Black is so last season but neckwear is still very much ‘in’ with the Premier League’s stars. OTP has teamed up with our friends at Buff® The Original Multifunctional Headwear – because a Buff is SO much more than a snood – to find some suitable tubular neckwear for football’s finest.
Buff has an extensive range of prints and patterns, plus thermal and UV protection products too.
Invented almost 20 years ago, Buff® technical and multifunctional headwear is THE original tubular garment designed for sports enthusiasts which can be worn in a multitude of ways; as a scarf, balaclava, foulard, mask, neckerchief, pirate, saharaine, hairband, wristband, diadem or headband or on the head as a beanie.
You can view a ‘How to wear’ demo video can be seen here.
The patented knitting technology means it’s seamless for comfort, the high performance polyester microfibre is not only soft against the skin but effectively wicks moisture to keep you cool when hot and the high surface area of the fibre will keep you warm when it’s cold (especially if you’re not on the pitch!), plus it’s highly wind resistant – making it perfect on or off the pitch. Often copied, never bettered.
So we have set about matching some appropriate Buff® designs with the Premier League’s elite.
1. Jonas Gutierrez – Spiderman Original Buff®
Newcastle winger Gutierrez might be famed for producing a Spiderman mask when he finds the net, but given his strike-rate since arriving at St James’ Park he would be well-advised to ditch the sweaty mask hidden in his sock and embrace the tubular neckwear revolution. We would see a lot more of Spidey than we do while relying on his goalscoring prowess and – on the odd occasions he does manage a goal – this has to be the more hygienic option!
2. Fernando Torres – Camuflaje Original Buff®
As Roy Hodgson will testify, the Liverpool striker has gone missing in matches on numerous already this season. Under new boss Kenny Dalglish, fans and team-mates alike are certain to be looking out for El Nino with renewed vigour. The Original Buff® in Camuflaje will help Torres to continue to go undetected for the remainder of the season.
3. Gareth Bale – Flag Welsh Original Buff®
Not only would this neckwear give Bale an enormous sense of national pride, it would also serve as a constant reminder to England fans that he is not eligible for selection and that we must potentially endure another 15 years of cursing the fact that the best left-footed player in Britain was born on the wrong side of the Severn Bridge.
4. Carlo Cudicini – Enduro Original Buff®
The Spurs keeper has found out the very hard way why his club contract does not permit him to ride motorcycles. Now that he has fully recovered from his smash and available as cover for Heurelho Gomes (an accident of another kind waiting to happen), he will have to make do with the next best thing: some bike-emblazoned Buff neckwear.
5. Marouane Fellaini – Afro Skull Original Buff®
Who else but the man who remains in possession of the Premier League’s biggest barnet? Buff’s Afro Skull design not only features Fellaini-esque hair, but with this chap’s high cheekbones and sunken eyes he could definitely pass as the Everton star’s twin brother.
6. Joe Hart – Hands Original Buff®
The recipe for some of Hart’s performances this season has been one part skill to one part luck. While his talent is not in dispute, it has an occasion looked as though the ball has some sort of magnetic attraction to the Manchester City keeper’s hands. The big targets on the hands in this design can only have some sort of positive subliminal effect on any would-be goalscorer.
7. Benni McCarthy – Training Original Buff®
We saw this design featuring a man running through the pain barrier accompanied by a motivational training message and, of course, the first player who sprang to mind was West Ham striker Benni McCarthy. Wearing this on the odd occasions that he makes it onto the pitch will remind him of all the effort his has had to put in to get himself in peak physical condition for Premier League football.
8. Asamoah Gyan – African Tales Original Buff®
The Sunderland forward’s repeated attempts to take a holiday in Ghana keep hitting the skids. Since fate is conspiring to stop him heading to Africa, perhaps it is time to bring a little bit of Africa to the Stadium of Light.
9. Kenny Dalglish – Afgan Blue Original Buff®
We are venturing into managerial territory here! Controversial, perhaps. But with Roberto Mancini and Avram Grant pioneering lucky scarves, and Paul Tisdale’s cravat still going strong down in League One, it is only a matter of time before a coach gets more adventurous with their neckwear. We reckon Dalglish could be the man to do so, with this design. Liverpool may have recently welcomed their ex-manager back into the dugout. But in reality, they really could have done with Paisley.
10. Peter Crouch – Yseult Original Buff®
Following on from Fellaini, this is another design which would appear to feature a portrait of the player in question. In fact, we would go as far as to say we are 99 per cent certain that is a silhouette of Crouchy. Those legs are unmistakable.
To check out these and other great designs and styles of Buff® headwear now at www.buffwear.co.uk
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