Fabio Cannavaro

Second on the list is Italian Captain and centre back defender, Fabio Cannavaro. He currently has no home club team.

He was born September 13, 1973, in Naples, Italy.  His mother was a maid, and his father was a bank clerk.

He started his career as a ball boy for Napoli, where he watched his idols Diego Maradona and Ciro Ferrara play.  He eventually progressed enough as a player to play alongside some of them.

In 1995, a cash-strapped Napoli traded him to Parma. In his six years there, he won the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia.  He also continued to get national team call-ups.

In 2001, he was traded for €23 million to Inter Milan. He spent two years with them, and then did two years at Juventus.  With Juventus, he won two consecutive Scudetti in 2005 and 2006. He also won l’Oscar del Calcio: Migliore difensore, the Football Oscar.

After the Calciopoli trials, when Juventus was moved down from Serie A to Serie B, he chose to leave.  He did three years at Real Madrid, and won La Liga title.

After three years at Real Madrid, he returned to Juventus.  After a disappointing season, he claims to not be returning next year.

Cannavaro has played in three world cups: 98, 02, and 06, where Italy was crowned winners. He has also been in two Euro Cups: 00 and 04.

He has a charity with Ciro Ferrara, called Fondazione Cannavaro Ferrara, that specializes in the procurement of cancer research equipment and surgery for special cancers at a hospital in Naples.

He is married and has three kids, aged 11, 9, and 6.

UPDATE: According to The Spoiler, “Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has turned down a one-year extension at Juventus to join UAE club Al-Ahli, revealing the move “realises my dream of living in Dubai and finishing my career playing for one of its clubs”.”

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Updated Hot Guys list

So I promised a new list of players, and I’ve finally come up with it.  There’s still 15, but there’s been some changes.  Four are gone, which means there are four new players on the list.

I’m not gonna do much more than name the players and their country.  The profiles will start going up soon.

So here it is, in alphabetical order:

  • Michael Bradley, USA
  • Fabio Cannavaro, Italy
  • Iker Casillas, Spain
  • Landon Donovan, USA
  • Cesc Fàbregas, Spain
  • Steven Gerrard, England
  • Thierry Henry, France
  • Kaká, Brazil
  • Frank Lampard, England
  • Mata, Spain
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
  • Dejan Stankovic, Serbia
  • Fernando Torres, Spain
  • Robin van Persie, Netherlands
  • David Villa, Spain

The first profile should be up later tonight.  I hope you enjoy them!!

~Suz

Nike’s “Write The Future”

Nike has come out with an amazing new commercial for the World Cup.

Entitled “Write The Future,” this three minute epic commercial features more than a dozen of the world’s best players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Landon Donovan, Ronaldinho, and Thiago Silva, as well as special guest cameos from tennis legend Roger Federer, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and Homer Simpson.

I love this commercial. I think all the scenarious are brilliant. Showing the excitement of an imminent goal, the disappointment when it doesn’t happen, and the reaction to a surprise save is an amazing way to show all sides of one event. Rooney’s fantasy on winning and losing are absolutely hilarious, and Ronaldinho’s moves being YouTubed and ‘liked’ is a great way to show exactly how one moment becomes defining.

Here it is, in it’s full, three-minute format. I believe there is a short, TV-friendly version, but who wants to see that one??

Nike has always been known to have some of the best commercials out there for the World Cup. Two of the best examples I found were the Brazilian team waiting in the airport (which cause airports around the world to ban copycat fans) and the one where the soccer players are secret agents.

Hope you all enjoy watching them, and feel free to let me know of any others out there.

~Suz

15 Hot FIFA players to watch

So I’ve compiled a list of 15 players I think are hot enough to watch, no matter what team they’re on!!  All of them are on teams that have made it into the group stage of the World Cup.

I didn’t want to show a preference in the order, so here it is, alphabetically:

Michael Ballack

Team: Germany          Position: Captain

Age: 33                    Home Club: Chelsea





David Beckham

Team: England          Position: Midfield

Age: 34        Home Club: Milan, on loan from L.A. Galaxy











Michael Bradley

Team: United States          Position: Midfield

Age: 22                           Home Club: Borusa Mönchengladbach











Fabio Cannavaro

Team: Italy          Position: Centre Back

Age: 36               Home Club: Juventus





Iker Casillas

Team: Spain          Position: Goalkeeper

Age: 28                Home Club: Real Madrid











Cesc Fàbregas

Team: Spain          Position: Central Midfield

Age: 22                Home Club: Arsenal











Steven Gerrard

Team: England          Position: Midfield

Age:  29                  Home Club: Liverpool





Thierry Henry

Team: France          Position: Striker/winger

Age: 32                  Home Club: Barcelona











Kaká

Team: Brazil          Position: Midfield

Age: 27                Home Club: Real Madrid





Samir Nasri

Team: France          Position: Midfield

Age: 22                  Home Club: Arsenal











Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Portugal          Position: Captain

Age: 24                    Home Club: Real Madrid











Roque Santa Cruz

Team: Paraguay          Position: Manchester City

Age: 28                     Home Club: Manchester City





Fernando Torres

Team: Spain          Position: Striker

Age: 26                Home Club: Liverpool











Robin van Persie

Team: Netherlands          Position: Striker/winger

Age: 26                         Home Club: Arsenal











David Villa

Team: Spain          Position:  Striker

Age: 28                Home Club: Valencia











So keep a lookout for these 15 gorgeous men. I know there’s many more, but I can only list so many!!
-Suz