Movember: top 20 footballers’ taches

As the days get colder and shorter, an increasing number of men can be seen sporting facial hair. From florid beards to pencil ‘tache and other appalling efforts, Movember will be in full flow for the next 30 days.

As footballers join the campaign, we take a walk down memory lane through 20 of the best and worst moustaches the beautiful game has ever seen.

Ronald Spelbos

Nobody quite ever did football like the Dutch. And, judging by the former AZ and Ajax man’s effort, nobody quite did moustaches like them either.









Bob Holmes

In Holmes’ era, teams had names such as Woolwich Arsenal and moustaches were a statement of intent.






Giuseppe Bergomi

Part World Cup winner, part adult movie star, Bergomi sported this impressive ‘tache at the tender age of 18, believe it or not.









Ian Rush

Rushie’s facial hair sparked a flurry of trophies and imitations on Merseyside.






Billy Hughes

Mexico meets Leicestershire in Hughes’ gringo effort.








Artur Jorge

There are moustaches and then there are moustaches that cover the bottom lip. Jorge, who coached Portugal and Switzerland, pulled it off in style.






Chris Kamara

Unbelievable Jeff! Kammy’s ‘tache was sadly believable, unfortunately.









Felipe Scolari

We still haven’t figured out if Gene Hackham is Brazil’s coach and Felipe Scolari is a Hollywood actor or the other way around.







Graeme Souness

The original torch-bearer of the 70s facial hair, things have never been the same since the Scot has shaved his ‘tache off.






Mark Lawrenson

Fellow Liverpool great-turned pundit Lawro has also ditched his moustache. Here’s hoping his fitted shirts will follow suit.









Vicente del Bosque

A European cup, European Championship and World Cup winning moustache. Do we need to add anything else?






George Best

He didn’t wear a moustache for long, but when he did the Belfast boy wore with inimitable swagger.






Sieb Dykstra

A disgraceful kit, a horrible hairdo and a pencil moustache. What could possibly go wrong?






Joey Barton

The QPR midfielder probably thought a pencil ‘tache would enhance his chances of being taken seriously. It did not.






Michael Owen

Without wanting to venture too far, it’s safe to say that with a ‘tache like this Owen could have a job in a particular movie industry a couple of decades ago. A terrifying effort.







Antonin Panenka

Panenka is mostly remembered for being the first player to chip the keeper from the penalty spot, but his moustache was rather impressive too.








Carlos Valderrama

Simply superb.









Rene Higuita

A technicolor shirt and a perm. Higuita’s ‘tache doesn’t look such a big problem, all of a sudden.









Sam Allardyce

Big Sam. Big ‘tache







Paul Breitner

Breitner’s trademark moustache won a World Cup and countless trophies with Bayern and gets an extra point for the T-shirt.

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