November 24th, 2010

Cheers! A Thanksgiving Appreciation List

Manlove. A reason to be thankful at any time of year. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Instead of creating rather alarming poultry/player interfaces for US Thanksgiving this year (see left), we thought we would try something a little different by way of celebration.

Don’t panic, we’re not going to start banging on about pilgrims and the like. At least until we’re approaching our fifth margarita. Instead, we’ve decided to try and take on board the true meaning of the holiday and offer our thanks to the gods of football for some of the wonderful things they have seen fit to bestow upon us this year.

We’d like to invite our global readership as well as the American Kickettes soon setting off for their long weekend of gluttony and face-stuffage to join us. We can only hope the next twelve months will be as generous as the last.

The World Cup: Fans of certain nationalities (that would be you, English and French Kickettes) might not think that there is a great deal to be thankful for as far as South Africa 2010 is concerned. But Spanish fans would disagree. And, you would have to be a cold-hearted baseball/rugby/golf fan to not appreciate the sight of Iker’s tears (left), Pepe’s drunk mama call and Nando’s helpless milling about in the penalty area. Although you can catch that in the EPL most weeks, lately. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Furthermore, the tourney brought loads of new Kickette soldier girls and boys for us to play with. Win!

Alex Gerrard’s ‘Forever Unique’ Collection: We always love to see a WAG forging her own path in the world, rather than sheltering under the auspices of hubby’s mega wealth.

Actually, we’re lying. We just love to see our Fashion Dept enter spitting mode and have to restrain themselves vigorously whilst they review the use of collie dog fur in said collections. Yay! (Images via

US Magazines: Without magazines like ESPN and Interview, we would not be fully conversant with the barely clad bodies of the USMNT. What would we have done with those hours if we hadn’t passed them staring at Tim Howard’s high rez hotness? Seriously.

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Robin Van Persie & The Small Child: This video of a slightly distracted child banging his head on a metal post provided us with an opportunity to search our souls and find out what kind of women we truly are. (via waatp)

Apparently we are heartless bishes who find amusement in the suffering of small children and the subsequent (hidden) mirth of hot ‘baller boys. Oh well.

Aitor Ocio’s abs: Without these abdominal muscles setting the standard we may allow ourselves to lapse into appreciating inferior sets of abs. This must never happen. We would like to consider ourselves purveyors of only the finest produce on Kickette and therefore frequently have sessions in the office¬†where we do nothing but stare at a large photo of Aitor, purely to ensure we retain our stringent standards.

Truly. That’s why. (Image via Athletic Bilbao)

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Sergio Ramos’ goal celebration: We always appreciate a good goal celebration and there have certainly been some stormers this year. But no Thanksgiving post would be complete without a return to Sergio’s nipple stroking fiesta. Not only was this a sight to behold for the Ramos lovers among us, but the convict-related reasoning behind the cheeky rubs was a stroke of genius.

Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Award: Considering the¬†conditions we work under in the Kickette office, it’s a wonder we manage to write anything at all. Let alone a site worthy of an award of this calibre. The fact that we forgot to attend the ceremony just about says it all, really.

Our beloved Kickette Army: Without whom none of this would be possible (see above). We think it only appropriate that you take your fair share of blame for this and consider yourselves suitably chastened.

Happy Holidays, people!

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43 Responses to “Cheers! A Thanksgiving Appreciation List”

  1. @AgnesWonka says:

    the Uruguayan Kickettes we are all happy about the WC, aren't we? XDD
    I thank Cesc Fabregas Twitter site!!!!!
    The Kickette Community is rather nowadays, don't you think?

    I thought this site was British!

  2. Ess-Jay says:

    HAHA! I love this! :)

