June 19th, 2010

Ciao Bello! The 5 Hottest World Cup Players From Italy

For you, Fabio, anything. Anything you want. Hang on, that doesn’t say ‘shopping’, does it?! No? Ok, where were we? Images: Getty Images via Daylife

In the past we’ve made no secret of our feelings towards the Italians. They’re just so darn obliging. Removing kits after games, posing in their pants for shilling purposes, they fulfill every Kickette criteria we can think of, plus a few we aren’t allowed to post.

The Italian squad’s naked power is such, they even compel clothing belonging to complete strangers to magically remove itself when in their proximity. We’ve even managed to overlook the headgear howlers that seem to have caught on in the training camp.

So you can imagine how difficult it was to narrow this lot down. But in honour of the WC we’ve made an effort. *sigh*. Let us know what you think. But before you do, take pity. This one was hard.

1. Fabio Cannavaro

What can we say? You may run on those pretty legs, Canns, and you may hide. But we will only warn you once. We run pretty fast for a gang of women whose usual exercising quotient is limited to fighting over a cookie jar. And when we catch, we always bite.


2. Gianluigi Buffon

The World Cup does not need to be without this level of testosterone-tweaked totty. It doesn’t. Having slipped a disc in Italy’s opening fixture, speculation as to whether Gigi will be fit to play again in the competition is rife. Join hands and pray for a miracle, people.


3. Gianluca Zambrotta

Astonishing flexibility aside (ahem), Zambrotta has appeared on our radar before. For those of you unconvinced by his lovely but slightly less than rock hard abs, allow us to direct your attention to this. And this time, focus on the face, people, on the face. Not the footwear.


4. Salvatore Bocchetti

Salvatore is twenty-three years old and plays in central defence for Genoa.

Yes, we will have two of these please, and a side of bruschetta. Anything to follow?

Maybe a towel.


5. Gennaro Gattuso

No Italian line up would be complete without Gattuso, who was an integral part of the 2006 World Cup winning side and recently announced he will retire after this year’s tourney. Furry but not frightful, Gennaro also has a tendency to get a bit ‘handsy’ (which we love) and looks very good on a bicycle (left). Very good indeed.


Honourable Mentions

Daniele De Rossi

It would be rude of us to overlook all of you tramp lovers out there. So for those who like their men crazed, half naked and with food stuck in their beard**, here’s Danny!

** Please note: Kickette employs a non-discriminatory policy in regard to scraggy facial hair. We have however, sent a crate of razors to the Italy NT training camp. We feel it can’t hurt.

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55 Responses to “Ciao Bello! The 5 Hottest World Cup Players From Italy”

  1. Mai says:

    Where is Claudio Marchisio?! He’s so very nice.

  2. Karin C. says:

    but yes, squadra azzura has seen hotter days…
    we miss you Marco, Gigi baby get well soon :)

  3. Jenna says:

    sighhhh… DDR, how I love thee. Anyone know anything about what's going on with his love life? I saw some pictures of him and a "mystery blonde" at a park recently. I'm curious if he and Tamara have proceeded with a divorce or if they're still just separated?? He looks like he needs someone to love him, accept his craziness and then comfort him when he inevitably starts his crying fits. I'm totally up for being that person. I love how he's so passionate yet also so sensitive and emotional. Mmm..Daniele, call me!

  4. Ines del Sol says:

    One name.


  5. Liz says:

    Marchisio is definitely a hottie!

  6. DJ says:

    You had me at Zambrotta. He's pretty much all I notice when this team plays.

  7. Ess-Jay says:

    The Italians may be "hot" (I personally don't think they are)… But they're friggin amazing actors too! Did you see them play!? Wooooah. When they finish up as footballers, each and every one definitely has the ability to get into Hollywood…

    Now cut the rubbish AND BRING ON THE SEXY KIWIS!!!!

    We drew with the World Champs. Kickettes, I think we have every right to have our own Hot 5 list, don't you?!


    • kmc says:

      Have to agree. Anything appealing about them is just totally wiped out by the way they drop at the touch of a feather. Kind of wimpy and ridiculous.

    • Liz says:

      Ahhh bla bla bla.

      We are still i Campioni del Mondo! Vanno gli azzurri!

  8. Lampsy72 says:

    I just have a thing for Alberto Gilardino and Claudio Marchisio. Hmm… Not bad, not bad… Gianluca Zambrotta is on the list.

  9. Lizzy says:

    I love how I'm not the only one wonder about where Claudio is on this list. He's special. It's just a shame all of his action pictures don't do him justice and he doesn't take off his kit like Canna does. One of these days I hope so! We all know what he's got, he should show it.

