June 23rd, 2008

Euro 2008: Fire on the Pitch

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images via AFP, AP Photo

If there are any readers out there who are expecting us to string a complete or coherent sentence together about the sheer talent on the pitch last night, step aside and enjoy the rest of your non-Spanish-filled day.

Everyone else, please do click through for the rambling/photos.

First off, let us clarify that by talent, we’re certainly not talking about actual football skills as lord knows what was going on out there for the first 90++ minutes. 

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We’re talking about the visual delights by way of Nando looking rather swell (we know we weren’t the only ones who saw him slide across the grass, shirt on the rise, shorts on the rise) (also, a frustrated subbed Nando is a bizarrely sexy Nando); The Ramos for removing his jersey as soon as it was legally possible; David Villa and all of his pocket-sized, nearly mullet cuteness; equally wee, equally cute David Silva; Cesc Fabregas who manned up for the occasion and took things home nicely; and Iker?

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Really, is there anything hotter than the testosterone-filled, amped up reaction from a finely tuned, foreign-language speaking athlete in his prime who has just blocked a PK?  No, there is not.  And if you don’t know why, we shall tell you: because we like to imagine that the victory/war face Iker makes is the same as his sex face.  There, we said it.

Also, Iker has freckles – did you know? Double also: he’s a little nuts. It’s a fantastic combination.

For those so inclined, it’s Iker Monday in the SBA message boards.  You know you want to.

Side note: it sucks to have Italy out of the competition. We won’t get to see what facial hair developments Luca Toni had planned. Was it a moustache? A goatee? Leftover supper? We may never know.

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65 Responses to “Euro 2008: Fire on the Pitch”

  1. kaya says:

    Actually, Andy Gray has been the best thing to happen to U.S. football coverage. For the World Cup, we had to listen to JP Dellacamera and John Harkes commentate most of the matches. Most people I know watched ESPN hi-def, muted the volume, and turned on Telemundo to listen to the coverage… even if they didn't understand spanish. Besides EA's FIFA games, I hadn't heard Andy Gray commentate, so I was skeptical. IMO, he's pretty good. I can't say the same for Tommy Smyth and Derek Ray (the other 2 ESPN commentators for the Euro). You have to understand, too, that just hearing Andy Gray's accent is enough to makes us americans giggle with delight… Yes, the bias towards spain was clear, but then again, who besides italian fans wanted Italy to win?

  2. Stephanie?sBojan says:

    luca toni said he was going to grow his mustache out until he scored a goal. that is the luca toni facial hair news.

  3. mikaela says:

    indeed, nando has never looked hotter. yes, even when subbed (especially when subbed?!). i felt like taking him in my arms and comforting him saying "it's ok nando, you can score with me". ofcourse the actual football was shite, but who cares when the spaniard are so smokin' hot.

  4. FLORE says:

    I sooooo love this site! It is always full of great pics of our fav footie guys! Keep up the fab work Kickette!

  5. Genevieve says:

    Iker was looking pretty damn hot yesterday especially in his little singlet at the end although I do think he looks better with slightly longer hair… And yeah, wtf re Luca Toni's facial hair??

  6. Paris says:

    Iker was amazing as was the rest of the Spanish team well done to the hottest team ever they deserve it!!!

  7. IkerFan says:

    yessss!!!! the fact that italy was going home by my favourite team in the world is just perfect!! I LOVE YOU IKER!!!!

  8. rania says:

    oh yeah, and Luca Toni looked like a 80's porn star. What was that all about?

  9. lose that girl says:

    You gals have convinced me. Iker is HOT!! And Cesc even had me all a flutter too! Congrats!! Fancy a blog? Visit lose that girl

  10. Laura Dagger says:

    Wooooooooooo VIVA ESPANA! With spain top on i screamed and jumped on my couch while my bf abused me for caring too much! I didnt want pens but had total faith in Iker, what a *! Love love love him and the Ramos for always removing his shirt and having a much better game than recently. Yes Cesc did well for a littlun and Silva for LFC, yes please! Oh Kickette i did not miss the Nando slide avec shorts riding up his thigh! Where are those pics? Your directing people to the SBA without a health warning? Most of us haven’t slept very much in days and were starting to ramble incoherently.. Eww you had Andy Gray Sarah?!

