Celebrity Soccer Fans
In the United States, where soccer is a niche sport, the stars come out when the big European soccer clubs come to Hollywood in the summer.
At the Rose Bowl recently, when Inter Milan played Chelsea, there were a host of celebrities wearing Inter and Chelsea jerseys and taking in what might be their first soccer match ever. It wasn’t like a Lakers game, but in attendance were the likes of Charlize Theron, Alyssa Milano, Will Ferrell, and Ashton Kutcher.
Are Charlize and Alyssa potential WAGS? Let’s hope so.
What a joy it must be though for professional soccer players to come to the United States and see such big crowds and movie stars dotting the stadium. Upwards of 65,000 showed up to see the Seattle Sounders play Chelsea and then close to 90,000 for the game in Los Angeles between Inter and Chelsea.
But who are some of the other celebrites who have become at least part-time soccer fans. Let’s take a look.
Sylvester Stallone (Stallone happened to be in one of the greatest soccer movies ever, Victory, where he played keeper.), Sir Paul McCartney (He said, "It is always lovely for me to go back to Liverpool and play for the home crowd. I am looking forward to that, it should be cool, even though I am in Everton fan officially. When it comes to the crunch, my dad was born in Everton.") – Everton
Spike Lee, Gavin Rossdale, Hornby, Dido, Johnny Rotten, Roger Waters, Andrew Ridgeley (the other guy from Wham!), Ray Davies, Colin Firth, Will Wheaton, Freddie Prinze Jr., Kevin Costner, Jackie and Joan Collins, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, Fidel Castro, John Gotti, Michael Moore and Osama Bin Laden – Arsenal
Steve Nash, Salman Rushdie, Ray Liotta, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jude Law, the late Bob Marley, Donal Logue, Shania Twain, Baby Spice, Phil Collins – Tottenham Hotspurs
Michael Caine, Kevin Garnett, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Jones – Chelsea
Sporty Spice, Chris DeBurgh, Darren Clarke and Dr. Dre – Liverpool
Tony Blair, Sting and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson – Newcastle
Brad Pitt, David Gray – Manchester United
Tom Hanks, Ozzy Osbourne – Aston Villa
Noel & Liam Gallagher – Manchester City
Hugh Grant – Fulham
Elton John – Watford
Kobe Bryant – Inter Milan and LA Galaxy
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes – LA Galaxy
Daniel Day Lewis – Millwall
P Diddy (Shawn Puffy Combs) – Manhester United & Everton
Mike Tyson – Argentina
Rod Stewart – Celtic
Snoop Dogg – Celtic, Barcelona, and Beckham and the Galaxy (Snoop’s reality show met up with Beckham)
Julio Iglesias – Real Madrid
Fatboy Slim – Brighton
Patrick Stewart – Huddersfield Town
Billy Bragg, Elijah Wood – West Ham
Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) – Arsenal
David Gahan (Depeche Mode) – Chelsea
Robert Smith (The Cure) – QPR
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria – French national team, Arsenal and Barcelona (whoever Thierry Henry plays for)
The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) – Blackburn Rovers
Gemma Arterton – Charlton Athletic FC
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