The annual Australian tradition of the “nude rugby player calendar” continues with ‘Gods of Football 2009’ from photographer Pedro Virgil.
Virgil’s luxurious calendars, wildly popular in Australia since they first debuted in 2003, are now being exported for sale worldwide.
Outside Australia, the calendars have been a well-kept secret, except among gay men who were early adopters and their primary fans. But more mainstream popularity is being driven by global distribution, word-of-mouth, and coverage (with pictures!) online and in print.
A video crew followed Virgil on his shoots this year, and a companion ‘Gods of Football 2009’ DVD will be released in North America in early 2009. Check out the video above for a sneak peek.
Gods of Football raises awareness and funds for The McGrath Foundation breast health charity.
Can you imagine NFL players getting naked for a calendar? Even for charity? You’ve gotta love these open-minded Australian footballers. The players are nude, but there is no frontal nudity in ‘Gods of Football.’
The Cathouse at Luxor Las Vegas hosts a US launch party for ‘Gods of Football’ on Sunday, December 21st at 11:00 PM.