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Germany's Mario Gotze's Is My Wife a Hot Bikini Model? .... Jaaaaaaaa

4/9/2019 7:12 AM PDT
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Did you know ... German soccer superstar Mario Gotze is married to a ridiculously attractive German bikini model? 

It's true. And fortunately for us, Ann-Kathrin Gotze put her talents on display during a bikini photo shoot in Ibiza this week. 

The 29-year-old has been modeling for years -- and she even appeared on "Germany's Next Top Model" way back in 2012. 

She's also modeled for everyone from GQ to FHM, and she's done some lingerie work for Lascana. 

As for 26-year-old Mario -- the guy who famously scored the winning goal for Germany during the 2014 World Cup -- his career stalled after clinching the cup. 

Now he plays for Borussia Dortmund where he's trying to prove he can still be a dominant force on the field ... and with 4 goals and 6 assists this season, it looks like he is on the right track. 

Pele Flying Back to Brazil After Leaving French Hospital

4/8/2019 4:03 PM PDT
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Here's a photo of soccer legend Pele at the airport in France on Monday -- right after he was released from a Paris hospital where he spent the past 6 days battling a urinary tract infection. 

The 78-year-old was pushed through Charles de Gaulle Airport while being accompanied by 4 people. We're guessing he's now on a flight back home to Brazil. 

Pele was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday after appearing at an event in Paris with French soccer superstar Kylian Mbappe

His reps insisted the UTI was nothing serious -- but clearly, doctors felt it was in his best interest to keep him hospitalized while he being treated for the infection. 

"I want to thank you deeply for your positive thoughts and get-well wishes," Pele said in a statement to the Brazilian news media. 

"Thanks to the great affection of the medical team at the American hospital of Paris, I am travelling home soon."

Just before he was released from the hospital, Pele was visited by Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar -- and they both smiled for a quick photo in his hospital room. 

Paul Pogba Buys World Cup Champ Rings ... For Team France!

3/20/2019 11:48 AM PDT
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What's better than winning the World Cup?? NOTHING ... well, unless Paul Pogba is your teammate ... 'cause the French superstar hooked up his ENTIRE team with championship rings!!

PP and the French national team brought home the FIFA World Cup Trophy last summer ... and the 26-year-old midfielder says he wanted to thank his teammates with "a small gesture."

The rings -- made by Jason of Beverly Hills -- were designed to resemble NBA or NFL championship rings ... complete with the French National team logo and "World Champions" across the face.

The pieces are composed of 3 carats of white diamonds, rubies and sapphires ... and feature the trophy and an outline of France.

Pogba talked about the gesture with reporters on Wednesday ... saying "It's a small gesture after winning a World Cup with great players. I consider them my family. It's a small gift from me."

Candidate for teammate of the year right here.

Cristiano Ronaldo Opens Hair Transplant Clinic ... Let Me Save Your Dome!

3/18/2019 11:13 AM PDT
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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to save you from BALD SHAME -- so he's opened up a new hair transplant clinic in Spain. 

Seriously. 

The international soccer superstar has launched Insparya in Madrid -- and Monday, the 34-year-old and his girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, faced the media to promote the place. 

So, why???

Ronaldo says "image" is important to him and he wants to make sure other people have more control over the way they look. 

When asked if he has ever had the procedure -- or ever would -- CR7 replied, "When I think it’s necessary [to have a transplant], of course I’ll do it."

In other words, Ronaldo claims his current hair is 100% his ... for now. 

Oh, and Ronaldo says the clinic will also do eyebrow hair transplants too. 

Ronaldo isn't the first athlete to get in the hair business -- ex-NFL star Brian Urlacher had a hair procedure done after his football career wrapped up. 

Wes Welker also took action ... getting a transplant of his own back in 2012. 

Pamela Anderson Back w/ French Soccer Star BF Despite Friends' Warnings

3/18/2019 12:40 AM PDT
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Pamela Anderson's on-again, off-again relationship with soccer star Adil Rami is back ON again ... but her friends see red flags.

Sources close to Pam tell TMZ ... the "Baywatch" star and World Cup champ have been back together for several weeks, but friends wish she'd 86 the relationship for various reasons. The main one ... they say Adil has tried cutting Pam off from her friends and family.

What's more ... they fear his juvenile behavior -- partying and clubbing -- isn't for Pam anymore. Her friends are adamant ... it's never gonna work long term.

Pam's friends are clear ... they want her to move on. If and when she's ready ... find someone else. Nevertheless ... easier said than done.

You'll recall it was just last July when the central defender for French club Marseille met Pam's mom. A serious sign, for sure. But, things really heated up when Adil proposed marriage. Pam said no dice and the relationship went kaput.

Pam's friends hope she pumps the brakes again ... and keep her foot firm on the pedal.

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Teammates Engaged ... We're Going Public!

3/13/2019 7:52 AM PDT
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Two members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team are more than teammates -- they're engaged to be married!!

