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Must-See Commercial: Michael Bradley and Totti

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  • JJ's Shin

    I think he already was, but this officially makes MB my new man crush. Sorry Clint.


  • utep miners soccer

    Wow it looks like mr.bradley is staying put at roma. By the way,i thought this video was going to be a brazzers video :)


  • leftcoastmetro

    That’s great. It also riffs on Totti’s reputation for being hard to understand (he has a strong Roman accent).

    All you man-crushees, also note that he’s playing in an hour (Monday Seria A game), and based on reports from practice he’s probably starting in a new 3-5-2 formation Roma is trying out.


      • jg

        I think it’s just “Si, ti saluto,” here more or less: “Riiiight. Later, dude.”


    • pancholama

      If you look closely at the end of the commercial, there is a black screen listing the special features of the VW, advertising amongst other things, a rear parking sensor system,
      “sensori posteriore di parcheggio” = rear parking sensor, – the word he is pronouncing in Italian is – “parcheggio” = parking.


    • leftcoastmetro

      Italians (and I speak as one) have a stereotype of the American coming in and taking charge, probably starting with Patton and postwar administration by the Allies. Bradley, as a midfield enforcer, with the bald head and even the name of a WWII general (Bradley), and his friendly-but-serious aura in interviews really fits this stereotype like a glove. So hell yeah, if he becomes a permananet starter again and if Roma makes noise climbing closer to the top of Serie A he’s going to be very marketable in all of Italy.

      As a side note, Lalas was extremely marketable in Italy, far beyond his merits on the soccer field (though he certainly didn’t embarrass himself as a defender in a 3rd-tier Serie A team). Though I don’t know what kind of sponsorships he had, I often saw him on Sunday variety shows and whatnot. He played to a separate Italian stereotype of Americans – the guitar-wielding hippie. And Scooby Doo was showing on Italian TV back then, and I certainly always thought of Shaggy when I saw him.


      • Haddo

        Thats a funny insight into how Italians percieve American social roles in Europe. Who knew? Except Italians.


      • GW

        Funny you should mention Lalas and Shaggy in the same breath.

        That is what I thought of the first time I saw Alexi.I still think of Scooby Doo when I see Lalas.


  • Frank

    MB in the starting 11 for Roma today. Feeling a goal for some reason and then an angry celebration in which he screams and gets tackled by his teammates.


  • Michael F. SBI Mafia Oriinal

    Has he been benched recently? I haven’t followed him the last few weeks since his coach was sacked.


    • leftcoastmetro

      He’s been a 30-minute sub fairly often, but generally not a starter. It’s tactical, not an issue of the coach having ever said anything negative about him. They do have a lot of midfield talent.


      • Mig

        It is a tough spot for him or for any d-mid. Given his role in the middle, it is justifiable to make a change given how bad their defending is. However, in the games I’ve seen, he is doing what he is supposed to do and handles his area of responsibility very well. But the fact remains that something is needed to stop the bleeding there. Maybe this new formation will help them.


      • leftcoastmetro

        My Lord, I can see what you mean by bad Roma defending… they ought to be down 4-0 after 20 minutes.


  • danny

    I don’t think its right to say that he’s generally not been a starter. Many of the times he hasn’t started was arguably due to injury (recently coming back from injury) or returning from traveling for international play. But yes, there’s been times when for tactical reasons he did not start, but even then he was usually subbed in.


  • J Dog

    Dan – have you seen the hair on his dad? He should prob continue to be the Bald Eagle


  • Brett

    Can anyone transcribe the one where he speaks only Italian with the 2 players?


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