17 Men of Color Who’ll Make You Want to Watch the World Cup in High-Def

Sochaux’s Giovanni Sio (right) with Sochaux forward Cedric Bakambu during the French L1 Rennes vs. Sochaux match Feb. 23, 2013, at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, France
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Sochaux’s Giovanni Sio (right) with Sochaux forward Cedric Bakambu during the French L1 Rennes vs. Sochaux match Feb. 23, 2013, at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, France
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Whether or not you’re a fan of soccer, there are some key players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup you might want to keep your eyes on. Whether making goals or on the sidelines, these soccer hotties will keep you on the edge of your seat. Get to know them: 

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1. Glen Johnson, England

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Place of birth: Greenwich, London
Position: Defender/right back
Height: 6 feet
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Aug. 23, 1984; Virgo

Born “Glen Stephens”—he was named after former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle—Johnson took his mother’s surname after his parents’ separation. In 2007 Johnson, along with Sam Taylor, a former West Ham United player, set up the Glen Johnson Soccer School in Dartford, Kent, where he grew up. One of his students plays with West Ham United.

2. Mathis Bolly, Ivory Coast

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Place of birth: Oslo, Norway
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6 feet 1
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Nov. 14, 1990; Scorpio

Bolly is said to be more than 40 meters faster than the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt.

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3. Yaya Touré, Ivory Coast

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Place of birth: Bouaké, Ivory Coast
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6 feet 3
Date of birth and zodiac sign: May 13, 1983; Taurus

In October 2013, Touré joined a campaign against elephant poaching, becoming a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program.

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4. Giovanni Sio, Ivory Coast

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Place of birth: Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, France
Position: Striker
Height: 5 feet 11
Date of birth and zodiac sign: March 31, 1989; Aries

Sio began playing soccer at age 9 at the Football Club de Nantes.

5. Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghana

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Place of birth: Wedding, Berlin          
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6 feet 1
Date of birth and zodiac sign: March 6, 1987; Pisces

Boateng, a practicing Muslim, claims to be proficient in six languages. Television network DStv named Boateng one of the top five sexiest African sportsmen.

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6. Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Ghana

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Place of birth: Oslo
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6 feet 3
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Dec. 12, 1987; Sagittarius

Although he’s half Norwegian and half Ghanaian, Kwarasey opted to represent his father’s homeland in soccer.

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7. Jerome Boateng, Germany

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Place of birth: West Berlin
Position: Defender
Height: 6 feet 4
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Sept. 3, 1988; Virgo

Boateng’s brother, Kevin-Prince Boateng, currently plays for FC Schalke 04 and the Ghana national team. The brothers maintain a very good relationship.

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8. Fabian Johnson, USA

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Place of birth: Munich
Position: Fullback
Height: 6 feet
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Dec. 11, 1987; Sagittarius

Johnson says he’s always had affection for the U.S., thanks to his American father, Charles Johnson (who played professional basketball for FC Bayern Munich), and vacations with his family in New York City and Florida. He also has dual German and U.S. citizenship.

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9. Joseph Yobo, Nigeria

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Place of birth: Kono, Nigeria
Position: Defender
Height: 6 feet 2
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Sept. 6, 1980; Virgo

In 2007 Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation to help underprivileged children in Nigeria and has handed out more than 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary school to university level.

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10. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Cameroon

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Place of birth: Hamburg, Germany
Position: Striker
Height: 6 feet 3
Date of birth and zodiac sign: March 23, 1989; Aries

Choupo-Moting had a poster of his current Cameroon teammate Samuel Eto’o on his bedroom wall as a child, according to the United Kingdom’s The Independent.

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11. Jozy Altidore, USA

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Place of birth: Boca Raton, Fla.
Position: Forward
Height: 6 feet 1
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Nov. 6, 1989; Scorpio

In 2011 he started the Jozy Altidore Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children by providing them with necessities ranging from clean water to education.

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12. Michael Essien, Ghana

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Place of birth: Accra, Ghana
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6 feet
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Dec. 3, 1982; Sagittarius

He founded the Michael Essien Foundation, which aims to create opportunities and hope for the underprivileged in Ghana’s Awutu Breku area by providing access to basic amenities such as health care equipment, libraries, public toilets and clean drinking water.

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13. John Anthony Brooks, USA

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Place of birth: Berlin
Position: Defender
Height: 6 feet 4
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Jan. 28, 1993; Aquarius

Although he was born in Berlin, his father is an American soldier, so Brooks was able to retain dual German and U.S. citizenship.

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14. Abel Hernández, Uruguay

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Place of birth: Pando, Uruguay
Position: Striker
Height: 6 feet 1
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Aug. 8, 1990; Leo

His nickname is “La Joya,” which means “the jewel.” 

15. Nigel de Jong, Netherlands

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Place of birth: Amsterdam
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5 feet 8
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Nov. 30, 1984; Sagittarius

De Jong balances his career on the field with his job running a classic-car business, Continental Cars, in Germany and Abu Dhabi.

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16. Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, Brazil

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Place of birth: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Position: Center back
Height: 6 feet 2
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Oct. 18, 1983; Libra

Dante has a head of hair that that has become quite popular. When he played for Mönchengladbach in Germany, fans wore wigs that resembled Dante’s hair to show their support.

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17. Willian Borges da Silva, Brazil

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Place of birth: Ribeirão Pires, Sao Paulo
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5 feet 8
Date of birth and zodiac sign: Aug. 9, 1988; Leo

This curly-haired cutie told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that if he weren’t playing soccer, he’d be playing the drums in Brazil.

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Bonus: Samuel Eto’o (because he’s handsome and a Pisces and has killer style):

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