Defender Ali Krieger and goalie Ashlyn Harris just revealed they've not only been dating for the last 9 years, but Ashlyn actually proposed in September ... and Ali said, "Yes!"

It all went down in Clearwater Beach, Florida -- where Ashlyn busted out a pretty impressive rock. 

The two are now planning to tie the knot at the end of 2019, according to People.com

Ali and Ashlyn met on the USWNT in 2010 -- with Harris explaining, "We always sat next to each other on the bus and on flights, and we kind of just talked about our dreams and our hopes and what we wanted to do one day when we grew up. Because at the time, we were kids."

The couple wasn't exactly hiding their relationship, but they didn't flash it around either because they didn't want to be a distraction.

"We wanted to be professional and make sure that we showed up every day and did our job and it wasn’t just because we were together, it was because we love what we do, and we’re really good at what we do,” Krieger told People.

"We became more and more confident within and ourselves and then clearly within our relationship," Harris said ... adding, "Finally, after all these years, I just feel like I don’t have to hide anything or feel like I’m not living up to the community I’m in."

Congrats! 

Pamela Anderson & Mom Beaming w/ Pride After Raising Over $50k!!!

3/13/2019 12:10 AM PDT
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Pamela Anderson and her mom have mastered the art of looking like A MILLION BUCKS while raising a TON O' CASH ... all for an incredible cause.

The "Baywatch" star was front and center in Vancouver where she hosted a charity auction benefiting the Pamela Anderson Foundation. She also had a very sweet date in tow ... her mom, Carol. The gals dressed to the nines for the special event.

We're told tons of cool items were auctioned off ... including signed jerseys from futbol stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. No doubt those items hauled in a couple of sweet checks but gotta hand it to fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco, whose career highlights includes shooting Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers.

Mazzucco donated a piece dubbed "Beauty and Light." Pam couldn't resist posing next to it for a pic. But, we know why she's REALLY grinning ear-to-ear -- the piece fetched a whopping $30k!!!

BTW ... the Pamela Anderson Foundation supports organizations that protect human, animal and environmental rights. The foundation's been at it for 20 years. #KeepGrindingPam

USC, UCLA Coaches Named In College Admissions Scandal

3/12/2019 8:39 AM PDT
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3:01 PM PT -- USC has fired water polo coach Jovan Vavic and Senior Associate AD Donna Heinel.

11:08 AM PT -- The NCAA released a statement addressing the scandal ... saying, "The charges brought forth today are troubling and should be a concern for all of higher education. We are looking into these allegations to determine the extent to which NCAA rules may have been violated."

Multiple prominent members of the USC Trojans athletic department have been indicted in a far-reaching college admissions scandal ... where they allegedly took bribes to help students gain admission. 

USC senior associate athletic director Dr. Donna Heinel, ex-USC women's head soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin and ex-assistant soccer coach Laura Janke are all named ... as well as current USC men's water polo head coach Jovan Vavic

Vavic -- a 13-time national coach of the year -- has 14 national titles under his belt during his tenure at the University of Southern California. 

The general allegations go something like this -- William Rick Singer, a guy who runs a college admissions prep service, would facilitate bribes to current and former USC coaches to designate prospective students as recruited athletes ... which would lower the academic standards for admission. 

The problem ... officials say the students were NOT recruited athletes and the coaches and other USC officials LIED in exchange for big money donations to USC and other payments. 

Here's a video of the U.S. Attorney's Office laying out the alleged scheme ... 

According to court documents, USC ain't alone in this -- at least one soccer coach from UCLA is named, along with a coach from Georgetown, a sailing coach at Stanford, a tennis coach at Texas, a coach from Wake Forest and even Yale

In regards to USC, officials say one of the parents involved in the scheme is Lori Loughlin -- whose daughters were allegedly recruited by USC's crew team, despite the fact they had no experience in crew. 

You can bet your ass the NCAA has eyes on this -- especially considering USC's legendary history of bribery and scandal in their athletic department. 

By the way, USC president Dr. Wanda M. Austin issued a statement saying USC is the VICTIM and not the bad guy here.

"The government has repeatedly informed us that it views USC as a victim and that these employees purposefully deceived USC."

She added, "It is immensely disappointing that individuals would abuse their position at the university in this way."

"We will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement and regulatory investigations."

English Soccer Player Sucker Punch by Rival Fan Helps Him Score Game-winning Goal

3/10/2019 12:19 PM PDT

The opposite of punch-drunk must've been what this English pro soccer player was feeling after getting attacked by a rival fan ... 'cause he sure looked clear-headed when he scored the game-winning goal some 45 minutes later.

Aston Villa's star midfielder, Jack Grealish, was bum-rushed Sunday by a Birmingham City fan who rushed the field in the early part of the first half and sucker punched him in the dome. The guy got a running start to the hit and knocked Grealish down in the process.

