Heading into Mexico’s big match against Brazil, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is sporting a new haircut. Chicharito bleached his hair blonde, and some of his teammates joined him including Miguel Layon. Why did Chicharito go with a new blonde look? According to The Sun, it is a soccer tradition that demonstrates unity, and dates back to the Romanian team at the 1998 World Cup.
It follows a long line of stars dying their hair at major tournaments, a trend made famous by the Romania team at the 1998 World Cup in France, who showed their collective spirit by unveiling their bleach blonde barnets to go with their yellow jerseys.
Two years earlier, Paul Gascoigne had done the same, when playing for England at Euro 96 and he came up with a maverick string of performances, culminating in his magical goal against Scotland.
Some have suggested Chicharito was looking to troll Neymar with his new look given Neymar also has blonde hair. While the players are trying to stay loose, Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio admitted the team has a “titanic” challenge against Brazil.
“It is a titanic task against a great team, but we will try and when we can attack, with the game showing whether we can elaborate [plays] or counter-attack.
“But the idea is not to park the bus because Brazil has a lot of quality in the last third and they score goals, as they’ve shown against teams that have sat back,” Osario explained to ESPN. “I believe that Brazil have more than enough experience … they play in top leagues and their manager is a top manager. What happened to Germany is just one more reference… soccer is a game that always gives an opportunity to win…I believe that Brazil have more than enough experience … they play in top leagues and their manager is a top manager. What happened to Germany is just one more reference… soccer is a game that always gives an opportunity to win.”
Source: Heavy Sports