February 10th, 2011

Midweek Friendlies: Assertive Ab Adventures

Image courtesy of Kickette reader NK. Thanks!

You see the image above? This picture of Danny Agger and his abs was taken by a Kickette Soldier Girl present at the Denmark vs. England game last night. There were other photos, but unfortunately our gal’s next move was to leap the hoardings and race towards Danny, brandishing a bottle of tanning oil and a copy of ‘Tattoo Monthly’ and she was brought down by five burly security men before any contact could be made.  Her camera was damaged in the melee, as well as Danny’s shorts and a couple of innocent bystanders suffered facial scratching.

But this was mere collateral damage. Kickette Army, the above action is the commitment we’re looking for. Read this story again and again and resolve to attain the kind of proximity to elite abs that this brave lady managed.

Oh, and if anyone would like to make a contribution towards her bail money, we would be grateful. We’re kind of broke.

So on with the Midweek Results, and getting his abs out for the Kickettes wasn’t the only service young Mr Agger provided last night. He scored first in Denmark’s fixture against England in Copenhagen, although the Danes’ merriment was cut short by Darren Bent, who equalised moments later in a frenetic first half period that saw newly single (probably) Nicklas Bendtner frequently threaten. Ashley Young (left) scored the winner, offering renewed hope to Fabio Capello that he won’t be chased to into the sea by England fans and pundits for being rubbish. Yet.

2-1 was also the result in Geneva where Argentina met Portugal and Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo faced each other on the pitch for the first time since Barcelona’s 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid. It seems that Messi also got the upper hand in this fixture; although Ronaldo scored the equaliser for Portugal after Argentina took the lead via Angel Di Maria, Messi scored the ninetieth minute penalty that won the game.

A refereeing decision also played an important role in France’s 1-0 victory over Brazil, with Hernanes receiving a red card during the first half for a kick on Karim Benzema. Thanks to Yoann Gourcuff’s refusal to panic and make mad arm gestures in a crisis (left) Benzema recovered and went on to score France’s winner. (BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

France fans? Do you sense a revival in fortune here, or is the good form of your boys just a blip?

Fortunately for our exceptionally lazy editorial department, many of last night’s fixtures featured the most notable international sides playing one another. This included Germany and Italy, who played out a 1-1 draw despite both sides having several decent chances. Two of these chances fell to substitute Marco Borriello, but as you can see, he was far to distracted by his hair (above) to convert them. (Reuters/Daylife)

What the hell, Marco? If this continues, your presence in the F5 may be subject to review. Oh, who are we kidding. Marco could rock a tangerine hued mullet and we’d still have a jones.

Finally, Spain were fortunate to beat a solid Columbia side last night, with David Silva (left) coming off the bench to score a late winner. The 1-0 friendly victory was the first for the World and European champions in a while; they were recently beaten 4-1 by Argentina and 4-0 by Portugal. Slightly less narrow was the Netherlands 3-1 victory over Austria. Goals from Sneijder, Huntelaar and Kuyt sealed the win, but Croatia did better; their 4-2 victory over the Czech Republic included two from Nikola Kalinic. (Reuters/Daylife)

We’ve done our best, but as always time, space and impromptu dozing has limited our ability to cober ALL the games. The results can be found here.

Once you have availed yourself of this information, tell us how your boys fared. We’re off to pawn our jewellery for the cause.

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69 Responses to “Midweek Friendlies: Assertive Ab Adventures”

  1. lonelySTARSHINE says:

    Yoann: "So, are you gonna come here, or I make you do it???"
    Luv yaaaaaaaaaa <3

  2. Erinlfc says:

    Kickette next time you create a top 5, I expect daniel agger to be there, hes just sex on legs! Thanks for the hot pic!

