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Euro 2012 : Of Wives, Girlfriends, Beaches, Theme Songs And Family Bonding

Alessandro Diamanti was accompanied by his wife, Sylvia Hsieh (left) at Euro 2012

When Italy's Alessandro Diamanti scored the winning penalty for the Azzurri against England in the quarter-final, his Taiwanese wife Silvia Hsieh (above, left) stood watching from the stands, no doubt impressed by her husband's ability to score.

Hsieh, a former TV presenter in Italy, was just one of the many football WAGs present in Poland to cheer on their famous other halves. Others present include the spouses of Diamanti's teammates, Daniele de Rossi, Ignazio Abate and Riccardo Montolivo.

After her marriage to the Bologna midfielder in July 2008, Hsieh, one of the first Italian 'mogli' (wife or 'WAGS') of Asian descent, gave birth to two daughters named Aileen and Olivia.

Interestingly, Silvia has travelled by coach with Diamanti to every of Italy's games at Euro 2012, a rare provision that has been banned by other teams such as England and Spain.

The English, perhaps scarred by past experiences with their own WAGs, have been notoriously strict with the level of contact allowed at this tournament.

However, since the tournament kicked off last month, many of Europe's top footballers have been spotted around the cities of Gdansk with their families in tow, enjoying the beaches, bars and summer.

Multi-tasker: While leading Spain to victory, Iker Casillas also found time for girlfriend Sara Carbonero

Following the cues of the laid-back Italians, the Spanish and the Germans usually reward their players with a day off after match-day.

For TV reporter Sara Carbonero, also known as the eye candy of Spain captain Iker Casillas, work and pleasure came together, as she was covering the tournament this year. "We're happy and enjoying a fantastic place! The Baltic Sea is behind us," said Casillas before posting up the photo on his Facebook page.

Casillas' teammate, Gerard Pique's girlfriend Shakira also flew in from LA to support him, and the couple was regularly seen touring the city with her brother and his father tagging along.

Other members of the triumphant La Roja team, including Fernando Torres, Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina and Santi Cazorla, also took their families out to a stroll along the boardwalk and the beach, conveniently located right next to the team's hotel in Gdansk.

For Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez, Mum is the world for him, as he declared, "Finally, the best plan of all - (to be with) Mum!"

Cesc Fabregas proved he is equally good at the bowling lanes.

For others like Victor Valdes, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and David Silva, whose loved ones did not make the journey to Poland, their spare time was occupied at the bowling lanes.

"Beating Andres Iniesta and Jordi at bowling!" Fabregas proudly proclaimed.

When he is not training, Thomas Mueller spent his time visiting the attractions with his girlfriend

Not to be outdone, the Germany coach Joachim Loew have also allowed his players the freedom to meet with their families when there are no scheduled training sessions.

Thomas Mueller and Lukas Podolski have been regularly seen with their partners in Sopot, a seaside town in northern Poland, where the German team's training headquarters are based.

Mueller, who married his childhood sweetheart Lisa three years ago, was also spotted at the beach with her last Sunday while Podolski went shopping with his long-time girlfriend, Monika.

But unlike at recent tournaments, attention from locals has been somewhat muted, apart from the occasional curious press photographer.

Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira -best of friends due to their similar second-generation immigrant roots - visited a local beach bar last week and were surprisingly left alone by the locals, many of whom were not even aware they were in the presence of two of Germany's brightest football stars.

Always here for you: Sami Khedira's girlfriend Lena Gercke watched every of Germany's games

Khedira's girlfriend, model Lena Gercke (seen above with his brother), also witnessed  Die Mannschaft's march to the semi-finals where they lost to eventual runner-ups Italy, alongside the partners of Mario Gomez, Lars Bender and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Khedira was also the team's unofficial deejay, a mantle he first took up at the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. His choice of song this time around? "Tage wie diese" by "Die Toten Hosen", a German punk band with roots in alternative and punk rock.

"(That song) has the potential to become the team's hit song," Khedira admitted to 'Welt', a German newspaper earlier this month.

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