Best & worst: Haircuts of the World Cup

RICHARD HUGHES
Last updated 12:37 09/07/2014

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Bleary-eyed? Too tired for anything? Grumpy and sullen? Me too. A slight touch of ennui, a sense of general dissatisfaction? Yes and yes.

Been sitting up late or getting up stupidly early to watch the World Cup? Guilty. Your team were worse than useless? No? Well mine was.

So rather than cheering anyone on, I've taken to applauding something else - the haircuts. And while the standard of presentation has been quite high, there have been quite a few that, to be frank, have let the side down.

Some stand outs for me have been France's Paul Pogba, England's Raheem Stirling and goalkeepers Tim Howard (USA) and Raïs M'Bohli (Algeria), with both the net custodians rocking the bald head and bushy beard look. The funniest I've seen so far was probably the comb-over sported by the Argentine referee in the France-Germany game.

But what do I know? For a true guide to the best and worst of Brazil 2014, I needed to call in the specialists.

Seeking expert analysis, I turned to three expert man scapers. Salon owner Jo Smith, style director and men's barbering expert Luke Harris and head barber Paul Macnamara have all been watching the contest through the wee hours and were more than happy to lend a hand.

Check out their thoughts on the best and worst hairstyles of the 2014 World Cup in the gallery above.

What do you think. What's been the best World Cup haircut you've seen? Are the best men's styles in soccer or another code? Who's got the best hair cut in football?

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