  3. senora ramos says:

    damn benz…that's a very nice backside. how have i not ever noticed that before? and soooooooooo glad you weren't injured.
    oh navas…i've missed you. haven't watched sevilla much this season compared to previous ones. you are so gorgeous!!!! glad the boys won.
    depressed we missed out on playing our match :( now have to wait until next month :( (((

  4. Emma says:

    Yay my Scotland boys won too :D

  5. @Di_Elle says:

    FYI Marco just said he doesn’t have time to go to the hairstylist due to the frenzy calcio schedule, so I won't worry about it ;)

  6. Andy says:

    I can't agree more!

  7. kitty1979 says:

    Mmmmm Marco!!

  8. IrishBlue says:

    Danny is so so so hot, but looks like my ex-boyfriend so it's a bit weird all the same…ah well, I can cope with that…

  9. mochara says:

    I'm not a fan of France (I'm Irish, 'nuff said) but how can you not want them to win when someone like Yoann Gourcuff is playing? I mean, he's friggin gorgeous!

  10. Tricia says:

    No mention of Scotland's win over Northern Ireland? *tumbleweeds* it was brilliant, I tell you! Like watching Brazil! Big Phil Bardsley (of this fame http://bit.ly/h085j6) is now an honourary Scot and shall be henceforth known as Hamish McBardo.

  11. Crackers says:

    Mucho thanks to the Kickette soldier girl who brought us Danny Agger shirtless!

    and that pic of Yoann? PHWOAR. He's hot enough to distract me from poor Benzema, and seriously, Kickette, do you NEED more evidence that this boy should be back in his natural home- the F5?

  12. @aristeia says:

    Holy hell Danny… HOLY HELL.

    I love internationals b/c I love to watch my Azzurri play, but it is stressful worrying about all my club players' potential to be injured. I'm happy b/c no one was injured badly this time around. Dirkie scored, Danny scored, and my 2 Frenchies were amazing. Philou in particular was a freaking warrior… pulling off the kind of tackles that makes a lady swoon (at least this lady).

    I do have some concerns (Thiago Motta? GTFO, please.) but I see a lot of promise w/ our new lineups w/ gli Azzurri. Ranocchia struggled a little in the beginning, but really blossomed and Rossi and Borriello are fantastic together. Most importantly, we had our SuperGigi back… seeming him in between the sticks w/ the armband on makes my heart soar.

  13. Maria says:

    Yoann Gourcuff is my lover. Ok I lied but a girl can dream. And I can't get enough of that sexy man Marco Borriello people said he has an ego to rival Cristiano Ronaldo and all I can say is who cares? Just look at him. In all truth I met Marco Borri and he very friendly and I almost fainted when I saw him. Ciao Bella!

  14. @AgnesWonka says:

    Well done Argentina and England!!!
    I love how "Nicklas Bendtner single" sounds!

  15. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    He is so fast, and I love his unpredictability. Every time he gets tackled I think he's gonna break though. He's so thin. I hope that he will stay clear of any new injuries, and that Sevilla will regain their form. But the clothes…. I know what you mean. They are terrible and often very ill fitted. He looks mighty fine in a suit, though.

  16. nandosfreckles says:

    well helloooo there Danny-boy! you're looking fine!

    oh and seriously Kickette, we need more Navas and his freakishly gorgeous eyes!

  17. I have looked at that pic of Daniel all day, Im glad i didnt have to do any work he is the most gorgeous man. He is in my top 5 now

  18. Cristina says:

    I love Yoann Gourcuff :)

  19. Caitlin says:

    Have to agree with you! I think he has a great body, but I too was slightly shocked when I saw his back in all its glory…

  20. Deanna says:

    I am overjoyed with my lil Silva!
    Have you seen this!? I could listen to it all day… http://www.rtve.es/mediateca/videos/20110209/del-…
    Mmmmmm after 0:40

  21. JulieFromParis says:

    Magic Mou yeah, hope he will keep up with the good work at the casa blanca cause i know it will pay in the end.

  22. ohhh Daniel *passes out*

  23. Soon2beWifeOfNAsri says:

    Love this, best.comment.ever!

