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TOP 10 All Time Hottest Italian Soccer Players



In light of the upcoming Euro 2008 Championships in which Italy’s national soccer team is playing (and favored, at least by some, to win), I thought I’d introduce a lighter side of the sport for those of you who aren’t so terribly interested in the yellow cards or offside calls. I’m calling it: Italy’s hottest footballers.

Just so you know, I’m admitting right up front that this is a biased list. Your choice for #1 Italian soccer hottie might not have made my list, but that’s just it - it’s my list. Of course, your suggestions are welcome in the comments, because I’m also admitting that I haven’t seen every single Italian footballer so I might have missed someone who’s completely worthy of being included here.

At any rate, here are my picks for my top 10 hot Italian footballers (and that means it doesn’t matter who they play for, as long as they’re Italian). They’re not in any real order, except I’ve reserved my pick for #1 for last. The teams each guy plays for are in parentheses after his name. Oh, and there’s a special surprise treat at the bottom of this post. Well, it’s a treat for anyone who likes seeing beautiful men in their underwear, anyway. The rest of you might want to look away.
  • finiMichele Fini (Cagliari) - There’s something about Fini that makes me think every time I see him play, “He should be a model for Armani suits or something.” I don’t know what it is. It’s like I don’t expect him to be a footballer, I expect him to be a business man. No matter, he’s hot either way in my book.









  • pazziniGiampaolo Pazzini (Fiorentina) - Pazzini has this annoying habit of parting his hair down the middle for games (though perhaps it starts out kind of spiked in a faux-hawk like in this picture, I have no idea), but despite that slight personality flaw I still think he’s a hottie.







  • derosaGaetano De Rosa (Genoa) - Don’t even bring up that he was born in Germany, people, because according to his bio page on the Genoa website he’s an Italian national. And that (in addition to his good looks) is enough for me.








  • gattusoGennaro Gattuso (AC Milan) - While I do sometimes wonder how a man who looks so very hairy can have such a pristinely smooth chest, I still have a very soft spot in my heart for “Rino” (especially when his beard is trimmed properly so that it doesn’t look like it’s about to take over his face).





  • delpieroAlessandro Del Piero (Juventus) - Not only is he hot, Del Piero’s been a goal-scoring machine of late, so that’s an added bonus. I said goal-scoring machine, folks - he’s married. Sheesh.








  • tottiFrancesco Totti (Roma) - I hear that Totti is something of a household joke throughout Italy for reportedly not being very bright. There is, I’m told, a whole series of jokes where Totti is basically the punchline. However, when he’s on form he’s an absolute magician on the pitch. And of course he’s easy on the eyes, which doesn’t hurt. (This is an old picture - his hair is quite short now - but I think those pecs are pretty up-to-date.)





  • toniLuca Toni (Bayern Munich) - Toni left Fiorentina not long ago to play for a German team. He looks here like he’s wondering if we forgive him for leaving his Italian team, doesn’t he? Well, the answer, Luca, is - yes, yes we do. Wait, what was the question?









  • cannavaroFabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid) - Ummm, yeah. I’m just not sure anything more needs to be said here, which is good, because I’m kind of at a loss for words. The only thing I can think of to say is, “Throw in!”










  • maldiniPaolo Maldini (AC Milan) - Whatever the question is, Paolo, the answer is yes. A thousand times yes.












  • pirloAndrea Pirlo (AC Milan) - Pirlo is, without a doubt, my #1 Italian footballer hottie. I adore Pirlo so much that my husband has taken to saying, “your boyfriend is on” every time Pirlo appears onscreen during a televised Milan match. (Yes, I have a tolerant husband.) And now that I know D&G put out this calendar, I’m really annoyed that I didn’t pick up a copy while we were in Milan earlier this year!






So, you may have noticed that there’s an abundance of AC Milan players on the list, yes? Well, since I’m an AC Milan fan, I thought I’d give some love to my team. Also, since I watch more of their matches than other teams, I’m more familiar with the Milan players. Which is, again, why I say you’re welcome to send me your picks for who should be included on a list of the hottest Italian footballers. I may not agree with you, but in the end that’s a good thing - if we all drooled over the same few guys, that wouldn’t be very original. Besides, then only a few guys would be covered in drool. And that’d actually be kind of gross.

