The Spaniards will be playing for their first championship on Sunday, but after their first game, a stunning defeat at the feet of the Swiss, this weekend's joy seemed far from assured. After the game, pundits blamed keeper Iker Casillas's girlfriend, journalist Sara Carbonero, who was reporting from behind the goal before the game, saying that Sara distracted the Real Madrid star (no, you're not imagining it; all the best players in the tournament, and therefore the world, play for either Real or Barcelona). She did engage him in one of history's most epically excruciating post-game interviews, and then, we assume, made soothing there-there noises at her delicious hunk of man until he got his mojo back. And back it is: Look for Iker to lock it down against the Dutch on Sunday.
David Beckham's Pouting
Poor Becks. Goldenballs's quest to become the first Englishman to play in four World Cups ended sadly in February when he ruptured his Achilles tendon while on loan to AC Milan; ironically, David was trying to get more playing minutes to catch the eye of England skipper Fabio Capello. Sidelined and heartbroken, David still did get to go to South Africa with his mates, acting as a "player liaison," whatever that is. Maybe he picked up the brews when the fellows rebelled against Capello's no-booze edicts and had a few in their dressing room to air out their feelings after their first-round draw against Algeria. He also scouted the USA's friendly against Australia before the Cup began, and gave some superb examples of bitchface during the must-watch colony-colonizer tilt on June 12. We were super sad not to see much of Victoria or the wee Beckhams in South Africa, but hopefully they'll be in the stands when David rejoins the LA Galaxy this fall.
The Curse of Mick Jagger
It's not strictly sexy, rather, we find it curious that the Rolling Stones frontman brings a wave of bad juju to whichever team he's supporting. The Mickster took in the USA-Ghana game with former president Bill Clinton, and the Yanks cruelly lost in extra time. Then he popped over to Bloemfontein to watch his homeland Three Lions take a beating from the Germans that sent them home in disgrace. And THEN he brought his eleven-year-old son with Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez to the Brazil-Netherlands game, only to crush the boy’s dreams when the Seleção choked. Seriously, Mick. Go back to cricket. 5 Scandalous Celebrity Affairs
La Furia Roja is, full stop, just the sexiest assemblage of footballers on the planet. We'll see on Sunday if their burly center backs, ironclad midfield and ninja-like strikers can overwhelm the efficient and strategic Orangemen of Holland. In the meantime, seriously, just look at them. They are superb.
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