Beard World Cup Groups A & B

Groups A & B
Groups C & D
Groups E & F
Groups G & H
Second Round
Quarter Finals
Semi Final
Final

Group A

Qualify:
Cameroon
Brazil

Out:
Croatia
Mexico

Cameroon

Just about hold off Brazil to top the group with key performances led by the mighty goalkeeper Itandje and ably assisted by Assou Ekotto, Song and Nkoulou.

Itandje 2Soccer - International Friendly - Portugal v Cameroon - Estadio Dr Magalhaes PessoaAlexandre SongNkoulou cameroon

 

 

 

Brazil

The hosts go through with beards spread throughout the squad but had an excellent late surge in the group stage from Neymar, the moustaches of Fred and Luis Gustavo, along with Hulk.
NeymarFred tacheHulk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Croatia

Disappointing from the Croats with their rugged Eastern European swagger. Pletikosa the poor highlight.

FOOTBALL : WC2014 - Bresil vs Croatie - FIFA Coupe du monde - 12/06/2014

Mexico

In the first game of their World Cup, the Mexican XI did not include even a scrap of stubble. Not a good word to say about them.

Group B

Qualify:
Spain
The Netherlands

Out:
Chile
Australia

Spain

I kept hearing some nonsense about Spain losing, but looking at their lineup I’m not sure how that’s possible. Alonso plays his last game for Spain, Villa finally grows out that stupid soul patch, with Ramos’ and Pique’s reliably strong fuzz.

Spain Training Session and Press ConferenceDavid VillaSergio Ramos 2Pique

 

 

 

The Netherlands

A smattering of facial hair across this Dutch team with few standout examples. I’m focussing on the goatees of De Jong and Lens, with Blind and Vlaar.

Netherlands Training & Press ConferenceDaley Blind

 

Chile

A mostly beardless outfit, Arturo Vidal shining briefly, but that was about it.

Arturo Vidal

Australia

Didn’t even make an effort. A gutless, baby-faced performance from a supposedly nation of manly men. As your Dad would say when you’d really done something bad: “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.”

 

 

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