Now, these chaps can wear their football gloves in no fear of mockery! Temperatures in the UK limboed just underneath 0°C at the weekend and once more football has been beaten around the ribs and head-butted by the adverse weather.
Thousands of football league and amateur league games were inevitably called off because of frozen pitches, but at least the game is fighting back elsewhere in Europe.
Introducing Rovaniemen Palloseura: the top-tier Finnish team who have their ground located within chilliest of all shapes, the Arctic Circle.
Arguably the coldest football club on the planet, it’s not unheard of for the team to play in -18°C temperatures and even don icicle-laden bibs and do keepy-uppies for -30°C training sessions. It’s an inconceivable commitment and endeavour befitting of a tiresome David Blaine stunt. It certainly wipes shirt removal from the list of possible extravagant goal celebrations.
While the squad are full of native hard men, including Tuomo Kononen who readily admits “just breathing” is difficult in such a fierce environment, there are a handful of players from considerably more exotic climbs. Remarkably, the team includes three Nigerians, a Mexican and a lad from El Salvador. We all know Latin American players tend to struggle in their first year in European leagues – well this certainly won’t help!
With the snood, gloves and even leggings becoming increasingly common place in the Premier League at this time of year, we would love to see what further sartorial additions the likes of Mario Balotelli would have to make to survive up there.
At least the Manchester City striker has a onesie to call upon for his base-layer.
View a video report on Rovaniemen Palloseura’s constant battle against the cold: