If there’s one thing that pundits here in the UK can’t seem to get their head around, it’s the use of the ‘Snood’ in the Winter football season.

Carlos Tevez Football Snood

Carlos Tevez – Snood Criminal?

Described by fashionistas as the ‘combination of Scarf and Hood’, the Snood is the latest bit of gear designed to keep you warm on the pitch. Carlos Tevez brought attention to the garment this weekend after throwing his neck-warmer to the ground after scuffing a chance against Birmingham City this weekend.

For those of you who haven’t followed the rise of the quasi-scarf, the Snood seems to be following on from high-temperature baselayers and gloves in becoming the latest on-pitch accessory for players who really, really don’t like being cold.

And it’s not just players used to warmer climes that are opting for some neckwear either, as the coastal winds clearly became too much for Blackpool’s DJ Campbell, Bolton’s Bulgarian Martin Petrov and even Sunderland’s Scottish ‘keeper Craig Gordon becoming what are affectionately known in the offices as ‘Snood Doggs’.

Fo’ Shizzle, indeed.

Arsenal Gaffer Arsene Wenger was recently quoted in a press conference as saying he doesn’t understand the trend, in fact claiming ‘In a period of Global Warming’ he finds the whole craze ‘quite amazing’. Clearly, Mr. Wenger isn’t too impressed – but given that his man-in-form Marouane Chamakh is one of the key perpetrators of the Snood we’re sure he’ll turn a blind eye to this fashion crime as long as the Moroccan keeps scoring.

Football Snood

Spurs – Snood Operators?

As usual, when Arsenal do one thing, rivals Tottenham will try and do something different – as you can see from this picture – it seems that Spurs stars are getting a Snood as part of their football training gear. Most players seem more than happy to throw their Snoods on along with their football boots on a morning, with the exception of Peter Crouch who, surely, must get the worst of the Arctic gales at his altitude!

We want to know what you think though, if it stops a player thinking about the cold and keeps his mind on the game, is that such a bad thing? Will anyone care about them in 2 weeks time? Will they be as accepted into the modern game, like pink football boots?

But then again, these players are paragons of fitness and physiology, surely when you’re charging about on the pitch for 90 minutes you shouldn’t need anything else to keep you warm!

Let us know what you think in our poll below, or leave your own Snood-tastic puns in our comments section! [poll id=”47″]

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  1. says: SnoopDawgg

    I think all these guys are down with the Snood…..

    Got to get myself one for the cold chilly training nights….

    Cracking piece.

  2. says: gemma

    i think they are good for trainin as bein outside for a few hours a day is cold


    for matches they should be banned its only 90 mins and they get a break in the middle so need 2 seriously man up!!

  3. says: BiyiAdetunji

    i would say that nobody should be allowed to wear them, as it may somehow give them an unfair advantage, but then again thats like saying every footballer should wear the same football boots so everybody’s on equal terms, but thats ridiculous (or is it?) 😉

  4. says: E@zy

    It’s for the first 10 minutes when you ain’t warm enough. Especially if you are training at night, the air against your cheeks feels like it’s peeling the skin off very slowly. Once your fully in the game, it probably makes you too hot.

  5. says: Landy

    I’ve worn one a few times and when it’s particularly cold, it does great wonders to keeping you warm. I love it, and wish I had worn it more this fall during the chillier games.

  6. says: channo

    true, i think tevez does wears them to cover his scars.
    truer, totti is already famous for them snoods from like a decade ago.

    however, i agree that player should be allowed to wear what they wanna wear. why?? cuz they’re trying to individualize, y’know, to stand out -and we like it!

    first, it was pele’s generation wearing his name (instead of only numbers) on his back, then it’s beckham who always wears long sleeve, ronaldo’s tight 3/4 sleeve, cech with his helmet, torres and his white boots… owh, and who dares to forget cantona’s raised collar??

    not only it helps us to spot them on the pitch or on tv, but sometimes it also inspires our own style on & off the pitch 😉

  7. says: Northern Touch

    Being born and raised in Canada and playing in temperatures anywhere from 0 to -35 C, I’ll confirm that the snood, aka as the neck warmer here, works.

    I vote for them being the same colour as the team jerseys though, as is the case for tights, as to not distract or standout.

    I’m all for anything that makes these players more comfortable on the field and leads to a better game.

  8. says: James

    Well whenever i play in goal for my 6 a side team, i wear one, these last few weeks of playing late evening kickoffs, sometimes kicking off at 10pm, it’s been really cold :/

  9. says: Theo

    The so called “neck-warmer” has been wanted by many players around the world, and in South Korea, it’s been very popular among football consumers when they play football.

    It’s cool I think. But for most of Europeans they don’t get cold very much so maybe they don’t need it as much.

    First player who made this popular I believe is Iker Casillas.

  10. says: Danny.T

    I don’t have anything against them, if someone wants to wear a snood let it be… Its just when i play football I never seem to notice that my neck is getting cold.

    If players are getting cold necks it just means they arnt running around enough!! 😛

  11. says: Thomas

    I have one that converts to a small hat for the sideline/warm-ups. When you play in temperatures that hover around 0 and below, what’s the point of freezing so you can “man up?” I was somewhat reluctant to wear mine the first time but now it’s one of the things I make sure I have before I leave the house. I’m from North Carolina originally so I’m not adjusted to these Canadians winters just yet, as many players in the EPL were not raised in areas with similar climates.

    I still can’t seem to find the big deal in all of this.

  12. says: ramonmpls

    they should ware what they want i know they probably think its not good because they are some dirty footballers so i dont know they might be close to them an pull the snood and cause a problem

  13. says: Jehovah C. Clark

    They are pretty damn cool, please does anyone know where you can purchase them, and whats this thing about manning up, do they have to be a mans man a bloke everyone doesn’t have to be like that

  14. says: Chris P

    I think it’s okay to the guy who said that the snood doesn’t help the Footballers are pussies image:

    1. American Football players DON’T play during the winter, and even in warm weather they have heavy padding, tight pants, gloves, and more gear on than a brick-layer in December.
    2. Basketball players play inside.
    3. Hockey? Look at all the padding.
    4. Any other spot falls into one of the above.

    But Footballers? Shorts? What do we have? Knee socks? C’mon, let a Basketball player go outside in the cold wearing socks. Hilarious. We’re playing for 90 minutes in freezing temperature with, possibly, a thin, long-sleeved shirt, knee socks and shorts.

    I’m all for the snood, just hate the name. And for all of you guys saying ‘man-up?’ Dying of pneumonia never made anyone a real man, just made them a dumbass. Cold sets in through your neck so easily.

  15. says: Jonas

    Jus got mine, its very comfortable.. cant understand what the problem with FIFA is, if you are cold in that area wich is totally normal during winter time in UK, then you should be able to cover it with something warm!

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