The Birmingham fan was quickly subdued and yanked off the field by security. He was later arrested and hauled off to jail, according to local authorities. 

Funny enough, Grealish went on to score the game-winning goal against Birmingham City in the second half of the game, clinching the W for his squad in a 1-0 victory. The goal itself was pretty sweet too ... a left-footed shot to the bottom corner. 

Birmingham definitely were not sore losers either -- in fact, the team issued a statement after the game apologizing to Grealish and Aston Villa at large for what one of their own fans did ... saying the dude would be banned from St. Andrew's Stadium for life. 

Ya know that guy's sitting in a jail cell somewhere knockin' himself for this one. Talk about poetic justice, eh?

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Sues for Equal Pay ... We're Better Than the Men!

3/8/2019 8:57 AM PST
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The U.S. Women's National Soccer team is suing the U.S. Soccer Federation -- claiming they're sick of being paid less than the men's team ... despite being WAY better than their male counterparts. 

Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Julie Ertz and others all joined in on the suit ... which blasts the USSF for the pay disparity. 

"Despite the fact that these female and male players are all called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams ... the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts," the women say in their suit. 

"This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of male players -- with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions."

They're right -- the USWNT are not only champs but perennial contenders while the U.S. Men's National Team sucks so bad, they didn't even make the World Cup in 2018. 

Oh, and the timing of the lawsuit is interesting -- filed on International Women's Day, which happens to be 3 months before the Women's World Cup begins in France. 

In the suit, the women allege gender discrimination. They're seeking to end "the USSF's discriminatory practices."

So far, no official comment from the USSF. 

Neymar Holy Crap, It's Ninja!!!

3/6/2019 3:05 PM PST
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Cool moment at the Paris Saint-Germain game Wednesday ... when Neymar went into the stands to personally greet one of his favorite celebs, Ninja!!!

Of course, Neymar didn't play for PSG because he's still recovering from a foot injury -- but he made it back to Paris after raging at Carnival in Brazil with enough time to make kickoff. 

The bad news for Neymar, his PSG squad got beat up by Romelu Lukaku's Manchester United squad in a 3-1 thrashing ... bouncing @PSG from the UEFA Champions League. 

The good news, Neymar was healthy enough to make the walk into the VIP area at Parc des Princes stadium to give the Fortnite legend a hug. 

You can see @ninja is stoked to see @neymarjr -- and introduces the soccer star to his wife, Jessica Goch

So, how do they know each other? Besides being one of the greatest athletes on the planet, Neymar is also a massive gamer -- and the two hooked up for a Fortnite gaming event in December. 

No sign of Neymar's lady friend, Anitta -- the Brazilian pop singer who partied with Neymar in Brazil. There are rumors the two are dating but nothing confirmed ... at least, not yet. 

Neymar Hits Carnival With Smokin' Hot Brazilian Singer

3/5/2019 7:44 AM PST

Neymar's having himself one helluva week -- raging at Carnival in Rio with a very famous, very attractive Brazilian singer. 

The 27-year-old Paris Saint-Germain superstar had his arm around Anitta at the big parade at the Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai on Monday in Rio de Janeiro. 

Unclear if the two are dating -- but they sure looked couple-ish at the Brazilian bash ... even planting kisses on each other's cheeks. 

Neymar had been dating Bruna Marquezine for a while -- but they reportedly broke up in late 2018. 

So, is this a rebound? Or just a flirty friendship? 

We found footage of Anitta doing her thing -- and damn. She's fire. Also, she's a MASSIVE star with more than 35 MILLION followers on Instagram. 

Neymar is one of the most famous athletes in the world -- and according to Forbes, he was the 5th highest paid athlete in the world in 2018 ... pulling in $90 MILLION!! 

Get this ... Neymar's current contract with PSG is a 5-year deal reportedly worth more than $600 MILLION!!

He also has lucrative endorsement deals with massive brands like Nike, Red Bull, Gillette, McDonald's and Beats by Dre.

Bottom line ... it's good to be Neymar. 

Christian Pulisic I Got Hands Too!!! Busts Out Fortnite Celly

2/22/2019 3:15 PM PST
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Christian Pulisic never has to use his hands ... but now we know they work if he needs them, 'cause the US soccer superstar put his football skills on display ... and TMZ Sports has the vid!!!

The Dortmund midfielder teamed up with Gary Barnidge's American Football Without Barriers camp this week ... catching a quick pass and busting out his favorite Fortnite (or Blocboy JB, depending on who you ask) dance to cap it off.

For those not hip to soccer -- the 20-year-old is the future of Team USA ... he's currently on loan from Chelsea and is the most expensive American player of all time.

FYI -- AFWB is a camp designed to spread football knowledge with fans all over the world.

It's been a big hit for years ... with memorable moments like Marshawn Lynch ridin' camels and ice swimming in Finland with DeAngelo Williams.

Check out the vid ... dude's got hands AND moves ... but not as good as Roosevelt Nix's Blueface impression.

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