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What were they thinking? Football Fashion Disasters

By Simon Rice

Published 09/11/2009

Footballers are regularly pictured getting off the team bus before a match wearing the most ridiculous of headphones (presumably listening to a little 50 Cent). French international Dibril Cisse is a fan of the oversized look.
Footballers are regularly pictured getting off the team bus before a match wearing the most ridiculous of headphones (presumably listening to a little 50 Cent). French international Dibril Cisse is a fan of the oversized look.
David Beckham
Golden Balls has become something of a fashion icon, he even has his own brand, but some of his early stylings (apparently picked out for him by his wife) were more Macclesfield than Milan.
John Barnes' suits
The former Liverpool hero never fails to dazzle whenever he's called upon to do some television work. His suit and tie collection is unrivalled.
Ronaldo's shorts
The World Player of the Year has something of a liking for rather short shorts; And it extends beyond the football field. He was pictured on holiday in LA sporting a metallic pair of 'disco-pants' last summer.
Diego Maradona
It's quite possible that Ronaldo styled himself on a certain Argentinean...
Ronaldo's jumper
Some might say that Ronaldo's style has improved. He's pictured here with Sir Alex Ferguson on signing for Manchester United in 2003.
Alves 'snood'
Daniel Alves sported the 'snood' at the Confederations Cup this summer. Maybe leave it on the catwalk next time...
Edgar Davids' glasses
The Dutchman needed to wear glasses to protect his eyes after surgery, but his decision to wear the most garish 'goggles' possible has left him open to allegations of crimes against fashion.
Hull 'tiger' strip
Football kits were supposed to be banned from this list of fashion disasters, but Hull's strip from 1992 couldn't go without a mention
The eighties
Big jewellery and even bigger hair. As Kevin Keegan demonstrates here, footballers were great ambassadors for 'style' in the eighties.
Cesc Fabregas jacket
Nothing really wrong with Cesc's style here, but it gets onto the list thanks to Hull's anger over his choice of attire. Phil Brown's Hull side accused the Arsenal captain of spitting, and in their report to the FA, made numerous reference to his choice of clothing - suggesting it was completely inappropriate for a captain to be wearing such things. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger joked that if the player had been wearing "black tie" he might not have got in such trouble.
Rio Ferdinand
How the England and Manchester United defender has escaped the attention of Gok Wan for all these years is a mystery.
Colourful football boots
Exactly who started the trend of garish football boots is disputed, but whoever it was, they have a lot to answer for...
Carlos Tevez's hats
The Argentinean striker is rarely seen without some form of headgear.
It took the influx of foreign players in the Premier League to start this particular trend. English players had avoided them for years, thinking it'd make them look like sissys. They're now a common sight - unfortunately it makes whoever's wearing them look like a sissy.
Liverpool's cream FA cup suits
It's something of a tradition to get suited and booted ahead of the FA Cup final, but Liverpool took it to the extreme in their matching cream outfits for the 1996 final. Pictured is Stig Inge Bjornby modelling the suit (complete with super-cool shades).
Jorge Campos' kit
As already stated, actual kits aren't allowed on this list, but Mexico keeper Jorge Campos gets on due to the fact he designed his own strip. He was presumably a fan of the shell suit.
Men in tights
Leicester legend Keith Weller started this trend when he wore a pair of his wife's tights for an FA Cup tie in the 70s. It's a trend that has continued to this day, with the likes of Pascal Chimbonda still plumping for the look.
John Motson's sheepskin
There's only one thing Motty likes more than stats and that's the famous sheepskin coat.
Phil Brown
The tan was bad, the goatee was plain awful but when the Hull manager went for the leather jacket look, it was a step too far.
Sven's stacked shoes
Turns out former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson wears stacked shoes. On taking the job at Notts County, local shop Shuropody said they would be only too willing to help: "He can come to us," said manager Barbara Woodliffe. "If his shoes are deep enough, we could make him a special insole to add height."
The alice band
Sported by the likes of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Torres, if a player needs an alice band, it's time they got a hair cut.

From pink football boots and curly perms to Ronaldo's jumpers.

While the price tags of their apparel will undoubtedly be high, the style rating is all too often low.

We take a look at some classic football fashion disasters.

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