You wanted more soccer hunks; now you’ve got ‘em! While the world goes football mad we’ve been quietly selecting another ten eye-poppingly gorgeous World Cup players guaranteed to get your pulse racing.

16. Freddie Ljungberg – Sweden

Date of birth: 16 April 1977 Height: 176 cm Weight: 73 kg Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Arsenal (ENG)

You’ll probably recognise 29 year old Ljungberg as a Calvin Klein model; but don’t let this fool you. He’s more than a pretty face on the field. He made his name with his speed and dashing runs and is noted for his skill and work ethic. Ljungberg plays both as a wing and a midfielder and is a great competitor in either role. He’s uhh… versatile.

17. Alberto Gilardino – Italy

Date of birth: 5 July 1982 Height: 185 cm Weight: 78 kg Position: Forward

Current Club: AC Milan (ITA)

Alberto Gilardino has become a vital attacking option for Italy and his performances at Germany 2006 will have a significant bearing on the team’s overall showing. While he may not have the experience of most of his team-mates, he’s expected to come into full bloom in time for the 2010 Cup in South Africa. We’ll be waiting!

Hidetoshi Nakata – Japan

Date of birth: 22 January 1977 Height: 175 cm Weight: 72 kg Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Bolton Wanderers (ENG)

Probably the best known player on the Japanese side thanks to his stunning good looks, he’s also arguably the most skilled man on the team. The 29-year-old, whose excellent vision and clever passes are up there with the finest, is widely regarded as the best footballer and biggest soccer star that Japan has ever produced.

Carlos Bocanegra – USA

Date of birth: 25 May 1979 Height: 184 cm Weight: 77 kg Position: Defender

Current Club: Fulham (ENG)

While the US is not expected to take the Cup, its recent match against Italy attests to the team’s fighting spirit. With men like Carlos Bocanegra at our side, we’d also do our finest. Bocanegra graduated from the elite American university UCLA, where he excelled in several sports. He is fast, a strong tackler and an excellent header of the ball.

20. Raul – Spain

Date of birth: 27 June 1977 Height: 180 cm Weight: 68 kg Position: Forward

Current Club: Real Madrid (ESP)

Without a doubt all man, Spain’s Raul (actually Raul Gonzalez Blanco) has been described as “a Ferrari” by a team-mate. We couldn’t agree more. Sadly, he’s married with four children. A shy and retiring individual, Raul celebrates every goal with a trademark kiss of his wedding ring. Aww!

21. Adriano – Brazil

Date of birth: 17 February 1982 Height: 189 cm Weight: 86 kg Position: Forward

Current Club: Inter (ITA)

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Adriano Leite Ribeiro’s impressive physique and ball handling technique were spotted at an early age. He ‘since become one of Brazil’s leading goal-scorers and is respected as a genuine world-class player. We also firmly respect his mischievous smile and very watchable body.

22. Rafael van der Vaart – Netherlands

Date of birth: 11 February 1983 Height: 175 cm Weight: 70 kg Position: Midfielder

Current Club: Hamburger SV (GER)

The one-time wunderkid of Dutch football, Rafael van der Vaart should not be short of confidence in the 2006 World Cup thanks to his skill, model looks and abs-to-die-for. Van der Vaart became a target for abuse by opposition fans because of his high-profile relationship with Dutch television presenter Sylvie Meis. Agg shame!

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