  11. kaya says:

    Actually, B, I agree with you that the publicly accepted racism in spanish football is a large part of the reason I don't consider myself a fan of Spain… but to mention this in comparison to Italy is totally hilarious. At least in la Liga, they seem to make some half-hearted attempts to address the monkey calls. In Serie A, it's kind of accepted along with the hitler salutes of the fascist contingents of clubs like Lazio. Hell, at least the spanish players don't get in on the act like I've read the italian players do.

  12. rania says:

    'sheer talent on the pitch last night'??? sorry kickette, but it looked like a bunch of flops on the pitch that night, bar Fabregas. It was such a dire affair and a sad example of the beautiful game! Italy playing defensively and Spain not have the grit to break through. Happy as heck for Fab though – he deserves the spotlight (did it much better than Terry, eh?) And i am beginning to dislike Torres as much as I dislike C-Ron. He ISNT good looking in the slightest and seems to go down in the same fashion. UGGHHH. I missed cannavaro :(

  13. kaya says:

    Sarah, To be fair, I think Andy Gray's bias was far less than any other objective person's watching the broadcast! Besides the comments about the refereeing for this match, the only bias I caught was towards the end of the Greece vs Sweden game in which his said something like "I don't want to say I'm happy, but I'm happy", which was hilarious. I was terrified of a repeat of the Disaster of 2004 after which I swore I would boycott watching international football in light of Greece's success. You can't blame the man for stating the truth! As far as the racisim thing goes, no, I don't think the spanish players are. Unfortunately, there's still a lot of right-wing manifestation in the supporters' sections of european football everywhere: it's just that Italy and Spain seem to have the biggest problems in the W. European countries. The only problem with the spanish players is that they think by combining some Catalanos, Castellanos and Vascos they're international and/or interracial =) One of the funniest things I've ever seen is the language selection menu on a typical Madrid atm machine.

  14. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Sarah – the English commentators all have major crushes on Cesc. You'd think he saved the world sometimes rather than made a good pass.

  15. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Sarah – the English commentators all have major crushes on Cesc. You’d think he saved the world sometimes rather than made a good pass.

  16. CR7 Lover says:

    I was going for both teams as I like players on both sides. So I was happy David and Cesc made their penalties. But I'm also sad Italy are out. But really I don't know what they expect when they play boring non-attacking football.

  17. TammyV says:

    Freya I agree… I told everyone that I love the Dutch and watchd them or the Czechs to win (because of my love of a couple of their players), but I seriously think that Spain deserved to go very far and even win it because they realized that hot was a team requirement.

  18. MissusLGarcia says:

    Indeed it is =D I never thought Villa would do such a thing though. Come on, he’s not a slag is he? HaHa.

  19. TammyV says:

    Freya I agree… I told everyone that I love the Dutch and watchd them or the Czechs to win (because of my love of a couple of their players), but I seriously think that Spain deserved to go very far and even win it because they realized that hot was a team requirement.

  20. Moongirl says:

    Forgive my lack of comment im still a little overwhelmed by it all!!!

  21. Baby Freya (Mrs Arbeloa) says:

    Spain deserve to win if not for their great footballers then for the fact that the clearly have the hottest team ever to enter the Euros and as long as they keep the man piles coming i am happy for them to go all the way!

  22. kaya says:

    So in brit english, wifebeater = singlet? Makes it sound so proper: it's gotta go.

  23. P says:

    AMAZING GAME LAST SUNDAY! Every time Iker would block a goal I wanted to run to him and kiss him… on second thought, I always want to run to him and kiss him! I couldn't concentrate on what I was doing and to think that I had exams the next day! It only made my monday better! Torres was totally on fire. Torres – Buffon lovefest! LOL! Sergio Ramos = Hot. Sergio Ramos topless = Hotter! It was such a hot game! Seriously. Finally it seems that we'll see Spain in the Championship finals! Woohoo to more hotness! QUESTION: Where the hell is XABI?? I haven't seen him play in a while!

  24. Villa*baby says:

    If only I were on Iker`s place…:) I don`t know why, but that Villa guy really turns me on… I watched that game three times, and not because I enjoy watching the game.;) I wish he was a bit taller (and not married, of course)…

  25. Innocenza says:

    I think my porny lil heart just essploded. It’s taken me this long to get my big girl words out. Thanks, Kickette!