And now for your special treat - more Italian footballer hotness! See, after Italy won the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Dolce & Gabbana ran a series of ads using five of the Italian players as models. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about that fact alone, as many footballers have relatively regular gigs as fashion models on the side. But these ads were noteworthy, as you’ll soon see. They featured three of the fellows I’ve got on my list above, and two others (consider that a bonus).

So, in case you missed these back in 2006, here they are in all their glory for you to enjoy.
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Ooh, isn’t that sweet - showing off the Italian colors right after winning the World Cup! (Notice how Zambrotta and Blasi, clearly taller than the other three, have to stand with their feet further apart so they don’t tower over them. Or maybe they put Rino on a box.)


L-R: Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta (FC Barcelona), Manuele Blasi (Napoli)

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Ooh! Ooh! After I posted this I found yet another in the D&G series. Yay me! Yay for you!

L-R: Gianluca Zambrotta (seated on floor), Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Manuele Blasi, Gennaro Gattuso

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And now for something a little more threatening, to ward of anyone who might think they could beat us in 2010, let’s go with black. My only issue with this picture is that Pirlo is shoved into the background. No one puts Pirlo in a corner!


L-R: Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Manuele Blasi

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Ah, color! Lovely.

L-R: Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Fabio Cannavaro, Manuele Blasi

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How does Gattuso always end up in the middle in these pictures?

L-R: Manuele Blasi, Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Gianluca Zambrotta
But wait, there’s more!

While hunting down those D&G shots, I found other Italian footballers who had performed similar skivvy-modeling duties for the fashion house. These names might not be as familiar to me, but what they’re selling certainly is.
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L-R: Antonio di Natale (Udinese), David di Michele (Torino), Fabio Grosso (Olympique Lyonnais), Massimo Oddo (AC Milan), Marco Amelia (Livorno)


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L-R: Antonio di Natale, David di Michele, Fabio Grosso, Marco Amelia, Massimo Oddo


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L-R: Antonio di Natale, David di Michele, Marco Amelia (on the table), Massimo Oddo, Fabio Grosso


Who are your favorite Italian footballers? Leave a reply in the comments below to share. And if you’d like to see the Italian equivalent on the female side of things, look no further than my post about the hottest Italian women who are dating or married to soccer players!

Gregory Mertens, belgium U21 player, dies after collapse during match

The 24-year-old Lokeren defender was treated on the pitch during the first half of Monday's reserve-team game with Genk but did not recover after time in hospital on a life-support machine.

A club statement said: "The medical staff have done everything to save Gregory, but they finally had to acknowledge their impotence.




"Gregory passed away at around 16:30."




The former Belgium Under-21 international's condition had worsened since he was taken to hospital in Genk, with doctors giving him little chance of survival.

On Thursday his family agreed his life support should be switched off.

Lokeren say that the exact nature of Mertens's heart condition has yet to be established.

But he passed all pre-season health tests required by Europe's football governing body Uefa, and was judged to be one of the fittest players at his club.


He joined Lokeren in January 2014 from Cercle Brugge and played 15 league games this season, as well as featuring against Hull City in the Europa League in August.

The club statement continued: "Gregory was only one and a half years at the club, but in that short time his quiet modesty made him an indispensable person.

"Now we will have to learn to live with the loss."



Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba  , who survived after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing against Tottenham in 2012, said: "Horrible news that Gregory Mertens has passed away, only 24 years old. #RIP."


Belgium and Everton forward Romelu Lukaku  added: "Rest In Peace Gregory Mertens ... Gone too soon. Life is crazy sometimes man... One day you're here next day you're gone."

Lokeren's Pro League game with Westerlo will go ahead on Friday, with the club and fans preparing to pay their respects to the defender.

It is understood that the Belgium Football Federation plans to mark all matches on Friday with a minute's silence. 

Portaluppi Carolina new WAG for Neymar?

Neymar has a new girlfriend, a Brazilian model, daughter of a former football?


The media in Brazil coupled Neymar with a new girlfriend.

Barcelona star has stolen the heart of the Brazilian Portaluppi Carolina, 23-year-old, the daughter of former international Renato carioca "Gaucho" Portaluppi.


Neymar is the father of a boy, Davi Lucca, aged four years. The child's mother, has 21 years and is no more in relationship with Neymar.







