May 3rd, 2010

World Cup Countdown: Vanity Fair Brings The Pants

Image copyright Vanity Fair

It’s a bank holiday, this weekend’s footy has exhausted us, and our credit card bill is due in the mail tomorrow.

So: We really needed this Vanity Fair June issue teaser photograph of Sulley Muntari (too late to pull the “shy” card now, luv), Landon Donovan (doo rag or t-shirt?), Kaká (ace bedhead), Samuel Eto’o (gold star fo’ sho), and Pato (groom fail).

As you can see, the media powers that be in America have woken up to the importance of photographing football stars in their skivvies prior to the biggest sporting event in the world. (38 days to go!)

North American Kickettes: from now on, if you have the ick and displeasure of running into someone who doesn’t “get” this sport, show them the above photo. At the very least, you can discuss Armani briefs vs Calvins, one of the more important debates of our generation.

Link: The World Cup Stars Wear Their Flags (There’s video, btw. We really do recommend you head over.)

Thanks A!

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133 Responses to “World Cup Countdown: Vanity Fair Brings The Pants”

  1. julia says:

    Went to the shops before to get some random stuff..and had a look at the magazines and guess what I found there? Yes, the new issue of Vanity Fair. Don’t even ask if I bought it. Let’s just say that there were some pretty nice pics in it…. GAAAAAAH

    • senora ramos says:

      damn i got the wrong mag today ::wah:: guess i'll be stopping on the way home :)

      • julia says:

        no way :( you have to get the new one.. GOSH i've looked at the front page for about an hour or so, cristiano's body is just riddiculuosly hot!! it's really hard to read the articles though cause you just focus on the pics..

    • NinyaC says:

      After work I’m going straight to a mag stand.

  2. Me says:

    Definitely Donovan my favorite, I like pato as well…It is nice to see the U.S. getting more into soccer…..I really wish I can see more of Michael Bradley somewhere!!

  3. Me says:

    and they forgot Pique!!!

  4. Anita says:

    OMG!!! =O this picture made my day!!!! =D

    They looooooook soooooo HOT!!!! i love Pato and Kaka <3

    Thanks Vanity Fair

  5. lidoli says:

    Cris looks AMAZING in the cover!!! Im buying this issue NOW!

  6. Mariam says:

    hm… i wish yoann was a model in this shoot. that would be amazing

  7. Moni says:

    Pato Looks So Hot <3 !!

    I Wish There Were More Latin Players .. Spain or Argentina !!

    The Cover Is Scary :|


  8. Molly says:

    I spoke to my grandma last night and she is going to send this to me from the USA!!! Yayy so excited :) ! Kaka looks like a hottie and Landon Donavan is starting to become one of my American favourites. He should be standing up though so we can see his body. The others I really don't care about but whatever, I'll take Ricky Kaka and Landon :) !

    • mamaly says:

      Your grandma rocks

      • Molly says:

        Doesn't she!!! Like how many other grandma's do people know that would send their granddaughter a magazine with mostly naked men on the cover…not too many lololol :) ! But she's great!

  9. Tach says:

    *SIGH* they all look so do-able :D

  10. Emilija says:

    When is this on newsstands? I might actually buy this magazine now. This will be two months in a row (Grace Kelly was on the last one, always been a favourite of mine).

  11. taly says:

    it's perfect

    i can't stop smiling

    but what about english, italian and spanish players?

    and finally i want to see Higuain shirtless . don't be do shy Pipita

    • eatmyboost says:

      They probably didn’t have English players because D-Beck will have been on the cover before, I expect. And Spain players – Iker isn’t famous outside Spain so there would be no point. And Italians – Buffon and Canna are famous enough but they probably couldn’t get them for some reason.

      • senora ramos says:

        i think they'll probably have someone from every country once the mag comes out. and iker IS famous outside of spain. he's one of if not the best keepers in the world. honestly, people who watch would know who he is and people who don't watch won't have a clue who any of these people are!

  12. kathmcp says:

    Lord, didn't Drogba come across as a complete tosser with the attitude he gave Stankovic in the video clip.

