If you know the bits of Kobe Bryant than you know he grew up in Italy and thats where he had a fondness for European Football (Soccer). His favorite team growing up was Milan however during his adult years he has a love for the Spanish Barcelona Team Barca! He has a collection of jerseys from Messi, Pele among others. He is on the cover of the January issue of the ESPN Magazine. You can read the short interview from the website.
He keeps up with the standings of the league and teammate from Barcelona, Pau Gasol also gives him updates of how things are going!