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Soccer in Google’s awesome Zeitgeist 2012 Year In Review

Jan 1, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT


Normally, I’m not one to overly promote The Man. Google certainly is The Man these days. (One caveat: I have no problem promoting The NBC Man, who ultimately signs my paychecks. What can I say?)

But the Google Zeitgeist Review of 2012 is awesome stuff.

In the 60-second version I saw on a morning news show, the MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy gets a quick shot; it’s the crescendo moment of the team’s MLS Cup championship celebration, as arms go up, the trophy goes up, confetti goes up and the grandchild in coach Bruce Arena’s arm goes up in triumph, as well. Great shot, guys!

It’s not in the Google 2012 Review video version that goes two minutes and change (unless I’m just missing it). But I do see three direct references to soccer, not counting random soccer t-shirts or jerseys in the background. (And also not counting the Red Bull brand logo plastered prominently across Felix Baumgartner suit as he jumps from 24 miles above Earth.)

So … dig, if you will, this amazing series of pictures. And try to spot Spain’s European Championship celebration, Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League celebration and a very, very quick glimpse of Pele. That one is the toughie.

(And tell me if I missed any, pretty please.)


  1. joeyt360 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I think in the version that actually aired on TV in the US (I saw it a couple times during CNN’s new year’s eve special) only the Chelsea shot survived, and only for a half a second.

    • joeyt360 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Oh, wait, no, that was probably the Galaxy shot you’re referencing. Went by so quick it was tough to tell.

  2. ufficiopostale - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Didn’t see the Galaxy reference in this one. Though I thought the glimpse of “Overly Attached Girlfriend” was inspired.

    • Steve Davis - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Right. Galaxy only in the short version. Have to wait to see that one on TV (or maybe it gets posted on YouTube or whatever.)

  3. Orlando G Gonzales III - Jan 2, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    For those who are interested…the shorter Google Zeitgeist 2012 commercial featuring the LA Galaxy hoisting the MLS Cup!

    • joeyt360 - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      It’s very brief, but it’s at 1:01 in that clip. When watching in real time on TV, all I noticed that I saw was a celebration that looked kinda ‘soccerish’ (uniforms, trophy looked more like soccer than typical US sports). Wasn’t on long enough to process what it was, even though I saw it twice.

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