    • lorena_chanel says:

      @kathmcp it's Drogba has something against Serbian national team :-D he totally ignores Stankovic,slaps Vida in Champions League final in 2008… Ohh well I last all of my respect for Drogba SOOO LONG AGO!!! But have to admit-he looks good in that picture posing next to CR9! :-D Or I am just liking the fact that he is standing next to FINE Cristiano :-D

      • kathmcp says:

        I vote that you are just liking the fact that he is standing next to CR9 :)

  13. livealittle says:

    i’m so happy that a magazine like Vanity Fair has put something about the World Cup out to hopefully help my fellow Americans finally see the light…but at the same time i’m twerked there was NO spanish representation. i mean, hello?!?! hottest national team by far and the European champions and they get nothing?? no Xabi? no Fernando? no SAN IKER?!?!?…but, i s’pose we just gotta take it one step at a time…we’re a little slow on the uptake sometimes…

    • Pos918 says:

      I don't think spain has the hottest national team. I'll take Ramos and pass on the rest. The hottest of all is Christianoooooo, as long as he is in there Im happy!!!! :) :) :) :)

  14. hodan says:

    i dont get the kaka fawning he looks like an accountant.

    • NinyaC says:

      A VERY HOT ACCOUNTANT! ♥ Where do I meet an accountant who looks like him tell me please?!!!! And I'll move there!

  15. kailee says:

    don't worry ladies! i am on the getting the US into this movement. kickettes UNITE!

  16. footbalista says:

    OMG made my DAYYY <3 <3 i went to the store today, but the only ones they had were the May, grace Kelly ones!! Ah when does it come out?

  17. Inés says:

    uuuhhhh! this is what I’m talking about!

  18. Mariam says:

    kaka looks so hot!!!! i’m so jealous of carol.

  19. doli says:

    I just realized, why is Kaka the only one wearing jeans?

  20. carly says:

    Wow, I had no idea VF was so slutty haha :)

    • laz says:

      well in their last edition they did photograph some of tiger woods ons/affair girls…

      i think VF is meant to be a high society classy mag as such but after reading some of their articles it just seems like the upper class/high culture version of ok or hello but i could be wrong

      i'm still interested to read this article in full though!

  21. Mel says:

    Mmmmm. Hello Ricardo. Kaka is sooooooooooooooo hot in that pic! He should walkj around like that in public every day. In fact, someone should pay him to do so!!!

    Ronaldos body is too much. But he matches Drogba very well. When they retire from football, they can go into professionel bodybuilding! ……

    Landon Donovan looks like the Average Joe, who was invited to the shoot, he is not nearly as fit as the others. Perhaps that’s the difference between the European league level and the North American level……

    • Diane says:

      Hi Mel and ladies!

      I am in LA – and just found all of you and this site (I already love it and all of you!) and, perhaps I can speak for Los Angeles and its take on Landon Donovan. With all due respect, he is not the biggest deal here, most – esp women – do not know who he is. I personally would not have put him in this class but since it's an American edition … what can I say … there IS a difference, per your wondering…

  22. Cassandra says:

    That quick shot of Ballack was enough to do me in. I need oxygen. Now.

    Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

  23. aristeia says:

    HOLY CRAP IN A HAT… Kaka looks amazing. O_O Love Pato, but I wish there was someone else there from another country instead… 2 from Brazil? And I would have loved to see Jozy instead of LD, but that's just me.

    Front cover looks terrifying. Wish there were cover options to choose from… yeesh.

  24. elnino says:

    I love how Vanity Fair obviously had to get something about football out so they choose Landon Donovan and Kaka. Nothing against the latter but LD, come on…He. Sucks. And of course they don't have anyone from the Spanish team. Sigh. USA will remain ignorant on the wonder boy that is El Niño. Not that they'd appreciate him anyway but oh well.

    • Claire says:

      What? VF didn't HAVE to get anything out about the World Cup – it's cool that they did, but they certainly aren't obligated to cover it at all. Have you seen the entire issue yet?? If not, don't assume they left out any country altogether. Also, us "ignorant" AMERICANS HAVE BOUGHT MORE TICKETS FOR THIS WORLD CUP THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY. There is no reason for you to put down Lando. Granted he's not the world player of the year, but he doesn't 'suck' either. It's an american magazine and they wanted to represent part of our team.

      • aps says:

        Americans didn't buy the most tickets for the world cup. America as a COUNTRY did. You forget that America is full of immigrants who still support their home country. I'm pretty sure most of those tickets that they claim was bought by Americans weren't all for the U.S. games.

