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20 Hottest Soccer Players From Latin America Playing In The World Cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is taking over Russia and we’re helping you narrow down your choices if you’re stuck on who to root for. Start trading and coming up with your roster thanks to some of the hottest World Cup players that will take the field representing their home countries in Latin America! Ole-ole-ole-o heyyy cuties!


1. Neymar: Brazil

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Neymar is going into the World Cup with the largest social media following and judging from this post on Instagram, we know why. We are praying he stays as #blessed as his back tattoo throughout this tournament and doesn’t get injured like in the 2014 World Cup. We need as much screen time as we can from Brazil’s favorite son.

2. Javier Hernández: Mexico

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Javier Hernández, better known as Chicharito, is one of the players Mexico is hanging its hopes on to make it out of the “fifth game curse.” We’re also holding out hope we can shoot our shot with the striker.

3. Jonathan Dos Santos: Mexico

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We’d like to be a fly on the wall behind 28-year-old midfielder for El Tri and the LA Galaxy. Jonathan Dos Santos’ smoldering gaze has us like ???? ????.

4. Carlos Vela: Mexico

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Our third player we’re featuring from Mexico’s national team member is forward Carlos Vela. We’re ready to be his loyal supporter no matter who takes home the trophy.

5. James Rodriguez: Colombia

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Between James Rodriguez’s million-dollar smile, freckles and salsa moves, it’s hard to not be a fan of Colombia’s national team. We are hoping he scores some goals during the World Cup to have more reason to sway his hips in front of our TV screens.

6. Radamel Falcao: Colombia

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Helping to lead Colombia’s national team along with James is striker Radamel Falcao. We would meet him at midnight in Paris, in Russia or really any place TBH. Just look at those toned arms! 

7. Paulo Dybala: Argentina

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One of the fresh faces on Argentina’s national team is 24-year-old Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. We’re ready to melt away in those baby blues on and off the pitch.

8. Franco Armani: Argentina

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With Argentina’s main goalkeeper Sergio Romero out with an injury, Franco Armani has a chance to come out of the goalie box and straight into our hearts. Standing at a towering  6′ 2″, we could stare at this tall glass of agua all day long.

9. Giorgian De Arrascaeta: Uruguay

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Uruguay doesn’t usually make headlines when it comes to who will make the finals, but now we’re interested in finding out the odds of its national team advancing just so we can see more of 24-year-old Giorgian Daniel De Arrascaeta. Make sure to keep on his speedy skills as an attacking midfielder.

10. José Giménez: Uruguay

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It looks like Uruguay’s central defender José Giménez is a little chilly in this photo. We are up and ready to give him a big ???? hug to keep him warm!

11. Alisson Becker: Brazil

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What do we have to do to get Brazil’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker to dive after us? Should we stand closer to the penalty box? All in favor, raise those hands. ???? ???? ????

12. Patrick Pemberton: Costa Rica

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We know Costa Rica’s goalkeeper Kaylor Navas gets all the glory, but let’s give a shout out to the reserve goalkeeper, Patrick Pemberton. He’s a little shorter than your average goalie, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in muscle. We’ll take it.

13. Bryan Oviedo: Costa Rica

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This Tico has told his fans to relax and not stress after Costa Rica faced two back-to-back defeats. Ok, Oviedo, we see you. Looks like our blood pressure is going down just by staring at that smile.

14. Jaime Penedo: Panama

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Goalkeeper (are you noticing a trend?) Jaime Penedo plays for Panama’s national team and we are memorizing the TV schedule to make sure we don’t miss him blocking those instep kicks. Based on his Insta posts, he likes to eat pasta and fine foods. Pasta, soccer and good looks? Sounds like the true #dreamteam.

15. Roman Torres: Panama

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Can Panamanian defender Roman Torres celebrate like this each time Panama scores a goal at the World Cup? Like, just take a look at those washboard abs! I-C-O-N-I-C.

16. Pedro Gallese: Peru

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Survey says…goalkeepers must be some of the most easy-on-the-eyes position when it comes to soccer. Peru’s Pedro Gallese is a concrete example of that. Look at his physique! Tall, muscular with lean muscle. Where can we sign up to buy a Peruvian national jersey?

17. Yoshimar Yotun: Peru

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This is Peru’s first time heading to the World Cup in 36 years. Will Yotun help his team proceed to be a Cinderella story? Who knows, but one thing we do know is that he sure looks dreamy in this fairytale setting. ????

18. Lucas Biglia: Argentina

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Hey Lucas Biglia, you need to stop biting Argentina’s jersey because this photo is making us bite our lips. ???? ☺️ Will the midfielder help Argentina get to the final? We’ll keep watching until the very end if Biglia has the ball.

19. Philippe Coutinho: Brazil

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Philippe Coutinho is another soccer player on the lengthy list of married World Cup players *but* we can still daydream about playing a little touch soccer with him. Or maybe footsies? Dream until your dreams come true, people!

20. Nicolás Tagliafico: Argentina

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This 25-year-old has been named “the new Javier Zanetti,” but you can just call him your new crush. Why so serious Nicolás? You just probably received hundreds of new stans!

