Fabio Quagliarella: Now Dancing With The Stars

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There's something about Italian footballers that just makes them smoother, cooler and more suave than other type of footballers. Proof: Andrea Pirlo's beard and wine chops. Francesco Totti's...well, you know.

And now, there's this. Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella doing the ballroom a solid on the Italian version of "Dancing With the Stars." Throw this into the mix with being a rich, famous, handsome footballer and it's pretty clear how Fabio keeps his WAG, Roberta Morise, happy.

For inquiring minds dying to know, Italy's riff on this show is just as synonymous with outrageously bright/shiny/bootylicious costumes and spatula-thick stage makeup as its American counterpart. Continue Reading...

Shakira: Supportive songstress selects Colombia vs Spain

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David Ramos/Getty ImagesBarcelona defender Gerard Pique plays with son Milan prior to a match this season.

Last week it was confirmed that Shakira will entertain the masses at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Going for a tournament hat trick of sorts, it'll be the Colombian pop star's third consecutive performance on the beautiful game's biggest stage. Whether Gerard Pique's special lady -- the couple share a son, 10-month-old son, Milan -- will open or close the festivities is unknown, but by personal request from Sepp Blatter (reportedly), she will also do a duet with the reining Arab Idol champion, Mohammed Assaf. Continue Reading...

WAG Watch: Bruna Marquezine

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Courtesy of AG NewsBarcelona's Brazilian superstar Neymar with actress girlfriend Bruna Marquezine.

Since earlier this year, Brazilian footballer Neymar has been dating Bruna Marquezine, an actress and fellow Brazilian. She's not quite an international star on the level of some of the other WAGs we have covered here, but there must be something that Brazil's young star sees in her.

Maybe it's how active she is on social media -- the young actress regularly posts photos of the two engaged in various degrees of PDA (and yes, posting it on Instagram does constitute a PDA). Her latest post references the classic hit by The Temptations, "My Girl": "I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day. Continue Reading...

Sabia Boulahrouz: Having Rafael van der Vaart's baby

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Getty ImagesSabia Boulahrouz, with new boyfriend Rafael van der Vaart, is expecting a child early next year.

Despite only dating seven months, Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart and Sabia Boulahrouz have announced they are expecting a child sometime in the early half of 2014 (for the need-to-know back story on this pairing, read more here).

Unnecessarily so, Bild describes the pregnancy as being "very fresh," which is a new one to me. And apparently the couple hopes to tie the knot come Nov. 2, as long as Rafa's first marriage to Sylvie is dissolved by then. Obviously.

Congrats to the couple on their impending arrival news! Continue Reading...

West Bromwich Albion: Urinals united

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West Bromwich AlbionWest Bromwich Albion's Youssouf Mulumbu and an unidentified referee lend their support to a cheeky campaign to raise awareness of a very serious topic, bladder and kidney cancer.

West Bromwich Albion is throwing its support behind a new NHS campaign "Be Clear on Cancer". The Premier League club is getting onside with a bladder and kidney cancer symptom awareness campaign in hopes of raising awareness of one of the key symptoms of the diseases.

As a result, heat-reactive material will be installed in the East Stand urinals of The Hawthorns. When used, they will turn red revealing messaging reminding fans to look out for blood in their pee.

Finally, a charitable effort we can all get behind. Continue Reading...

WAG Watch: Ludivine Sagna

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Dave M. Benett/Getty ImagesLudivine and Bacary Sagna enjoy a night out in London in 2011.

Ludivine Sagna, wife of Arsenal full-back Bacary and mother of his two kids, has largely flown under the WAG radar since making her formal debut circa 2010. Here she is in full modeling mode. Impressive, no?

For what it's worth, I have it on good authority that Ludivine is not inhibited when it comes to supporting her man at matches, having been observed screaming blue murder after Bacary got tackled on the pitch. She was also wearing an Arsenal shirt. Which is notoriously tough to pull off. Continue Reading...