        • senora ramos says:

          you're pretty sure, but you don't know. whatev. those of us in the us who do support the sport are tired of dealing with crap from other countries who think they are so superior just b/c soccer/football is not THE sport in our country. who the hell cares? it's awesome that it is finally getting mass attention over here. VF didn't have to do it. it's not like it's a mag known for doing that type of stuff.

          sorry, off the soap box now.

          • Molly says:

            I totally agree Ramos. I am from the UK but my mum's family is from America and they all love Football/Soccer. Some even more than they love American Football. Its sad that others don't see that there is a huge fanbase of football supporters over in the US. Stop putting the US down when it comes to football because there are players that don't suck. And one of them in my opinion is Landon Donavan. If we, here in Europe, started to see the potential of US footballers and getting them on our teams over here than maybe they would be able develop their skills on a more European level. But that can't happen unless we stop hating. People are all about hate now a days it so annoying. Like support your team and stop putting the US down…I am an England supporter and we aren't the cream of the crop either.

            • senora ramos says:

              thanks molly, love! it gets so infuriating sometimes. b/c we don't just have to deal with other countries putting us down, but our own sports people and nonsoccer watchers putting us down. i happen to love soccer and american football equally! i think it's awesome that the us (and all soccer players) are starting to get more love from american publications. we've only started taking it seriously again for the last 20 years are so. our players are getting better and better. our youth programs are huge. and the technical skill will get there one day soon, that's what we lack the most (first touches and such). our athletes are as physical as any other country. and landon does not suck. the person that said that must not like everton or just not like americans in general. that's a rediculous statement. he's no leo or cris, but he doesn't suck. sorry. i just hate this preconcieved, elitest attitude that so many europeans have against us. so, molly that wasn't really a reply to you besides the thanks :D

              ya know i <3 you!

              • Molly says:

                Your Welcome :) , I love you too Ramos!! (((hugs)))…but I consider myself half American because of my mum (I have dual-citizenship too) and it makes me mad when others hate on Americans. The US is a great country and I think people just don't want to accept that.

                • senora ramos says:

                  well, i for one am glad you're half american! should be interesting at your house for the 12th lol!

                  and i think a lot of people don't like us for sticking our noses in everyones business. lol!

                  • Molly says:

                    Lol I know! My mum is a US supporter and my dad is a England supporter lol. They are already going at it! But its all in fun lol…hopefully…I think things are going to get a bit more heated once the WC cup starts.

                    • senora ramos says:

                      lol! well tell you're mom i said go yanks! but if she's southern, tell here i don't mean yankees (damn northerners) lol!

                    • Molly says:

                      Ok I will lol but she is from the north…Pittsburgh, Pa lol :) . But my Aunt lives in Georgia :) !

    • NandosGirl says:

      Oh, sure. Label me ignorant. All I do is support this freakin sport passionately despite low media attention, a sucky time difference, and crap from people like you. I apologize because I wasn’t born elsewhere. Clearly, I should bow down to you.

      • senora ramos says:

        preach on sister. you'd think with all we have to go through, people would be less ignorant and hateful! whatev! you rock btw!

  25. Zlatanista says:

    Not my favourite bunch perhaps, but a very good initiative by Vanity Fair i must say. Strangely enough the only one who moves me is Didier. Who would have thought! He´s gourgeous!! Christiano tries too hard as always, and Kaka does absolutely nothing to me.

    Hopefully we will see some representatives from Spain soon? I feel i need some Iker, Sergio or a cute little Xavi in prancing about in their underwear :) .

  26. NinyaC says:

    KAKA LOOKS PERFECT!!! Perfect out of bed look.

  27. Julia says:

    Kaka ist like the only one who looks halfway normal.

  28. rubyqueen19 says:

    WOW..kaka does look very hot despite being a good religious boy.mmmm.and cristiano is just sex personified.where;s nando though.??i want some freckles action..yummy….

  29. Meg says:

    YUMMY! You just made my day…….ok my week!

  30. cr9 lover says:

    I am absolutely surprised at Kaka i never thought he would do something like this awesome.

  31. susan says:

    Go rewatch the video and see who walks down the stairs .Perhaps an answer to the Spanish question?

