EPL: Carlos Tevez, David Silva and the Warmest Necks in English Football
A snood is a type of head wear, traditionally worn by women over the back of their head to keep their hair in place and to keep their head and the backs of their necks warm. Snoods were first worn as early as the 8th century and became fashionable in the middle ages and again in the 1980's when they were known as cowls.
Early adopters of this new trend include Gianluca Pagliuca, Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti. The former ski slope accessory has now invaded the tough tackling premier league.
Tevez has launched the snood into British popular culture along with Emmanuel Adebayor last year. Tevez and other players from warmer cultures have an excuse to wear this new and trendy accessory during the harsh British winter, players from European countries, not so much.
Regardless of how ridiculous I think snoods are, I'm not one to impose a regulation that doesn't affect performance. However, FIFA thinks otherwise and recently stated that the IFAB, the game's law-making body, will discuss the issue on 5th March and a decision is then set to be made.
A FIFA spokesman said: "We want a debate over the snood and whether it could be dangerous.
"There may be a safety issue - if for example a player was running through on goal and an opponent grabbed his snood, that could pose a potential danger to his neck."
In my opinion FIFA has bigger things to worry about, but here are the most famous soccer players making a case for the snood and its incredible warmth.
Unfortuantly, this list contains a high amount of Manchester City players. Ivory Coast international and younger brother to Kolo Toure, Yaya may need more time to adapt to English winter after spending significant time in Barcelona. Earning £220,000 a week should help him adapt...
Spain's number two, a crazy statement in itself that a country can have a number two of that quality. A Barclay's Golden Glove winner for three straight years in a row in 2005/2006. Reina is a very excellent goalkeeper, but his fashion sense is slightly skewed. But, in his defense he does play in a position where it can be hard to keep warm at times.
João Alves De Assis Silva
Once billed as the next Brazilian phenom, Jô has been anything but that. 23 year old Jô has featured only a handful of times for Manchester City, maybe his snood is affecting his performance..
26 year old Newcastle United winger Routledge remains the only player to have played for six different Premier League clubs, having failed to score a goal in the Premier League. This is likely down to one simple thing, his snood.
26 year old Moroccan Chamakh has recently been hit with injury and a dip in form. Even Arsène Wenger admitted Marouane’s form dipped during December. If anything, the Moroccan striker had been the victim of his own success after raising expectations with a flying start to his maiden Premier League season. He failed to get on the score sheet in his four starts. Coincidence that his form dipped when the weather turned cold, think again its the snood.
Outspoken Balotelli is no stranger to stirring the pot. Mario Balotelli recently made the claim that he didn't know who Jack Wilshere was when Balotelli won best young player in Europe.
Balotelli than made the claim that “Our attack of Balotelli-Tevez-Dzeko is the best in the world. We are better even than Barcelona and Real Madrid, and certainly better than the Premier League leaders, Manchester United, whose main striker [ Wayne Rooney] has scored just three times this season. He is a very good player but not the best in Manchester. United fans stop me in the street and say, ‘Mario, come to us’."
Balotelli's snood seems to be cutting off valuable oxygen to his brain..
Another of Balotelli's choice quotes..
"Because I am rich."
After police demanded to know why a 20-year-old, who speaks faltering English, was carrying £5,000 cash in his back pocket aftrer crashing his Audi A8.
Comparisons to Zidane have not been shorthanded this season after stellar performances by the French talisman. Recent reports suggest that Nasri's form this year has been down to his snood. However, a recent FA cup match against Huddersfeild Town saw the influential Gunner out to injury for three weeks. Nasri will likely be very unhappy if FIFA makes him part ways with his good luck charm.
After Silva made the £24million move from Valencia, Silva began to justify the price tag with creative and inspiring performances. However one goal in 19 appearances is less than prolific for the Sky Blues. I for one hope that his snood isn't to blame for his lack of success in front of goal.
Ashley Young is an English player at Aston Villa, wearing gloves is one thing, wearing a snood is another.
Adebayor is a very talented striker with a powerful frame. Competing for time with Dzeko, Tevez, Balotelli, and Jo could have proved to much for Adebayor, as he has been loaned out for the rest of the season to Real Madrid. Adebayor was one of the forefront snood pioneers, his contribution to soccer pop culture won't be missed.
Carlos Tevez, the Argentinian hit man is the main snood culprit. Tevez is leading the charge in defense of the snood, and his performances have not suffered at the hand of his snood. Tevez popularized the snood in the Premier League, now fans from opposing teams have another reason to dislike Carlos Tevez.
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