Adidas' Grassroots 'Tango Squad' Gatecrashes Real Madrid's Training Ground in Brand's Soccer Spot

Marcelo and Zinedine Zidane Star Alongside Real-Life Young Players

Published On
Sep 13, 2017

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A new ad from Adidas Football sees players from the brand's "Tango Squad" of grassroots influencers break into the Real Madrid training ground and have a kickabout at night.

The punchy, energetic spot, set to "Whatever I Want" by Sterling Hayes, and including footage shot with night vision goggles, sees the rebellious crew duck barriers, admire the club's trophies and get chased by a golf buggy that turns out to contain Real Madrid player Marcelo. Rather than kicking them out, he joins in with their game, and we cut to Zinedine Zidane, the legendary French player and now Real Madrid manager, watching the action on CCTV with a rather inscrutable expression.

Adidas set up the Tango Squad community in 2016 to encourage already soccer-obsessive, socially connected 16-19 year olds to get involved with brand; the cast of the ad features members from the U.K. Spain, Mexico, France, Germany and Italy.

The idea, and the title of the ad, is that "Creativity Gets You Noticed," and it forms part of the wider Adidas "Here to Create"-themed campaign celebrating creativity in sport. The spot was created by 72andSunny Amsterdam and directed by Iconoclast's Paul Geusebroek, with VFX by MPC.

It's fun stuff bound to appeal to a young audience--although, we presume aspiring soccer legends thinking of breaking into Real Madrid to get noticed will face rather a sterner welcome in real life.


Sep 13, 2017
Brand :
Adidas Football
Client :
Adidas Football
Agency :
Global Vice President, Global Communications :
Ryan Morlan
Senior Director, Global Brand Communications :
Lia Stierwalt
Director, Global Brand Communications :
Kate Boltin
r Manager of Global Brand Communications :
Adam Daysh
Vice President, Brand Communications :
Florian Alt
Senior Manager of Brand Communications :
James Thexton
Senior Producer of Global Creative Shoot and Production :
Penny Pijnenburg
Senior Manager, Creative Shoot and Production :
Meagen Moore
Music :
Daniel Cross
Chief Co-Chairman/Founder :
Glenn Cole
Executive Creative Director :
Stuart Harkness
Executive Creative Director :
Carlo Cavallone
Managing Director :
Nic Owen
Group Creative Director :
Frank Hahn
Creative Director :
Emiliano Trierveiler
Writer :
Emiliano Trierveiler
Creative Director :
Simon Schmitt
Designer :
Simon Schmitt
Writer :
Carlyle Garrick
Designer :
David Jung
Chief Production Officer :
Tom Dunlap
Director, Production :
Stephanie Oakley
Executive Film Producer :
Jim Haight
Senior Producer :
Neil Henry
Film Producer :
Matt Marty
Group Brand Director :
Bassam Abdel-Rahman
Brand Director :
Audrey Huber
Senior Brand Manager :
Scott Swindler
Brand Coordinator :
Sofia Somoza
Brand Coordinator :
Alejandra Arbiol
Partnerships and Legal Senior Manager :
Sabina Gorini
Director, Strategy :
Heather Lewis
Production Company :
Director :
Paul Geusebroek
Executive Producer :
Charlotte Marmion
Managing Director :
Mourad Belkeddar
Managing Director :
Nicolas Lhermitte
Line Producer :
Juliet Naylor
Director Assistant :
Damien Hope
Production Manager :
Lucy Tate
Director, Photography :
Max Goldman
Choreographer :
Mike Delaney
Football Skills Specialist :
Sean Garnier
Social Shooter :
Jasper Faber
Edit Company :
Editor :
Leila Sarraf
Assistant Editor :
Magdalena Plugowska
Producer :
Jemma Daniel
Producer :
Harriet Cawley
Color :
Colorist :
Finishing :
Lead Flame Artist :
Dirk Riesenfeld
Producer :
Kayleigh Dugdale
Producer :
Gwenn Hardouin
Graphic Visual Effects :
Machine Molle
Visual Effects Supervisor :
Jean Francois Fontaine
Graphics :
Loic Blondeau Maeva Losengo
Producer :
Celine Goriot
Production Assistant :
Marine Ligouzat
Record/Mix /Sound Design :
Wave Studios
Mixer :
Ed Downham
Assistant Mixer :
Juan Thummler
Producer :
Ben Tomlin
Producer :
Mirjam Gevers
Producer Assistant :
Estelle Papougnot
Featured :
Zinedine Zidane
Featured :
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior
Featured :
Amar Cekic
Featured :
Mickael Larade
Featured :
Brice Nanou
Featured :
Carlos Omabegho
Featured :
Riccardo Basilico
Featured :
Seun Areoye
Featured :
Jose Luis Ayala
Featured :
Sergio Sanchez
Featured :
Cedric Banzi
Featured :
Karim Mallen

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