The All-Time Starting 11 Greatest Haircuts in World Cup History

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June 27 2014 4:03 PM

The All-Time Starting 11 Greatest Haircuts in World Cup History

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Carlos Valderrama has style.

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The World Cup offers the perfect opportunity to admire and appreciate some of the most beautiful moments in all of sports. But it also offers the chance to experience some of the most ridiculous and original haircuts in the sporting world. We have taken it upon ourselves to select an all-time World Cup starting 11 based on hair alone. We could only select one player per position, so some of your favorites may have been left out. One note: In order to achieve both tactical and stylish balance, we've been flexible with some of the positions. For example, this is a very attacking line-up with Roberto Baggio playing an attacking midfield role behind two strikers. Tell us how we’re wrong and who we should have included instead in the comments. And don't forget photos. Also, see our 2014 World Cup of hair starting 11.

Goalkeeper: René Higuita, Colombia

Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita, June 1990.
Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita, June 1990.

Photo by Mark Leech/Getty Images

Left back: Christian Ziege, Germany

Christian Ziege at the 2002 Japan and Korea World Cup.
Germany's Christian Ziege at the 2002 Japan and Korea World Cup.

Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images

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Center back: Taribo West, Nigeria

Taribo West of Nigeria in January 2000.
Taribo West of Nigeria in January 2000.

Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images

Center back: José Luis Perlaza, Ecuador

Ecuadorian defender Jose Perlaza, June 2006, in Hamburg, Germany.
Ecuadorian defender José Luis Perlaza, June 2006, in Hamburg, Germany.

Photo by Jaime Razuri/AFP/Getty Images

Right back: Alexi Lalas, USA 

Alexi Lalas of the USA in New Jersey, June 1995.
Alexi Lalas of the USA in New Jersey, June 1995.

Photo by Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images

Central midfielder: Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama, Colombia

Carlos Valderrama of Colombia during the USA vs Colombia match at the 1994 World Cup in San Francisco, California.
Carlos Valderrama of Colombia during a match against the USA at the 1994 World Cup in San Francisco.

Photo by David Cannon/Allsport/Getty Images

Right winger: Ümit Davala, Turkey

Umit Davala of Turkey before the FIFA World Cup match between Senegal and Turkey in Osaka, Japan on June 22, 2002.
Umit Davala of Turkey before the FIFA World Cup match against Senegal in Osaka, Japan, on June 22, 2002.

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Attacking midfielder: Roberto Baggio, Italy

Roberto Baggio of Brescia during the Coppa Italia match against Juventus in Brescia, Italy.
Roberto Baggio of Brescia during the Coppa Italia match against Juventus in Brescia, Italy.

Photo by Claudio Villa/Grazia Neri/Allsport/Getty Images

Left winger: Jairzinho, Brazil

Jairzinho during the FIFA World Cup match between Zaire and Brazil on June 22, 1974 in Germany.
Jairzinho during the FIFA World Cup match against Zaire on June 22, 1974, in Germany.

Photo by VI Images via Getty Images

Striker: Ronaldo, Brazil

Ronaldo during the Japan-Korea World Cup in 2002.
Ronaldo during the Japan-Korea World Cup in 2002.

Photo by Gunnar Berning/Bongarts/Getty Images

Striker: Rudi Völler, West Germany

West German forward Rudi Völler in Rome at the World Cup final against Argentina, July 1990.
West German forward Rudi Völler in Rome at the World Cup final against Argentina, July 1990.

Photo by AFP/Getty Images

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

 

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