Coolest Hairstyles of Soccer Players at the Euro 2012

Last updated on October 25th, 2018 at 08:05 pm

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 with his Faux Hawk hairstyle during the Euro 2012

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!

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo with his side swept hairstyle during 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 (use THIS one here).

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli sporting a crest hairstyle during the 2012 UEFA Euro

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! Get THIS hair clipper to get an epic shaved Mohawk like that of Mario Balotelli!

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres with his hairstyle during the euro 2012

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. Get THIS styling cream to get Fernando Torres’ hairstyle!

Miguel Veloso

Miguel Veloso with his faux hawk hairstyle during the Euro 2012

Portuguese Miguel Veloso sported a Shaggy hairstyle in layers during the tournament, a very creative and stylish hairstyle. Use THIS hair wax for Miguel Veloso’s hairstyle!

Robin Van Persie

Robin Van Persie with his hair styled in a classic hairstyled

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. Get THIS other hair wax to style a crew cut like that of Robin Van Persie!

David Silva

David Silva with his hair styled in a fringe hairstyle for 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.

Kevin Doyle

Irish Kevin Doyle with a faux hawk during the Euro 2012

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.

Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso sporting his hair in an Ivy League hairstyle for 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). Use THIS pomade to style your hair in a classic style as per Xabi Alonso’s Ivy League hairstyle!

Philippe Mexès

Philippe Mexès sporting his hair in a braids hairstyle for the Euro 2012

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.

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas with his hair styled in a faux hawk hairstyle during the Euro 2012

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! If you want to get the hair on the front as quiffed and up as the hair of Cesc Fabregas, then use THIS hair straightener so as to get your hair up and then style it with the hair wax recommended above for Miguel Veloso’s hairstyle.

Luka Modric

Luka Modric with his long hair parted in the middle with a hanging hairstyle for the Euro 2012

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. Use the styling cream recommended earlier for Fernando Torres’ hairstyle so as to achieve this middle-parted hairstyle of Luka Modric.

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo sporting a Jim Morrison hairstyle for his medium length hair at the Euro 2012

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. Use THIS hair mousse to get your locks in such a tousled, cool hair style!

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos with his side parted medium length hairstyle for his hair

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! Refer to the hair wax recommended for Robin Van Persie’s hairstyle if you want to achieve this same hairstyle of Sergio Ramos.

Ola Toivonen

Ola Toivonen with a David Beckham-like hairstyle during the Euro 2012

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! To get Ola Toivonen’s hairstyle, use THIS pomade which will yield the same hairstyling effect!

Mario Gomez

Mario Gomez with his hair side parted in a cool hairstyle for the Euro 2012

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! To get your hair puffed up as Mario Gomez’s hair, use THIS hair dryer as you style your hair up with any of the previous-two recommended hair waxes.

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique posing with his hairstyle for the Euro 2012

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. Get THIS light hair gel to emulate Gerard Pique’s hairstyle!

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!

Image credits: UEFA and Wikipedia

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26 comments for “Coolest Hairstyles of Soccer Players at the Euro 2012

  1. Ben
    July 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Great idea, I vote for Fabregas’ fauxhawk.

  2. Norman
    July 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I vote for Luka Modric, digging those long waves like that. Trying to grow them to that hairstyle actually. Do you have any tips Rogelio?

    • July 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hi Norman,

      My advice is to keep your hair moisturized and avoid damaging it with straighteners or dyes. Luka Modric’s middle-parted hairstyle is easy to do if you have the same hair type that he has (wavy), you just need to give it time to grow and many times one may be inclined to do stuff like straightening one’s hair during the lengthy time it takes to grow the hair.

      Keep it moisturized with a leave-in conditioner for now and avoid damaging the hair.

      Feel free to keep me updated as you grow it!

      All the best.

  3. Guy
    July 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I thought Sergio Ramos’ hair looked great – he cut it a lot shorter.

  4. Frederick Jr
    July 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    i have always regarded Xabi Alonso as the epitome of style, even in his choice of clothes. he pulls the beard look fantastically and his Ivy league hairstyle looks solid.