    This year, I'm thankful for:
    1. The World Cup…. A whole month of beauty: beautiful men, beautiful torsos, beautiful thighs, beautiful football, beautiful WAGs/children… And the beautiful Spain winning! :) It's also helped me convince a bunch more girls to get into footy because of the WC (especially with Winston Reid taking his shirt off!!! :D ) – Also SO thankful for the All Whites being UNBEATEN AT THE WORLDCUP!… And the only unbeaten team there! ThankyouJesus! :)
    2. ESPN Magazine for doing that photoshoot on the DC United boys nude! ;) Mmmmmm…..
    3. Van Persie and the little kid! Funniest thing ever.
    4. Stjarnan FC:That Icelandic football team who came up with those absolutely STUNNING football celebrations. GOLD.
    5. Gerard Houllier for bringing Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark, the Fonz, and all those cute little new boys into the Aston Villa squad… Naaaaawh THEY'RE JUST SO CUTE!!!!!!
    6. Fifa 11. Amazing.
    7. Real Madrid: CONTINUING TO BE THE BEST LOOKING SQUAD SINCE 1902!…. Alonso, C.Ron, Iker, Ramos, Kaka, Higuain, Arbeloa, AND Jose as the manager… Perfection!
    8. Facebook/Twitter: All the footballers on social networking sites makes it so much easier for stalkers like us! :p
    9. Roque Santa Cruz and Xabi Alonso. Two sexiest men to ever grace football. EVER. Enough said.
    And finally,
    10. KICKETTE! You girls continue to constantly make my day. Thank yooooou!

  3. Nando y Geri 4ever says:

    Ah, Iker's tears had me tearing up!!! It was so cute!!!!! and poor Fern, he couldn't smile as much as the other guys because of his poor leg.

  4. Deanna says:

    I am thankful for: Spain winning the WC!!!!
    Despite bad form Arsenal is doing well, despite injuries as well.
    Liverpool and Torres getting through this part of the season.
    My lil Silva proving he's not too small for the EPL!
    And Real hitting an awesome stride in la Liga.
    Now for some pumpkin pie!

  5. Malinka says:

    I will be eternally thankful for Spain's World Cup win and everything around it. It put me into football heaven for at least four years.

    I am also thankful that Fernando Torres is back to his natural hair colour.

  6. cisarovna says:

    thankful to JetBlue for carrying Gol tv channel in flight. Watched old Classico. Can't wait for next Monday's game… all I can say is watch out Barca!

  7. Jessie says:

    Stressful week…where do I go for relief??? Well that would be I am thankful for discovering you guys… to finally realise that I am not the only one who salivates behind 22 prime specimens week in and out. Ahhhhhhh roll on 29 Nov…Barca vs Real…. Talk about prime meat.

  8. hereforthenando says:

    Things that I'm thankful for:
    -Xabi Alonso photo shoots
    -Cristiano Ronaldo's wardrobe
    -Tim Howard's willingness to get naked
    -Fernando Torres. Yeah, just him.
    -Gotta hand it to The Ramos and his inimitable (no matter how many times I try) goal celebration
    -Kickette. Thank you for being my everything.
    -The Kickette Army; I couldn't do this without you guys! Your comments make my day!

  9. xbabyshakesx says:

    I am thankful for Kickette for being soo great!
    and for Cesc, Torres, Kaka, Chicharito, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Spain NT

    XOXO love to all!

  10. Winnie Mata says:

    well, although it was Canadian thanksgiving last month, i suppose i could conjure up a list of footy-related things i am thankful for!

    - i am thankful that Sergio Ramos was (deservedly) considered the best player of the tournament during the WC
    - i am thankful that Real Madrid has finally gotten their act together and hope that they kick Barcelona's ass next Monday
    - i am thankful for Joe Hart (and his 6 feet and 3 inches of sexy, furry, bootylicious lusciousness)
    - i am thankful for Kickette's acknowledgment (finally) of Joe Hart's sexiness by adding him to The FF (although i find others–minus Marco–to be "questionable" additions)
    - i am thankful that hair grows back! and hope that Sergio's will be back to normal ASAP
    - i am thankful for my discovery of Kickette last year, and for the joy it has brought me, since i don't really have girlfriends to squeal about when it comes to soccer

    one thing i don't like about Thanksgiving is the fact that there no new episodes of 90210 or Hellcats this week!
    and just when the doo-doo was about to hit the fan too!

  11. Violets says:

    I am thankful for Kickette and Stuart Holden's hair.

