Wildlife

Harry Kane hat tricks, shock South Korean vic­to­ries, Ney­mar’s Su­per Noo­dle hair… this World Cup has had it all

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The weird and the won­der­ful at the footie

Show ’em who’s boss

1. If Aliou Cissé looks this stern when Sene­gal are win­ning, we hate to think what hap­pens when they’re not.

2. Guillermo Ochoa, the Mex­i­can goal­keeper, cel­e­brates his side’s vic­tory over Germany with his man­ager Juan Car­los Oso­rio. Ei­ther that or an at­tempt at ‘the lift’ from Dirty Danc­ing has gone very, very wrong.

3. Eng­land’s Gareth South­gate is known for de­mand­ing his team per­form to their full po­ten­tial. And the same goes for his trousers’ crotch stitch­ing, too.

High fliers

4. The Su­per Ea­gles, aka the Nige­rian squad, model their team suits. We fully in­tend to copy the look for the of­fice…

5. Team Panama, who touched down in Rus­sia in early June, wisely elected to dis­play Panama hats rather than Panama pa­pers.

6. Wear­ing some rather natty knitwear, the Nether­lands squad re­turns home af­ter reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of Brazil 2014. They’ve got an aw­ful lot of cardis in Brazil, we can sur­mise.

Hair ne­ces­si­ties

7. Brazil for­ward Ney­mar con­tem­plates the pit­falls of telling your hair­dresser you’re hop­ing for a golden sum­mer.

8. Aus­tralia cap­tain Mile Je­d­i­nak cel­e­brates be­ing res­cued from two years of desert is­land soli­tude.

THE 21ST CEN­TURY’S

most in­fec­tious virus yet has been iden­ti­fied, and it’s World Cup fever. There has been some­thing at Rus­sia 2018 for ev­ery emo­tional palate, from un­der­dog vic­to­ries to Eng­land’s best start to a World Cup for 12 years (not to men­tion Germany’s worst per­for­mance for 80) to the unique joy of watch­ing Ron­aldo grit his smug white teeth af­ter miss­ing a penalty against Iran. The tour­na­ment also hap­pens to be one of the globe’s largest pro­fes­sional gath­er­ings of men with ter­ri­ble sar­to­rial taste, so there’s that too. As I said, some­thing for ev­ery­one. — Tom Ough

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