Soccer is sexy, folks

Television journalist Sara Carbonero, girlfriend of Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, interviews...

Television journalist Sara Carbonero, girlfriend of Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, interviews David Villa after their victory over Germany on Wednesday. (REUTERS/Rogan Ward)

THANE BURNETT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET

Maybe there might be something to this whole love affair with soccer.

And maybe Canada should rethink hockey as our number one passion.

If the World Cup has demonstrated nothing else to those who aren't fans, it's that 'footie' ignites a lot more sexual heat than our cool pastime.

While the ripped Adonis bodies of the star players have gotten a fair amount of ink splashed over them -- including Portugal stud Christiano Ronaldo sporting underwear on a cover of Vanity Fair -- it's the sideline spectacles that have proven sex is an important element of the game.

Often trashy? Sure. Seedy? Yep.

But it's been an unapologetic mix of self-promotion and national pride that may make you rethink showing up at a cold rink at 6 a.m.

Here's proof that there's fun in their games.

Even though Paraguay lost to Spain in the quarterfinals, the South Americans will keep their heads held high, if for no other reason than to watch lingerie model Larissa Riquelme run naked through the streets of Asuncion, the nation's capital.

She had promised to streak if her team won, but she told reporters after the losing game:

"They tried as hard as possible and gave it their all on the field. It will be a present to all the players and for all the people of Paraguay to enjoy,"

Dutch porn star Bobbi Eden has now gone to an extreme in riding the World Cup bandwagon.

She's promised to put her national pride where her mouth is by giving, well, personal lip service to all those who follow her on Twitter if her team wins the championship.

After her announcement, thousands began following her tweets.

During the World Cup, we have -- off the official field of play in South Africa -- seen body painted porn stars from Germany take on their counter-body-parts from Brazil in their own soccer match. No one can recall the final score.

And in the stands, Dutch blonde models showed up to publicize a beer company.

The British and German papers have tripped over themselves to run galleries of the sexy wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of players.

Entire Facebook groups now revolve around soccer's sexiest fans.

And even Spanish TV sports announcer Sara Carbonero was criticized for being a distraction to her player-boyfriend Iker Casillas because she's too damn hot.

Little wonder hip-shaking singer Shakira, in a belly-baring outfit, will bring the 2010 FIFA World Cup to a close.

Ya, it's a better game than soccer, but we may have to rethink the whole hockey thing.


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