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The Euro 2008 Ugly XI

The Spoiler considers Euro 2008′s aesthetically challenged stars

If the 1997 Oscar-winning Italian World War II film Life Is Beautiful taught us anything, it’s that beauty can be found even in the darkest of circumstances. Yet sometimes, even the beautiful game is plagued by the ‘handsomely impaired’. What follows is a squad that may be described as ‘ugly’, ‘fugly’ and perhaps most harshly, ‘pug fugly’. Read on if you dare…

1. Rüştü Reçber

Rüştü Reçber

The war paint and ‘face art’ are distracting, but not quite distracting enough.

2. Ludovic Magnin

Ludovic Magnin

You know life isn’t fair when you grow up to be bald and ginger.

3. Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol

It’s not 1976 – get a haircut, hippy!

4. Philippe Senderos

Phillippe Senderos

Some suit the shaven look, Senderos clearly doesn’t. The Star Trek ears and ‘special’ expression don’t help his cause either.

5. Jorge Ribeiro

Jorge Ribeiro

For the sake of his self-esteem, this Portuguese would do well not to stand next to C-Ron.

6. Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery

The French midfielder must count his lucky stars that he can play football.

7. Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

Hailing from the most beautiful country in Europe is tough when you have a wonky gormless face.

8. Stephane Grichting

Stephane Grichting

The Swiss midfielder’s nose is so big it has its own constitution.

9. Niko Kovac

Niko Kovac

This Croatian wouldn’t be too bad if he didn’t have a Bond villain-esque squint. Look at him, plotting the elaborate death of a fictional British secret service agent…

10. Jan Koller

Jan Koller

Nevermind the swerve, these tournament match balls give off terrifying reflections.

11. Ruud van Nistelrooy

Ruud van Nistelrooy

You’d find yourself in offside positions too if you had to wear blinkers for most of the day.

Disagree with our selections? Think we’ve missed some out? Let us know with a comment below.

17 responses so far
  • Avram Magic // June 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    No Tottenham players in there? What are the Spurs fans going to find to moan about then!

    Love the captions!

  • Raph88 // June 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    nice one avram magic.

  • RedbyDawn // June 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Why is Puyol the spitting images of Paul McGann?

    Well, Paul McGann if he was on the ‘roids.

  • barry obama // June 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    some of them are not that ugly

  • doofus // June 10, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    u forgot dirk kuyt the ugliest gaffer in the world of football

  • kenita // June 10, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    ahahahahahahahaha genious

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  • Lars Ulrichs Merchandise Manager // June 11, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Awesome stuff, all of these players offend my mirror.

  • Jak // June 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Kovac doesn’t belong on that list. He’s dirty sexy hot. Grichting kinda has a Daniel Craig thing going.

  • Dame // June 11, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I’ll side with Jak on the Kovac tip.

    Senderos has no place on this list whatsoever.

  • nick // June 12, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    yes i agree with the kovac thing also pirlo doesn’t belong here. where the fuck is kuyt??????

  • Ms Me // June 25, 2008 at 10:42 am

    This list is crazy (or I have really weird taste in men), because Rüştü, Niko Kovac and Pirlo were/are the most handsome players in the Euro 2008.

  • D.I.M.A.R. // June 28, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Это все пиздёж

  • PIRO // July 3, 2008 at 7:25 am

    This list merely wants to say R.V.N is really horse-like guy.

  • Ben_BKK // July 3, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Where’s Luka Modric? That guy is actually incredibly ugly…

  • Footiegal // July 5, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    how the f**k is Senderos ugly in any way shape or form? he’s drop dead gorgeous. Idiots..

  • Footiegal // July 5, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I’m still disturbed that Sendy is on this list….I am just distraught.

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