2 July 2014

Wacky haircuts a standout feature of World Cup

In this July 1, 2014, file photo, Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio warms-up on the touchline during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Palacio with his shaved head except for a rat’s tail at the back, arguably has the most jaw-dropping haircut at the World Cup.

In this July 1, 2014, file photo, Argentina's Rodrigo Palacio warms-up on the touchline during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Palacio with his shaved head except for a rat’s tail at the back, arguably has the most jaw-dropping haircut at the World Cup. 

 In this June 21, 2014, file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo works out during a training session at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The world player of the year has had a different hairstyle for each of his three games at the World Cup. For the second game, against the United States, he had a zig-zag-style engraving in the right side of his head.

In this June 21, 2014, file photo, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo works out during a training session at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The world player of the year has had a different hairstyle for each of his three games at the World Cup. For the second game, against the United States, he had a zig-zag-style engraving in the right side of his head. 

In this June 19, 2014, file photo, Raul Meireles grabs the ball during a training session of Portugal in Campinas, Brazil. Meireles' Mohawk has been compared to the one sported by Robert De Niro in ‘Taxi Driver.’ His thick beard and all-over body tattoos add to his scary-looking appearance.

In this June 19, 2014, file photo, Raul Meireles grabs the ball during a training session of Portugal in Campinas, Brazil. Meireles' Mohawk has been compared to the one sported by Robert De Niro in ‘Taxi Driver.’ His thick beard and all-over body tattoos add to his scary-looking appearance.

In this June 21, 2014, file photo, Marouane Fellaini, center, of the Belgium soccer team is seen with his team mates during a training session at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fellaini, the king of the football “Afro” has vowed to chop it all off if Belgium wins the World Cup.

In this June 21, 2014, file photo, Marouane Fellaini, center, of the Belgium soccer team is seen with his team mates during a training session at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fellaini, the king of the football “Afro” has vowed to chop it all off if Belgium wins the World Cup.

In this June 30, 2014, file photo, France's Paul Pogba celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena, left, after scoring during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. A combination of boredom, vanity, football being increasingly fashionable and maybe even the influence of sponsors means players are becoming more daring with their styles, such as Pogba's Mohawk.

In this June 30, 2014, file photo, France's Paul Pogba celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena, left, after scoring during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil. A combination of boredom, vanity, football being increasingly fashionable and maybe even the influence of sponsors means players are becoming more daring with their styles, such as Pogba's Mohawk.

In this June 26, 2014, file photo, United States' Kyle Beckerman closes his eyes during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. The U.S. midfielder is famous for his messy dreadlocks.

In this June 26, 2014, file photo, United States' Kyle Beckerman closes his eyes during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Germany at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. The U.S. midfielder is famous for his messy dreadlocks.

In this June 13, 2014, file photo, Italy forward Mario Balotelli attends at an official training session the day before the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The Mohawk is becoming increasingly popular among players and has been best demonstrated at the World Cup by enigmatic Italy striker Mario Balotelli.

In this June 13, 2014, file photo, Italy forward Mario Balotelli attends at an official training session the day before the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil. The Mohawk is becoming increasingly popular among players and has been best demonstrated at the World Cup by enigmatic Italy striker Mario Balotelli.


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