  24. JulieFromParis says:

    I love our new French jerseys, kinda classy polo shirts, that's french spirit guys. And to the brazilian squad, considered your pretty tanned selves warned, keep your feet off of our Benzegoal's precious chest. Wish he would be more of a Benzegoal with Madrid though…. ;)

  25. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Although we scandinavians have this kind of love-hate relationship with each other (with the swedes often perceived as the arrogant big brother) I must say that I really enjoy that first photo! I'm so glad that it happened to be Agger that the brave Kickette soldier girl came upon! *mumbles*And Sweden lost on penaltys…

    And thank you for the rare picture of Navas! He is one of those that, to me, could be nr 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 on the Finest Five list.

    • Bri says:

      I completely agree about Navas. He was the only member of the spanish team that elicited squeals of glee from every single girl in the room when I was watching the game. Love him.

  26. ThatWelshOne says:

    First off…thank you to the Kickette Soldier who took this photo of Daniel Agger, you have made a very wet, rainy Welsh day better for this girl. If I ever see you, I will buy you a vodka :-)

    Secondly, that picture with Lashes waving his arms, so funny! I love him!

    Lastly…Hello Mr Navas. Have we met? No? Well we must! NOW!

  27. JA7 says:

    THIS IS WHY I LOVE THIS SPORT.
    Thank god for danny agger's abs..he's effin beautiful!

  28. SoccerrLoverrr says:

    LOOOL u gotta love gourcuff and his hand gestures! He's just too cuteeee!!

  29. Blackwood says:

    damn, I missed the chance to watch Kjaer to support my team… the game kind of sucked, and I think Ronaldo scored that goal in that way just because he wanted to have a chance to be all over Romero.

  30. simone says:

    Lionel messi proved once again that he really suck without his Barca teammates.

    • Deb Stimson says:

      I don't know about "suck" but he SHOULD play better with Barca. These guys have played together for so long and on a daily basis. He's going to be more in sync with them than with his national team.

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      And by suck you mean giving an assist and scoring a goal? Perhaps it is his teammates in the NT that sucks? Ok, of course they don't. It is just an equally absurd idea as the one that Messi would suck.

  31. Niina says:

    Also, this is important. I thought I glimpsed the bare back of Sergio Ramos exit the pitch at Santiago Bernabeu. Now was that just my overactive imagination, or can someone confirm? And more importantly, does anyone have a frontal view?

    • JulieFromParis says:

      I confirm and after intensive google search i can provide you with the bare back, just keep scrolling down and check out the video with Silva's speaking to the TVE reporter, you'll see your favorite bare back there ;)
      http://bluenicole.tumblr.com/

      • Deb Stimson says:

        Arbeloa & Ramos carried on the head rubbing after a goal gesture, as they do with Madrid. funny!

      • Niina says:

        YESS! I knew I wasn't dreaming! I was able to totally ignore Silva but notice those tattooed shoulders go by, so I'll give myself some credit for being obsessive and observative. But I guess we'll just have to wait for another game to get the frontal view. He has been very giving in the removal-of-clothing department, so I don't think it'll be too long ;)

  32. lorena_yGp says:

    New France kits are AMAZING!!! Especially on Yoann!!! hmmm probably the first time I want to see him in clothes…;-)

    • Deb Stimson says:

      The commentators were saying they were made out of recycled plastic. Of course, they commented about how tight they were but…I expect there weren't too many others complaining about it….I sure wasn't!

    • Crackers says:

      Yes, it's not usual for football jerseys to look *stylish*, but if any team should have style, it's France.

    • chay says:

      yes, they look quite good, don't they! really shows off their physique … and i am not complaining!

  33. Niina says:

    The Kickette Soldier Girl responsible for the leading photo, I salute you! You have totally captured the essence of Agger. The Abs… And the tattoos are fan-tastic.

  34. Leya_S says:

    No lie, Colombia gave Spain a run for their money. David Villa continued his love affair with the post, and then put the (open net) rebound wide. I wanted to comfort him so badly.
    I would also like to point out that Navas looks simply adorbs in that pic with David Silva.
    Hernanes De-Jonged Benzema and I had a total flashback and was like "Xabiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!"
    Danny Agger should pretty much ALWAYS be shirtless, btw…

    • Crackers says:

      The post really is his best friend sometimes, seems like – by the time he was subbed out for Nando, I had the same urge to comfort him.

