November 29th, 2011
Role Call: A Flurry Of Facepalming Footballers
Nicky B. Basic, but perfectly functional. Gareth Copley/Getty Images.
Oh, the good old facepalm. So versatile, it’s available in individual or multi-user varieties and the more up-to-date versions are equipped to convey a spectrum of emotions – not just embarrassment when you make a heinous and very public error in your work-day.
As usual, footballers are setting the trend, so let’s take a look at the options available for this fashion forward look, shall we?
The ‘Munch’ – Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Image: Scott Heavey/Getty Images.
Named after Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ painting, this example conveys a level of horror usually unavailable in basic facepalming. We can only assume that Aaron missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of RvP’s tunnel turn (we didn’t), but we would reserve this for empty biscuit tin-related shock in the Kickette kitchen.
The ‘I. Just. Kant’ – Teemu Pukki, Schalke
Image: AP Photo/Martin Meissner.
It might look as though Teemu is devastated by his side’s 2-0 loss in the Bundesliga, but actually he is rather cleverly making use of the ‘I.Just.Kan’t's dual-purpose functionality. Teemu has crap hair, you see, but you would never know that by looking at this photo. Win!
The ‘Epic Fail’ - Ezequiel Schelotto, Atalanta BC
Image: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images.
Sometimes, things are so devastating it’s not possible to convey the corresponding emotion with one’s hands alone. A simple drop to the knee accompanied with a classic facepalm motion is an easy and quick way to overcome this hurdle.
The ‘Mentalist’: Antonio Di Natale & Anibal Isla, Udinese
Image: Dino Panato/Getty Images.
Grabbing a pal’s face in the throes of joy is clearly a boy thing. We tried it this morning and the shrieks over collateral hair mussing and make-up smear-age were too much to bear for any reasonable length of time. We also couldn’t think of a circumstance where a facepalm/grab would be necessary in our tranquil workplace. Apart from around that damn biscuit tin, of course.
The ‘Compulsory’: Paul Robinson, Bolton & Seamus Coleman, Everton
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One of the few occasions where the facepalm is an inevitable consequence of an action. Have you ever tried receiving a firm blow to the head and resisting the urge to throw your hands up to the affected area? It’s like trying to eat a donut without licking your lips. Can’t be done. Definitely. We’ve researched that, as well.
Did we miss any good examples, Kickettes? Avail us, while we nip out for a good solid padlock. And possibly a Krispy Kreme selection box.