  12. Mari says:

    Well, first of all, I have to give thanks because I found the magnificent Kickette website (probably the highlight of my year). You made this WC a much better one, thank you girls! Second, I am thankful for The Ramos, Aitor and Diego's abs. Also for Manuel Neuer and Bojan Krkic's cuteness. And of course, Spain's championship and celebration, especially Pepe running around the plain singing "Pintame" (I'm from Puerto Rico). And Iker's tears and gorgeousness while kissing Pastasauce…

  13. gin_in_teacups says:

    I'm thankful that I have Kickette when I need a break from reality. And I'm especially grateful for it right now, when I'm super stressed about the 12 people I have coming over for dinner tomorrow but there's no room in my flat and I'm minus a turkey. But you've given me a Ramos & Ronaldo turkey, and what could be better than that?

    Other things I'm thankful for:
    Spain winning the World Cup and for the World Cup in general, which kicked my football interest into a full blown obsession.
    Any and all things Ramos.
    Real Madrid are so damn awesome this season.
    John W. Henry!
    Raul Meireles
    And for alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol to give my guests tomorrow to distract them from the fact that we're having rotisserie chicken.

  14. Lashes says:

    I am thankful for finding Kickette and all the giggles, gossip and naked football players.

  15. Ana says:

    Finished reading the article, and boy am I thankful! :)

    Kickette- you are epic. While I am grateful for the myraid of things you do for your followers, I'm especially grateful for the inserted hyperlinks in all your articles… it's a great (and much appreciated help) to those who are coming to your site wide eyed & bushy tailed… it begs the question, though- do you have some master database at your HQ? One day you should do a little piece on yourselves- it would be awesome- fiction or non. :)

    Take care all, and have a lovely weekend wherever ya'll are!

  16. sarrible says:

    I am thankful for Kickette, Carlos Bocanegra, Xabi Alonso's ginger beard, whichever mad genius decided to call Iker's woman Pastasauce, and the sexy, joyful, glorious USMNT manpile after Landyface scored at the end of the Algeria game. And whiskey. I am thankful for Kentucky bourbon whiskey.

    • Catie says:

      Haha a near perfect list, and I'm drinking the same thing. Just add Diego Forlan's glorious abs and all is well in my world!

  17. Gillian says:

    I am thankful for Baby Mesut's big, beautiful eyes and Xabi's Ginger Beard. Please bring it back, Xabi.

  18. beauty. says:

    How do u like Ramos nd Alonso game? I think Mourinho is genius…

  19. chefdi says:

    oh yeah! Happy Thanksgiving all around, Ladies … I just hope what's on the table tomorrow is nearly as delicious as that show you've provided just now! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to all who will indulge!

  20. YouNeverWalkAlone says:

    I agree with all the things you guys have listed to be thankful for, but I have to say, I'm most thankful to my dad for giving me a love of football, although I think I've taken it to a huge extreme and he gets tired of it now :P

    I'm also thankful for my Mexican friends, who are the only kids who know what I'm talking about when I talk about football. I'm thankful for my bffs, who put up with my when I rant about Real Madrid, when I get depressed because Portugal beat Spain, and when I write YNWA on everything.

    And of course, thanks to Kickette, who gives me an outlet for footballness!

  21. Ashley says:

    I am thankful for all those Xabi Alonso modeling moments, and Fernando Torres goals against Chelsea

  22. SlyMysteron says:

    1. I’m thankful that the coming classico has finally removed the last bits of World Cup withdrawal.
    1 1/2. As an American, though a Barca fan, it was kinda’ bitter sweet seeing Spain win the WC. But Iker’s tears totally put it in perspective.
    2. But most importantly…Yes! For those who don’t know why Ramos did the nipple, you MUST click on the link. His reasons are almost better than his actions. It’s entry level to the world of the Ramos, for those who somehow still don’t get the interest or his personal awesomeness (I used to be one of them). It’s his Rubber Soul, classic Ram, game-changer, nothing will be the same from here on. Just the way Ramos’ mind works, and as long as he operates from a place of good-dirty-fun, I’m thankful for all things to come.

  23. DeeRoma says:

    I am thankful I found this great site and the wonderful people known as the Kickette Army. I am also thankful for the tongue-in-cheek style of the articles, the weekly features of torsos and thighs and also the photographic integrity of the site because sometimes reality causes you to need a giggle, an ooooh or a good old-fashioned "I lost how many hours by staring?".

