Lovely Hair

Ozil and 6 other magnificent sportsmen with mullets

The hairstyle of the greats

Mesut Ozil

History proves that there is a rich correlation between terrific sportsmen, and intriguing hairstyles. And like so many magnificent athletes from the past, it seems that Mesut Ozil started his career sporting a gorgeous swashbuckling mullet.

He’s in rich company, as proved after the jump…

Chris Waddle, Football

Chris Waddle

It seems a shame that Chris Waddle’s name is chiefly synonymous with his hairstyle, because he was probably the greatest winger that England have ever produced. Still, if you’re going to go out looking like that, Chris…

He’s since resorted to something rather more forgettable.

Ian Botham, Cricket

Ian Botham

Ahh, old “Beefy” – England’s lionheart during that match when he told the rest of the team to go home so that he could humiliated Australia on his own. Quite a guy. Also proof that the feathery soft-permed mullet was once the choice look amongst tough guys.

He balanced his hair with a beautiful gentleman’s moustache.

Paul Gascoigne, Football


Unfortunately, Gazza was never one to keep the same haircut for more than a few hours. So, as quickly as the mullet appeared, it was gone. Still, for a short window, he set off his wonderful skills with an absolutely lovely hair do.

The Spoiler particularly enjoyed it when he tied it into a womanly ponytail at the back.

Andre Agassi, Tennis


Agassi’s career can be split into two very obvious phases. Phase One found an angry young mulleted rebel who would insist on playing tournaments in cut-off denim hotpants and a boob tube. Then Phase Two when he became really boring, and started actually winning stuff.

The Spoiler prefered Phase One.

Stephen Hendry, Snooker

Stephen Hendry

For a while there, Stephen Hendry was the greatest snooker player around. He had it all – the waistcoat, the soft Scottish accent, the hair that was short and neat on the top, but thrillingly long and majestic at the back. Like a lion’s mane.

Now, we’re not saying that there’s a link, but his hair is standard issue now, and he’s not as good as snooker. Actually, sod it, there is DEFINITELY a link.

Andy Fordham, Darts

Andy Fordham

For those of you who are far too sophisticated to watch darts, here’s the deal – two inebriated fat men stand swaying in front of a stationary target holding an empty syringe, before hurling it at the “20″, turning around and shouting/throwing up.

Andy Fordham is one of the greatest ever. Like Samson from the bible, he has ridiculous hair. 

4 responses so far
  • SDMichael // July 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    If you included ice hockey athletes, you’d have to expand this list to at least 50.

  • randomsausage // July 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Zee Germans (who else?) have an excellent phrase to describe the mullet: “It’s business out front but a party at the back!”

  • El Pato // July 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    What, no Barry Venison?

  • Mesut Danrimi // August 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Ozil will became world player

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