Day 17: Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
Photo: AFP via FIFA
Club: Paris Saint-Germain
Score: Colombia 2 – Uruguay 0
Day 18: Orestis Karnezis (Greece)
Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio
Score: Costa Rica 1 – Greece 1 (Costa Rica won in penalties, and the poor guy didn’t stop a single one. But he had a pretty good tournament otherwise.)
Day 19: Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria)
Score: Germany 2 – Algeria 1
Day 20: Tim Howard
Score: Belgium 2 – USA 1. But see below!
He has a killer body, lots of tattoos, isn’t afraid to get naked, and is badass in all the right ways. But this is really what does it for me:
Source: Paddy Power Blog
That’s a record 16 saves in a World Cup match. Just plain hot.
So I’m waaay behind, but I haven’t given up! Here’s a roundup for the rest of the group stage:
Day 13: Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire)
Photo via Seneweb News
Score: Greece 2 – Côte d’Ivoire 1
Day 14: Morgan Schneiderlin (France)
Photo: Getty Images
Score: France 0 – Ecuador 0
Day 15: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images South America via Zimbio
Club: Real Madrid
Score: Portugal 2 – Ghana 1 (He finally scored a goal.)
Day 16: Glen Johnson (England)
Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images South America via Zimbio
Position: Right back
There were no matches on Day 16, and England didn’t make it past the group stage :(
Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters via Swagger New York
Well, Spain played their last match of the World Cup Monday. It’s sad to see them eliminated so soon, but I hope to see them come back stronger for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, maybe with some fresh blood. Hard to believe el niño Fernando Torres is already 30 years old. But although our boys had already been eliminated, they manage to redeem themselves somewhat against Australia, winning 3-o. In his last international match (sniff), David Villa scored the first. The lovely Chelsea striker Torres scored the second, and Juan Mata (who at 26 still has some years left for Spain) scored the third. And as an extra treat, Torres got his jersey torn and had to change it. Yum.
Photo via Airmagazine
I’m falling behind again! 25-year-old midfielder Axel Witsel may not have been the star of Belgium’s 1-0 victory over Russia on Sunday, but he played well, with accurate passing. And the Zenit Saint Petersburg player’s pale blue eyes, fine features, and killer body make him a perfect candidate for hot player of the day!
Photo via UOL
You’ve never heard of Toni Šunjić. He plays for Zorya Luhansk, which placed 7th in the Ukrainian Premier League last season. Saturday’s match against Nigeria was the most important one the 25-year-old centre-back has played in his life (the only other competitive match he’s played for his home country was a qualifier against Liechtenstein). And he performed remarkably well, holding off the Nigerian offense for all but a single goal. Unfortunately, that one goal means the end of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s very first World Cup, but they seem to be on the rise. So best of luck to them in the Euro 2016 qualifiers!
Photo: FIGC via fuett.mx
Claudio Marchisio didn’t have the greatest game Friday (Italy lost 0-1 to Cinderella team Costa Rica), but he’s so beautiful that I had to feature him feature him for Day 9. Actually, the Juventus midfielder performed much better in Italy’s first game of the tournament, when he scored his first-ever World Cup goal. And although I thought I’d show you how nice 28-year-old Marchisio looks in a suit, there’s always this picture too (also Dolce & Gabbana)!
Photo: James Rodriguez Oficial on Facebook
Colombian superstar Falcao might be missing the World Cup due to injury, but there’s still James. Only 22, he’s already scored two World Cup goals in two matches, and been named Man of the Match on both occasions, including yesterday’s 2-1 defeat over Côte d’Ivoire. The young attacking midfielder had an impressive first season with AS Monaco, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing plenty more of him.