October 5th, 2010

Style Off: Breakfast Club Basketball Boys

Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas & Carlos Vela get their moody on. (Getty Images/Daylife)

Remember High School? The competitive jockeying for social position, battles won and lost on appearance and wealth rather than anything remotely intellectual?

Happy days.

Well, the LA Lakers basketball game against Minnesota Timberwolves in London on Sunday night brought out the usual contingent of footie boys, all hoping that some of the cool exuded from this most American of sports would rub off and increase their ‘hipness’ quotient.

As usual, this was carried out with varying degrees of success. Let’s have a look at the approaches our beloved boys have taken and rate their efforts according to our special ‘hipness’ scale, stolen directly from John Hughes iconic eighties movie, ‘The Breakfast Club’.

If you haven’t seen it, what have you been doing all your life?

Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas & Carlos Vela, Arsenal

At first glance (lead pic) it would appear that our Gunner boys have been watching too much ‘Grease’ after training and have attempted to channel Danny Zuko for the game. However, the leather jackets with popped collars, moody expressions and bubble blowin’ (left) all point to nothing more controversial than a post game trip to the diner and an altercation with the Scorpions, possibly over the spillage of a strawberry milkshake. (Reuters/Daylife)

Just as we suspected, as the game progresses they are clearly unable to sustain the charade and revert to their delightfully bewildered and adorkable selves (left). Bless. (Reuters/Daylife)

Breakfast Club Character: The Brain. Sorry boys, you might be thinking John Bender (The Criminal) but you’re exuding Brian Johnson. We love you anyway.

Darren Bent, Sunderland

Darren has gone all out for the ‘jock’ approach, complete with pseudo ‘hardman’ stare and varsity jacket (left). It’s almost totally believable too, except we read your Twitter, Darren, and know it’s all a ruse.  (Getty Images/Daylife)

Breakfast Club Character: Yup, we’ll give it to you anyway. The Jock. Sporty and hard hiding a soft, emotional centre.

Bobby Zamora, Fulham

Bobby Z (above) is a loner. A thinker. A guy exploring the inner workings of the human mind through sport. He has little time for meaningless, shallow clothing decisions, a simple white tee sufficient for his purposes.

Who knows the wrestling with existential concepts that may be taking place beneath that outward appearance of Zen-like calm? Then again, he may have just perfected the art of sleeping with his eyes open.

Breakfast Club Character: The Basket Case. A creative seeking understanding in dark, confusing times. Or mad, depending on your perspective.

Joleon Lescott, Manchester City

With a super rich sugar daddy in place and an allowance the size of a small country’s GDP, it’s unlikely that Joleon has any idea of the struggles his fellow spectators experience in their daily lives. Cossetted and pampered beyond all recognition, we cannot rule out the possibility that he has a tiara on beneath that hat. Or at least a diamond studded head band.

Breakfast Club Character: The Princess. Ahem.

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48 Responses to “Style Off: Breakfast Club Basketball Boys”

  1. Jennifer Ch. says:

    Cesc Fabregas's leather jacket is as hot as he is

  2. Soccer Kits says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. Romina says:

    love this….they have me sighing……and i love that they hang out!!!!

  4. LosAngeleno says:

    When are those Arsenal boys going to get their own Saturday morning cartoon? I need a better job, so I think I'll start developing it (plus, imagine all the live meetings involved to get their characters just right).

  5. i still can't get enough of them!! i have that suffocating sensation in my heart. i cant breath looking at all of them… *faints*


  7. SoccerDuckie says:

    BRILLIANT writing, Kickette!!!!! Fabu all the way!

    P.S.: why do I have to login now before commenting? And my avatar has gone too… *confused*

  8. sarrible says:

    I think Cesc stole that sweater vest from Chandler Bing.

  9. ninyac says:

    The amount of beauty in that picture, I can't comprehend. Wow.

  10. Emari says:

    awesome pic of Arsenal lads all aloof and brian johnson-like
    three injured and a work in progress. all looking delish.
    My two fave in one picture, too much for my continued existance! Cesc and Vela!!
    Vela’s fine in England, Mexico has a stick up its ugly. Keep your Gunners company! See you back in 6 months hopefully.
    Cesc, the leader! playmaker get back on that field and make magic!

  11. SoccerLoverrrr says:

    woow fabregas and van persie in one picture?!?! HOTNESS OVERLOAD!!!!!!!!!! dey look delicious! oooh how i wish i was dat bubble gum in fabregas' mouth :D

  12. Zinny says:

    Wait…I just had to comment again. Has anyone noticed that Cesc isn't wearing the ring that Carla gave him? The one he says that he NEVER takes off?

  13. Zinny says:

    I have never wanted anyone as much as I want Cesc right now.

  14. Claire says:

    Bloody hell!!! My Arsenal bbs look fantastic! Oh my god… I can't even… <3 beautiful.

  15. Dreamer says:

    The Arsenal boys are soooo effing cute!! It's so nice to see them hang out with each other even off the pitch.

  16. C16 says:

    I saw this last night. Hello RVP ;)

  17. @vinivia says:

    CESC, why are you so gorgeous?!?!

