The Face Mask XI

Ollie Irish

4th, October 2007


John Terry is not the first player to take to the pitch in a crazy face mask, and we dare say he won’t be the last. Here are 11 players who didn’t mind taking to the pitch with their blinkers on.
Bruce Grobbelaar
Old Spaghetti Legs himself wore this crazy zebra print mask to protect his cheekbone. Padded as it is compared to some of the masks, you suspect it wouldn’t have helped much if a shot had hit him in the face.

Mark Schwarzer
The Middlesbrough keeper made himself available for the Uefa Cup final by wearing his mask.
Mo Konjic
The Bosnian defender just loves to don a mask. He has worn them at both Derby County and Coventry City.
Gary Mabbutt
One of the original mask-wearers after finding himself on the receiving end of a John Fashanu elbow. Strangely Mabbs photos seem to be thin on the ground, so if you have one or track one down let us know.
John Terry
New kid on the block. Sported his mask in Chelsea’s victory over Valencia last night.
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
The Japan defender wasn’t going to miss a World Cup on homesoil, even if it meant dressing up like Zorro.
Christoph Metzelder
Quite possible the scariest mask of the lot. He looks like Hannibal.
Paul Gascoigne
Gazza wore his mask in England’s 2-0 defeat to Poland in 1993.
Edgar Davids
The Dutchman’s mask protects his eyes as he suffers from glaucoma. They look more suited to the swimming pool than the football pitch.
Youri Djorkaeff
The Frenchman picked up his cheekbone injury while playing for Bolton in a pre-season match against a Maltese outfit. He wore a face mask to ensure he did not miss the start of the 2003-04 season.
Facundo Sava
There was no medical reason behind Facundo Sava’s bizarre goal celebration. The face mask was stashed down his socks until he found the net.