With award season approaching, we think it makes sense to award and recognise something. I wasn't sure what to award at first, but then I remembered that I have seen some absolutely top-notch football-related adverts this year. Following the initial voting in the Getafe scouting report, it has now been narrowed down to a final four shortlist of the best football-related adverts released in 2014 and it will be for you to vote and decide on the winner. As you expect, the competition is fierce, and some adverts, such as Beats by Dr Dre, Arsenal's family Europcar, the McDonald's and Adidas World Cup ones have just missed out on the final shortlist.
The first nominee is Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Volvo advert or "an experience", as a friend of mine aptly and correctly put it. Amazing from beginning to end. It's in Swedish but with English subtitles. It features Zlatan's family; his sons Vincent and Maximillian, and wife Helena. The song is the traditional Swedish national anthem. Epic.
Nominee number one. https://t.co/GlJV1R9Wfu— Ahmed Shahin (@AhmedShahin_AS) December 13, 2014
The second nominee is Nike's "The Last Game" advert. Nike's "Winner Stays" also narrowly missed out. I thought the animation was a step above. Unique and fantastic all-round and a great story to boot.
Nominee number two. https://t.co/MxGnwCPX0Y— Ahmed Shahin (@AhmedShahin_AS) December 13, 2014
The third nomination goes to the Chilean miners World Cup 2014 advert. It adds real emotion and a human touch to things. It is really well put together and puts everything into perspective. Powerful stuff.
Nominee number three. https://t.co/yHovQq0UlW— Ahmed Shahin (@AhmedShahin_AS) December 13, 2014
The fourth nominee is a Spanish national team one created by Movistar. It's another top-quality one. I haven't found a subtitled version, but the images speak louder than words. Spain stars Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Santi Cazorla, Pepe Reina and Juanfran are all given a makeover to disguise themselves before they go off to work with ordinary people in a variety of different professions.
Nominee number four. https://t.co/LUIiZsgEUN— Ahmed Shahin (@AhmedShahin_AS) December 13, 2014
That's it! Let us know what you think and don't forget to vote!