IT was the advert of all adverts.
Again in 2002 Nike aired The Cage, an action-packed clip that featured 24 of the world’s finest footballers doing battle forward of the World Cup.
There have been eight groups of three gamers, the place the one rule was “first purpose wins”, as introduced by French legend Eric Cantona.
Viewers had been then handled to a few minutes of dazzling expertise and nasty challenges, all performed out to the Elvis basic “A Little Much less Dialog”.
On the finish, three gamers could be topped the cream of the crop, the most effective.
And as we speak the final of these 24 stars introduced their retirement from soccer.
Nike Cage Stars of 2002
EQUIPO DEL FUEGO
Ruud van Nistelrooy
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Thomas Rosicky, who will likely be finest identified for his time at Arsenal, has hung up his boots on the age of 37.
The Czech playmaker spent ten seasons with the London membership, and whereas the latter phases turned dominated by accidents, he was most definitely a followers’ favorite.
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“I’ve by no means performed both for the cash or the glory – I simply love soccer,” Rosicky, who appeared at 4 European Championships finals, informed his membership Sparta Prague’s web site.
“However I’ve realised I’m not capable of absolutely put together my physique for what the skilled soccer requires,” the harm susceptible quantity 10 mentioned.
“I want to thank Sparta for elevating me, for being step one in my profession in huge golf equipment, and for permitting me to say goodbye on the place I like essentially the most,” Rosicky mentioned.
“I’ve had a beautiful profession regardless of all of the set backs, I’ve identified each great and tough moments,” he mentioned.
The profitable workforce from the Nike advert sadly did not characteristic Rosicky.
“Triple Espresso” gained the match, their gamers had been Thierry Henry, Francesco Totti and Hidetoshi Nakata.
The noticed off the problem of Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldo taking part in for “Os Tornados”.
For the file, Rosicky, alongside Fabio Cannavaro and Rio Ferdinand for “Tutto Bene”, fell on the first hurdle in opposition to “Equipo Del Fuego” that consisted of Claudio Lopez, Gaizka Mendieta and Hernan Crespo.