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SOURCE Sports Trading Club Ltd
LONDON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
- World Cup Angel of Doom Mick Jagger attends Brazil-Germany match, and Brazil lose 7-1 gifting the Sports Trading Club a $26 million winfall
The only concern the Sports Trading Club had last April when it placed its record $26 million wager that Brazil would not win the World Cup, was the fact that it has to overcome the Brazilian legend Pele and history. Pele was a legendary jinx, and had never been right in predicting the winner of the World Cup….ever.
But with the showdown between Brazil and Germany in the semi-final looming, help was on hand when it was revealed that Mick Jagger was predicting a Brazilian win.
Brazilians begged Mick Jagger not to support their team at this World Cup. He developed a reputation for cursing the teams he supported at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he was present for the elimination of England (his homeland), the U.S. (he attended with Bill Clinton) and Brazil (he has a Brazilian son with model Luciana Gimenez). But that turned out to be nothing compared to the horror he ushered in at the 2014 World Cup.
With the Rolling Stones on tour, Jagger could not attend the early rounds of this World Cup, but still afflicted teams with his tainted support from afar. At a concert in Rome, he predicted Italy would beat Uruguay to reach the knockout stage. Italy lost 1-0 and were eliminated. At a show in Lisbon, he predicted Portugal would win the tournament. Portugal also went out in the group stage. And when England played Uruguay, he tweeted "Let's go England! This is the one we win!!!" England lost and, like the others, failed to reach the knockout stage.
This prompted Brazilians to dub Jagger "pe frio" - a term for bad luck that translates to "cold foot."
Wearing an England hat to try and divert his curse to a team he's already doomed, Jagger attended the Brazil-Germany match with his son, who wore a Brazil shirt, and a group of other local supporters. And the result was emphatic enough to make a believer in occult out of anyone. Brazil lost 7-1, with five goals coming in the first 30 minutes of play - a new World Cup record. It was Brazil's widest margin of defeat ever. Not just in the World Cup. Ever. It was Brazil's first home loss in a competitive match since 1975. And to top it off, Germany's Miroslav Klose scored to overtake Brazilian Ronaldo all-time World Cup scoring record against Brazil and in Brazil.
This was the first match Jagger attended during this World Cup and it just so happened to be one of the worst losses in the history of the sport. Clearly his powers of destruction are only growing stronger.
"You can blame the absence of Neymar and Thiago Silva, you can blame Luiz Felipe Scolari's tactics, you can even blame Germany for being unrelenting, but this result was obviously all down to Mick Jagger, World Cup Angel of Doom," joked STC UK Communications Manager Patrick McMahon.
"We were always confident that Brazil were a huge risk and a great trade to make for them not to win the World Cup," Mr Mc Mahon said. "We traded them to lose $26 million at 4.0, but with Pele coming out and agreeing with us, we also had to overcome his historically poor judgments."
"When we heard that Mick Jagger had decided to support Brazil this week, we felt a great sense of relief," Mr. Mc Mahon said with a multi-million dollar smile.
The majority of the $26 million was wagered with http://www.betsports888.com the private betting club for multi-millionaire clients, and Betfair.
The Sports Trading Club also stands to win over $140 million if Germany win the World Cup, having traded them @ 8.0 at the start of the tournament.
Earlier this year the Sports Trading Club enjoyed a multi-million dollar win predicting Serena Williams and Novac Djokovic would fail in the Australian Open Tennis. It has also predicted Rafael Nadal will not win the French Open tennis final later this year.
The success at the World Cup has meant that Sports Trading Club has had to reevaluate its earlier forecasts that it will earn some 680 million Yuan ($110 million) this year.
The reasons for optimism includes spectacular success in Australia in 2013 where it enjoyed a 1,900 percent profit in its first year of operations.
Mr McMahon said the fundamental difference was that most on-line sports betting companies that make money do so by taking money from their clients. The Sports Trading Club takes a different approach and makes money for their clients.
The Sports Trading Club, (http://www.sportstradingclub.com) was predicted in December 2012 to be the rising star of 2013, and lived up to that confidence by becoming the top performer in any industry, with a eighteen-fold rise in return, meaning a $50,000 investment on the 1st January 2013 made a profit of over $900,000 one year later. A rise of over 1,900 per cent.
STC says that their success can also be attributed to the enjoyment and enthusiasm of its members and the experience of being a member of an exclusive club.
"They don't have to make the decision on what to trade, we do that but they are fully informed in advance of every trade we make, so they get the same level of excitement and enjoyment by watching the sporting event in real time," Mr McMahon said.
"The difference is they win and that is far more enjoyable than losing," he said.
The Sports Trading Club, which operates as a private investors group in England, allowed the general public to become members in Australia in 2013 and is now expanding throughout Asia.
Its success in 2013 has sent a clear message to investors that trading on sports and prediction markets is an emerging industry to rival traditional financial markets.
"Our move to Australia has proven to be astute. A person who invested $50,000 on January 1 of last has seen that grow to $958,000," Patrick McMahon said.
"We don't gamble, we trade," he said. "At the Sports Trading Club we make money out of other people's mistakes. When one side gambles, and the other trades, it is like owning the casino, you make money even whilst you sleep."
"This is an exciting emerging market and growing at an unprecedented rate, making it the fastest growing sector of e-commerce in the world today," he said.
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch predict that by 2015 the on-line sports market will be worth over $512 billion a year.
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