Michael Becker, who manages German soccer captain Michael Ballack, attributed the team's more elegant and agile style to "gay players," saying they cost Germany the World Cup. Coach Joachim Löw refused to respond, saying he wouldn't "stoop so low."
There's something particularly enjoyable about the ecstasy of soccer players celebrating their World Cup goals. So please do enjoy this collection of the happiest men on earth, each lost in their own man-love moment. It is delightful.
In our last examination of perfection of the human physique, we present you Spain's victorious moments. The images need no comment, but the emotional pictures captain and goalie Iker Casillas shedding tears of joy may make you do the same.
After Spain's win yesterday, goalie Iker Casillas was interviewed by reporter Sara Carbonero (who's also his "distracting" girlfriend). But an emotional Casillas was at a loss for words and spoke a different language: the language of love.
It all comes down to two: will it be Spain? Or the Netherlands? Paul the Octopus seems to think it will be the former, though I suppose we'll all have to watch to see if he's correct.
Sunday in Johannesburg, Spain and Netherlands will compete one last time for gorgeous glory. Odds are on Spain to take the match, but who'll take your breath away? In our ongoing celebration of athletic perfection, this is the final showdown.
As we dribble our way towards the tournament's end, we've bid farewell to many gifted men. So we'd like to take a moment of (relative) silence to honor some of those whom we've most recently had to say goodbye.
Nerve's Lindsay Cutler raises an important question: if, on pain of death, you were forced to make one of these strapping, gifted athletic teams your boyfriend, who would you choose?
You might be able to pick us out in the pub. We're alongside those with eyes glued to the screen, holding our breath, crossing our fingers and cursing at the ref. With one small difference: We're female.
Want to watch the game with your fellow commenters? You're in luck: your World Cup open thread is here, so get your vuvuzela and let's DO THIS.