May 27th, 2008

Oranje: Football is War

The Dutch national team have appeared in a rather compelling photo shoot for the newspaper AD and their European Cup supplement. Above, Edwin Van Der Sar in full mudwear regalia.

When the photographer for the shoot, Erwin Olaf, was asked how he described the shoot to the players, he said:

“That they would be portrayed as lust objects, that there were sexual and erotic elements and that they would be completely covered in mud.“

Mr. Olaf, your succinct and eloquent words on the importance of objectifying footballers has made us quite certain we would like to marry you and have your babies.

Olaf also said that the reason why the players were made to look like gladiators is because football is “war”. 

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images copyright Erwin Olaf, AD news

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50 Responses to “Oranje: Football is War”

  1. Steve says:

    These ads are ridiculous. Theyre not fighting a war, theyre playing a game. Maybe someone should copy this campaign with soldiers in their place. But then again it would just be real pictures then….not make believe.

  2. RedGirl (Mrs. Casill says:

    I can guarantee that tonight I'll have nightmares related to Heitinga. That pic is terrible

  3. The Fourth Official says:

    Hmmm. I’m supporting the Dutch in Euro 2008, so the more publicity the better, but this strikes me as slightly undignified. Maybe because I expect less sexy/dirty from the Dutch and more politeness, cheese and Delft pottery. I think I may have to ponder on this a bit. It’s vaguely disturbing.

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  4. Deanna says:

    Aoife, I want to know too! Who is that in the 4th? He's cute!!! 5, 6, and 7 scare me!! Wow, he looks really demented! Edwin is awesome!!! Love the whole concept, thank you so much Kickette! Hmm, I will have to keep a watch on the Dutch in the Euro's!

  5. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Love the idea, but why the Dutch side?? Couldn't they have picked a hotter team. I vote Italy or Spain next, Mr Olaf.

  6. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Love the idea, but why the Dutch side?? Couldn’t they have picked a hotter team. I vote Italy or Spain next, Mr Olaf.

  7. Malin ("MrsFernandoTorres", if I may) says:

    Oh my. Takes “dirty hot” to a completely different level.

  8. Pau de Silva (aka Sambu) says:

    Yeah! I agree.. it should be a requirement for footies to have shots like these ones. so.. you want to play the Champions League, Frank? I can not see your photos!

  9. Aeis says:

    I agree with carly; where IS Huntelaar?!

  10. dkcx3cesc says:

    no hun, it isn't Wesley, that's Rafael van der Vaart, or VDV like we call him. It's Edwin, Edwin, Mathijsen, Van der Vaart, Heitinga, Heitinga and last but nos least Nigel de Jong or Babel. Couldn't make it up.

  11. carly says:

    NO! No! No! Where is Huntelaar??? He's the only dutch I can imagine to look good in mud. And I almost didn't see the pictures below because I was put off by VDS strange face above…

  12. carly says:

    NO! No! No! Where is Huntelaar??? He’s the only dutch I can imagine to look good in mud. And I almost didn’t see the pictures below because I was put off by VDS strange face above…

  13. Blair says:

    Rafael van der Vaart is such a hottie. His dirtiness in that photo (the first of the ones at the very bottom) is downright attractive. Dirty and shirtless is the way to go! My Relationship With Football

  14. Lucy says:

    I feel bad because Kickette is obviously loving it, but I find these pictures a complete turn off. They all look like something out of Lord of the Rings. I don't appreciate the mud either – is there something wrong with me??

  15. Lucy says:

    I feel bad because Kickette is obviously loving it, but I find these pictures a complete turn off. They all look like something out of Lord of the Rings. I don’t appreciate the mud either – is there something wrong with me??

  16. Baby Freya (Mrs Arbe says:

    Edwin Van Der Sar is my hero after saving Anelka's penalty in the Champions League and thumbs up to the photographer! Finally, some brainbox has realised us women do see footballers as sexual and erotic lust objects…what a guy!

  17. emziief says:

    EDWIN EDWIN EDWIN

  18. Pau de Silva (aka Sa says:

    Yeah! I agree.. it should be a requirement for footies to have shots like these ones. so.. you want to play the Champions League, Frank? I can not see your photos!

  19. Malin ("MrsFernandoTorres", if I may) says:

    Oh my. Takes “dirty hot” to a completely different level.

  20. lose that girl says:

    The hotness factor is missing, I agree Erin. Looks like they're covered with volcano ash. Makes me want to cough!! Blech! lose that girl

  21. Aoife says:

    ……….. Dude, it's like 300 but with Dutch people!! Who's the fella in the fourth picture? Mad face on the fella in the sixth! Gwan the Oranje!

  22. Sarah says:

    The only Dutch footballer I find attractive is Robin van Persie, and there are no pictures of him. :( I agree with everyone else; idea's okay, pictures are slightly disturbing.

