February 2nd, 2010

Manlove: A Quick Study in Space Invasion

Ah, man-love. We love it.

But here’s what we’ve been pondering lately: when does a footballer’s celebration technique go from PDA (Public Display of Affection) to PSI (Personal Space Invader)?

It’s a fine line, Kickettes, and we’d like to take a moment to reflect. Join us?

Image via Getty

We think PDA comes best in the form of this example set by Sampdoria. Celebratory, excited, they’re in love with themselves, the world, life… but mostly themselves. It’s as innocent as grown men touching each other in the presence of others can be.

Enough of that simple stuff. Let’s get to the awkward.

Image via Getty

The best example of footy PSI comes from its poster boy, Roma’s Daniele de Rossi. He must always spread love, and this love is always too much, too far, too intense. It’s also hilarious. And often, without shorts.

In fact, Roma as a whole is a team that seems to take their man-love to new heights, body presses and upright orgies. Good on them.


What started out as PDA for Palermo seems to have turned into a serious case of PSI for the player trapped, groped and breathless on the bottom.

Image via AP Photo

The embrace may be tender, and certainly seems a genuine PDA. However, Sergio Ramos’s looming, outstretched hands have five-finger PSI-about-to-happen written all over ‘em.

It’s obvious Bayern Munich’s head coach Luis van Gaal isn’t comfortable with Arjen Robben’s high level of body contact. Note: this photo from last weekend’s game.

Further proof that Arjen is a staunch and regular PSI, the week previous, van Gaal tumbled over trying to escape his celebratory clutches. He failed.

Image via Reuters

This clearly indicates the tipping point from PDA to PSI: when a player (in this case, West Ham’s Matthew Upson) is buried in bodies with his head barely visible yet clutched in a vice-like grip, it’s quite clearly an invasion.

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24 Responses to “Manlove: A Quick Study in Space Invasion”

  1. Nat says:

    Ahhhh, don't you just LOVE man-love :') ?

  2. Molly says:

    Aw I love the man-love, personal space invasion that footballers do. Lol if that makes sense!!

  3. aristeia says:

    It’s my dream to one day be in the middle of one of those PSI man-love Roman orgies. Goddamn, but I love my team.

  4. ToffeeGirl16 says:

    It is the best picture I can find but if you want PSI and PDA wrapped up by Everton, this is the best pic.

    Taken in 2006, during a Merseyside Derby. And yes the top ass is Cahill’s ass.

    http://images.mirror.co.uk/upl/m4/sep2008/7/5/9E9FB2D6-9DD2-C5B8-68BD22430BCDB52E.jpg

  5. ba says:

    italian guys tend to be more emotional than others….and this is reflected here at the pics

  6. Inés says:

    I think all kinds of manlove are good! no discussion!

  7. FootballerChick43 - says:

    Nice to know the University of Kickette has added a manlove class. Sign me up!

    Italians.. they make my day better. This is a recurring theme in my comments today, isn't it?

  8. aps says:

    How did I know DeRossi would be in the first pic. He is the poster boy for PDA/PSI.

  9. senora ramos says:

    sergio can do whatever he wants with that hand…to me!!

  10. Inés says:

    Shipra…don't worry! I'm just like you girl! Ballers manlove turns me on too!

  11. HiL says:

    such a funny post! lol
    i personally love both kinds XD

  12. Kel says:

    All this pda/psi talk and no image/gif/video of David Silva full on french kissing team mate (and bff) Alexis Ruano? Disgraceful

  13. LizB (Mrs. Vucinic) says:

    lol…. DDR loves invading *everyone's* space. In fact, as you pointed out, ALL of Roma do it…. all the time.

    Love them :D

  14. Shipra says:

    I especially love the Italian kinda affection which has been displayed here so well. It might sound kinda perverse but when men publicly display affection like that, I kinda get turned on!!!!! it just stirs me up that extra bit. Thanks for the wonderful pics, kickette!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know it sounds kinda disgusting to hear but that's the way I like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Shipra says:

    I especially love the Italian kinda affection which has been displayed here so well. It might sound kinda perverse but when men publicly display affection like that, I kinda get turned on!!!!! it just stirs me up that extra bit. Thanks for the wonderful pics, kickette!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. SB says:

    MORE IKER PLEASE!!! Oh sorry por favor…..