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The best World Cup ads through the years

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The best World Cup ads through the years

Even if you're not that into soccer/football, you have to admit, World Cup ads are pretty inspiring. Now that the 2014 tournament has kicked off in Brazil, here's a look back at some of the most memorable. 

1998: Mastercard, 'Price to Paris' 
Rarely has Mastercard's "Priceless" bit been more applicable than for a worldwide soccer fandom. Is it over the top? Perhaps. Is it deserved? Probably. 

2002: Nike, 'Knockout' 
Continuing the no-fail tradition of gathering a bunch of soccer stars and letting them look awesome on camera. Add some music and an Instagram filter, and you've got commercial gold. 

2006: ESPN, 'Anthem'
The main ESPN commercial for 2006 sums it up with the opening line: "It's a simple thing. Just a ball, and a goal."

2006: Adidas, Jose+10
Picking teams becomes a LOT more fun when you get to choose from the world's best soccer players. Very appropriate. 

2010: ESPN, 'United' 
Four years later, ESPN did it again. It's basically the same message, but that doesn't diminish the impact at all. 

2010: Coca-Cola, 'Celebration'
A lot of World Cup ads aim for the epic, but this Coke ad just aims for fun. 

2010: Puma, 'Love Equals Football'
Puma celebrates the spirit of Africa and the 2010 Cup's host country, South Africa. Great music, too. 

2010: Nike, 'Write the Future' 
What's it like to be a soccer fan in the viral age? Nike's got it covered. 

2014: Nike, 'The Last Game' 
You want epic? How about a 5-minute beautifully animated short featuring soccer's superstars against computerized clones? Yep, it's pretty epic. 

2014: McDonald's, 'Gol'
Sure, superstars are great, McDonald's pulls in the everyman with people from around the world doing amazing trick shots. 

2014: Beats by Dre, 'Game Before the Game' 
If this doesn't get you pumped up for whatever you have to do today, we don't know how to help you.

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