The World Cup’s Soccer Stars Strip Down

May 7, 2010 By Amy

While soccer — internationally known as football — may not be popular stateside, it’s still the biggest sport in the world. Vanity Fair took note of this by placing soccer studs on the cover of their June issue in honor of the upcoming World Cup. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the editorial reflects the muscular physique and patriotic spirit these athletes carry. Although, this time they’re representing their flag on their underwear instead of a uniform.

This year’s FIFA World Cup is taking place in South Africa and there will be some luxe luggage along for the ride. Iconic brand, Louis Vuitton is creating a one-of-a-kind trunk for the solid 18K gold trophy. The award’s current case is battered and bruised, so FIFA asked the brand to create a study replacement. According to the Guardian UK, “The special case is being hand-made by one Louis Vuitton craftsman from its Asnières workshop near Paris, its price tag a closely guarded secret.”

I wonder if any of the players from the VF shoot will be awarded the treasure?

[via Vanity Fair, Guardian UK]

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