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Best & worst: Haircuts of the World Cup
THE BAD: Harris says: "Brazilian forward Neymar looks like a golden hedgehog! Stripy yellow highlights that make his hair look dry and are not good for his skin tone. A toner would help with this."
THE GREAT: Olivier Giroud of France is a firm favourite with our experts. Macnamara says: "A French twist on a '50s rockabilly staple, Giroud is kicking goals with this pompadour. I’m only a fan of the 'disconnect' when it is done well, and the French striker’s stylist has done a cracking job." Smith says: "He’s sporting the modern fade and pompadour effortlessly."
THE OVERCOOKED: Football's most famous pretty boy Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal makes an intriguing appearance on the bad list. Macnamara says: "He’s a good looking guy, but has destroyed what was a stylish haircut with an awful zig-zag line. Ronaldo looks like a wannabe gangster, not a professional footballer." (The fact that the zig zag was in honour of a toddler who required brain surgery, which Ronaldo has offered to pay for, is actually a myth. Ronaldo is still helping the sick toddler with his general medical bills, but he has yet to have surgery according to the boy's mother Cris Ortiz.)
THE MODEL MANE: Smith says: "Andrea Pirlo of Italy is sporting long hair in a unkempt and stylish way, like he has just stepped of the runway."
THE BAD: Harris says: "I don't like the gold number three shaved into the side of Ghana player Asamoah Gyan's hair. We can see his number on his shirt. He’s also sporting a fluffy Mohawk. Very bad."
THE CLEAN AND MEAN: Smith says: "England keeper Joe Hart's short back and sides give a timeless elegance to this sportsman - clean and dapper."
THE BALDING: Macnamara says: "Please Wayne Rooney, shave it off. I know you spent a fortune getting it to grow back but I think it’s time to bite the bullet. Balding is nothing to be ashamed of, and as a man in the spotlight you need to be honest with yourself."
THE STRINGY: Kyle Beckerman of the USA received multiple thumbs down for his lengthy 'do. Macnamara says: "Say no to dreadlocks, kids. They smell, and slow your down on the pitch. Enough said."
THE GOOD: Macnamara says: "England player Ross Barkley has a good strong hairline and his stylist has chosen to make a feature out of it with the definitive line across the front, with short back and sides. Mix that in with the perfect fade and you have a super sweet and short cut, much like England’s campaign."
THE BAD: Macnamara says: "Now, even though I’m based in a chilled-out party town, I am not OK with the mullet. It should be business front and back for the Brazilian defender Henrique, not a party at the back. Keep the party to Copacabana."
THE STYLISH: Macnamara says: "French playmaker Mathieu Debuchy is right on trend with this high slick back and short sides."
THE BAD: Harris says: "Italian player Gabriel Paletta is thinning on top but leaving length there. It’s almost a homage to the look of England hero Bobby Charlton in the 1966 World Cup. We feel short is best when faced with this dilemma."
THE SALT AND PEPPER FOX: Macnamara says: "A salt and pepper fox at the ripe old age of 30, Robin Van Persie keeps the sides short and tidy. Having a natural curl in his hair, the top is perfect for some texture and height to keep him looking stylish on and off the field."
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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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