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

  24. Manlove a reason to be thankful all year long that is so very true, i love how the picture to make the point is one of my favorite bromance and perhaps the biggest manlove ever JT and Lampsy

  25. senora ramos says:

    I am thankful for:
    1) sergio ramos and any and every strange, wonderful, caring, sexy thing that he does
    2) spain's wc win and for my yanks finding ways to pull through (most of the time) even when all seemed lost
    3) the bevy of new baller crushes bought to us by kickette
    4) the wonderful ladies on here who i get to mix it up with so often (non more so than el clasico week) you know who all of you are
    5) the fact that my hubby is coming home tomorrow from work (which is really #1, but i'll let ballers reign supreme on this list for this site)
    6) BLACK FRIDAY!!!

    • senora ramos says:

      btw, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! i'll be sure to overindulge for all of you!

      • Deb Stimson says:

        ;) thanks for thinking of us! Hopefully, you found us some good deals on Black Friday too. That is one brutal shopping day. I always feel terrible for the poor people who have to work in the stores that day! Not me….I stay as far away from the stores that day as possible!

  26. Vrock says:

    …and i love that the Ronaldo and Ramos turkeys have their man bags on them! :) Happy Thanksgiving from the states!!

  27. Rush says:

    Thanks Kickette, Before I head out to start my Thanksgiving weekend… I am SO thankful for the World Cup, Spanish NT Hotness…and The Ramos :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Niina says:

    Iker kneeling on the pitch, tears flowing, lip trembling, that man introduced me to a whole new range of male emotion and I'll be forever grateful for that.

    Sergio Ramos' nipples. Always something to be cherished, forever.

    Aitor Ocio and his inhuman physique. If there ever was a motivational tool for getting of the sofa and onto to the treadmill, his abs prove to be useful.

    Oh, oh, and Andres Iniesta's swimming trunks!! That made my month!

  29. Cat says:

    "…long weekend of gluttony and face-stuffage" and SHOPPING! You can't forget the Shopping!
    But I too am thankful for Kickette – bringing a bit of relief to us football-starved Americans!

  30. This year has been fantastic personally and professionally, but footballing-wise, I give thanks that Roy Keane continues to believe in designer stubble, piercing glares, expensive suits and epic rants.

    Also I am thankful for the Ginger Prince, Paul Scholes. We are not worthy of his ginger genius. *bows down*

    And I am thankful for my footballing friends on Red Cafe and twitter, and especially Jane and Jo.

    Happy thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

  31. Missy Manchester says:

    I am thankful for:

    My sexy beast of a man–for introducing me to the wonderful world of all things footy

    Kickette and its angelic legions–for providing me with daily giggles and gossip

    Sylvie Van der Vaart–for showing how style, grace and personality under pressure make the woman

    Photographers–for knowing how and when to use a zoom

    Footballers–who forget there are cameras around

  32. Georgina Sanders says:

    Aitor Ocio, definitely something for all of us to thank for! And the Spanish World Cup-winning team of course (With my love, Fer Llorente, and his torn shirt moment vs. Portugal)

    Alex Gerrard, Ew.
    I'm eating éclairs and I almost threw up at the sight of her. Paris Hilton look-alike. Thank goodness for the Aitor pic, I regained my composure.

    Awww.. I love Kickette and my fellow Kickette soldier girls and boys. ♥ ♥ ♥
    Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow American Kickettes! :-)

  33. Nora says:

    Lol. I'm printing this out and putting it on the table when my family goes around and says what we're thankful for. I think the turkey pic is going on the front door for guests to see. Thanks kickette!

  34. Taskeen says:

    I think i flat-lined laughing whilst reading the reasoning behind The Ramos' nipple strokage (the dude felt the need to preserve his nipple decorum lol).
    I'm thankful for finally discovering Kickette, and at just the right time too, the week in which the WC ended, you ladies helped quell a bit of the WC depression that had set in once it was all over!.. And just in general, I'm thankful for the existence of the Spanish NT.

  35. jellenp says:

    In addition to all things Kickette, I'm particularly thankful for all the ballers who have signed up for Twitter accounts. CR excepted (YAWN), they are a ton of fun!!!

  36. alia says:

    If i were there i wouldve done the same as the kid! (in the face smacking incident) but i wouldve let Robin take care of me ;)

  37. BarceLisa says:

    You pretty much covered everything Kickette. I am especially grateful for Spain winning the World Cup, they once and for all proved that hotness equals greatness. Let that be a lesson to all sides.