Which soccer player is your favorite on this roster? Let us know in the comments! Please share your World Cup moments using #WorldCup2018 #ShowUsYourColors.

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ Is A Documentary Highlighting The World’s Only Binational Baseball Team

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Sports have a way of bringing people together. The experience of rooting for your team is a unifying feeling that transcends borders and culture. Showtime is exploring the importance of sports through the lens of the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos.

“Bad Hombres” is a documentary highlighting immigration under President Trump through baseball.

Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos are the only binational professional baseball team in the world. The team splits their home games between stadiums in Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Director Andrew Glazer wanted to highlight the immigration issue through a sports lens to offer a different layer to the narrative.

“Most of the people trying to come into the U.S. are families and children trying to escape horrible violence in Central America,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “That story has been told, so what I wanted to do was show people in a way that I thought would be relatable to what life is like on the border. What life is like on those two sides and how interconnected they are. The thing that struck me to be honest is that initially in Laredo, Texas was how pervasive Spanish is spoken.”

The documentary shows the struggles of the baseball team trying to make sense of the volatile U.S.-Mexico border relations.

The Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos split time playing their home games between two stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico. The Trump administration’s constant battle with Mexico and threats to close the border put the team’s season in jeopardy. A first look teaser shows team managers trying to coordinate the release of game tickets in time with the ever-changing immigration announcements from the Trump administration.

“Bad Hombres” speaks politics without directly addressing politics.

“Even though my film has an overarching political message, the players are not covertly or overtly political in any way,” Glazer told CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “They are baseball players and they are living their lives and a lot of them are trying to make it to the majors and some of them were in the majors and are now finishing their careers. There wasn’t a whole lot of political discussions.”

Glazer made sure to highlight the depths and complexities of the team members dealing with the political climate without politics.

“Inherently, what made the team fascinating is you had players from the U.S. who were Anglo-American players and Mexican American players who had a different perspective,” Glazer told DJ Sixsmith. “Then you had Mexican players and some Dominican players and Cuban and people from everywhere else. There were different languages and different perspectives. Seeing how that developed over time was pretty fascinating.”

“Bad Hombres” is streaming on Showtime.

READ: Veronica Alvarez Is The Coach For The Oakland A’s And Her Presence Is Giving Girls A Chance To Pursue Baseball

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Europe Faces Relentless Second Wave

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Cristiano Ronaldo Tests Positive For Covid-19 As Europe Faces Relentless Second Wave

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Europe is facing a growing second wave of infections from Covid-19. As the virus beings to spread across the continent again, countries are bringing back restrictions to protect the health of their citizens. Cristiano Ronaldo, famed soccer player, is the latest celebrity in Europe to fall victim to the virus.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest celebrity to contract Covid-19 as a second wave sweeps across Europe.

Countries throughout Europe are experiencing fresh spikes in Covid-19 cases. In the U.K., the number of cases has quadrupled. The number of cases there are now higher than they were in March when the country went on lockdown. However, according to reports, countries in Europe are trying localized restrictions to prevent new nationwide shutdowns in response to the second wave.

European soccer leagues were among the first sports in the world to resume activities.

The various European soccer leagues resumed practices and games in early June with some restrictions and new protocols to limit the spread of the virus within the sport. One of the first things put in place to protect the players was a staggered training schedule to limit the amount of contact between teammates.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was released from national team duties after a positive test for COVID-19; he will not face Sweden. The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation,” read a statement from the team. “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol. The game, counting for the qualification phase of the League of Nations, is scheduled for Wednesday in Alvalade.”

Fans have a lot of faith that Covid-19 doesn’t stand a chance in Ronaldo’s body.

Soccer fans were so excited to see the sport come back. It is a good release and escape from reality, which is something we all desperately need nowadays. Losing one of the greatest players of the game is pretty devastating. One of the greatest things about sports is being able to watch the best truly perform, even if they are on the opposing team and delivering you a loss.

People are ready to see the man come back in better form than he left.

Sure, Ronaldo will be back to play soccer for the fans. However, there is a lot that we still don’t know about the long-term impact of contracting Covid-19.

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirmed in July that he was dealing with heart inflammation. The issue caused him to miss some of the restarted, abridged season. The inflammation was because of a Covid diagnosis earlier in the year. Two months later, Rodriguez was cleared by doctors to start walking and partaking in other physical activity because of his heart condition.

Some sports fans are sounding a small alarm to let people know that they should not base their own health decision on Ronaldo’s outcome.

A lot of high-profile people have contracted Covid-19. The ones with the best health insurance and healthcare have come out of their Covid diagnoses with good results. President Donald Trump recently made remarks telling people not to fear Covid after his infection prompting responses from scientists and doctors rebuking his claims.

Covid-19 is far from over. The world is bracing for a second wave, which could be deadlier than the first. Instances of re-infections are climbing with the first reported case in the U.S. happening in Nevada. The second infections have been worse than the first. Be careful. Stay vigilant. Wear a mask to protect your family and friends.

READ: The Number Of Latinos In The U.S Killed By Covid-19 Surpasses 44,500 With No Signs Of Slowing Down

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