Euro 2012: The 6 Worst Coaching Fashion Statements in Poland/Ukraine
Football is as much about the managers as it is about the players themselves. That's why the camera pans to the head coach every time a significant moment in the match transpires.
But, unlike the men they manage, coaches are often not in tune with the latest styles and can stick out with their occasionally laughable faux pas.
Here are a few managers at Euro 2012 who need to consult some wiser individuals about their fashion choices.
Oleg Blokhin's Polo Shirts
Ukraine manager Oleg Blokhin's rather unofficial attire is hardly befitting a coach in a tournament of this stature.
His bright yellow-and-blue collared shirts with track pants say "I'm a defensive coach for a Sunday league team and avid golfer," rather than, "I'm preparing to play England in one of the most prestigious football tournaments on Earth."
Laurent Blanc's Soul Patch
Apparently, no one has told Laurent Blanc that the "Soul Patch," or the little bit of facial hair under his lower lip, has not been in style for about 50 years.
These days, you're more likely to see the look sported by underground jazz musicians or aspiring hacky sack pros than brilliant football minds.
Although, who knows, perhaps Blanc is all three.
Slaven Bilic's Beanie
It seems that urban styles are becoming a theme for managers in this tournament.
Croatia manager Slaven Bilic decided to rock a beanie with the standard suit and tie combination before his team were eliminated in the group stage, and I must say that it didn't do him any favors.
Since it wasn't particularly cold in Eastern Europe when these games were played, there was no reason for Bilic to pretend that he was going to do ollies and kickflips after the match.
Bert van Marwijk's Tanning Spray
Incidentally, this was not the only fashion blunder that the Dutch manager made during the tournament. Normally, 60-year-old men are not supposed to be strutting around in track suits tighter than those which their players wear.
Van Marwijk's worse mistake, however, was applying way too much tanning spray in an attempt to give him that youthful, summery look.
Unfortunately, he ended up looking more like an oompa loompa when his orange skin contrasted with his silver hair.
Who knows, maybe he was just trying to wear the Netherlands' national color on his skin. If so, he succeeded.
Morten Olsen's Glasses
If Laurent Blanc and Slaven Bilic tried too hard to sport contemporary fashions, Denmark coach Morten Olsen needs to try a bit harder.
Olsen might be going for the wise, scholarly look, which is commendable, but he would look more at home in 1912 rather than 2012.
Joachim Low's Haircut
I don't know how Jogi Low cuts his hair, but I'm assuming that his barber simply puts a bowl over his head and snips around it.
Low's refusal to adopt a new hairstyle, perhaps due to a nostalgic love for The Beatles that we don't know about, makes him one of the odder-looking touchline presences at Euro 2012.
Not the look I would want to go for, but if it somehow helps push Germany towards success, I wouldn't change a thing.