  26. Laura Dagger says:

    Wooooooooooo VIVA ESPANA! With spain top on i screamed and jumped on my couch while my bf abused me for caring too much! I didnt want pens but had total faith in Iker, what a *! Love love love him and the Ramos for always removing his shirt and having a much better game than recently. Yes Cesc did well for a littlun and Silva for LFC, yes please! Oh Kickette i did not miss the Nando slide avec shorts riding up his thigh! Where are those pics? Your directing people to the SBA without a health warning? Most of us haven't slept very much in days and were starting to ramble incoherently.. Eww you had Andy Gray Sarah?!

  27. lose that girl says:

    You gals have convinced me. Iker is HOT!! And Cesc even had me all a flutter too! Congrats!!

    Fancy a blog? Visit lose that girl

  28. Avenath says:

    Oh my!….Torres sliding on the pitch was worth watching the entire match for…he is HOT!!!…period!…that pix of The Ramos is rather disturbing…have never been a fan, but this is slowly changing my mind…and why on earth is Iker wearing wearing that white singlety thingy??…these things ought to be banned…it's unfair to us ladies…speaking of banned, the stain passing off as a moustache above Luca Toni's mouth must go…

  29. Sarah says:

    I was seriously crazy yesterday. My whole family heard my shouted declarations of love to Iker when he saved that second penalty, and when Cesc scored the last goal I squealed like an idiot and ran around the room a few times. Needless to say, I was wearing my Fabregas jersey (that's the second time I've worn it during the Euros, and the second time he's scored. It's definitely good luck)! The announcers also wanted Spain to win, you could so tell. They kept calling the ref out on his millions of bad calls, you could tell they totally wanted to punch him. Andy Gray even said something like "hopefully, after this match, he won't be refereeing much more!" And right before Cesc took his shot they were going on about how young he was but how he's such a mature player, and then Gray goes "Good luck, son!" :D

  30. Vinandi says:

    Iker Iker Iker! Without a doubt the hottest footballer on the the planet!!!!

    shaggable, huggable and marriagable!!!!!

    Spain to win- only so we can see more of his pure, latent, blatant, sexiness!!!!

  31. ^^K^^ says:

    OH THANKYOU! *big kiss to Kickette*

    I happen to live in a country where the shirt-removals and such of Spanish ballers aren’t appreciated enough, resulting in a boring studio discussion session featuring bald ex-footballers being shown instead of the aftermath of the games. So thankyou :-*

    IKER IS THE SEX.

  32. Ice Princess says:

    Oooh, I can feel the Iker love in the air. What a nice set of pictures to brighten up an otherwise horrible Monday. Thanks Kickette!

    P.S. The Ramos is looking hot in that picture ^.^

  33. MrsLuis&&David; says:

    Villa is humpin’ Casillas in the pic.
    How disturbing.

  34. Rachel says:

    So So So much hottness.

    This match left me lost for words, but dear Ms Kickette you summed up all of my emotions perfectly.

    Lately i have started finally getting Fernando . He is hot. He is cute. He is sweet. (please excuse my lack of more decriptive language and real sentences, as i look at him really this is the best i can do)

    Same with “The Ramos”. He never use to register with me. I use to look at his picture and think “oh Sergio looks like a girl” and move on. Then his name was changed to “the Ramos” and suddenly i was hooked on in. I think i even love the hair.  His willingness to show us his body is also fantastic.

    Iker Iker Iker.  I am a little worried about how my love (obession really) for him is growing. I have not been this fixated on a person i have never met, sice Hanson when i was 12.

    In confirmation of my patheticness, yesterday,  i was googling Iker with Spanish google, (my Spanish is pretty bad) and think that i read that Iker and Eva are maybe broken up. He apparently went to the Real Madrid Dinner at the end of the season with his Mum, when all the oher players went with their partners. Is this true? Did I read wrong? Can more educated Kickettes shed light?

  35. Cherry says:

    The ref was crap, but he’s been crap the entire tournament. That aside, very happy Spain won. And of course Fernando looked good. He always looks good. In spite of the ginger hair.

  36. Aoife says:

    Kickette you found the picture!! <3 <3 <3 Major love.

    I had this comment all typed out and deleted it. V clever.

    Iker and random Spaniard rolling around in joy is THE hottest thing ever.

    Subbed Fernando is the sexiest thing ever. Love that pout.

    Cesc sending his team into the semis! Can we remember that he;s only turned 21 last month?! I’m in awe of how he managed to convert that peno with all that pressure on him. Love you Sexy Fibreglass and your hairy arms.

    The Ramos, shirtless. Times like that you need your SBA girlies and not your boyfriend by your side. He did appreciate The Ramos.