  32. susan says:

    Seriously, go back and look at the video at :57 and tell me that's not Iker coming down those stairs…

    • Louise says:

      Unless Iker's beard went gray, it's not. (Plus it doesn't look like him.)

  33. Ella says:

    I’m so happy to see this on the American VF!!! I hope it sells really well and people realize we DO want to see more shirtless footballers in this country! The video was cute but WAY too short and I was hoping to see Cris in it. Oh well. CANNOT wait for the WC to start!

  34. missbubbles says:

    Kaka….one word – SEXY!!! I never thought i would put him and that word in the same sentence but I guess miracles do happen…LOL…if he continues with editions like this one, hes totally F5 material….

    Cris and Drogba are far too build up for my taste, Pato is still such a cutie….even if his legs look like real man ones :)

    who was picked for Spain? I wanna see senor Ramos please :)

  35. Riya (Come on you Reds!) says:

    Cron literally makes me gag. Ew.

    Kaka looks good though. Very good.

  36. Thea says:

    THERE’S NO YOANN!!!!! Guess when you are hung like him you would put the others to shame!

  37. barca4ever says:

    eto'o look so gaaaaaaaay

  38. D0li says:

    WOW KaKa looks somewhat sexy! It’s about time someone captured him in a different light.

  39. Winnie says:

    all of the boys look positively DEELISH! ;)

    and Sex should be on there…just because it's his birthday and all…

  40. Zo.acm says:

    Go Kaka Go!!!!! He looks sooooooo fine…. then again, he always does. :P

  41. C16 says:

    OH DEAR GOD!!!!!

    Kickette, you've made my week!!!!!

    But where's Iker???!

  42. ruby80 says:

    Cristiano's body is insane. That's all I can say right now.

  43. Daniela says:

    and they didn’t get anyone from Spain? nor Italy? srly?

    still, Kaka looks amazing.

  44. IrishBlue says:

    Hello Kaka. :O

  45. MrsNesta says:

    Ok 38 days is tooo long and every 4 yrs is not fair!!!!

    Having studied the photo’s and video I have decided that I like what I see, i.e. the players, but not really liking how they are posed! Pato should have his arm on Eto’os shoulder, looking casual, Kaka should stay how he is (wouldn’t be him if he had his trousers off), Landon should definitely be standing up, without the doo rag, possibly with his hands behind his head, and Sulley should not be covering his face as he has a lovely smile (although my main focus was his thighs). :)

  46. Jovana says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE MAGAZINE! THANK YOU VANITY FAIR!! Kaka and Landon are such cuties :) Dejan Stankovic looks VEEERY GOOD LOOKING!! Does anyone know when do magazine comes out. I checked the stores today but they didn't have it :(

    • trista_jade says:

      I've looked too and checked their website, but I can't find anything either. :( Hopefully this week. I don't know how long I can wait for it!!

      • laz says:

        I don't know about the us but in the uk monthlies (magazines) usually come out on either the 1st or 2nd tuesday or sometimes wednesday (often between the 5th and 15th of each month) of the month before the month stated on the mag itself (ie… june editions come out the beginning of may, may eds the beginning of april, etc…)

        by my maths that would mean it's due to come out either on the 4th (or 5th) or the 11th (or 12th) of this month.

        common sense makes me think the 11th but as previews are already on the VF site i wouldn't be surprised if it's out in the US at least either tomorrow or wednesday

        i'd imagine scans will be floating around the net within the next 10 days whatever happens

        hope that helps!

        • laz says:

          also i don't know if like vogue they produce totally different magazines for the US and european editions, though i think it would be rather stupid on VF part if the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy editions don't include at least this particular article and the mag is a US exclusive considering it's europe who are the major football fans (in comparison to the US – no offense) but if VF are that stupid i think whsmiths and major book stores sell many US editions of mags in major uk cities (and their train stations for some reason) such as london, manchester, birmingham, leeds, etc…

  47. Syrian! says:

    y is etoo posing soo weird :S hehe anyways patoo is damnnnnn fine and kaka isnt looking bad him self either

  48. Einah says:

    No one from the Spanish Team? The Italian Team? WTF?!?! Please tell me I just missed it :( America (and everyone else who doesn’t know them,but,duh) has the right to know!!!

