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FOOTIE TWEETS: Confederations Cup, World Cup qualifiers, NBA playoffs, RIP Gandolfini

Despite it being offseason for most clubs around the world, there is still plenty of football being played.

In Brazil there is the Confederations Cup being contested by Spain, Brazil, Uruguay, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Mexico and Tahiti whilst World Cup qualifiers are ongoing.

Below we have some insight in to those competitions with players from varying corners of the globe posting their life away on Twitter.

Uruguay star Diego Forlan was getting prepped for his sides Confederations Cup clash with Nigeria in Salvador on Thursday.

Spain's Juan Mata was performing a few tricks as La Roja got ready for their meeting with Tahiti in Rio.

Cesc Fabregas was clearly impressed by his surroundings in Brazil.

Whilst La Roja teammate Gerard Pique was busy with some extra-curricular activities.

AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore was on top of the world after scoring again for the USA in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Honduras and then finding out that the Miami Heat had forced a seventh game in the NBA playoffs against San Antonio Spurs.

Seattle Sounders ace Eddie Johnson was also thrilled with the current form of the US side.

Toronto FC's Robert Earnshaw was fairly happy with the Heat v Spurs spectacle.

Chelsea's Juan Mata had to pay his respects to Heat guard Ray Allen who sunk a three-pointer to send the sixth game of the NBA playoffs into overtime.

Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong couldn't wait for Game 7.

Stoke City midfielder Maurice Edu was planning a sneaky getaway to Miami for the decider.

Barcelona and Spain star Pique was one of many other footballers tuned right in to the classic contest, although he would have ended up disappointed.

Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara admits he used to get Wigan Athletic and Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza mixed up with a famous kung fu master.

Former Celtic and Arsenal striker John Hartson was shocked to hear of the passing of The Sopranos star James Gandolfini.

Whilst current day Celtic star Kris Commons was also moved by Gandolfini's death.

And despite the fact he is contracted at Tottenham, youngster Tom Carroll was struggling to get his hands on tickets for this weekend's Ascot races.

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