    Viva La Furia Roja!! Bring on the Russians! =)

  37. HIIT says:

    lol: “a frustrated subbed Nando is a bizarrely sexy Nando”. Indeed!

    The ref: he offered up some pretty shocking stuff. Just pray that today, he either retired or was fired.

    The game: god awful. One of the worse of the tournament! I was trying desperately not to fall asleep but I am only too happy that Italy is finally out.

  38. Gina Villamelon says:

    Oh jeeze, the pain I go through for these boys. I popped my shoulder out when the Italians missed a penalty kick, but it was totally worth it. Iker is an absolute star!! I didn't miss the Nando slide either, in fact, I asked for a replay and I got one :) I'm so happy still, I think I'm going to go and carry on celebrating in the SBA thread. Those Spaniards sure know how to keep us on the edge of our seats!!

  39. cheska_so_fierce says:

    congrats spain! iker's undergarment was positively retro. and zexy… i didn't see his freckles though. italy out was a lil heartbreaking. i also wanna see luca's science project on his lovely face. =(

  40. one_love=cesc_fabreg says:

    i couldnt take my eyes of anyone in the game!.. the man love thing was incredibly irresistable!! aaahhhhh… dayuuuummmmmm…. whoo is it just me or things r getting hot in here?!!

  41. Alexandra Pato says:

    i rooted for spain, and i don't regret it… they just look better… but i'm a little sad for the italians…

  42. Brandy says:

    I'm Italian to the core, but when Iker blocked that first and then second PK, I was smiling :) He's my absolute number one love! LOVE ME SOME IKER! Was I lame for feeling proud of my fantasy husband?! I couldn't be mad, Spain played better and actually were trying to win, and they overcame all the bad ref calls, so BRAVO! With Italy out, it's sad, the tournament will be less beautiful, but at least I still have wee yet delectible Spain to root for!!! Oh, and The Ramos with his shirt off.. he is slowly climbing his way into my sizzle sector :)

  43. rvpstar says:

    Please Sapin please win tonight…we need to see the very sexy Iker, Nando and Cesc in the final

  44. FLORE. says:

    SPAIN ARE THE MOST SEXIEST SQUAD IN THE TOURNAMENT. FERNANDO IS VERY SEXY WHETHER GRINNING OR FROWNING, HE HAS ALL THE RIGHT QUALITIES. AND WHEN YOU HEAR HIM TALKING IN HIS NORTHERN SPANISH ACCENT, WELL HE'S JUST GORGEOUS! YEH! SERGIO IS A SEXY GUY TOO! AND IKER!!

  45. Becca x says:

    Iker, Nando And Villa … what More Could a Girl Want!? :P Come On Boys!

  46. Shers says:

    Silva is just killin'. He's so damn cute. *sighs* I want a pet version of him.

  47. kaya says:

    That game was so godawful boring, but I was jumping around screaming when Casillas made those stops and when Fabregas made his PK. Even without Pirlo, and with Luca Toni being so untterly terrible, Spain managed to give me many heart attacks in defense/lack of offense. Italy have been so painful to watch this tournament, I'm just relieved they didn't manage another Italian job to go to the semis. Espana were pretty poor, but hey, the Italians have a way of bringing out the worst in matches. I'm just over the moon that the better and hotter team won! Viva Espana! Oh yea, and Toni and his nano-stache reminded me of the 13 year old chicano boys I went to jr high school with showing off their first facial hairs…

  48. Hardly Workin' says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Luca T's terrible mustache. His upper lip was the most entertaining aspect of that matchup. Everytime they zoomed in for a Luca closeup, I giggled my ass off. I'm sad to see it go.

  49. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Iker will forever live on in our memories as the greatest keeper and he's officially been upgraded from Saint Iker to God Iker. The Ramos shirtless made my night as well. And Nando being subbed was sexy even if a little sad. I can't wait to watch their match against Russia. Although I'm a sad Italy is out of the tournament I am not sad to see Luca's mustache go because it was doing nothing for him.

  50. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I know Tammyv!!!! I thought after his amazing game playing with the 'reserves' he was sure to get on at least as a sub!! But, no, the creepy coach still doesn't realise how bloomin' fantastic he is *sigh* Maybe he should let him rub his thigh as Villa and The Ramos did…….??

  51. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    One complaint: Where the hell was Xabi?? I need some Xabster!!!!

