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bend it like beckham

Growing up, my Dad didn't watch a lot of sports.   World Series, Grey Cups, Superbowls & Stanley Cups all passed by without a second glance.  Even the Olympics didn't make a huge impression.  But every 4 years, when the soccer football power nations gathered for the World Cup, that was when my Dad took control of the television (back in the days when we only had the one).  

Football.  The beautiful game.

I love Toronto during the World Cup.  All the different national flags flying from cars -- Portugal, France, Italy, Germany, South Korea are the popular ones in my area.  This is the time of year when I discover where all the Italians live on my street  *grin*  I don't have a favourite team, I just like watching the games.  So many people say, "Soccer?  But it's so boring to watch!"  Which I can understand.  90 minutes and most games end in 1-nil or 2-nil.  But I love it anyway.  I'm a casual fan at best but for the last couple of World Cups, I've been getting more and more into it.

Of course, pictures like these help a lot...

From Pink is the New Blog (hence the pink writing) -- the Italian team for Dolce & Gabbana (their official outfitters):

Of course, there's also the most famous player (he can probably rival Michael Jordan as one of the most famous athletes in the world), England's David Beckham #7 (or Mr Posh Spice, if you wish) and his teammate, Michael Owen

Two more hotties:  Christiano Rinaldo of Portugal and Michael Ballack of Germany

It's practically tradition for the player to take off his jersey when scoring an important goal.  This is a good tradition.  Very good.

I'm so very jealous that my youngest brother, who's over in Europe right now, will have the opportunity to not only be part of the excitment in Germany but also attend 2 first round games.  Let's just hope he doesn't indulge too much in Germany's other favourite activity -- drinking beer!

From football players to Hanson!  How's that for 2 completely different topics?  This was going to be a strictly World Cup post but I saw these pics over at ohnotheydidnt (which generated 300+ comments, scary) and I had to share.  As some of you may or may not know, Zac Hanson - youngest Hanson brother and owner of the crate (little in-joke for those going "crate? huh?") - was recently married.  Of course this means... wedding pictures!



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Jun. 11th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm in love with the British soccer team. I want to marry them!!!!!
Jun. 11th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
I think the Brits have the best looking team. Yum.
Jun. 11th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh mah lord, those are the first photos I've seen of the wedding! Now I'll have to go look at all the major message boards to see the inevitable and hilarious fan freak out.

I like the second photo ...

But where was the crate? Probably zipping through the champagne by that point, and eyeing off some snappy microphone stand or something.

Also, soccer: I'm going for the Netherlands.
Jun. 11th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
The big question -- will Zac abandon the crate or will Mrs Zac embrace the crate? Let us hope for a happy ending.

I could only make it through the first page of comments over at ONTD.

The Dutch, eh? Another great thing about Toronto -- regardless of which team wins, there's going to be a party somewhere!
Jun. 12th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
I wonder if there's a big Dutch contingent in Toronto? The streets would be swimming in orange, LOL
Jun. 11th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
How old is the Hanson dude? 17? Pretty girl though. And the pictures are cute.

And now...why did I know these men existed?!? Day-um!!!!! I might have to change my opinion on organzied sports and start watching.
Jun. 11th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
I think he's 20? These Hanson boys like to marry young (Taylor was married at 17/18, I think).

I KNOW!!! They may not be all good looking but soccer players are all very fit to run around that huge field for 90 mins. Not like football or baseball where players don't have to be really physically fit. Hockey players wear too much padding to see anything (plus, the lack of teeth is sometimes a turn-off, LOL). Basketball uniforms are too loose and they don't take off their jerseys. This is why soccer rules!
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