      And then I wanted to comfort poor Pique even more, though I guess he has a Colombian who might be better at that than I :) And v. glad Spain didn't end the match as a draw, of course- they have to stop getting thumped on so much in friendlies, I don't want them getting demoralised (no worries of that right now, thanks to Navas and Silva).

      I didn't watch the Brazil-France friendly, but OUCH, poor Benzema, that sounds like it hurt! 'De-Jonged' should totally be a legitimate verb, now.

  35. Wow says:

    Kickette there was couple of Brizilian beauties on the pitch, France/Brizil match did you see?!

  36. @Lyandra says:

    How much do I love Agger? Let me count thee ways. Not least after this weekend against Chelsea :D

  37. xMrsNavas says:

    CHRISTIAAAN ERIKSEENNN!! ;D he plays for Ajax nananananaa x'] hahah okay sorry (aa)

    AND OH MY GASH, FINALLYY I SEE A PICTURE OF JESÚS NAVAS HEREE *sigh* love him ;3
    He made the assist by the goal of Silva (aa) yeaahh I was sooo happyy<33

    • Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

      I know, there ain't nearly enough Navas in here! I'm so sorry I didn't get to see the game.

  38. Lady Liverpool says:

    There really aren’t enough posts on Daniel Agger. Since the Torres ordeal has left my heart in tatters, he’s become my favorite Liverpool player after being second for a very long time.

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  40. D0li says:

    I wish they had more pics of the spanish team, happy they won but wish Portugal did as well..

    • chay says:

      yes, that was a difficult one: two of my top national teams up against each other: PT vs. ARG. PT is always top of my list, so it was bittersweet, ARG's win. Sad happy, sad happy–makes me feel neurotic! :-P

      And i am glad that it was leo messi who scored the winning goal. I like to pretend it was a slight thorn in CRon's side (I doubt LM saw it that way, but CR? Yes).

  41. gin_in_teacups says:

    As if I needed more reasons to be in love with Danny Agger. Kickette, I love you, but you are throwing my hormones into overdrive.

    Sadly I didn't get to watch the Spain-Colombia game but I'm glad we won it and very happy that it came from dear little David Silva.

    • Caitlin says:

      David Silva is so cute! Wish he was featured a bit more on here…

    • Deb Stimson says:

      Silva with an assist from Navas…they come on as subs and look what happens! :p

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        I love the entire NT but sometimes you just feel the extra love for the guys who aren't usually the stars. And then they come on and kick a$$! SO happy about that!

    • dendrobiem says:

      And by missing the Spain-Colombia match, you missed Iker taking off his pants!! o-O

      • gin_in_teacups says:

        SHUT UP! Ahhhh what is my life?

        Now please tell me in detail about this pantlessness.

        • emily says:

          If you can use ESPN3.com, watch the replay of the match, skip all the way to the end (1:56:00) and you will see the guys walking off the field. You have to watch for a few seconds, but it happens right at the end. He's wearing those stupid base layers that we hate so much, but you can still use your imagination.
          I emailed a screen cap to Una and I will post it on my blog, as well.

  42. blake2108 says:

    Shallow of me I know. But I'd have done at least 5 of that Denmark squad last night! Possibly more!

    Daniel Agger being one, who's back tattoo is quite amazing http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l102/bluemig/bp…

    Loved Kjaer, Eriksen, Bendtner, Lingaard, Wass and Sorensen too.

    See, told you it was more than 5. A sexy Dane for every day of the week!

    I'd just have Kjaer though if i'm not being greedy.

  43. HiL says:

    Oh, loved the Agger pic. nice one NK!
    I was present in the Israel vs Serbia match last night, i'll upload my pics later and see if I got a good Krasic one! :O :P