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

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Les Bleus in a sex scandal

France’s national team has found itself in the media lately for a sex scandal of epic proportions.  Unlike John Terry’s recent scandal, which was all legal, some French players could be facing fines and possible jail time.

on April 12th, police conducting an inquiry into a prostitution ring involving under-aged girls searched Zaman Café, a restaurant and nightclub on Champs Elysée.  They arrested dozens of people, including several prostitutes, including an under-aged girl, and the man believed to be their pimp.  Many international soccer players are said to frequent this club.

Franck Ribéry, the 27-year old Bayern Munich forward, and Sidney Govou, a 30-year old Lyon winger, have been interviewed as “witnesses.”

Ribéry has since admitted to sex with the girl in question, but denies knowing she was underage.  Govou has maintained that he has no involvement.

Two more French players have been called in as witnesses: Karim Benzema, a 22-year-old forward on Real Madrid; and Hatem Ben Arfa, a 23-year-old Marseilles striker.

Jean-Pierre Escalettes, president of the French Football Federation, said: “An investigation is under way. There is nothing else to say at the moment.”

Parisian clubs are frequented often by celebrities and athletes looking for prostitues, since French law prohibits kiss-and-tell stories from being published.

Prostitution is also legal in France, with few regulations.  Sex with an underage sex worker leaves the accused facing up to three years of jail time, as well as a €45,000 fine.

Judicial authorities have said they do not expect to charge any of the players.

This is definitely not what France needed right before the World Cup.  They were already entering the tournament with one scandal: Thierry Henry’s handball that defeated Ireland for the World Cup spot.

I guess we can only hope that they see better news in the coming50 days before the tournament starts.

Susana

Groups and match schedules

So as I’ve mentioned before, the groups stage is the first part of the World Cup competition. Teams are divided into eight groups of four teams each, and two teams from each group go on to the knockout stage.

Now, there is a method to how they pick the teams for each group, but I’m seriously lost on it. No matter where I read it, it just seems to not make sense.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about it: “Eight teams are seeded, including the hosts, with the other seeded teams selected using a formula based on the FIFA World Rankings and/or performances in recent World Cups, and drawn to separate groups. The other teams are assigned to different “pots”, usually based on geographical criteria, and teams in each pot are drawn at random to the eight groups. Since 1998, constraints have been applied to the draw to ensure that no group contains more than two European teams or more than one team from any other confederation.”

If that helps you, congratulations. You are officially smarter than me.

Anyways, I’m just gonna give you the list of groups. Each one links back the the FIFA profile on that country. Feel free to check them out.

Group A:  South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France

Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic (South Korea), Greece

Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana

Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia

Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR (North Korea), Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal

Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

Th matches start June 11, and will run for a month.  A list of matches can be found here on the FIFA website.

-Suz