Considering there was quite a bit of baseball, golf and various forms of racing happening this weekend, I was super excited every time I sat in front of the TV and there was international soccer on both ESPN and ESPN2.
The Confederations Cup is going on in South Africa. This is a tournament that happens every four years, the year before the World Cup. It pits the previous WC Champion against the winners of the various FIFA Confederations. Wikidpedia gives us this handy chart:
|South Africa||CAF||2010 FIFA World Cup host||2nd|
|Italy||UEFA||2006 FIFA World Cup winners||1st|
|United States||CONCACAF||2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners||4th|
|Brazil||CONMEBOL||Copa América 2007 winners||6th|
|Iraq||AFC||2007 AFC Asian Cup winners||1st|
|Egypt||CAF||2008 African Cup of Nations winners||2nd|
|Spain||UEFA||UEFA Euro 2008 winners||1st|
|New Zealand||OFC||2008 OFC Nations Cup winners||3rd|
So to celebrate , let’s check out some of the beautiful men who played the beautiful game this weekend.
We’ll start with the teams who have not advanced to the semi-finals.
First up, meet Hani Said for Egypt.
Next we’ve got the men of the Italian Soccer Team with an ad for Dolce & Gabbana
L-R: Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro, Gennaro Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta, Manuele Blasi
There were more than a few New Zealand boys that caught my eye. Meet Steven Old:
And this is Jeremy Christie
Lastly, no look at New Zealanders is complete without a pic of them doing the Haka.
Not sure who this is in the front, but he’s about four shades darker than anyone else on the team! Look at those pale, shirtless boys. Oily McAbs up front there is a bit too pretty for me, but I know he’ll give some of you readers sweet dreams.
Meet Iraqi goalies Mohammed Kassid (L) and Noor Sabri (R). Why yes, I do like goalies, why do you ask?
Now for the team advancing to the semi-finals.
I know how you readers like dirty boys, so I’m giving you Brazil goalie Julio Cesar
When it comes to the Spanish soccer team, you know I’m going to post Fernando Torres. Plus, he (alongside teammate David Villa) is leading the tournament with three goals.
But for the rest of you who don’t share my love, here’s Cesc Fabregas
The U.S. Team got in by the skin of their teeth with a 3-0 win over Egypt. I decided to go with some of the newer, lesser-known hotties of the US National Team
If you haven’t already, meet the chest and abs of Oguchi Onyewu
Here’s Jonathan Spector
And my new favorite, Benny Fielhaber
Those eyes – that scruff (sorry boyfriend!)
And lastly, from host nation South Africa, we have Bryce Moon
And Katlego Mphela
I almost included goalie Bryan Baloyi, but thought my goalie fetish had gone far enough.