Renato Gaúcho jogando na praia de Ipanema (Foto: Gil Rodrigues / Foto Rio News) Fonte: Globo.com Ego noticias

WAG Erika Choperena and Antoine Griezmann



WAGs of the Copa America 2015

#Andreína Fiallo, #Antonella Roccuzzo, #Carol Cabrino, #Chiara Picone, #Daniela Collet, #Karin Jiménez, #Lorelei Taron, #Vanessa Martins, #copa america wags, #south america wags
Beautiful and supportive of their husbands/boyfriends, no international competition is complete without the WAGs, here are some of the best from this years Copa America…

WAG Carol Cabrino – Marquinhos
Carol Cabrino is a young Brazilian singer.
Just 19 years old, she met the Parisian defender through social media.
“We became friends and decided one day to meet in Brazil” she told Brazilian website UOL “And at first glance, it was love at first sight.”
Chiara Picone – Javier Pastore
 
Javier Pastore really hit the top corner with this WAG. The Argentine has been in a relationship with the beautiful Chiara Picone for nearly five years.
She is currently pregnant, and will give birth to the first child of the PSG man soon.
Vanessa Martins – Willian
Vanessa Martins, is a lawyer and the wife of the Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian.
The couple got married in 2011, four years after they had met.
The couple also gave birth to twins, Manuella and Valentina, born on February 9, 2012.

WAG Daniela Collet – Eduardo Vargas
Daniela Collet is the girlfriend of Eduardo Vargas, often called “Edu”. The Chilean striker spent last season with Queens Park Rangers, where he was on loan.
After a difficult season which ended in relegation, no doubt the presence of his beautiful companion will help him shine in the Copa America.
WAG Andreína Fiallo – Fredy Guarin
The beautiful Colombian is married to Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin. The two reside in Italy where Guarin plays his football, and they have two children, Daniel Alejandro Guarin Fiallo (born May 2005) and Danna Fernanda Guarín Fiallo (born 18 February 2011).
WAG Karin Jiménez – Santiago Arías
Karin Jiménez is a Colombian model born in 1991, who is married to Colombian defender, Santiago Arías.
The couple reside in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, were Arias plays for PSV. The two married in 2013, both at the age of 21.
WAG Antonella Roccuzzo – Lionel Messi
 
Although they have known each other for many years, it was not until 2009 that the couple formalized their relationship, she gave birth to their son, Thiago, in 2012.

A former student in nutritional science, the Argentine is also a fashion model in her spare time.
A loyal supporter of her husband, we can regularly see her in the stands of the Nou Camp.

 WAG Lorelei Taron – Radamel Falcao

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Top WAGs of the Copa America 2015

Beautiful and supportive of their husbands/boyfriends, no international competition is complete without the WAGs, here are some of the best from this years Copa America...


WAG Carol Cabrino - Marquinhos

Carol Cabrino is a young Brazilian singer.
Just 19 years old, she met the Parisian defender through social media.

“We became friends and decided one day to meet in Brazil” she told Brazilian website UOL “And at first glance, it was love at first sight.”

Chiara Picone - Javier Pastore

Javier Pastore really hit the top corner with this WAG. The Argentine has been in a relationship with the beautiful Chiara Picone for nearly five years.

She is currently pregnant, and will give birth to the first child of the PSG man soon.


Vanessa Martins - Willian
Vanessa Martins, is a lawyer and the wife of the Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian.
The couple got married in 2011, four years after they had met.

The couple also gave birth to twins, Manuella and Valentina, born on February 9, 2012.

WAG Daniela Collet - Eduardo Vargas
Daniela Collet is the girlfriend of Eduardo Vargas, often called “Edu”. The Chilean striker spent last season with Queens Park Rangers, where he was on loan.

After a difficult season which ended in relegation, no doubt the presence of his beautiful companion will help him shine in the Copa America.

WAG Andreína Fiallo - Fredy Guarin

The beautiful Colombian is married to Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin. The two reside in Italy where Guarin plays his football, and they have two children, Daniel Alejandro Guarin Fiallo (born May 2005) and Danna Fernanda Guarín Fiallo (born 18 February 2011).

WAG Karin Jiménez - Santiago Arías
Karin Jiménez is a Colombian model born in 1991, who is married to Colombian defender, Santiago Arías.

The couple reside in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, were Arias plays for PSV. The two married in 2013, both at the age of 21.

