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Movember: Honoring Soccer’s Most Epic ‘Staches
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Movember: Honoring Soccer’s Most Epic ‘Staches

Posted on November 1, 2013


Movember was born in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, and has expanded from 30 Mo Bros to over 1 million worldwide. The campaign raises funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. So in honor of this commendable campaign, we celebrate the mustache, the lip-tickler, the caterpillar, the crumb-catcher, with some of our favorite ‘staches from the past and present.

Spanish head coach Vicente del Bosque, who led La Furia Roja to a FIFA World Cup victory in 2010 and UEFA European Championship in 2012, rocks an excellent example:

Englishman Viv Anderson, who played for clubs including Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Arsenal, and is famous for being the first black player to represent England. Anderson sports a great ‘stache for his team portrait in 1991.
Viv Anderson

Liverpool’s Ian Rush is the club’s all-time goalscorer, and probably holds the club’s Best Mustache award too.
Chelsea v Liverpool

Any day is a great day to show off Carlos Valderrama‘s hair.

The late Brazilian midfielder, Socrates, was a man of great footwork, and even better facial hair.
Socrates of Brazil

And then there’s that one time that David Beckham rocked a mustache to meet the president.
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Everton and Wales goalkeeper Neville Southall had an impressive showing in 1983.
Neville Southall

ESPN/ABC commentator and USMNT veteran Alexi Lalas has had some great facial hair over the years, from the beard to the mustache to the mutton chops to the goatee. The mustache, however, might have to take first place.
Galaxy v Rapids

Bruce Grobbelaar‘s epic career as a goalkeeper, most notably for Liverpool, spanned over 20 years. His epic mustache also spans over 20 years. He gets the longevity award.
Liverpool Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar

The 1980’s may have been the hayday of the mustache, and AC Milan’s Ruud Gullitt wore his well.
AC Milan vs Napoli

Another strong showing from South America, former Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita (aka El Loco) still rocks his mustache today.
Colombian soccer player Rene Higuita adjusts his s

Mustaches are better when you’re smiling, as proven by former Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman. That ponytail isn’t half bad either.
(FILES) -- File photo taken 17 May 2003

Zbigniew Boniek, one of the greatest players to come out of Poland, still sports an authoritative ‘stache as the head of the Polish football federation.
Zbigniew Boniek of Poland

Ronaldo‘s forehead mustache gets a spot on this list because it’s just so painful. No. Just, no.

Brian “Killer” Kilcline of Coventry City was famous for his reckless hair and beastly mustache as a defender for England.
Brian Kilcline

Are there any glorious mustaches that you wanted to see on our list? Let us know in the comments box. (That’s what it’s there for, after all.)

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