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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

I'm Huge in Hollywood

Just Ask These Blondes!

6/17/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

International soccer superstar Mesut Ozil is conquering the U.S. ... at least in the Hollywood club scene ... where he's been MOBBED by fans and paparazzi all week long. 

The 26-year-old Arsenal star -- who won the World Cup with Germany last year -- got the rock star treatment at Bootsy Bellow's nightclub on the Sunset Strip.

We asked what he thought of the U.S. Women's soccer team -- and it sounded like he told us, "They look real good."

While Ozil left the club solo last night, he had more than his share of ladies on Sunday night ... when he left Henry's with TWO hot blondes. 

Soccer -- who says Americans don't care?! 


Barack Obama

We Need to Fix FIFA

'Cause We're Good At Soccer Now

6/8/2015 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0608-obama-getty-01President Barack Obama is finally weighing in on the international FIFA scandal -- saying it's important for the U.S. to make sure the sport is clean ... because the Americans are good at it now!! 

Obama was at the G7 Summit in Germany when he said, "I will say that in conversations I’ve had here, in Europe, people think it is very important for FIFA to be able to operate with integrity and transparency and accountability."

“And so, as the investigation and charges proceed, I think we have to keep in mind that although football -- or soccer, depending on which side of the Atlantic you live on -- ​is a game, it’s also a massive business, it’s a source of incredible national pride, and people want to make sure that it operates with integrity."

"The United States, by the way, since we keep on getting better and better at each World Cup, we want to make sure that a sport that is gaining popularity is conducted in an upright manner."

Suck on THAT Zlatan ... 

Adriana Lima

Ass We Were Saying

... Brazil Always Wins

8/11/2014 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here, in all its glory, is supermodel Adriana Lima's message to all her fellow countrymen still licking their wounds from that humiliating World Cup loss to Germany.

It's pretty simple -- ultimately, Brazil always comes out on top. Or, in this case ... bottom.

We know ... Lima's Victoria's Secret shoot has nothing to do with soccer. But who's complaining? 

Your move, Heidi Klum.

U.S. Soccer Star Alex Morgan

FIFA Is Treating Women

Like Second Class Citizens

8/9/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0808-alex-morgan-turf-fifa-getty-01U.S. women's soccer star Alex Morgan says FIFA is using women as "guinea pigs" by making them play their World Cup on artificial turf while the men have no plans to switch any time soon.

Morgan and several other women's soccer players are furious the 2015 World Cup in Canada will be played on artificial turf as a "test" … while the men will play on grass for their next two World Cups. She tells TMZ Sports, "They are treating us as second class to the men ... Using the women as guinea pigs in their experiment is just not right." 

Morgan says she understands certain venues have limited resources, but when it comes to the World Cup ... there should be no settling. Especially because artificial turf increases the risk of injury, and -- many believe -- decreases the quality of play.

There are no plans to boycott, but Morgan helped organize a group of more than 40 players that has hired a law firm to request FIFA reconsider the use of turf. 

Hampton Dellinger, the lead attorney for the women,  says FIFA has yet to respond -- and since everyone loves a metaphor, he added … "The ball is in their pitch."

Landon Donovan

Announces Retirement

It's Time For A 'New Chapter'

8/7/2014 11:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
0807-landon-donovan-tmz-01U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan is hanging up his spikes ... announcing he'll retire after the MLS season.

Donovan announced the decision on his Facebook page, writing, "After careful deliberation and after many conversations with those closest to me, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player."

Donovan, who many consider the best player in the history of American soccer, says although he spent half his life in the sport, he's looking forward to a "new chapter" -- which some think means a trip to the broadcast booth.

U.S. Soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann stirred up controversy earlier this year when he left Donovan off the World Cup roster. Despite the snub, Donovan says, "I will do everything I can to help the continued growth of soccer in the United States."

Thanks for the memories Landon. We loved watching you when nothing else was on ...


My Back Is Good Enough

To Party with Paris Hilton!

8/4/2014 6:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0804-paris-hilton-instagramA fractured vertebra might be enough to keep Brazilian soccer star Neymar off the pitch, but it's not enough to stop him from partying with Paris Hilton.

The 22-year-old posted a photo to his Instagram page, posing with Paris in a nightclub in Ibiza.

Neymar suffered the terrible back injury during Brazil's quarterfinal win against Chile in the World Cup. He missed the next game and it's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of La Liga.

Paris is apparently popular on the soccer scene -- last week she posed with USA midfielder Jermaine Jones.


