April 20th, 2010

Champions League Style-Off: Which Manager is Worthy of Your Style Snaps?

Dear readers, the battle of the Titans is upon us. No, not Inter v. Barca or even Bayern v. Lyon,  but something much more important than that.

We’re talking about the fashion face-off that’s about to go down on the pitch perimeters. Tonight, two of the best looking managers in football, Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) and José “The Special One” Mourinho (Inter Milan), are going head-to-head in the style stakes.

Le sigh. What is it about these two? Their yelling, pacing and mad scientist gesturing whilst in designer gear is like a mating call for the modern footy woman.

So, let’s get down to judging. We’ve got a few criteria to take into consideration:


Pep is full of win, in more ways than one. While guiding his team onto victory, (in pretty much everything), the inimitable Mr. Guardiola still manages to cut a figure of high style on the pitch. His skill lies in colour coordination – whether it’s finding the perfect grey tie to match his suit, or navigating the complicated area that is the purple sweater, he knows his way around a fabric swatch.

However, when it comes to off-the-pitch style, Pep tends to take it down a notch, and is prone to outbreaks of extreme fash-fail, which is, Kickettes, deeply unacceptable to us.

José, the self proclaimed Special One, has been on our radar for a long time, and since he now inhabits the city of style, Milano, we expect nothing less than sartorial supremacy. Luckily, he delivers in spades. TSO likes classics; blues, greys and blacks are his shades of choice and nobody can deny that he wears them well. Off-the-pitch, his style is just as consistent, leading us to believe that he has the full package (hee) when it comes to being style-savvy.

Verdict: José Mourinho takes this round.



Pep is by all accounts, the perfect gentleman. He is gracious both in defeat and in triumph, and as far as we can tell, has never had a bad word to say about rival teams and managers.  His English is unexpectedly awesome too, which gives us the warm fuzzies.

José in contrast, is an arrogant, albeit, charming individual. Any man who names himself ‘The Special One’, has got a big ego, and José has swagger in spades. Take it away, Mr. M:

“I am not worried about pressure. If I wanted to have an easy job, working with the big protection of what I have already done before, I would have stayed at Porto – beautiful blue chair, the UEFA Champions League trophy, God, and after God, me.”

Verdict: We at Kickette love a rake, and José’s form of OTT confidence pushes all of our bad-boy buttons. (We’d be rolling our eyes, but we’d so be all over it.) Anyhoo, this round goes to José. He’s too snarky to be denied.



On the beauty maintenance front, Pep’s hair to stubble ratio borders on perfection, with his facial hair never outplaying the (lack of) head hair. Pep manages to stay pretty damn swoonworthy regardless of his hairline, and we’re a tad partial to his wide-range of tongue-porn. Added bonus: rubbing his hair fuzz would act as an excellent stress reliever. In other words, Pep is a recommended wrinkle-reducer.

José on the other hand, brings new meaning to the “silver fox” look. His salt and pepper hair give him a sexy/swarthy quality that sets off his personality perfectly.  Unfortch, we get the squickies over his hairy monkey hands. Serious grooming fail, TSO.

Verdict: We’ve got to go with Pep.



When motionless, Pep looks like a vision in gafferdom, but more often than not, his penchant for gesturing wildly, and animated facial expressions, detract from the sartorial elegance that his stillness brings. Still, we have to admire a manager who lets it all out on the field, and gives us ample fodder for lulz in our post-game picture stalkage.

José also lets his passionate nature loose on the sidelines,  and indulges in much arm flailing and celebratory body flinging. He isn’t afraid to keep his players in check either, and bawling at them from his pitch-line home is a familiar sight. Would we expect anything less from The Special One?

Verdict: Both of our competitors display a strong talent for pitch-side theatrics, leaping and gesticulating like good’uns. You have to admire passion for the game, and any managers that care enough to look like fools in front of gazillions of cameras gets our respect. In this case, it’s just too close to call.

Over to you, Kickettes: which curator of brilliance on the pitch is most worthy of our love and adoration when it comes to his personal style?

Pictures: via Daylife/Zimbio.

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84 Responses to “Champions League Style-Off: Which Manager is Worthy of Your Style Snaps?”

