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Top 10 World Cup Teams + Their Hottest Players
Football (or soccer, as we call it) is not the country’s favorite game, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get into it.
Published on: Jun 18, 2010 - 8:00pm

Football (or soccer, as we call it) may not be the most popular game in the Philippines. But the 2010 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in South Africa, which kicked of on June 11, brought out all the Pinoy football freaks in full force. Though they're still a minority, it doesn't mean their game is less exciting. Thus, lists 10 World Cup teams to watch out for and bet on. (And, for the girls, we've picked out the eye candy offerings of each team. If you like what you see, it's always easier to get into the game.)

We won't cry for Argentina. Argentina's funny and hip ad showcases its strengths, as well as top eye candy Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez.

1. Argentina —“ La Albiceleste (Blue and White)

Field report: Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to its second World Cup crown in 1986, returns as the coach of La Albiceleste. He now has the chance to duplicate what he did as a player and give the seventh ranked squad its third title to end a 24-year drought. Lionel Messi, regarded as one of the world's best players, leads the star-studded roster tasked to win the country's first international trophy since the 1993 Copa America. Argentina opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Nigeria.

Star players: Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano, Javier Zanetti, Gabriel Batistuta, and Juan Sebastian Veron.

The boys from Brazil. Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, better known as Kaka, is one of Brazil's best (and most good-looking) players.

2. Brazil —“ Auriverdes (Gold and Green)

Field report: Brazil's strong football roots, its one-named players (with Pelé being the famous of them all), and their rhythm on the field makes the team a perennial World Cup favorite. Brazil, a country which has turned football into a religion, has 14 one-named players in its roster. It's the only country that has participated in all 19 World Cup games and has won a record five titles with a 64-14-14 win-draw-loss record out of the 92 games they played. Though the team's performance was not that impressive in its first, they still managed a 2-1 victory over North Korea.

Star players: Kaka, Maicon, Lucio, Robinho, Michel Bastos, Luis Fabiano, Dani Alves, and Julio Cesar.

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  • igeramos
    There's a saying that “football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, and rugby is a hooligans' game played by gentlemen”. I really find this quote amusing but it is quite true.

    I'm torn between Wimbledon and World Cup. It's so hard to multi-task television and the Internet.

    It's a shame that football didn't gain ground in the Philippines compared to other countries in the world. Both rich, developing and poor nations like England, Brazil and Burkina Faso respectively are very passionate when it comes to this sport.

    Take Brazil for instance. Most of their best players come from the favelas or their version of the slums. I'm generalizing here and at most, romanticizing. But one thing is certain. Most if not majority of the Brazilian players are now enjoying fantastic (and profitable) careers in Europe playing in premiere leagues.

    Like the Brazilians, Filipinos can excel in Football because we have the grace, the rhythm, the stamina and the right built for it. You don't have to be tall to play the sport. All you have to have is the discipline and the passion because all the qualities of a good football player is already hard-wired in our DNA. All we have to do is to tap that potential.

    I hope by 2018, The Philippines qualify in the World Cup. This is something we can all be proud of and finally join the global community what the world cup excitement is all about.
    Jun 22 2010 @ 10:03pm     Reply  
  • jplusoandd
    "Though they’re still a minority, it doesn’t mean their game is less exciting."

    The entire world is going g*g* over football/the World Cup!!! It is a "minority" sport relative to American hegemonic games like basketball and baseball (the World Series title is a joke as there is nothing global about the players).

    This statement is reflective of American (colonial)sentiments that insists on calling it soccer instead of its rightful tag and treating it as a minority (read: kid) sport. says: Hi, jplusoandd! By "they're still a minority," we meant they're just a few Pinoy football (soccer) fans as of the moment. "Minority" refers to the significantly fewer number of people who are fans and not because football (soccer) is a sport for kids or "minors."

    To clarify: "minority" means "the smaller in number of two groups forming a whole" while "minor" means "inferior in importance, size, or degree : comparatively unimportant" or "one who is not yet of legal age.". There's a difference. (Definitions used are from the dictionary.)

    Also, we certainly don't mean that football (soccer) fans are a minority all over the world. Far from it. But in our country, they still are. We hope that will change. Thanks for reading. :)
    Jun 22 2010 @ 08:54pm     Reply  
  • kahlen
    Jun 22 2010 @ 01:03pm     Reply  
  • Raine
    *not so hopeful
    Jun 21 2010 @ 02:04pm     Reply  
  • Raine
    England's performance has been abysmal. Still praying for an Azzurri win, but I'm so hopeful anymore. I hope they prove me wrong though. FORZA AZZURRI!!
    Jun 21 2010 @ 02:02pm     Reply  
  • lobanegra
    Vive le France!!! am for Thierry Henry
    and BRASIL - Go Go Go!
    Jun 19 2010 @ 04:56pm     Reply  
  • sd
    Hey, nobody mentioned JAPAN! War TSUBASA!
    Jun 19 2010 @ 08:03am     Reply  
  • Leprechaun
    Jun 19 2010 @ 07:24am     Reply  
  • Fabio Cannavaro
    Of course, Bella. I'll try my best to get the title this year for my beloved Azzurri! :P

    Kidding aside, My best bets would be Italy, France and Spain. No more, no less. Haha. I really do hope that Italy kicks more *ss and I hope they get that second consecutive win streak. And of course, I hope they win again and become 2010's Wold Cup champions! :D

    Jun 19 2010 @ 12:43am     Reply  
  • Busy B
    The French boys are losing their touch (No Zidane?).

    Spain too is kind of iffy at the moment (No Raul?). With that said, I'm still banking on Canna to drive his team to the finals. Here's to hoping for another Italian win. Forza Azzurri! <3

    PS. But then again, Argentina is on a roll. Higuain is both HOT and AMAZING. :)
    Jun 18 2010 @ 11:03pm     Reply  
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