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Q: Google Answers Nike ad ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Google Answers Nike ad
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: markabe-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 14 Oct 2002 20:02 PDT
Expires: 13 Nov 2002 19:02 PST
Question ID: 76661
There was an excellent ad for Nike that aired in the late 90’s. It had
the World soccer team (consisting of international players from
different countries) playing a demon soccer team.

It went for about two minutes and ended with a French striker bidding
"au revoir" before kicking a goal straight through the body of the
demon goalkeeper.

Where can I find a copy of this ad on the internet?

Request for Question Clarification by arcadesdude-ga on 15 Oct 2002 11:04 PDT
Could this one

or this one

be the ad you are looking for?

(You can watch them online.)

I only have dialup access so the picture is choppy for me but the
first one seems to show something exploding out from someone and it's
definatly a soccer commercial by Nike although I'm not sure If it is
the one you are looking for.

Clarification of Question by markabe-ga on 15 Oct 2002 22:13 PDT
arcadesdude-ga, the two commercials you mentioned are the latest ads
from Nike. Although they are not the one I am thinking of, they are
notable for helping to create the world number 1 hit "A Little Less
Conversation" by Elvis vs. JXL.

pinkfreud-ga, at least now I know what the official name of the ad is,
and I didn't know the director was Tarsem (Losing My Religion was one
of the best music videos I have ever seen).

However, I am not familiar with, is there an actual site
where it can be downloaded from?
Subject: Re: Google Answers Nike ad
Answered By: nauster-ga on 16 Oct 2002 00:38 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I found it with the following Google search:
nike "good vs evil" download

A .mov file of the whole commercial is on the first page of the Soccer
Commercials Page. You will need Quicktime installed in order to play


Special recognition to pinkfreud for the vital assist!
markabe-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Yes! What a team effort! Well done to all!

Subject: Re: Google Answers Nike ad
From: pinkfreud-ga on 15 Oct 2002 11:32 PDT
I couldn't find the ad onine, but I found a series of newsgroup posts
discussing it:

Here is a bit of info about the ad:

"I still think Nike's Good versus Evil is one of the best football ads
of all time, but Tarsem made that six years ago. As far as I can see,
Nike is still doing the same thing in their ads, repeating the same
formula of hiring in some expensive football stars and having them
kick a ball around.

The iconic Good versus Evil ad, which saw a team of footballing greats
captained by Eric Cantona pit their skills in combat against a team of
demons and monsters, was made in 1996 and kick-started the current
trend for ads that bring together the biggest footballing stars of the

On the creation of the demonic goalkeeper:

The "Good versus Evil" ad was directed by Tarsem Dhandwhar, who also
directed REM's "Losing My Religion" video and Jennifer Lopez's movie
"The Cell."

Sorry if my remarks seem like a whole lotta nothin', but I was
frustrated by being unable to find the ad for you, and when I am
frustrated I tend to talk a lot. ;-)

One last frustrated remark: this ad can be downloaded from Kazaa,
where it is listed under the title "Nike - Good vs. Evil."


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