandise. He takes a break from coaching to give the Go Compare tenor further pain following his earlier mortaring by Sue Barker:

That reminded me of a few more naff advertisements starring football has-beens. This one from last year starred Sky's king of clichés Jamie Redknapp and his wife Louise. This is how NOT to make an advert starring an attractive couple look cheesy as opposed to sexy. Thanks a lot, Thomas Cook.

We all know that Gary Lineker is England's second-greatest international goalscorer. We also know that he's a boring old fart who has done too many awful Walkers ads. Today, I bring you one of his earlier - and better - ones, from 1995, so not long after he retired. It's certainly a damn sight more watchable than the current one. Who wants to live forever? I don't if I have to watch THAT rubbish.

And finally, I don't have to tell you how embarrassing this 1980's Brut commercial starring Kevin Keegan and the late boxer Henry Cooper is, do I?

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