With the groups out of the way and the knockout stages started, we’ve had ample time to suss out the players on show at the Euros. And, as the competition refines its teams down to the most in-form eight, we’ve held a knockout competition of our own between the players with the best hairstyles. Here’s who made the final six.
Best hairstyles: Euro 2016
By Sam Higgins, 30 June 2016
He might be regarded as one of the most highly rated youngsters in the world, but Michy Batshuayi hasn’t managed many minutes on the pitch for Belgium yet this tournament (his goal-scoring cameo against Hungary might change that). But his residency on the bench has at least given us plenty of time to admire his impressive haircut. On the back and sides, he keeps things sharp with a neat fade and contrasts that up top with an array of short dreads. For an added playful touch, a few of the locks boast a touch of blonde.
Sadly not all of us are blessed with the ability to grow a ‘fro. Axel Witsel, however, does possess those skills and has been caring for his bountiful barnet since he first came on the scene. For the Euros, the tireless midfielder has managed to keep it brilliantly bouncy and neatly crafted so that not one curl falls out of place when getting on the end of a cross.
After firing his team ahead against Russia in the opener, Eric Dier assumed the role of England’s new footballing sweetheart (albeit for about 20 minutes). But it wasn’t just his impeccable passing and ability to pick out the top corner from 25 yards that won English hearts – it was his hair, too. There might not be anything too flashy going on – no tramlines, mohawks or any of that eccentricity – but Dier gets the job done in style, adding only a smattering of product to his crop and nailing a simple yet all-round solid trim.
His beard may be meticulously crafted into a odd-looking point, like the chin of a 90s video game boss, but the hair on Giroud’s head currently forms a simple, smart chop. Deciding extra cushioning won’t necessarily aid his heading ability, the French forward has instead decided to trim the back and sides to a short length before styling his wavy locks on top into a tidy, clean-cut finish.
Kingsley Coman’s hair is a game of two halves. Sure, the youngster’s bleached-tipped curls up top create a nice bouncy contrast to the short stuff on the sides, but his hard styling work is let down by having grown out a little tail around the back. While that may hamper his chances for the best ‘do at the tournament, the 20-year-old has been clocked as the Euros’ fastest player, so here’s hoping the striker legs it straight to the barbers to chop off that unnecessary extra bit and complete a seriously cool cut.
For 85 minutes of the Iceland match, England fans were on tenterhooks, watching through gaps between fingers, the commentary broken up with choruses of sighs and clumsily strung-together expletives. On the pitch however, Iceland’s number 8, Birkir Bjarnason, was having a brilliant time of it. The nordic prince was running riot down the wing, all the while smugly swinging his flowing golden hair in England’s full backs’ faces as he breezed past. It was a harsh lesson for the Three Lions, leaving them to question both how they failed against a country with no internal professional footballing structure, and how none of their own team could muster up a hairstyle that compared to Bjarnason’s lustrous locks, held out of his eyes by a simple headband.