  23. Erin says:

    Hm. Not feeling any hotness there. Particularly VDS. Just….no.

  24. Sinan says:

    thank you kickette 1

  25. Sokie says:

    @Cescs lil bird:
    Shut up since you dont have any idea what youre talking about. Theres nothing sexier than VDS covered in mud. NO.THING.
    And for gods sake nobody had to see ugly and greasy spaniards with clothes off.

  26. free bets says:

    crikey! they’re more brown than oranje

  27. Doctor Who? says:

    Edwin van der Sar – please have my babies smile (L)

  28. Great article, well written

  29. Lyzette says:

    All I can say is VAN DER SAR. I like ‘em tall and lanky and United. **drool**

  30. olalla says:

    Sorry,gals,Erwin is gay

  31. Cesc's lil bird says:

    “Football is war” idea: sexy

    VDS and random/unknown-to-me dude: not sexy.

    Verdict: do this for the Spanish National Team and then I’ll jump your bones

  32. Zatil says:

    omg where is Huntelaar? I guess he’s the only Dutch player that’s hot!

  33. Huyton Princess says:

    I love the concept. It could be amazingly sexy if the Dutch team weren't all so fugly. I mean, seriously? Why the Dutch NT? Not hotties whatsoever. Well, Rafael van der Vaart looks passable in his pic, but that's it. Why couldn't the Spanish NT come up with this idea to publicise their Euro campaign? Their pictures would be bone meltingly gorgeous. Fernando Torres shirtless and covered in mud looking fierce? Yes please!

  34. dos santos girl says:

    I love the idea! It's so dramatic that it's quite funny, hee hee. I like Van der Saar's photo and photo #4 all the way! Otherwise, it's not that sexy of a shoot.

  35. Meriam says:

    Love the idea, but in the second picture Van Der Sar looks like the BFG or something, only not so Friendly. However, I LOVE the 4th picture. That one is VAIR hot. The last 3 pictures are TERRIFYING though. Those eyes – argh, I'm going to have nightmares…

  36. Brandy says:

    Why couldn't the Italian or Spanish team do this shoot? Ooooooo Iker in mud and looking warlike…. ahhhhhhhhhh. Oh I'm back. No one really floating my boat on this team but I give them an "A" for effort. Let's just hope there is another D&G/Italia campaign for the Euros!!!!

  37. Anja says:

    The concept is genius, but sadly they don't have the looks to pull it off. VDS looks particularly creepy, I thought of Jack the Ripper when I saw the picture and that's just not good.

  38. c9 says:

    Sorry ladies but I'm actually feeling this! There's something about dirty men (eeewww, I know)! Must go run and stare at my Cris collection :)

  39. Moongirl says:

    dkck3cesc: you're right thats definitely not Sneijder – Hes not even close to being hot enough!! I love the concept but have to agree if I was looking for a team to experiment with, the Dutch wouldn't instantly spring to mind!!!!

  40. sarabee says:

    Nice! Certainly helps ease the post bank holiday blues. Mr Olaf certainly recognises the huge market for eroticism in football!

  41. TammyV says:

    With it being the day after we honor our war dead and have a country at war…it doesn't at all work for me, but it would be cool otherwise

  42. FootballerChick43 - says:

    Its kind of one of those twisted gothic cool art photography shots (I've really gotten into that stuff lately), but.. its not working for me. I agree with Rebecca, except MOST of them look like they want to eat your babies and/or your liver.

  43. Kat says:

    Kickette, you owe me one vodka shot with a twist of lemon in a small, blue shotglass. And a bottle of brain bleach, too. I’m seriously going to need it after having that image of an awkward looking van der Sar caked in mud in my retinas for the rest of the summer.

  44. sarabee says:

    Nice! Certainly helps ease the post bank holiday blues. Mr Olaf certainly recognises the huge market for eroticism in football!

  45. TammyV says:

    With it being the day after we honor our war dead and have a country at war…it doesn’t at all work for me, but it would be cool otherwise

  46. k2k2milan says:

    I’ll take Van der Vaart, the rest aren’t so great. More like orges than gladiators. Good idea though. My question: Where’s VP?

  47. Becca x says:

    I CAnt Stand Van Der Sar, And I Agree With MXA – A Hotter Side Would Be Better.

  48. Anna says:

    ohh…..I’m sorry but they’re JUST scary. :\

  49. Rebecca says:

    That’s Wesley Sneijder in the 4th pic. He plays for Real Madrid and is by far the cutest out of these. VDS just looks incredibly creepy, in an “I’m going to eat your children” way.

  50. Avenath says:

    Isn’t Rafael Van der Vaart No.4?…looks like him…me likey!!…his photo looks the best of the bunch…VDS second…the rest are kinda off…but am liking the idea…i agree with MrsXA…where is Spain and Italy in all this?…how can they have a photo shoot of this level without them?!…