    I vote for Alonso, no doubts and I agree on how good his hairline looks. Epic hair, I say.


  5. Sebastian
    July 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    1) Pirlo
    2) Fernando Torres
    3) David Silva (mop top rulez!)

  6. Myself
    July 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Cool list you have compiled dude. I am voting for Miguel Veloso.

  7. Jonathan
    July 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I’m going with Luka Modric, the man is almost as ugly as Ribery but Modric manages to magically bring cosmetic harmony to his face with that hair. Xabi Alonso comes a close second though, Pirlo a dustant third.

    Good list youve made.

  8. Tedz
    July 2, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Mario Gomez for me.

    Great list though I’m missing possibly Gerard Pique in there, great hairstyle and he’s hooked with Shakira (which I know you too dig, Rogelio!), so obviously the man has some ladies skills.

  9. Harley Rider
    July 3, 2012 at 12:49 am

    1) Xabi Alonso (epic hair/beard combo)
    2) Veloso
    3) Silvia/Gomez (undecided)

    Awesome list, good eye for spotting hairstyles man. I would personally add Pique to the 15 player list (just saying since somebody else mentioned Pique and you’re taking in suggestions).

    Funny how Ronaldo isn’t no one’s first choice as of yet lol.

  10. Federico
    July 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I vote for Xabi Alonso.

    Veloso, Silva and Pirlo have some cool hairstyles too, as different as they are. However, I vote for Xabi Alonso because even when he is playing, his hair just looks great.

    While I would not vote him as having the greatest hairstyle of the Euro 2012, perhaps add in Gerard Pique to the list? I think that’s about the only one to complete the list, the rest are great choices. I followed some of the matches and wasn’t aware of some of those player’s hairstyles (Toivonen’s hairstyle looks great too and I didn’t know who he was).

    Looking forward to who is crowned as the King of Manes!

  11. July 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Great stuff gentlemen.

    I have added Gerard Pique to the list so we now have 16 soccer players to choose from.

    My vote goes to Miguel Veloso for the originality and looks. Xabi Alonso would be second place for me as the man always looks classy and elegant with the Ivy League hairstyle and the epic beard.

    Keep the opinions/comments flowing!

  12. JJ
    July 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I like Cristiano Ronaldo’s hairstyles for most of the time but was surprised to see him sporting a side swept during the euro 2012.

    I sport a fohawk myself (favorite hairstyle) so I will vote for Irishman Kevin Doyle!

  13. Felix
    July 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Great choice of hairstyles, my favourite one will have to be Xabi Alonso. Basic, oldschool and masculine hairstyle. I’m old-fashioned so it could be that though.

  14. Mindblown
    July 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Xabi Alonso for me. Mind blown at how elegant and classy he looks on the field.

  15. Ralph
    July 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Agree on Xabi Alonso. 2nd place for me would be Van Persie, 3rd Mario Gomez – I like his style but would prefer if it were shorter and not standing out so much.

    I’m more of a classic hairstyles dude.

  16. Chris Hansen lookalike
    July 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    You just have to love balotelli’s crest. My vote goes to him simply because of the epicness if the hairstyle.

  17. Wavy haired bro
    July 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Veloso gets the top vote for me. Then Xabi Alonso and then Mario Gomez.

  18. Taylor Jackson
    July 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Balotelli first, Pique second, Velloso third.

  19. Bryan
    July 7, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Since my family is Irish, I’m going to go with Kevin Doyle, he has a cool fohawk and the coolest of the rest of fohawks in the list IMO.
    Bryan (Washington D.C)

  20. Trueman
    July 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Xabi Alonso looks boss with his hair/beard epic combo.
    I vote for him.

  21. CR7
    July 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Im going to go with Xabi Alonso with Miguel Veloso being second place but very close.

    Cool initiative Rogelio, looks like Alonso is leading the votes!

  22. July 8, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Thank you all of your votes!

    The voting has closed, you can know our newly crowned “King of Manes” as per your votings here

  23. ARNAB
    September 8, 2012 at 8:20 am


  24. Mohammed
    October 28, 2012 at 2:11 am

    How do you get the Pirlo style hair?

  25. Rene
    December 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm


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