The Snood: Premier Footballers Can't Take the Cold

Neri Stein@neristeinFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2010

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli dons the bang-on-trend snood that has caused quite the sensation in the Premier League.
Manchester City's Mario Balotelli dons the bang-on-trend snood that has caused quite the sensation in the Premier League.Clive Mason/Getty Images

Once the calendar gets to November, the temperatures in England start plummeting. In a bid to deal with bitter cold, coupled with rain and snow that lasts months, many players have adopted a new fashion accessory to help them play better no matter how they look.

It's called the snood. 

The snood is nothing more than a scarf that comes pre-wrapped around your neck. You could also say it's a leg warmer you decided was better fitted to your neck. And that's only the beginning. 

Many players, other than the goalkeepers, are now donning gloves in addition to their snoods, and some even look as though they are wearing tights under their shorts.

Once again, it's Manchester City who's to blame for football's newest embarrassment, or at least they're the ones being targeted more than others.

Just like the "Billionaires in Blue" are blamed by many for making football so money consumed, they have also started the cold-weather trends behind high-profile players Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Mario Balotelli among others. 

They are joined by many—including Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Maxi Rodriguez, Arsenal's Samir Nasri and Chelsea's John Obi Mikel who has worn gloves for years. Credit to players, like Tevez and Rodriguez, for also boosting their clubs' commercial value by donning snoods with their logos on them. 

Now it's hard to blame some of these guys, especially the two Argentinians Rodriguez and Tevez and the Nigerian Mikel. It's a bit embarrassing for the Premier League that prides itself on being the toughest league to play in.

Many managers and players, current and former alike, are annoyed by this new trend, and they all have one thing in common.

They're all English.

Roy Keane, now manager of Ipswich Town in the Championship, Ian Holloway of Blackpool, Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and former Liverpool star Steve McManaman have all labeled the snoods as ridiculous.

Macca says he would get beat up if he ever wore anything like them or gloves, and Ferdinand said on Twitter that he would let a fan slap him if he ever wore gloves on the pitch.

The likes of Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Frank Lampard and other English stalwarts hardly ever wear long sleeves, so gloves and tights are out of the question. Wayne Rooney is treading on thin ice, yet again, as he often dons gloves to keep himself warm. Given his recent form, lack of goals and bad public image, that won't help him much at all.

The Premier League is supposed to be the toughest place to play each week, but it's really hard to be intimidated when the guy in front of you is covered up to his nose with what is practically a sock with his team's logo to remind you who you're playing.

Now, one solution is to take a look at who's bundling up and notice that no British footballer would dare put on the snood. Maybe that's a reason to focus more on building up the academies and stop importing flashy players from South America and Southern Europe who can't hack it in England.