He may not love Manchester United, but he loves England

10 01 2014

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Mexican kissing at the Gold Cup

17 07 2013

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Gervinho showing Ivory Coast love during the AFCON

10 04 2013

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Gomes gives it a smooch

20 03 2013

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Ivory Coast’s Max Gradel in Africa Cup of Nations qualification

12 09 2012

After scoring the final goal during Ivory Coast’s 4-2 win over Senegal in the African Cup of Nations qualification match, Max Gradel kissed his badge.





Bronze badge kissing

9 08 2012

Diana Matheson scored an injury time winner for Canada in their 1-0 victory over France for the bronze medal this afternoon.

Canada lost to the USA in the semi-finals in the dying seconds of extra time, having seen USA given a dubious penalty to level the score earlier in the game.

Having been outplayed by the French side for much of the match, Matheson popped up for Canada to score with practically the last kick of the game.





Olympics inspires Belarus kisses

29 07 2012

After putting Belarus 1-0 up against Brazil in a group stage Olympics game at Old Trafford, Renan Bardini Bressan kissed the badge.

The 23-year-old was born in the Brazil though and only gained Belarusian citizenship in April 2012.





Rolls Reus puts his foot on the accelerator and lips on the badge

22 06 2012

Marco Reus kissed the Germany badge after scoring against Greece in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 to help book their place in the semi-final against Italy.

“As far as I’m concerned, we are the team to beat,” he said. “I hear the English have a new nickname for me. Rolls Reus, eh? You can’t influence that. That’s what the English are like. So I will just try to put my foot on the accelerator and score some goals.”





Nani loves his country too

20 06 2012

Nani has been seen kissing the Manchester United badge before but during Euro 2012 he’s also been seen showing some love to his country.

After beating the Czech Republic to book their place in tonight’s semi-final, Nani sung the praises of his team mates.

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Villa kisses after breaking record

14 06 2012

David Villa kissed the badge on his shirt after becoming the first Spanish player to score in six consecutive games for his country. He scored the first in a 2-0 win over England in a friendly in February 2009.

“I am very happy with the goal,” he said. “Truth is, I really want to see it on TV. The record is very nice. I would never have imagined in years that I would be able to obtain it. I am very proud and I hope I can continue breaking records”

Villa has an incredible record for Spain, scoring 50 goals in 82 games.





Balotelli the badge kisser

14 06 2012

Mario Balotelli kissed Italy’s badge after putting his country 1-0 up in a friendly against Poland in November 2011.

Mario was born in Palermo, Sicily, to Ghanaian immigrant parents, but was adopted by the Balotellis when he was a small child. When he turned 18 he was given Italian citizenship and represented Italy at U-21 level before playing for the senior team.





Pepe’s proud to be… Portuguese?

13 06 2012

After putting Portugal 1-0 up in their second Euro 2012 game, Pepe was seen celebrating grabbing and kissing the badge.

Pepe was born and grew up in Brazil though, starting his career with Corinthians-AL, before moving to Portugal when he was 18-years-old to play for Maritimo. He didn’t represent Brazil at youth level before moving to Portugal and when he was given Portuguese citizenship when he was 24-years-old he opted to play for them.

“I’ve already made it clear how much love I have for Portugal,” he said two years ago. “I feel more Portuguese than Brazilian. I feel this country and I still owe so much to the people.”

Portugal’s badge isn’t the only one Pepe’s lips are familiar with though, with the Real Madrid defender happy to kiss his club’s badge too.

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Blaszczykowski loves Poland

13 06 2012

Jakub Blaszczykowski kissed Poland’s badge after scoring the equaliser against Russia in the second group stage game of Euro 2012.

Blaszczykowski was made captain in November 2010 when he was 24-years-old.





Arshavin is no badge kisser

12 06 2012

Andrey Arshavin, who is currently starring for Russia at Euro 2012, claimed that the only badge he would kiss is the one of his country, not any club.

“I think I’d be lying if I called myself a patriot of the club,” Arshavin said in April 2010. “Of course, I am faithful to the club and I’m glad that I’m a part of it. I am very grateful to the Arsenal fans, who love me. In principle I could kiss the badge in the next match, but I’ve never kissed any badge. Just once have I pointed to the flag after Russia beat Holland at the European Championship. I don’t think it proves anything. I clearly remember one example, at Zenit, when (then president) Vitaly Mutko told us: “We have one player here who kisses the club’s badge. I want to see you guys do as such.” And in the following winter this player was offloaded to Dynamo Kiev.”

Less than two years later, Arshavin returned to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg on loan.





Gazza supporting England

11 06 2012

Paul Gascoigne joins the Umbro campaign of kissing the badge in support of England in Euro 2012. England fans have sent their pictures in of them doing the same.





Honda kissing in qualifier

3 06 2012

Keisuke Honda celebrates scoring the first goal for Japan during the World Cup Qualifier match between Japan and Oman at Saitama Stadium. Japan went on to win 3-0.

Keisuke’s family love their country too. His uncle, Daizaburo Honda, was a canoeist who represented Japan in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. His cousin, Tamon Honda, participated in three Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling in 1984, 1988 and 1992.





Almeida’s friendly kisses for Portugal

22 04 2012

In a friendly against China, Hugo Almeida kissed the badge after scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win.

Almeida has made 39 appearances for his country and has scored 15 goals.





Forlan saves his kisses for his country

20 04 2012

Diego Forlan boasts clubs like Manchester United, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid on his CV, but the only badge that gets his love is that of the national team, Uruguay.

Forlan has played for his country 85 times over ten years and has scored 32 goals.





Radamel Falcao Garcia loves his country

9 04 2012

Radamel Falcao Garcia of Colombia celebrates his goal against Ecuador during a friendly match.





Kagawa kisses before metatarsal break

7 04 2012

Shinji Kagawa kissed his badge as he celebrated scoring his team’s second goal against Qatar during their 2011 Asian Cup quarter-final. He scored two goals and they won 3-2. In the semi-final against South Korea, Kagawa broke his metatarsal and missed the final where Japan beat Australia after extra-time.








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