August 4th, 2011
Bayern Munich: Strike A Pose(r)
Bastian has arranged his features into an expression that implies he knows he looks like a buffoon, but is being paid enough by his club not to give a crap. Or maybe he’s just thrilled to be 27 years old. Who knows? Images via fcbayernmunich.de
The use of football players in club catalogue modelling is fraught with danger. They’re not trained, y’see, and no matter how cute/handsome/downright hot a player might be in his natural environment, if he’s not schooled in the ways of the low budget lean, throwing him into a branded cagoule and hoping for the best just isn’t going to cut it.
Still, we’re always optimistic that a player might throw off the clichés and inspire us to buy a tracksuit. Let’s see if Bayern Munich have anything to offer, shall we?
The ‘Track Suit Trollers’
Well, we can only assume that this pose is appealing to a particular demographic, as most of the boys we see hanging about near the bins at our local supermarket dress like this. Admittedly they’re also usually smoking, spitting and mugging pensioners, but clearly this behaviour is innappropriate for a family catalogue and has not been represented.
It’s also unfortunate that Manuel’s trainers have been stolen by another gang, but that’s the perils of gangsta life, yo.
What a photographer really wants from a model is improvisation. Mario Gomez has immediately realised that his zip up jumper isn’t the most interesting garment for sale, so employs a clever technique to make it more appealing. Crap hair. Ingenious, no?
Essentially a variation of a casual lean that includes soft furnishing items. You see what we said there? ‘Soft’ furnishings. Not ‘spiky’, as Holger Badstuber’s delicate posterior positioning might suggest.
Have these players enticed you into a purchase with their wily sales techniques, Kickettes? Thought not.