Brazilian Supermodels


... After German Asskicking

7/9/2014 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Not even a diamond-crusted wonderbra could make Brazilian supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio happy after their team got SMACKED AROUND by zee Germans yesterday.

The ladies had thrown on their finest Team Brazil jerseys ... and went to an NYC restaurant ... in hopes they would be able to loudly brag about Brazil making the World Cup final. 

Instead, Adriana looked like she was fighting back tears ... like most of the Brazil fans who were at the game ... and Alessandra was so mad, she flashed a duck-faced thumbs down to the paps!!! 

Meanwhile, over at Heidi Klum's pad ... 


Piers Morgan

Brazil's Loss Was Epic!!!

'Worse Than Embarrassing'

7/9/2014 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany wasn't just bad ... it might be the most EMBARRASSING thing that's ever happened to a World Cup team ... so says Piers Morgan

The former CNN host -- and die-hard soccer fan -- was out at Madeo last night when he WENT OFF on Brazil ... 

"The most incredible thing I've ever watched in my entire 49 years of watching football," Morgan said ... "It was like an abattoir. A footballing abattoir."

For the record, "abattoir" is a fancy French word for "slaughterhouse."

Morgan's trashing of Brazil continues -- and he explains why the ass-kicking was actually GREAT for U.S. soccer. Check out the clip.

Tim Howard


... When Fan Gets Too Close

7/3/2014 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tim Howard's defense is still IMPENETRABLE ... throwing a QUICK BLOCK on an overzealous fan who tried to get too close at LAX ... and TMZ Sports caught the whole thing on video.   The Team USA goalie had just arrived back to Los Angeles ... when he was bombarded by super-excited soccer fans who showered the superstar in praise.  

He signed autographs ... he shook hands ... but when one random dude went in for a hug -- that's when Howard broke out those cat-like reflexes ... and made sure the guy kept his distance. 

It's just like President Obama predicted when he spoke to Howard on the phone ... where he told him straight up -- "I don't know how you're gonna survive the mobs when you come back home man ... you're gonna have to shave your beard so they don't know who you are!"

Nothing gets through Howard ... NOTHING!!!!!!!!

U.S. World Cup Match

Porn Site Traffic Dips

Except For ...

6/26/2014 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
USA vs Germany World Cup
A giant porn company suffered a seismic loss in business when the U.S. World Cup team triumphantly lost to Germany Thursday ... with a notable gay exception.

The folks over at Bang Bros -- who run sites like Bang Bus, AssParade and TugJobs -- tell TMZ their network of sites took a 33% hit during the big match.

But for some reason ... its gay site, Gay Pawn, saw a rise in traffic ... to the tune of 23%.

Theories in the office:

-- It was a great 2-screen experience
-- The hot soccer players got people hot
-- Someone else controlled the TV set
-- The soccer players got the "curious" more curious 
-- All that talk of headers ... 

Not that there's anything wrong with any of our theories.


Brazilian Playboy Model

Check Out My World Cups!

6/18/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Smoke show Ana Braga hit the beach in Miami, proving there is at least one Brazilian on the planet NOT obsessed with the World Cup.

The bikini model who was once featured on the cover of Playboy Venezuela ... supported her futbol team Tuesday -- the same day they played Mexico -- by wearing a super teeny tiny g-string bikini.

Considering the Mexico match ended in a 0-0 tie ... Ana might need to wear even less for Brazil's next game.

The World Cup is awesome.

Team Mexico

Playboy Playmate Returns to Action

... In Booty Shorts

6/17/2014 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

She's at it again ... Mexico's number 1 fan 2013 Playboy Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun -- once again vowing to go wild on video every time Mexico scores a goal. 

Pomplun -- who was raised in Tijuana -- blew up on the 'net last week by live-cheering Mexico's game against Cameroon ... and clearly, she's more than happy to do it again for today's match against Brazil. 

She's already uploaded a pre-game pump up video to show off her team spirit. 

Hopefully, Mexico pulls through on their end. 

Stay tuned ...

Kobe Bryant

Just Your Average World Cup Spectator

6/13/2014 1:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Self-proclaimed soccer fan Kobe Bryant was spotted in the stands at the Spain vs. Netherlands World Cup match in Brazil today ... taking in the game like every other non-world famous celeb in the building.

No word on who Bryant's pulling for ... but he was sitting next to a bunch of Spain fans.  

It'll be interesting if Kobe runs into Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann during his time in Brazil -- since Klinsmann recently ripped the Lakers for giving Kobe a $48 million contract extension. 

“This always happens in America. Kobe Bryant, for example -- why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers?"

"Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?"

Maybe Kobe can tell him in person.

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