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Ad of the Day: McDonald's Films the Craziest Soccer Trick Shots Ever … and They're Real


For every big-budget advertising opus timed to the World Cup (I'm looking at you, Nike and Samsung), there are always a few real gems that don't show any soccer stars at all. 

McDonald's and DDB Chicago bring us a case in point with "Gol!", the chain's two-minute celebration of trick shots, fancy footwork and surprising skill. Created largely to drive traffic to the brand's augmented reality game built around specially redesigned fries packaging, the ad itself is a charming display of largely unknown talent drawn from around the world. 

While many YouTube commenters are quick to dismiss the shots as fake, the creators assure us it's absolutely legit. "I can confirm there was no CGI used on the film," a spokesperson for DDB said. "It was definitely all trick shots by those people."

A few of the more noteworthy appearances come from dextrous Argentine model Fiorella Castillo (the woman in the black dress and heels) and the multisport trick shotters from How Ridiculous. What's especially refreshing for such a product-driven brand is what you don't see: hamburgers.

Client: McDonald's

Agency: DDB Chicago
Executive Creative Director, DDB Chicago: Tony Malcolm
Executive Creative Director, Europe & APMEA: Richard Russell
SVP Creative Director, Art Director: Alex Braxton
SVP Creative Director, Copywriter: Alistair Robertson
VP Creative Director, Copywriter: Geoff McCartney
Associate Creative Director, Art Director: Warren Frost
Executive Director of Integrated Production: Diane Jackson
VP Executive Producer: Jon Ellis
Production Manager: Kelly Lenthe
SVP Global Group Account Director: Tom Browning
Account Executive: John Somerville

Agency: The Marketing Store
Executive Creative Director: Chris Schipke
VP Creative Director: Julio Desir
Art Directors: Zulema Orozco, Alice Xiao
Art Buyer: Peter Javier
Account: Ed Lancaster, Meredith Cull, Kathleen Ryan
Strategy: Burr Gavin
Brand Partnerships: Steve Perlman
Production: Smuggler
Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Editorial: Whitehouse
Post Editor: Matthew Wood
Assistant Editor: Caleb Hepler
Executive Producer: Dan Bryant
Producer: Dawn Guzowski

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