The Best Hair of the 2014 World Cup

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June 27 2014 4:03 PM

The Best Hair of the 2014 World Cup

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Olivier Giroud.

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From Olivier Giroud to Cristiano Ronaldo, this has been a good World Cup for innovative and stupid haircuts. In selecting the best/worst haircuts of the tournament, we've given ourselves the challenge of fielding a full World Cup squad: a team of 11 players, sorted by position, that sport the most striking scalps. One note: In order to achieve both tactical and stylish balance, we've been flexible with some of the positions. Bacary Sagna, for example, plays right back for France, but he is playing center back in our lineup, a position he has played in the past for his old team Arsenal. If you disagree with any of these, leave us your picks in the comments. And don’t forget the photos! Also, see our all-time starting 11 World Cup haircuts.

Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico

Guillermo Ochoa goalkeeper of Mexico during a training session on June 16, 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Guillermo Ochoa goalkeeper of Mexico during a training session on June 16, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images

Left back: Benoît Assou-Ekotto, Cameroon

Benoît Assou-Ekotto of Cameroon looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Benoît Assou-Ekotto of Cameroon during the 2014 FIFA World Cup before his match with Mexico on June 13, 2014, in Natal, Brazil.

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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Center back: David Luiz, Brazil

David Luiz of Brazil after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
David Luiz of Brazil after his match with Croatia during the FIFA World Cup on June 12, 2014, in São Paulo.

Photo by Stuart Franklin/FIFA via Getty Images

Right back: Mathieu Debuchy, France

Mathieu Debuchy of France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Mathieu Debuchy of France during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil against Honduras on June 15, 2014, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Center back: Bacary Sagna, France

Bacary Sagna of France looks on during the National Anthem prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Bacary Sagna of France prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Ecuador on June 25, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro.

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Defensive midfielder: Serey Die, Côte d'Ivoire

Serey Die of the Ivory Coast during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Serey Die of Ivory Coast during his match with Colombia during the 2014 World Cup on June 19, 2014, in Brasilia, Brazil.

Photo by Stuart FranklinA/FIFA via Getty Images

Defensive midfielder: Kyle Beckerman, USA

Kyle Beckerman of the United States during training on June 21, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.
Kyle Beckerman of the United States during training on June 21, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Midfielder: Raul Meireles, Portugal

Raul Meireles of Portugal.
Raul Meireles of Portugal speaks to the media on June 21, 2014, in Manaus, Brazil.

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Midfielder: Arturo Vidal, Chile

Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal during a training session in Belo Horizonte, on June 24, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images

Striker: Olivier Giroud, France

France's forward Olivier Giroud 2014 FIFA World Cup.
France's forward Olivier Giroud during a match against Switzerland in Salvador, Brazil, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 20, 2014.

Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Striker: Mario Balotelli, Italy

Mario Balotelli of Italy prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Mario Balotelli of Italy prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup match against Uruguay on June 24, 2014, in Natal, Brazil.

Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. You can follow him on Twitter.

 

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