Sara Carbonero is a well-known name amongst European soccer fans. The Spanish reporter/WAG was named FHM's "Hottest Sports Reporter" in 2010, and has been making the internet rounds as the latest in a long line of sexy sports personalities.
Now, Carbonero has received the highest honor we here at Bleacher Report can bestow: Sara has been named the Sports Chick Hottie of the Week!
For those of us who were unaware of Ms. Carbonero until this very moment, here's a little primer to help you get to know her.
Carbonero was born in Corral de Almaguer, Toledo, Spain, on November 30, 1984. She attended the University of Madrid.
She got her start in radio, before moving to Spanish television network La Sexta.
Sexta is Spanish for the text messages Brett Favre sent to Jenn Sterger.
Sara worked on various shows at La Sexta, including the music program SuperMarca and the sports news program called "The Chain". She's also worked on La Sexta's coverage of the 2007 European basketball championships, following Spain's teams around. I wonder why they picked her?
In 2009, Sara switched networks, moving from La Sexta to the Madrid-based Telecinco, or Tele 5. She has been a regular reporter on their sports news show, and was sent to cover the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, and the 2010 World Cup in the same location.
Carbonero earned her journalist's notebook during the Confederations Cup, when she managed to wrangle high-profile transfer market player David Villa for an exclusive interview. She was the only journalist to accomplish this feat.
Most recently, Sara Carbonero has been romantically linked to Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Carbonero created a firestorm during the 2010 World Cup. After Spain was shocked by Switzerland in their opening round game, Carbonero was blamed.
Media outlets around the world chided her for being too distracting to the players, by standing on the sidelines during the match, doing her job.
Despite her continued presence, the Spanish failed to lose again, sucking the air from those arguments.
All of this begs the question: is Carbonero a real reporter, or just a pretty face, a la Ines Sainz?
Carbonero has won several awards for her work in sports reporting over the years, and she did manage to land an exclusive interview with a highly sought after player.
Plus, she is the deputy head of the sports department at Tele5.
In a refreshing change of pace from all of the Ines Sainz stuff, it would appear that Carbonero is, in fact, the genuine article.
She's not just pretty, she's motivated, intelligent, and gets the job done in such a way that her network wins awards.
And you wondered why she was Hottie of the Week.