  1. special one says:

    Jose is the winer for me, sooooo attractive <3

  2. Regiii says:








    Have I made myself clear on how much I prefer the Spanish hottie over the Portuguese one? lol…

  3. YoungChelsea4Life says:

    Jose, he is arrogant which equals hilarious! He is also extreeeeeeeeeemely sexy!

  4. alyy says:

    joseeeeeee! he's simply awesome!

  5. leooomessi says:

    PEP GUARDIOLAAA ALL THE WAAAAAAAAAY! he’s too hot to handle!

  6. jules bensi says:


  7. freddiegirl says:

    Ooh. I'm late to the party…

    Jose…all the way..! He's the 'Special One' you know, ;)

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  11. Lotte says:

    Pep, Pep and then some Pep!

  12. Linda (Gooner till I die) says:

    They’re both hot as hell.
    But Pep is such a sweetheart… the way he talks… I love his press conferences, he’s a real gentleman.

  13. Charleyyy says:

    Pep Guardiola…Damn that man is SXC =P He’s one of those men i dont care how old he is he is Gorgeous..X I certainly would! Oh my daiiiz hes hot..X

  14. mina says:

    José Mourinho is so HOOOOOT i'm in love !!! :)

  15. LuvManU says:

    Pep….I definetly would

  16. AgentGirl says:

    It's Pep all the way for me!!

  17. tigerS says:

    Pep, his wife is one lucky bitch!

  18. nia says:

    Pep all the way….always have a thing for him since his playing days with Barca.

  19. NinyaC says:


  20. imhereforthenando says:

    If I were to describe exactly what I think of Pep, I would probably get banned from the site for lude conduct. The man is a total fox. The suits, the eyes, the passion, he has it all. I moan every time they show him on the sidelines.

    Pep Guardiola is a national treasure.

  21. Susie says:

    The Ac Milan coach is a hottie

  22. izzy says:

    I’m a huge Pep fan. As much as I love the special one, pep has the sexy title hands down…

  23. caitanya says:

    Despite my being a madridista, pep all the way–so hot!

  24. Erin says:

    Pep always.

  25. aps says:

    Pep definitely in the style department but JOse is such a badass!

  26. Ella says:

    Jose…with shorter hair….and Pep's attitude. I'm grown up enough to appreciate "good guys"!

  27. Laura says:


  28. cafaran says:

    Jose Mourinho la la la la Jose Mourinho la la la la. The Special One should take this one…hands down.

  29. Laura says:

    Oh Pep, your frantic flailing makes me all woozy.

  30. mamaly says:


  31. Sinbad says:

    PEP! He must be the only manager in the game who is better looking than most of his players!

  32. Venice says:

    Great post Kickette! Gosh this is hard! Love them both, really, they're sexy as, quirky and genius both in their own way. Such a tough decision, but I'm going to go with Jose for this one, even though I love Pep's personality, even his crazy ass outfits :D or maybe because of them lol

    • chi chi ( The real Mrs Iker Casillas) says:

      so agree! Jose is the sexiest! but Pep is a real contender! I would happily stalk both of them :-)

  33. Moni says:

    Pep Guardiola !
    Nice One Kickette Loved This One :D

  34. SB says:

    josé. josé. josé. and did i mention josé…??

  35. Amy says:


  36. Ish678 says:

    Jose all the way :)

    Inter were awesome tonight – I hope they can keep it up for the second leg!

  37. Lolinha says:

    Based on looks I’d say Pep. On attitude definitely Mourinho, arrogant-hot does it for me, though age wise I’m nowhere near silver fox being acceptable.

    “We are on top at the moment but not because of the club’s financial power. We are in contention for a lot of trophies because of my hard work.”

    “Ricardo Carvalho seems to have problems understanding things, maybe he should have an IQ test, or go to a mental hospital or something”

    “There is no pressure at the top. The pressure’s being second or third”.

    Jose Mourinho is the manager equivalent of the Millenium Star.

  38. MrsNesta says:

    Pep for me, he is just lush :) but when Jose has had a haircut he comes a close second :)

    • Molly says:

      Hey MrsNesta!!! How was your first day back to work lol? And I agree with the hair long Jose is nothing special but when it is cut he is pretty cute :) !!

