Sydney, Australia: With the conclusion of the FIFA Football World Cup in South Africa in sight, a survey of 215 players conducted by Philips, a leader in male grooming, reveals that stubble is the look favoured by a third of footballers worldwide (29 per cent) if they are not clean shaven (51.5 per cent). One in five also sports another facial style (19.5 per cent) such as goatee, moustache or soul patch, but their level of experimentation depends for which country team or in which position they play.
A player from the Ivory Coast is likely to sport one of the seven different facial looks from his squad that range from a simple moustache (21 per cent) to an adventurous circle beard combined with chin strap and goatee (7 per cent). It could be said that since Ivory Coast are renowned for their attacking style of play, they also apply the same vigour to their facial hair styles. The US follows Ivory Coast in the experimentation stakes with six different styles although players conform to more traditional facial styles such as a goatee (9 per cent) or moustache with a beard (9 per cent). The least experimental countries are Germany and Holland with only two looks within their squad – clean shaven (71 per cent) or stubble (29 per cent).
As the most high profile players on the pitch, it is no surprise that forwards are the most experimental in terms of player positions with only 34 per cent being clean shaven. The stubble is the preferred facial style of forwards with 38 per cent donning the look, followed by the circle beard (9 per cent) and moustache (5 per cent). Midfielders are also experimental with 9 different facial styles but more of them prefer to be clean shaven (60 per cent) than forwards. As we move in goal, experimentation decreases with only 4 different styles sported by goalkeepers – clean shaven (59 per cent), stubble 23 (per cent), circle beard (14 per cent) and moustache combined with beard (4 per cent).
Peter Bosscher, Senior Customer Marketing Manager, Australia and New Zealand: “Across the globe, fans are getting ready to watch their team challenge to win football’s biggest prize. Any self respecting fan will have their international team’s football kit but they can now take their support to a whole new level by adorning their face with some carefully designed facial hair to match that of their football playing idol. Will fans grow Beckham’s beard or Gattuso’s goatee? If they do, the new Philips grooming platform will help them achieve their look. Sadly, the glory days of the 80’s and 90’s where players like Rudi Voller and Ruud Gullit fearlessly wore beautiful handlebar moustaches are over. Those looks, like those players, are now part of history.”
Other key findings include:
• Australia and Spain are the teams with the most soul patches (7 per cent of their players have one)
• The French footballers have the highest number of circle beards (32 of the squad players prefer this look)
• The Italians love the stubble look more than any other country (55 per cent sport the look compared to 33 per cent in Australia, Portugal and Spain
More detailed results are available on request. But you can check out the various facial styles and how to get the looks at www.philips.com/grooming