Every four years, soccer enthusiasts around the globe turn their attention to the World Cup. Some fans wait for an exciting game-winning goal, while others watch hoping to see something more common: a shirtless moment. This Summer we enjoyed the exciting USA matches and the emotional Spanish victory, but it wouldn't have been the same without all the wonderful World Cup eye candy. While we wait for 2014, let's look at this year's hottest highlights reel.
Paul the psychic octopus had a great record
on the field in the tank for the 2010 World Cup, going eight for eight predicting Germany's results and calling Spain as the victors in the final. Sadly, the almost-3-year-old, English-born creature died this morning, with his official German statement reading:
He appears to have passed away peacefully during the night, of natural causes, and we are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here and that the care provided him by our dedicated displays team could not have been bettered.
If you missed his prediction prowess, the caretakers would place a yummy mussel in two clear plastic containers and place a flag of each competing team on the respective containers. Paul first chose the treat from the team he thought would win . . . before eating the second treat, too. Although the octopus officially retired after this year's big games, he was still visited and praised around the world.
See pictures of past calls and soccer playtime when you read more
Celebrate Spain's World Cup victory with a special edition iPhone 3G/3GS case from Uncommon. Though the company recently launched its line of iPhone 4 cases, iPhone 3G and 3GS soccer fans get some love with this celebratory collection. A month ago at the start of the World Cup, Uncommon launched its World Cup collection, featuring cases decorated with flags of the countries participating in this year's World Cup. One by one as teams were eliminated, the cases were eliminated from the collection. Now, the Spain flag is the last remaining case from the original group — and Uncommon has added several other World Cup-themed designs, including a case decked out in a World Cup trophy commemorating Spain's victory.
The cases retail for $40 and are available at getuncommon.com.
Olé! In this past weekend's World Cup finals, the entire world watched Spain score a goal against the Netherlands in overtime to take home the treasured title for the very first time in the nation's history.
Since team YumSugar was rooting for Spain from the very beginning, it's only natural that we'll be celebrating all week with plenty of food and drink — de España, of course.
Here are a few of the ways we'll be commemorating the victory.
Angelina Jolie dishes details about home life with the kids and whether or not she'll ever marry Brad Pitt. Carrie Underwood, Emily Blunt, and Lala Vasquez can count several A-list stars as wedding guests. Kim Kardashian enjoys a frozen yogurt date with Justin Bieber. Watch today's all-new PopSugar Rush now!
Angelina Jolie dishes details about home life with the kids and whether or not she'll ever marry Brad Pitt; Carrie Underwood, Emily Blunt, and Lala Vasquez can count several A-list stars as wedding guests, and Kim Kardashian enjoys a frozen yogurt date with Justin Bieber! Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook for all the latest celebrity gossip!
- Spain's Iker Casillas kisses his formerly-bad-luck girlfriend after win — Gawker
- Psychic octopus Paul retires after predicting the World Cup perfectly — Huffington Post
- Three celebrity couples tied the knot last weekend — PopSugar
- Roman Polanski will not be sent back to the US — Daily Beast
- More frightening tapes of Mel Gibson's threatening rants released — Radar
- Evidence Sarah Palin might actually run for president — Daily Intel
- Despicable Me eclipsed the Twilight crew at the box office this weekend — BuzzSugar
Did you all watch the good soccer and even better looking men at the World Cup final yesterday? When Spain finally pulled off the win in overtime, adorable goalkeeper and member of our own dream team Iker Casillas was overcome by emotion. He couldn't stop crying, and his many tears teetered toward sobs at one point!
Society embraces crying men only in certain circumstances — we accept that men might cry upon the death of a parent, at the altar on their wedding days, or when they win an international championship. Other times it makes many people feel uncomfortable. What about you? Does it make you feel uneasy, or do you enjoy seeing men let it all out?
The World Cup final goes down this weekend, meaning we have one more chance for some soccer-player manjoyment. We've been following the action this past month, from the athletic physiques, to the off-the-field relationships, to how the tournament might impact your own relationship. Check out the highlights of all our content below!
- Athletic abs from: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4.
- Vote for your favorites with our Who's Hotter World Cup Faceoff game!
- Don't forget the WAGs: the most tabloid-ready wives and girlfriends of the players.
- Here's our World Cup dream team, plus a few extras we'd let warm our bench.
- And check out a few reasons the tournament was (hopefully) good for your relationship.
The World Cup will come to an exciting end this weekend with Sunday's championship between the Netherlands and Spain. I'm surprised with how much soccer I've been watching, even after the US team was eliminated from competition — and I only partially blame it on the lack of regularly scheduled programming.
It got me thinking about how I couldn't stop watching the Winter Olympics earlier this year, getting all caught up in the events and rooting for USA all the way. The events only happen every four years after all, and it's hard to ignore when everyone is watching. So which event had you more glued to your TV?