Vanity Fair loves sexy footballers

In sexy men news, Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba are mostly naked on the June cover of Vanity Fair.  Shot by Annie Liebovitz, the soccer stars were photographed in different locations.

It appears, however, that Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy to be sharing underwear time with his rival.

It’s been rumoured that Ronaldo wants to sue Vanity Fair for using his image to promote it’s June issue.

Ronaldo, 25, became the highest-paid soccer player in the world last June when Real Madrid bought him from Manchester United for a record-breaking $130 million.

Ronaldo’s Portugal and Drogba’s Ivory Coast face each other in their World Cup openers on June 15th.

Both are part of Group G, which is considered the tournament’s Group of Death, which means tha at least one quality team won’t move on past the group stage.  Group G includes three of the world’s best teams: Brazil, Portugal, and Ivory Coast, as well as the super secretive North Korea.

The article inside is just as good, with pictures of Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o, Ghana’s Sulley Muntari, the U.S.A.’s Landon Donovan, Brazil’s Kaká and Pato, Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon, Serbia’s Dejan Stankovic, England’s Carlton Cole, and Germany’s Michael Ballack.

Now if only they would play the game dressed like this, I really feel more women would watch.  I know I wouldn’t look away!!

~Suz

Ballack out of World Cup

Germany faces yet another possible setback just weeks before the world cup.

Ballack, the 33-year-old German captain and Chelsea midfielder, suffered injuries to ligaments in his right ankle during last week’s FA Cup Final.

“It’s very disappointing, but I have to accept it,” Ballack told German television, standing with crutches. “It’s football and you have to live with it.… I am angry, clearly.

Ballack has his ankle in a cast and won’t be able to train for at least eight weeks, effectively ruling him out of the cup.

“We are shocked, no question about it, and we are all very, very sad,” Joachim Loew, Germany’s coach,  said at the team’s training camp in Sicily. “He is a very important player for us, a world-class player who played a very important role in decisive games for us.”

This would have been Ballack’s last chance at the cup.  He previously made the 2002 final and the 2006 semi-final.

~Suz

German woes

German coach Joachim Loew is another coach facing the possiblity of having to pick a team that holds none of his star players.

Loew’s first-choice goalkeeper, Rene Adler, may be out for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen broke his rib in training.  It’s unclear if he’ll be fit and ready for the tournament.

At the same time, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes, 28, feels his World Cup dream is fading. Rolfes had a procedure to remove cartilage from his knee, and has been off the field since January.

“Most likely, the World Cup is out of my reach,” he said.

“I have not given up hope and I am in contact with Joachim Loew but I don’t think I will be there, which is a pity.”

To top off the injuries, 33-year old Chelsea midfielder and German captain, Michael Ballack, has a reccuring problem that has seen his field time cut down considerably.  He has an injury to his Achilles tendon, which he has previously had surgery on.

Loew will announce his team May 6th.

Susana

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