Arsenal Opt For Ballet In New Car Advert, But From Kevin Keegan To Gary Lineker, Here's 7 Awful Football Adverts (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 11/04/2012 16:26 Updated: 11/04/2012 16:27

Arsenal's balletic quartet star in a lavish advert for Citroen to the soundtrack of Swan Lake, although the commercial's footwork stumbles when the incongruous Martin Keown shows up.

So commercialised is football in the 21st century that there is always the odd advert which so humiliates its subjects that they look as awkward as David Beckham acting.

Whereas the Gunners got away with it via some fine choreography and soothing music, others have been less fortunate.

So here is a rundown of some of football's sponsor adverts in years gone by...

GARETH SOUTHGATE, STUART PEARCE & CHRIS WADDLE AND PIZZA HUT, 1996
Two of England's 12-yard chokers unite to take the p**s out of their latest alumni, Gareth Southgate, shortly after Euro 96. In this day and age, Twitter would have gone into meltdown at Three Lions representatives capitalising on their own failure.

KEVIN KEEGAN AND THE HONEY MONSTER, 1996
King Kev, back in the heyday of flairs and street football, featured in a vigilant Green Cross Code advert (and Brut). Fast-forward a couple of years and he was introducing the Honey Monster as an inspired substitute.

You have to suspend your belief of course. Newcastle winning at Wembley? Bah!

IAN WRIGHT AND CHICKEN TONIGHT, 1998
Why didn't they just hire Chris Eubank?

MANCHESTER UNITED, TURKISH AIRLINES (2010)
Ah, the curse of the Turkish Airlines ad. This had a voodoo effect on almost every United player who featured in the poor-man's Brazil airline themed commercial after it aired. Anderson still could not fulfil potential that has been missing since he arrived at Old Trafford in 2007, John O'Shea and Gabriel Obertan left in the summer, Da Silva twins Rafael and Fabio were often injured, Darron Gibson departed in January, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra had their worst seasons at the club, former vagrant Bebe was shipped out on loan, Darren Fletcher succumbed to ulcerative colitis and Wayne Rooney lost form. Even Paul Scholes and Edwin van der Sar retired while Dimitar Berbatov is now off in the summer.

BLACKBURN ROVERS AND VENKY'S, 2011
From the appalling acting to the casual religion to the obvious joke (David Dunn, he's fat), this is unimaginably bad in every way possible. And the food isn't even a redeeming feature.

GARY LINEKER AND WALKERS, 2011
There are so many Lineker-Walker adverts to loathe, but this is so cringe-inducing it makes you very very angry that a football presenter is getting paid for this.

LUIS FIGO AND JUST FOR MEN, 2011
At least this beats badly-dubbed English-for-American alternatives Blighty has previously been treated to. But how big is that football?

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