WAG Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi

Although they have known each other for many years, it was not until 2009 that the couple formalized their relationship, she gave birth to their son, Thiago, in 2012.

A former student in nutritional science, the Argentine is also a fashion model in her spare time.


A loyal supporter of her husband, we can regularly see her in the stands of the Nou Camp.
WAG Lorelei Taron - Radamel Falcao

Top WAGs of the Copa America 2015

Beautiful and supportive of their husbands/boyfriends, no international competition is complete without the WAGs, here are some of the best from this years Copa America...


WAG Carol Cabrino - Marquinhos

Carol Cabrino is a young Brazilian singer.
Just 19 years old, she met the Parisian defender through social media.

“We became friends and decided one day to meet in Brazil” she told Brazilian website UOL “And at first glance, it was love at first sight.”

Chiara Picone - Javier Pastore

Javier Pastore really hit the top corner with this WAG. The Argentine has been in a relationship with the beautiful Chiara Picone for nearly five years.

She is currently pregnant, and will give birth to the first child of the PSG man soon.


Vanessa Martins - Willian
Vanessa Martins, is a lawyer and the wife of the Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian.
The couple got married in 2011, four years after they had met.

The couple also gave birth to twins, Manuella and Valentina, born on February 9, 2012.

WAG Daniela Collet - Eduardo Vargas
Daniela Collet is the girlfriend of Eduardo Vargas, often called “Edu”. The Chilean striker spent last season with Queens Park Rangers, where he was on loan.

After a difficult season which ended in relegation, no doubt the presence of his beautiful companion will help him shine in the Copa America.

WAG Andreína Fiallo - Fredy Guarin

The beautiful Colombian is married to Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin. The two reside in Italy where Guarin plays his football, and they have two children, Daniel Alejandro Guarin Fiallo (born May 2005) and Danna Fernanda Guarín Fiallo (born 18 February 2011).

WAG Karin Jiménez - Santiago Arías
Karin Jiménez is a Colombian model born in 1991, who is married to Colombian defender, Santiago Arías.

The couple reside in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, were Arias plays for PSV. The two married in 2013, both at the age of 21.

WAG Antonella Roccuzzo - Lionel Messi

Although they have known each other for many years, it was not until 2009 that the couple formalized their relationship, she gave birth to their son, Thiago, in 2012.

A former student in nutritional science, the Argentine is also a fashion model in her spare time.


A loyal supporter of her husband, we can regularly see her in the stands of the Nou Camp.
WAG Lorelei Taron - Radamel Falcao

Top 10 Best-Selling Sports Books

Do you still read books or only internet news?
According to The New York Times, here are the best selling sports books:
Trying to decide what to read on the beach this holiday weekend? Here are the best-selling sports books in May 2015, according to the New York Times best-seller list.
1. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown (Penguin). The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and its quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
2. UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House). An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II; now a movie.
3. MY FIGHT / YOUR FIGHT by Ronda Rousey with Maria Burns Ortiz (Regan Arts). An Olympic judo medalist and Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion and Hollywood celebrity tells her story.
4. H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald (Grove/Atlantic Inc.). A British woman who is also a lifelong falconer raises a fierce goshawk, rekindling the spirit of an Arthurian sport as she reflects and quotes from T. H. White’s book “The Goshawk.”
5. PEDRO by Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Memoir from an eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion pitcher.
6. THE JOURNEY HOME by Jorge Posada (Dey Street/HarperCollins). A former Yankees catcher tells his story, from the ball fields of Puerto Rico to behind home plate at Yankee Stadium.
7. THE A SWING by David Leadbetter with Ron Kaspriske (St. Martin’s). A golf instructor shares the evolution of his swing theories.
8. NATURAL BORN HEROES by Christopher McDougall (Knopf).Scrutinizing historical and contemporary figures, the author of “Born to Run” discusses what makes a hero and what fitness techniques we can learn from some of them.
9. TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen (Simon & Schuster). A biography that takes another look at a controversial outfielder who died in 1961.
10. EVERY DAY I FIGHT by Stuart Scott with Larry Platt (Blue Rider). A memoir by an ESPN anchor and commentator who died of cancer in January.
And One . . .
11. BIG DATA BASEBALL by Travis Sawchik (Flatiron). The end of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 20-year streak of losing seasons came in 2013 when the team adopted big-data strategies.
What is your opinion?

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