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.
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.
In Holmes’ era, teams had names such as Woolwich Arsenal and moustaches were a statement of intent.
Part World Cup winner, part adult movie star, Bergomi sported this impressive ‘tache at the tender age of 18, believe it or not.
Rushie’s facial hair sparked a flurry of trophies and imitations on Merseyside.
Mexico meets Leicestershire in Hughes’ gringo effort.
There are moustaches and then there are moustaches that cover the bottom lip. Jorge, who coached Portugal and Switzerland, pulled it off in style.
Unbelievable Jeff! Kammy’s ‘tache was sadly believable, unfortunately.
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.
The original torch-bearer of the 70s facial hair, things have never been the same since the Scot has shaved his ‘tache off.
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?
He didn’t wear a moustache for long, but when he did the Belfast boy wore with inimitable swagger.
A disgraceful kit, a horrible hairdo and a pencil moustache. What could possibly go wrong?
The QPR midfielder probably thought a pencil ‘tache would enhance his chances of being taken seriously. It did not.
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.
Panenka is mostly remembered for being the first player to chip the keeper from the penalty spot, but his moustache was rather impressive too.
A technicolor shirt and a perm. Higuita’s ‘tache doesn’t look such a big problem, all of a sudden.
Big Sam. Big ‘tache
Breitner’s trademark moustache won a World Cup and countless trophies with Bayern and gets an extra point for the T-shirt.