The football season is coming to a close, but for women who want to bag themselves a professional footballer (WAGabees), hunting season is just beginning.
The summer without an international tournament means lots of footballers in nightclubs who don’t have to worry about a match on the weekend. The time for glamor models and bit-part soap opera actresses to make the big leap to WAG is upon us.
This season has seen some lesser-known WAGs achieve their potential and achieve big things (i.e. being photographed in places).
So which footballing Wives And Girlfriends are the next Cheryl Cole, Coleen Rooney and, the turbowag herself, Danielle Lloyd.
So in honor of the up-and-comers in the world of footballers' lovers, we’re running through the 10 breakout WAGs of the season.
Despite dating Andy Carroll since 2011, Stacey Miller has only just started to come out of his shadow. And, comparing the sizes of them both, it’s quite a shadow to try and escape.
When they started going out, it didn't look like Stacey was going to exploit their relationship for career purposes by getting some modelling work or selling stories to glossy magazines, but last year she was unveiled as the face of www.scouseworld.com.
ScouseWorld.com is beauty website that offers customers "the ultimate scouse glam look." Which isn't a perm and bushy mustache.
We predict big things for Stacey. She may as well keep cashing in. What other reason is there to go out with someone who looks like Andy Carroll?
No, not that Sam Cooke. He died in 1964.
We’re talking about the girlfriend of Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.
And we don't to play to stereotype by assuming the Page 3 Girl and Glamour Model that she don’t know much about history, she don’t know about biology and she don’t know about a science book.
As Smalling has been challenging the likes of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand for a spot in the United defence, Sam has been doing similar breakthrough work in the WAG world.
With that many followers, she must be really good at taking photographs.
The Premier League has not been kind to Reading owner Anton Zingarevich, but it has done wonders for his wife’s career.
Ex-Victoria’s Secret model Katsia Zingarevich’s endorsement deal with Intimissimi lingerie is probably the only thing Reading fans have had to cheer about this season.
Katsia represents some smart WAGing. Bagging a player might be profitable in the short-term, but in the long-term, who’s to say he won’t be a flop and end up wasting all his money?
Katsia has married a 30-year-old billionaire football club owner from a wealthy family. She’s playing the long game.
Russian model Irinia Shayk has achieved a lot.
There are her continued appearances in Sports Illustrated.
She made the successful leap from swimwear to high fashion.
And, most importantly, she won the much-coveted “Miss Chelyabinsk 2004” beauty contest.
However, even that will pale in comparison if she finally succeeds in her battle to tame boyfriend Cristiano Ronaldo.
But, if recent reports are anything to go by, Irina might have a struggle on her hands.
With every European giant desperate to sign Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao, it would be safe to say that he’s the hottest property in his house, right?
You haven’t met his girlfriend, Natalia Velez.
As Falcao's star rises in the football world, surely Velez's will follow.
Keep an eye on this one, we tip her to take WAGasaki by storm alongside her free-scoring fella.
She may have won Germany’s Next Top Model way back in 2006, but Lena Gercke has really started to make waves in the land of WAG over the past 12 months.
She started dating Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira in 2011, but they really got our attention when they posed together, Sami wearing a tuxedo, Lena wearing...well, not even a smile (more of a toothy glare) on the cover of GQ magazine.
Don’t you hate it when you and your girlfriend go out and she’s dressed a lot less formally than you are?
Lara Alvarez and Sergio Ramos have had a famously "on-again, off-again" relationship. They’re basically the Ross and Rachel of Real Madrid.
However, they’re currently back on, and Lara’s career as a Spanish TV presenter is apparently going from strength-to-strength.
And before you ask, no, we don’t know where you can stream Spanish TV.
Georgia Dorsett is a former cast member from The Only Way Is Essex…
…but we’re not holding that against her.
Georgia's been turning heads this year while her boyfriend, Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley, has become one of the first names on the Old Trafford team sheet.
Now that’s dedication to the WAG cause.
Poor Wayne Bridge hasn’t always had the best of luck with the ladies.
Yes, you may very well close the window, Mr. Terry.
But it looks like there’s a happy ending for Wayne, after all.
His girlfriend, popstar Frankie Sandford of The Saturdays, announced this month they were expecting a child, elevating her immediately in the WAG charts.
So much so that Frankie, who has been famous in her own right for a while, has eclipsed Wayne Bridge—who’s currently plying his trade at Championship Brighton & Hove Albion, as a celebrity.
Usually the WAG is known as “Frankie Sandford, girlfriend of Wayne Bridge.”
But in this relationship, it’s “Wayne Bridge, boyfriend of Frankie Sandford.”
Which is a hell of an achievement for Frankie considering a few years ago Wayne was playing for Chelsea and Manchester City, and a few years before that, Frankie was in S Club Juniors.
Former Coronation Street actress and current not-sharpest-tool-in-the-drawer Helen Flanagan has come a long way over the past year.
She appeared in Britain’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here as the UK public put aside any differences on politics, race or religion and joined together to torture her with bushtucker trial after buschtucker trial.
All-the-while boyfriend Scott Sinclair has gone from Swansea City’s star winger to his new position at Manchester City—sitting down on the bench.
Helen's steadfast refusal to put on any clothes or to think before she speaks has seen her make the transition from being better known as an actress to being more famous as a complete and utter WAG.
Every woman’s dream.