Clothes show: What's hot in winter
As the big chill bites, footballers find new ways to keep themselves warm
Saturday 04 February 2012
The infamous snood – a tubular scarf – has had its day in the cold January sun. It was ubiquitous last season, as chilly players tried to preserve some neck warmth, but Fifa, showing its famous nose for what matters most, banned them. "There was not even a discussion," said Sepp Blatter.
Short sleeves and gloves
At first glance, an absurdity: if it is so cold that one requires gloves, how can one also wear short sleeves? The fact is that a sportsman's extremities are particularly liable to cold, in a way that the forearms – which are full of blood and muscle – are not. Whoever got frostbite of the forearm?
Never too inconspicuous, the Chelsea defender wears tights beneath his socks and shorts to keep those thrusting legs and knees warm. Tights are the antithesis of the traditional garb of the English sporting winter – which makes them perfect for the antithesis of the traditional English centre-half.
Has anyone better embodied the values of the English sporting winter than the Manchester United veteran? Like an emissary from the era of Nat Lofthouse, he exposes knees, thighs, neck, arms and fingers to the worst the winter can throw at him. No protection, no comfort, no blanket: his only focus is the game.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Kate Moss: Previously unpublished nude photo revealed by Mert and Marcus
- 3 Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
- 4 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 5 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'