World Cup Draw Girl Fernanda Lima Made Soccer Popular In The U.S. [PHOTOS]

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U.S. soccer fans already knew the United States Men’s National Team was going to get screwed in its group pairing for the 2014 World Cup: they could have possibly faced Brazil or Italy (though they wound up in Group G with Ghana, Germany and Portugal.)

What U.S. soccer fans didn’t know was that they’d fall in love with Brazilian model and actress Fernanda Lima, who presented the World Cup draw from the Costa do Sauipe resort in Brazil on Friday afternoon. Twitter loved her in all languages.

The basic facts on Lima:

• 36 years old
• actress, model and TV presenter
• hosts “Amor & Sexo” (Love & Sex)
• partner/husband is actor Rodrigo Hilbert
• two children

We’re not sure how much more of Lima you’ll see during World Cup play (June 12- July 13), but we’re thinking that ESPN, who has the US broadcast rights, might want to sign her up pronto.

Follow: and @FernandaLimaBah