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Kobe Bryant had prime view as Holland humiliated Spain in World Cup

Kobe looks as impressed as we imagine Spain are feeling right now (©Twitter)
Kobe looks as impressed as we imagine Spain are feeling right now (©Twitter).

Kobe Bryant was amongst those fortunate enough to witness the best game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup so far live as he took his seat to watch Holland's thrashing of current holders Spain in Salvador.

The Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted a picture from his prime halfway line seat as the two nations prepared to kick off on Friday evening:

"Holanda X Espanha. Aqui vamos nos! #Copa2014 #Salvador," wrote Kobe alongside the picture.

There is no word as to which team he was supporting, but having played for a number of years alongside Spanish star Pau Gasol in the NBA you would think he is likely to have a soft spot for La Roja.

Unfortunately for Spain however, they were thoroughly beaten in Salvador with Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie amongst the scorers as the Netherlands came from behind to win 5-1. 

Bryant is a well known soccer fan having developed an appreciation for the sport during his early years when he was living in Italy due to his father's basketball commitments in the European nation.

The 16-time All-Star also currently has a lucrative deal with Panini which has seen him do several commercials ahead of this summer's tournament.

The United States are not due to play until Monday afternoon in Natal meanwhile so it remains to be seen whether Kobe manages to get seats for that game too. If he does he may wish to have a quiet word with USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann while he is there after the latter singled out Bryant for criticism recently when lamenting the way US sport paid it's elderly stars.

Bryan't adopted nation Italy meanwhile take on England tomorrow in the Amazon location of Manaus so it is unlikely the Lakers great will be in attendance there. You never know though, as the world's fifth wealthiest athlete at present you wouldn't be surprised if he found a way to get himself there.

If Kobe had hoped to remain incognito on his trip to Brazil during the NBA offseason he wasn't helped when ESPN's cameras zoomed in on the recuperating star complete with aviator shades.

Don't worry though Lakers fans, the 35-year-old will no doubt be back in the US soon enough as he looks to complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury which restricted him to just six regular-season appearances for the franchise last campaign.

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