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Brazilian Supermodels

SOOOOO SADDDD

... After German Asskicking

7/9/2014 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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 ... 

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Piers Morgan

Brazil's Loss Was Epic!!!

'Worse Than Embarrassing'

7/9/2014 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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

ANOTHER AMAZING BLOCK

... When Fan Gets Too Close

7/3/2014 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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
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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.

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Brazilian Playboy Model

Check Out My World Cups!

6/18/2014 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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

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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

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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.

Team Mexico

PLAYBOY PLAYMATE GOES WILD

... For Every Goal

6/13/2014 10:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The entire TMZ Sports newsroom just became fans of Team Mexico ... because every time the squad scores a goal, Playboy's 2013 Playmate of the Year is celebrating by bouncing around in a skimpy top. 

Raquel Pomplun -- who was raised in Tijuana -- is live-cheering the game with Playboy and Hornitos tequila ... which basically means she quickly records a sexy video anytime Mexico does anything noteworthy. 

Earlier today, Mexico scored its first goal of the World Cup against Cameroon ... and Pomplun went wild.

Sooooo ... Viva Mexico!

Reggie Miller

World Cup 'No Sex' Rules

... Are Total BS!!!

6/12/2014 2:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Team Costa Rica and Team Mexico are getting screwed ... by not being able to get screwed during the World Cup ... so says Reggie Miller who tells us the "no sex" rules are stupid. 

Miller -- one of the most clutch athletes of all-time -- says he doesn't understand why World Cup teams forbid their players from banging during the tourney ... saying, "If you're a trained athlete, I think you're gonna focus no matter what."

He adds, "It's mind over matter, isn't it?"

But could boning before a big game actually HELP an athlete before a big game? Check out Reggie's reaction -- pretty funny!

President of Costa Rica

Mentally Prepared to Lose

... At World Cup

6/12/2014 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The President of Costa Rica knows ... if his team is gonna win the World Cup, it's gonna take a miracle -- which could explain why he's already mentally prepared himself for the worst. 

Luis Guillermo Solis was out in D.C. today -- while his team preps to play Uruguay, Italy and England -- and he admitted things aren't looking up when it comes to advancing to the next round.

"I mean, it's gonna be difficult ... it's a difficult group ... but we'll do our best." 

Translation -- at least we MADE the World Cup. 

Then again, it's more optimistic than the Team USA coach who said his squad has NO CHANCE to win the tourney. Sad ...

World Cup Mascot

Armadillos Are Badass & Horny

... Says Jack Hanna

6/12/2014 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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World Cup MascotWith so many soccer players banned from having sex during the World Cup, there's one dude who CAN'T BE RESTRAINED ... the armadillo mascot -- because Jack Hanna tells us, those things will mate ANYWHERE!! 

The animal guru tells TMZ Sports he's really excited that Brazil chose the Three-Banded Armadillo as the official mascot -- saying, "It is fitting that they picked [the armadillo] because they are endangered, but can also roll up into a secure ball to protect themselves from predators."

As for the armadillo sex drive -- Hanna says he knows from experience, those things have no shame! 

"I’ve taken armadillos on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' several times -- and would you believe that one time a pair even mated right on his desk!"

Armadillos -- they'll probably be having more sex than team Costa Rica and Mexico ... their coaches put the nix on nookie until the tourney is over.

Soccer Star Sergio Ramos

TEAM PANTY SHOPPING

... At Victoria's Secret

6/5/2014 11:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nothing like a guys trip to Victoria's Secret ... at least for Team Spain -- because Sergio Ramos and his superstar teammates hit up the lingerie shop in D.C. today and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

Ramos -- one of the best soccer players in the world -- hit up the thong section in VS while a female employee showed him a series of options ... likely a gift for his super hot GF Pilar Rubio

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But he wasn't alone ... Ramos was joined by Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina, midfielder Andres Iniesta and striker Pedro Rodriguez.  Just about everyone was carrying a VS bag on the way out of the shop. 

Team Spain is considered a front-runner to win the World Cup -- so, clearly they're doing something right. 

Maybe that's why Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he's cool with his players bangin' during the tourney.  Gotta keep everyone happy!

Ottawa Senators Owner:

BOYCOTT 2018 WORLD CUP

'Irresponsible' to Let Russia Host Tourney

5/30/2014 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The billionaire owner of the Ottawa Senators is begging soccer fans to BOYCOTT sponsors of the 2018 World Cup in Russia ... claiming it's a mistake to allow "Putin's army of war mongers" to host another global sporting event. 

Eugene Melnyk -- a Canadian-born billionaire who's also the Chairman of the Campaign Advisory Committee for "United with Ukraine" -- just blasted FIFA for allowing Russia to host the '18 Cup.

"Major international sporting events such as the Olympics or FIFA’s World Cup serve as powerful forces of global unity and peace, not conflict and war."

Now, Melnyk and his organization are calling for soccer fans to boycott the major World Cup sponsors including Anheuser-Busch hoping it will pressure the powers that be to change the '18 venue. 

"We are asking FIFA’s major partners to take a firm principled stand and demand FIFA immediately re-assign the 2018 World Cup to a more deserving nation," Melnyk says.

"To allow Russia to host the World Cup would fundamentally undermine the spirit of international sport and the stated core principles of every corporate sponsor who so far has chosen to align itself with such an irresponsible decision."

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