Puff or pass? Wilshere & players who smoke

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David Price/Arsenal FC/Getty ImagesJack Wilshere had enough stamina to give Arsenal a draw with West Brom, but it's still probably a good idea to lay off the smokes.

Bit of a hoopla in the press Monday about Jack Wilshere's latest late-night excursion.

Questionable fashion notwithstanding, the Arsenal player was photographed smoking a cigarette at some point last Thursday evening. He insists he's not a smoker, just a poor decision-maker.

What’s your take on cigarettes and athletes? I can’t understand why anyone who needs to be strong of lung and body would smoke, but a lot of footballers do.
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Super shopper: Mario Balotelli

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PacificCoastNews.com The Balotelli brothers out shopping in Milan.

If you had just received a three-match ban for misconduct, would you have the strength to hit the streets and shops of Milan and blow through your cash at the speed of light? Twice in five days?

Someone give Mario Balotelli an award, please.

Olycom Balotelli's concerned brother looks on in hopes that everything will fit in the trunk of the car.


Also, from what is known about Italian footy's WAGs and hangers-on, they're just normal people doing their best to support their moneymakers. Same is the case for Balotelli's brother and girlfriend Fanny Neguesha, who were seen carrying the AC Milan striker's shopping bags as well as watching a bellhop load luxury goods (into Mario's red Ferrari, no less) earlier this week. Continue Reading...

WAG Watch: Georgette Eto'o

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Jacopo Raule/Getty ImagesHas Georgette Eto'o dialed back her passion for fashion?

Georgette Eto'o was uncharacteristically covered up as she headed to Vogue's Fashion Night Out in Milan last week (pictured at right). With her husband Samuel making significantly less than last year, I don't blame her for erring on the side of casually conservative attire. After all, skirting financial downsizing is an important step in the life of a footballer's wife. Continue Reading...

Rumoured Relations: Marco Borriello and Madalina Ghena

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Madalina Ghenea
GettyImagesActress Madalina Ghenea

Word on the street is AS Roma striker Marco Borriello, who you may recall once blamed his girlfriend's STD cream on his failure to pass a drugs screening, has been dating Madalina Ghena on the down low for the past few weeks.

Prior to (supposedly) coupling up, Miss Ghena was seen PDA-ing around Europe with Gerard Butler (yes, that Gerard Butler) while Mr. Borriello spent his summer cavorting in Ibiza with Victoria Secret model Izabel Goulart.

In other words, if there was a Serie A version of Gossip Girl, this would be it. Continue Reading...

The weekend that was

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Franziska Krug/Getty ImagesDo Lena and Sami (pictured) = Victoria and David? That might be pushing things a bit.

GOOD WEEKEND

-Sami Khedira and Lena Gercke were unofficially crowned the German Beckhams for reasons only superficial and not aplenty.

-Another weekend, another baby announcement. Barcelona star Carles Puyol is expecting a child with his girlfriend of less than a year, Vanessa Lorenzo.

-Give it up for horse soccer, which apparently had the best weekend ever in the history of best weekends.

BAD WEEKEND:

-Robbie Fowler admitted to making a slew of mistakes during his career as he struggled with the attention that came with the professional footballer territory. Continue Reading...

One Minute WAG Primer: Sabia Boulahrouz

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Rafael van der Vaart and Sabia Boulharouz arrive at the Schmidt theatre.GettyImagesRafael van der Vaart and Sabia Boulharouz arrive at the Schmidt theatre.

Here's Rafael van der Vaart schmoozing on the red carpet at the "Night of Legends" gala held in Hamburg two nights ago.

If you look closely in the foreground, you might just be able to spot Rafael's current flame, Sabia Boulahrouz, also known as the ex-wife of Rafael's Dutch national teammate, Khalid, as well as the ex-BFF of Rafael's ex-wife, Sylvie.

Wonder what he sees in her?
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