As soccer has become a truly global sport, it’s no surprise that so many celebrities have gotten in on the fun. For some celebrities, their fandom isn’t surprising, especially those from countries in which soccer is a huge deal. Some are also so vocal about their clubs that it’s common knowledge (*cough* Piers Morgan). Some celebrities are not so obvious about their allegiances, so here are a few that you might not have heard of:
1. Samuel L Jackson
Contrary to what Mesut Ozil believes, the legendary American actor known for his roles in movies like Pulp Fiction and The Avengers has been seen at Liverpool matches and often tweets his support for the Merseyside club.
2. Seth Meyers
The current host of American talk show Late Night, Meyers is a massive sports fan who follows the English Premier League and supports West Ham United. The actor and comedian has mentioned that he became a West Ham fan after playing a show in London and had to pick between Arsenal, West Ham, and Charlton, but he “chose West Ham because I liked the idea of going to East London. Have often regretted not taking Arsenal but will never switch back!” He also follows international soccer closely, having supported the Holland National team during the 2014 World Cup.
3 & 4. Daniel Craig & Mike Myers
Two actors with wildly different backgrounds and careers, Craig and Myers are avid Liverpool fans who attend matches from time to time. Daniel Craig, best known as the latest actor to portray James Bond, grew up supporting the club as he was born in nearby Chester. Myers, on the other hand, who is best known for comedies like the Austin Powers series, came to support the club due to his parents, both of whom are from Liverpool.
5. Hugh Jackman
The Aussie actor, known for movies like The Wolverine and Les Miserables, showed his support for the Socceroos during the 2014 World Cup. Jackman also played the more traditional Australian sports rugby union and cricket as a teen, but as an adult has expressed quite a bit of interest in soccer. The actor has also stated that he supports the English club Norwich City and MLS club Philadelphia Union.
Spike Lee [PLEASE EMBED THIS] http://instagram.com/p/pr-opVyqn4/?modal=true The American director of movies like Do The Right Thing and Malcolm X supported the US National Team during the World Cup, and even made a short film for Pepsi Max for the tournament.
6. Drew Carey
The actor and The Price is Right host went undercover as a photographer for the 2006 World Cup, and has been known to support FC Barcelona and the Scottish club Rangers. But perhaps his most significant stake in soccer is his minority ownership of Seattle Sounders FC. He has been known to attend matches often, lead the March to the Match through downtown Seattle, and read off the team sheet prior to matches at CenturyLink Field.
7. Tom Hanks
One of the more surprising entries on this list, the actor and producer famous for his roles blockbusters like Cast Away and Forrest Gump has apparently been an Aston Villa fan for a very long time. He was first spotted sporting the club’s scarf in 2001, and was able to see his first live match in 2012 when the club played a friendly against the Portland Timbers.
8. Sylvester Stallone
Stallone, an actor known for films like Rocky and Rambo, fell in love with soccer while filming Escape to Victory, an 80s movie about soccer in a WWII prison camp. The actor later became a huge fan of Merseyside club Everton FC after seeing them play at Goodison Park.