Let’s get straight to the point. Even the most unbothered gal has probably mustered a dot of interest in the World Cup for her home nation. But when they’ve been knocked out of the group stages (ahem, England) it’s worth trying to develop an angle that makes the subsequent weeks of intense football watching you may be subjected to just a little less monotonous.
If you’re hoping that angle to be about tactical polarity between the European and South American teams, it’s not here. Nor will you read more on the former’s hard-running style vis a vis the latter’s natural flair and panache. No, no, no. Here we’re just looking at very good-looking players.
First up, and please catch me if I faint:
FACT: Pirlo is a massive wine connoisseur.
FACT: Pirlo is a heady mix of being delicious to look at, physical, a thinker and a bit bonkers. Ticking the attractively arrogant box, he says in his autobiography “I think therefore I play”, of his appearance: “If I look in the mirror when I get up, or before going to bed at night, I see a man of average ugliness. With stubble, an unruly mane of hair, a squint nose, slightly protruding ears and bags under my eyes. But I also see a man who’s completely happy with the figure staring back at him.” Hmmmm.
Team: Germany. Position: Central defender.
REPORTED FACT: There is a suggestion that he may move to Manchester United in a season or two. Happy days Mancunian brothers and sisters!
SHARE THIS FACT: His girlfriend Cathy Fischer was voted WAG of the year in Germany in 2013. WAG of the Year??? How have we let this happen, women?
Team: Switzerland. Position: Central midfield and Switzerland Captain
SHARE THIS FACT: He won Dutch Footballer of the Year last year. Say this to sound authentic: “Such an accolade for a player so young”.