June 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

The wives and girlfriends of the world’s best soccer players are celebrities in their own right: gossip columnists follow them; they inspire think pieces; they get credit for their beaus’ wins and blamed for their losses; they have millions of followers on Instagram. Successful couples can even earn godlike status: Just look at David and Victoria Beckham.

The term “WAG” may imply that these women are just arm candy, but many have cultivated careers of their own, either before or after achieving true WAG status. Some WAGs are journalists, others supermodels. Many are moms, and of course some are just one girlfriend in a long line of infamous flings.

Here are the 2014 World Cup WAGs you should follow as you tune in to the world’s most-watched sporting event.

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