    • Louise says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. There was a signed ball from Italy in one shot. Maybe they’re keeping Canna under wraps because they need to do the airbrushing a la D&G.

      • Einah says:

        CANNNAAA!!!! Oh no, they’ve done that horrible thing of shrinking him before. The second time will be CRIMINAL! LOL :) Corssing my fingers for Canna and my other bebes :)

    • Einah says:

      I think I saw boxers in Spanish colors in the vid. Calming down now :) LOL

      • MrsNesta says:

        Cos its Canna, he might have his own cover shot, hoping there's more photo's to be released leading upto the WC :)

  49. julia says:

    Have anyone watched the video? Who is the english player that you can see for about 2 seconds?? Drogba looked very fit btw!

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  51. FootballerChick43 - "Mrs.Ballack" says:

    MICHAEL BALLACK. OMG. And Didier Drogba looked freaking hot as well.

  52. sana says:

    Hot pics Kaka look so Hot

    And the CR vanity cover is just fake you can see its not even real lol

  53. lulu says:

    Kaka looks AMAZING!!! best ive ever seen him !! :D

  54. Big ups to Eto'o, Drogba and Muntari for representing Africa!! Our continent has some of the finest talent…btw, wen exactly did Kaka buff up? did I miss something?

  55. keisha says:

    ooohh!!!!! kaka looks amaizing.i've never seen him that way!

  56. iloveemanunited. says:

    wow ;P

  57. I love Pato, Ronaldo and Kaka (who I wish didn't wear those jeans), but I love the shoot! I wish they done on for Italy. Clothless Marco anyone? :D

  58. Lucy says:

    OMG Kaká looks AMAZING!!!!! Carol is such a lucky girl!!

  59. trista_jade says:

    Perfect Monday. Just perfect. Kaka is…wow. And I love, love, love that I am an American and can go buy this on my newstand!!!! I'm going to show it to all my non-footy friends! :D

  60. tammyv says:

    WHY? WHY? WHY? do they always do something odd with Landy? '06 was the drinking fountain of shame.

    Everything else is damn near perfect

    • senora ramos says:

      lol! tammy, anything is better than that! i got a laugh everytime i’d read brooks’s landycakes post on the dirty tackle. at least he looks cute here, if you just ignore the dorag shirt!

    • LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

      Perhaps because he has a ridiculously terrible tanktop tan? ugh.

      • senora ramos says:

        i had to go up and look at the pic again. that is a horrible tan line :D

    • Ali says:

      “Drinking fountain fo shame.”
      Dirty Tackle STILL uses that shot for all their Adventures of Epic Broportions.

      …And I still giggle every time.

      • senora ramos says:

        i am quite sad that landon's back in the states so there are no more of those. but i think i read brooks say he's going to do something like that for the world cup

        • NandosGirl says:

          He will, indeed. Can't wait :) it's going to be positively brotastic.

          • senora ramos says:

            i am totally "rum and stoked" for that! now if only dempsey would make another rap :(

  61. keziah says:

    This has made the fact that I have to wait another 38 days til I leave for the world cup so much easier! CR is so freaking HOT… and I love love love the fact that gorgeous Kaka is still as modest as ever, make him so much hotter <3

  62. Miss Ella says:

    I would have preferred the English NT stripped down, but almost naked football players are still almost naked football players, yes? =)

    Also, can't anyone pleasepleaseplease spill the beans on the Gerrards? I can't seem to find the gossip goodies anywhere. All work and no gossip makes Miss Ella a very dull girl…

  63. sounderslove says:

    Kaka clearly missed the memo. Either that or he took "pants" the american way.

  64. LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

    Can we just ditch all the others and do a spread on Kaka? The rest of them are making me yawn, except Eto'o who's making me chuckle. What's with the hip pop? Rather womanly looking.

  65. Emily says:

    okay then… Keep up the good work you do for us! It is certainly a noble cause…

  66. Blair says:

    For those of us NOT on bank holiday, we greatly appreciate the spirit-lifter. Also, did everyone notice the cover? Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo in their skivvies! Where can I buy my poster-sized copy?

  67. melissa says:

    As if I didn't love Landon already…. He LOVES to strip down to his pants come World Cup Time.

  68. senora ramos says:

    <3 Landycakes!! and kaka looks nice as well.


  69. Well done, Vanity Fair! About time they reported on something really important!