  10. Glover says:

    With the exception of Salvatore, I would say this list feels like world cup 2006, its been done.

    NeXXTTTT…….out with the old in with the new!

  11. Mrs.Ibrahimovic says:

    Not sure about Bocchetti and Buffon !
    Where is Gilardino?? and Pepe too?? <3

  12. Mrs Marchisio says:

    Omg, where is marchisio! Without him, this team is incomplete!

  13. Ady says:

    Ricardo Montolivo is also dishy. He doesn’t quite beat Canna, but who does? And he’s rather pretty in the midfield too, so we should be hearing more about him in coming years.


  14. Rory88 says:

    Girls, girls, girls…. I miss so much Borriello.. So sad about that! :( BUT.. Marchetti cheers me up!! I saw him so many times and he's so damn hot!! With Bocchetti and amazing Pazzini!!

  15. Rose says:

    Where is my Alberto Gillardino. He is by far the hottest on the Azurri!

  16. Ana Sofia says:


  17. Goosie says:

    Somewhat off-topic, however in honor of the fact that this world cup is being played on African soil, I suggest kickette does a hottest African World Cup players list.

  18. Liz says:

    If Borriello was playing, he would be NUMERO UNO!

    Where is Di Natale?

    • Rory88 says:

      You said the totally truth!! I miss Borry so much :(

    • juventina says:


      I'm actually thinking of ordering a Borriello jersey in sheer protest against this team and their horrid performances.

  19. ashree says:

    the picture of de rossi, on web juventus.theoffside.com, has a funny tag…

    according to them (which is not serious, just joking) de rossi seen yelling to Marchisio “stop singing Roma Ladrona!”


    but yea… you miss marchisio….

  20. Ofeily says:

    Where is Marchioso??????

  21. iloveemanunited. says:

    i dont see why people think buffon is fit :/
    get well soon buffon (:

    • aristeia says:

      Eh, different strokes. There must be some dudes you find hot that others don’t. For me, Gigi is gorgeous. :)

  22. elnino says:

    Cannavaro is the hottest on the Italian NT. :)

  23. Ella says:

    For me, this team is nowhere near as hot as in years past…except ofcourse for beautiful Canna.

  24. lila says:

    Where is Marchisio???????? He is SO hot….

  25. aristeia says:

    Ah, I’ve come home. *blissful sigh*

    So excited you included Sasa. The boy is fine as hell… especially sans clothing. Those hip dips… wuh. The rest, well… until they retire, it’ll be hard for other newbies to break through… the old boys are just so unbelievably hot. And Daniele, il mio uomo di montagna, hair or no hair… <3.

  26. juventina says:

    What about Marchisio?! :(
    Lippi uglied up my team this year. I don’t like him. He cut Marco and Rossi. And he will not play my bello Pazzini. He has one angry fangirl to deal with and plenty more I’m sure. He should be scared.

    GIGIIIIIIIII OMGG <3<3<3 PLEASE BB GET BETTER OMG:'( This is so sad. Canna go work you magic and make Gigi feel better! Damn, where's elfling Giovinco when you need him!

    • MrsNesta says:

      Wish you was already the NT Manager and then we know that Marco and Rossi would be playing LOL and then me, Molly and ItaliaLoveJuve can take up the posts of physio/masseuse/whatever and look after Gigi <3 :)

  27. Molly says:

    Ohhhh yum, yum!!! :) Love Canna and Gigi (poor Gigi:(). You forgot Claudio though…he needs to be added to this list some where.

    • Molly says:

      And I forgot mention my love Gianluca…I love him too! Sorry babe!

      • MrsNesta says:

        Yeh isn’t he one of your husbands? lol

        • Molly says:

          Yeah lol. I feel bad :( lol.

          • MrsNesta says:

            Haha, actually I've forgotten who my third husband is, I've got Canna, DDR and ?????, need to go back and look at thread lol Feel very bad and whoever it is will have to make it up to him big time LOL :)

  28. MrsNesta says:

    Grazie mille Kickette I can never have enough of Canna and hope Gigi makes a good recovery :) , but you forgot Claudio Marchisio <3<3<3, also I LOVE DDR's BEARD AND I WANT HIM RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! Going to watch more of WC06 in preparation for tomorrows match – FORZA AZZURRI.

  29. ba says:

    That's hooot. But one fail! You need replace the number 4 for Marchisio!

  30. C16 says:


    Fabio hands down!!

  31. Lila says:

    Ok,i admit italy's pretty hot too, but still no Spain? Such a shame..

  32. Goosie says:

    Eh, I can take or leave this team. Except for Cannavaro. He's pretty hot.