  52. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oh Iker, Iker, Iker!!! What a man! And the more picture's I look at, the more I'm loving that he kept his wife-beater on, he looks smokin'!! The game was dull to say the least and my crush on Luca Toni has completely dissapeard, but what an ending! The Ramos picture is soo horny!! Yummers!! Ahhh, I'm going to keep replaying that man pile in my head to get me through the day……Spain officially have the hottest celebrations ever!! Fact. Oh and yes, I too noticed Nando's bum slide, and I don't even fancy him! Can't wait till thursday now!! Viva Espanya!!!!

  53. TammyV says:

    MXA – Where the hell was Xabi?? that was all strange to me to! As I texted to the my girls yesterday "Iker = perfection" that is all. Fantastic match, good it was pretty too.

  54. Avenath says:

    Ladies, you can check out the Buffon-Nando lovefest in slow-mo here – http://youtube.com/watch?v=9lPa59mGHcQ …enjoy ;)

  55. Aoife says:

    The random Spaniard is Villa. That's even hotter…

  56. Aoife says:

    I can't comment in this box! See the old yoke for my squeeing. =( It posted! Kickette you found the picture!! Major love. I had this comment all typed out and deleted it. V clever. Iker and random Spaniard rolling around in joy is THE hottest thing ever. Subbed Fernando v hot also. Love that pout. Cesc sending his team into the semis! Can we remember that he's only turned 21 last month?! I?m in awe of how he managed to convert that peno with all that pressure on him. Love you Sexy Fibreglass and your hairy arms. The Ramos, shirtless. Times like that you need your SBA girlies and not your boyfriend by your side. He did appreciate The Ramos. Viva La Furia Roja!! Bring on the Russians! =)

  57. FootballerChick43 - says:

    Pic 3 scares me a tad.

  58. Mrs. Podolski says:

    These are some pretty good pictures and Sergio Ramos is so hot I am glad that the Spanish team won.

  59. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Iker will forever live on in our memories as the greatest keeper and he’s officially been upgraded from Saint Iker to God Iker. The Ramos shirtless made my night as well. And Nando being subbed was sexy even if a little sad. I can’t wait to watch their match against Russia. Although I’m a sad Italy is out of the tournament I am not sad to see Luca’s mustache go because it was doing nothing for him.

  60. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    I know Tammyv!!!! I thought after his amazing game playing with the ‘reserves’ he was sure to get on at least as a sub!! But, no, the creepy coach still doesn’t realise how bloomin’ fantastic he is *sigh* Maybe he should let him rub his thigh as Villa and The Ramos did…….??

  61. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    One complaint: Where the hell was Xabi?? I need some Xabster!!!!

  62. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Oh Iker, Iker, Iker!!! What a man! And the more picture’s I look at, the more I’m loving that he kept his wife-beater on, he looks smokin’!! The game was dull to say the least and my crush on Luca Toni has completely dissapeard, but what an ending! The Ramos picture is soo horny!! Yummers!! Ahhh, I’m going to keep replaying that man pile in my head to get me through the day……Spain officially have the hottest celebrations ever!! Fact. Oh and yes, I too noticed Nando’s bum slide, and I don’t even fancy him! Can’t wait till thursday now!! Viva Espanya!!!!

  63. TammyV says:

    MXA – Where the hell was Xabi?? that was all strange to me to! As I texted to the my girls yesterday “Iker = perfection” that is all. Fantastic match, good it was pretty too.

  64. Sarah says:

    kaya, I agree completely. I actually quite like Andy Gray, as I tend to agree with what he says. Even if it is slightly biased sometimes. And yes, Tommy Smythe is kind of a moron, he says very stupid things. About the racism thing, it’s definitely not limited to just Spain. Although I know Aragones has made some racist comments in the past…the main reason why I don’t like him and won’t be sad to see him go. (The other reason being he often makes silly decisions on who to play.) But that’s hardly the players fault. I’ve never heard anything about the Spanish team being racist, they all seem like very nice down-to-earth guys.

  65. Erin says:

    Hooooray, Espagne!!!! My love is primarily for the Liverpool boys…sorry not to have seen Xabi on the pitch last night, but always love to see Nando. They deserved the win–they were the only team who went out and even tried to win it during the 120 minutes. The italians played dirty, as per usual. So the penalties went the right away. And here’s to The Ramos for knowing what it is the girls want to see…and it ain’t his face! ;)