      • MrsNesta says:

        Kept yawning :) , see you had a very late one lol

        • Molly says:

          OMG I did have a late one…like 3:00 am I was so tired I didn't want to get up :( lol lol!!

      • Thea says:

        My Barca boy wins hands down – love my Jose, but Pep IS the man! (well I hope he is tonight, so nervous to watch the match!)

        • MrsNesta says:

          Thea, good luck tonight, rather Barca win than Inter :) And if Barca do win then they better be taking their shirts off to celebrate lol :)

  39. Lily says:

    Jose <3
    but pep is nice too

  40. LuvinBale says:

    Pep! Enough said.

  41. Alisha says:

    PEP!!!! He’s best looking manager I have ever seen ;)

  42. Molly says:

    100% Pep!!!!

  43. suzie says:

    I’m going to be greedy and take both.

  44. Sara says:

    Mourinho #1 !

  45. tammyv says:

    I have been waiting for this posts for weeks now… and I still don’t know who gets it.

    Can I just have the sandwhich of them?

  46. Thea says:

    Chin up Barca girls, Pep's got a week to get us out of this jam!

    • senora ramos says:

      thea, this is for you b/c i am a nice person and i know you are a strong lady, but it hurts to lose:


      • Thea says:

        awww thankyou – I know I've returned the favour ….yet!!! I may need you on board on the 28th – it's my birthday and it may prove to be worst present ever! But we've been known to pull it out of the hat before – remember Stanford Bridge? I still have hope, boo hoo!

        • senora ramos says:

          aww, thea. now you're making it really hard to pull for inter next week. your birthday?! i'll make sure i have many yoann pics on hand at the ready, just in case

          • Thea says:

            Ramos – it’s hit me so hard now the morning has come! I’m so depressed, really thought we were destined to take the Bernabeau!

            • senora ramos says:

              aww, thea, i'm here for you. you guys still have a shot. (btw, can't believe i'm consoling a blaugrana :)


              • Thea says:

                I have to hope that Jose continues to be arrogant and the Inter palyers get complicant, and we get the same referee we got at Stamford Bridge last year!

                • senora ramos says:

                  jose will be arrogant regardless. that’s what we love about him. and i will laugh if y’all get the same ref. chelsea fans would come out of the woodworks again!

                  • Thea says:

                    I don't care – as long as he gets the free pass the final! Barca are not always good in CL semi's – but we can be lucky!

    • Lotte says:

      Thanks! Lets trust in Pep.

  47. sharan says:

    Got to be Jose, he is HOTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

  48. senora ramos says:

    this is like choosing b/t yoann and sergio : not possible

  49. balicious8 says:

    Pep, definitely!! He's so adorable

  50. moomin1314 says:

    so.. I have now been contemplating this for 2 hours now and it's still a very close call.

    I shall have to give it to Jose, out of loyalty because I've liked him longer.

    Can't i just be a greedy mare and have them both in a sandwich though? Try before you buy and all that?!!

  51. juventina says:

    PEP PEP PEP!!!!

  52. Maria says:

    Pep! but josé, well, there is something about the special one…

  53. Trista Jade says:

    Definitely Pep. TSO can't even compare to Pep's fantasticness. ;)

  54. Lohr says:

    GUARDIOLA Pep Guardiola :)

  55. Steph says:

    jose!! mancini and martinez two other well dressed managers XD

  56. Homeskillet17 says:


  57. carly says:

    Puh-lease – have you seen Guardiola's shirt collection? Have you really? Those sweaters that look like a blind man/woman assembled a bunch of random pieces of old cloth…?

    Doctor Special One wins in every department – well, perhaps not in the attitude branch, but once your club has been coached by him you know you don't want it any other way, and when he's gone you miss him terribly.

    And if José ever thought it was necessary to get rid of hairs in his hands I would subtract my support immediately. So tired of metrossexuals.

  58. lulu says:

    Pep hes lovely soo sweet looking!!

  59. Danielle Lloyd says:

    nothing special , apart from their bank accounts

  60. Syrian! says:

    DEFF Guardiolaa,, even tho got to admit, I dont like barca but damnnnn their coach is HOTT. José isnt bad him self either but Pep does it alll <3