If you watch ESPN at all, you probably know that along with the NBA Finals, sports coverage is about to be dominated by soccer’s European Championship. And even if you don’t follow the world’s game, there’s plenty worth watching on the sidelines. We’re talking about WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of Euro 2012 players. Many are impossibly gorgeous, as you’ll see in this gallery featuring one from each team (including Irina Shayk, above). Are you ready for some fútbol now?
Sylvie Mies, Holland TV personality and model Meis is the wife of Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. The couples’ popularity has caused some in the media to call them “the new Beckhams.” And we’ll take her over Victoria any day.
Claudine Palmer, Ireland A model and former Miss Ireland, Palmer is the wife of Los Angeles Galaxy striker and Ireland captain Robbie Keane. She makes us wish we’d tried harder at soccer practice in high school.
Alexandra Loizou, Greece So you occasionally miss a wide-open net? No worries. If you’re Greek striker Georgios Samaras, you’ve still got the gorgeous Loizou, a model and TV presenter, waiting for you back home.
Sara Carbonero, Spain A journalist for Spanish station Telecinco, Carbonero made news for allegedly distracting Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas (now her fiancé) during a loss to Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup. Can you blame him?
Alena Seredova, Italy Born in Prague in 1978, Czech model Seredova married Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon last year. She’s appeared in several Italian comedy movies and television commercials. She's not exactly full-blooded Italian, but we’re not exactly complaining.
Kayla Collins, England Once hitched to pop tart Cheryl Tweedy, English fullback Ashley Cole appears to have found an adequate replacement; Collins was Playboy’s playmate of the month in August 2008.
Sarah Brandner, Germany The Girlfriend of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Brandner appeared in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and is always a highlight of Oktoberfest. Who wouldn't want to share a beer with her?
Oksana Andersson, Sweden More famous than her husband, Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson, Andersson is a model and former reality TV contestant. She was also a dancer for electronic music group Sunblock. So there’s that.
Sidoni Biemont, France French model and actress Biemont gained fame as part of a comedy TV series in France. She's the girlfriend of French center back Adil Rami, who failed to defend himself from her charms.
Caroline Luel-Brockdorff, Denmark The ex-girlfriend of Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, Luel-Brockdorff is a baroness of the Danish royal family. She was born in Denmark, but she lives in her own castle in London now. Sheesh.
Kristen Pazik, Ukraine Hated by AC Milan supporters for convincing her husband, Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, to move to Chelsea in 2006, Pazik is a model. This is not exactly shocking. But get this: she’s from Minnesota!
Sandra Dziwiszek, Poland A pole vaulter and law student, Dziwiszek is the girlfriend of Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. She is not a model. Yet.
Tatjiana Batinic, Croatia Former Miss Elegance and Miss Austria 2006, Batinic, the daughter of Croatian immigrants, is big in Austria. The model is also the girlfriend of Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Hmm, think it’s the frosted tips?
Tereza Frankova, Czech Republic Engaged to Czech striker Milan Baros, Frankova is a Czech model who became famous after posing for a strictly personal calendar she gave him as a birthday present in 2009. No, you can’t borrow our copy.
Natalia Zyryanova, Russia If you're looking for a typical Eastern European beauty, Russian midfielder Konstantin Zyryanov's wife is a perfect example. She might even get you to enjoy borscht.
Irina Shayk, Portugal This Russian model has appeared in six straight editions of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and graced the cover in 2011. But she’ll be pulling for the boys in red and green, as her boyfriend is Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo. He must be good or something...
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