The UEFA Euro 2012 soccer tournament has ended with Spain beating Italy 4-0 in the final and crowning Spain as the best soccer nation in Europe. The tournament has not only left us with some great soccer games (especially the final match) but also some cool hairstyles on the pitch. Nowadays, modern footballers (soccer players) are more than just sportsmen: they are celebrities with plenty of money, popularity and women. They take care of their image and many of them sport some great hairstyles which are of inspiration to millions of men worldwide.
Starting with David Beckham in the early 2000s as he made his way through with the popular Faux Hawk hairstyle, many footballers have since taken the opportunity to sport some great hairstyles and manes: from straight to wavy to curly to kinky hair. As of today, Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt the reference in terms of hairstyles sported by any soccer player.
Cristiano Ronaldo, together with David Beckham, popularized the Faux Hawk hairstyle in the first decade of the 2000s
Since I watched many of the matches of this just-gone UEFA Euro 2012 hosted in Ukraine and Poland, I made notes of the coolest hairstyles I saw among all soccer players that played this tournament. What follows are my 12 picks plus an extra 4 suggested by our readers and the goal is to pick between all of us the one player to be crowned as the “King of Manes” of the UEFA Euro 2012!
Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo favored the Side Swept hairstyle during the Euro 2012 and would change his hairstyle at half-time in all matches to a side Faux Hawk or a Metro Mullet. Cristiano Ronaldo uses hair gel and keeps his wavy hair in place even during matches with strong hold gel.
Italian Mario Balotelli (aka Super Mario) is a controversial footballer both on the field and off the field. For this Euro 2012, Mario Balotelli decided to sport a short Mohawk with the crest of his kinky hair reduced to 1/4 of an inch. He then styled it blonde, I guess so that everyone would be able to distinguish him from any angle!
Spanish Fernando Torres is known for his parted medium length hanging locks (a tad too long to call it a Business Man’s Cut), which he has sported for most of the time since he moved from Atletico de Madrid to Liverpool in 2007. Fernando Torres actually dyes his hair blonde, his hair is a natural brown colour. Fernando Torres scored one of the goals in the Euro 2012 final against Italy and was awarded the Golden Boot as the top scorer of the tournament.
Portuguese Miguel Veloso sported a Shaggy hairstyle in layers during the tournament, a very creative and stylish hairstyle.
Robin Van Persie
Dutch Robin Van Persie is known for his crew cut hairstyle which suits his long face very well. An excellent forward, Robin Van Persie and his team didn’t go through to the final round of the Euro 2012.
Spanish David Silva is very well known for sporting his straight hair in a Mop Top hairstyle although during matches his hair tends to lose the Mop Top shape as the sweat covers his locks and his hair then becomes messy.
Irish Kevin Doyle sported his hair in a very cool Faux Hawk hairstyle during the Euro 2012. Unfortunately, Kevin Doyle’s team (Ireland) didn’t make it through to the final round of the Euro 2012.
Spanish Xabi Alonso is possibly the best illustration in any sport field of how cool the Ivy League hairstyle can look! Xabi Alonso’s hair is also incredibly thick and he has one of the best hairlines I have seen in a footballer (take into account these guys use their foreheads a lot to hit the ball).
French Philippe Mexès sported his long hair in a braided hairstyle at the start of the Euro 2012 . He then unbraided his hair and would style his long locks in a ponytail for convenience during matches.
Spanish Cesc Fabregas preferred a solid Faux Hawk hairstyle for his hair during the Euro 2012. One of the most important players to the Spanish soccer squad in this Euro 2012, Cesc Fabregas would end most matches with his cool Faux Hawk totally ruined as he is keen in heading the ball whenever the occasion arises!
Croatian Luka Modric sported his long hair in a middle-parted hairstyle, allowing his long locks to hang down. A cool hairstyle for those with straight or wavy hair, Luka Modric was one of the few long haired footballers in this Euro 2012 edition.
Italian Andrea Pirlo sported a pseudo Jim Morrison hairstyle during the Euro 2012. With his wavy hair at the same length all around his head, he would lift up his waves with hair mousse while allowing them to mould around his head.
Spanish Sergio Ramos cut his long hair at the start of the Euro 2012 as he wanted to changed his looks. Having sported long locks for most of his soccer career, he surprised everyone with a total change in image as not only did he cut his hair to sport a shaggy side parted but he grew an epic beard too!
Swedish Ola Toivonen may not be as popular as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Xabi Alonso but his Beckham-like hairstyle (side parted version of Curtains) is über-cool and despite the inherent length, is still a functional hairstyle on the field!
German Mario Gomez sports a puffed out Undercut which looks great! I hadn’t noticed the epicness of his hairstyle as I had only watched him on the field and his hair loses its oomph when it is covered in sweat and after heading balls. However, as you can see, Mario Gomez deserves a strong consideration as a candidate to be the “King of Manes” of the Euro 2012 too!
Spanish Gerard Pique is known for being a stylish player off the field and being the lucky man to be fuc… I mean dating Shakira. During the Euro 2012, Pique sported his usual front-up Ivy League, which works great on straight hair.
It is now your turn!
Initially I had picked 12 footballers to make the list though I have added an extra 4 to be included in the list of candidates to the “King of Manes” as I am keen to add any other footballers that you folks suggest if it is suggested more than once (only footballers from the 16 nations who played the final tournament). I will leave any further suggestions and additions open until 11pm GMT on Tuesday 3rd July so get suggesting if you think another footballer deserves to be considered for having the coolest hairstyle of the Euro 2012. Big Kudos to our reader Norman and the Reddit community who got some discussion going on in there too!
So, start voting for the footballer who you think has the coolest hairstyle and deserves to be crowned “King of Manes” of the UEFA Euro 2012! You can vote by simply commenting below and mentioning the name of the footballer you prefer. The voting closes on Saturday 7th July at 11pm GMT; we will then count the number of mentions (votes) for each player and crown the “King of Manes” of the UEFA Euro 2012.
Please do note that comments go on a moderation queue so if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, don’t worry, it will very soon.
And for what is worth, I am also casting votes over at Manly Curls to crown the King of the Curls of the Euro 2012 so check it out too and feel free to vote!
Looking forward to your comments, fellas.
All the best
P.S I am also posting below the goals and highlights of the final match of the tournament between Spain and Italy for your enjoyment. So once you leave your comment, open a beer and relax to the brilliant soccer match played on the evening of the 1st July 2012!