  18. elylovesfootball says:

    ohh thank you guys!! i really needed me some RVP to get better from the bad flu i have and have a better tuesday :)
    they all look cute anyway :D

  19. Pique_Xavi says:

    Nice to see the Lakers have such a good fan base outside the states because many love them but even more love to hate them. And what's wrong with Grease??? I happen to adore that movie, seriously I can't see chucks without thinking in my head "Danny Zucko!" often said outloud without me being able to stop. Loving being able to see my Vela and Cescy does look sooooooo adorable. Does anyone know if they did the Grease Lightning song and dance? And if the boys learned anything from their Grease experience is to be cool by not acting like you know that you really are.

  20. aps says:

    That pic with Cesc blowing the bubble is absolutely cute and I'm a little disturbed at thomas checking out RVP. Ha! They all look adorable though in their outfits.

  21. LosAngeleno says:

    That is one adorable quartet! And Verma's got some super fine fashion sense.

    • Leya_S says:

      I know, right?
      Mixing plaids can be hard, but Verma looks perfect!
      Although I most def LOVE Cescy's sweater-vest look, lol.

  22. Rebecca Jill says:

    If I didn't already love them, I love the Gooner boys that much more from these pics. They're oh so hot and so adorable all at the same time. Leather jackets, vests, bubblegum … it's doesn't get more adorable than that.

  23. Sahar says:

    I missed rvp. The arsenal boys are all looking hot. Too bad Kobe only played 6 mins and the lakers lost.

  24. Missy Manchester says:

    I think Thomas Vermaelen is trying to channel Nemanja Vidic's robo-coolness.

  25. Leá says:

    Cesc is so adorable! The sweater vest, the leather jacket, the huge bubble gum bubble. That level of cuteness should be illegal :)

  26. hereforthenando says:

    "The Breakfast Club" is one of the greatest movies of all time. I'm so glad that you ladies in the Kickette Towers appreciate its genius.

    One problem: who gets to be John Bender in this scenario, and kiss Joleon Lescott in the end? Wait, now I see. No one would ever want that.

  27. DeeRoma says:

    I love how you guys picked one of my favorite movies and combined it with hotties! True genius. As far as Arsenal boys being Brian Johnson….Anthony Michael Hall aged very very well. Very well. Besides as hot as they look, I can't see RVP as Bender.

  28. Dutchess says:

    I think RVP is not aging gracefully he used to be so hot when he started out.
    and Cesc…you.
    I'd rather not utter a word, you're inexplicable.

  29. DutchGooner89 says:

    Seriously Arsenal boys are not good for my health, and they are responsible for thoughtsgoing thrugh in my head when i see them! lol

    1) Vermaelen's bedroom eyes/look is just too much to handle, if i was there i would be responsible of doing some things to vermaelen that would involve me minus my clothes lol which would ultimitaley lead me to prison and or psychiatric unit lol. *wink wink*
    2) I love how the players are spending time together they really are close friends, it seems the arsenal boys always go to places together…I LOVE THEM!
    3) Cesc+bubble gum…need i say more…thats him inavertely letting the kickette readers know he has some skills with his lips and tongue *wink*

    Now they need to hurry up and get fit again, we need them on the pitch ASAP.

  30. tammyv says:

    where are the USA boys… Where is Duece? JSpec?

    • Lisa NYC says:

      They are all in Chicago for Saturday's friendly against Poland. Bocamuffin and Benny are there too!

  31. gin_in_teacups says:

    Don't care if they're The Brain, the Arsenal boys are the hottest of the lot. I'm not usually into RVP but he looks so good in these, and Verma and Cesc – yummy! I absolutely love that Cesc is full on rocking a sweater vest under that leather jacket. Can I please cuddle with him now?

  32. Kylie says:

    Footballers+Basketball+The Breakfast Club= :D

  33. def says:

    bless you, Kickette…Arsenal boys are really a sight for sore eyes *sigh*

  34. Taskeen says:

    frame 1: Tommy V is channeling some mayjuh smoulder- hot energy and i must say, i likey!
    But number 3's gotta be my fave, A-dork-able! love it!

  35. oh and may i just say that Verma looks HOT, like seriously never been that attracted to him but he is looking good

  36. im always ate to my first class but who cares i have to check kickette every morning. oh and during class i go on twitter on my blackberry yey for blackberry's

  37. Jo_ says:

    They don't push my buttons but, Kickette, you've outdone yourself with the Breakfast Club ratings. Love it!

  38. sheila says:

    I'm dying over here… that's a heckuva lotta cute in one frame. mm mm mm mm mm

  39. @AgnesWonka says:

    I think the Gunners look really cool!
    Cesc blowing his bubble gum makes my day!

  40. Rianne says:

    They all look sooo pretty *_*

  41. And I thought the first pic was the hottest thing, up until the 3rd pic of the gunners boys. Aaaawwww!! Honestly, so cute! Yes, I'm a happy Kickette too :D

  42. BarceLisa says:

    oh boy… 80s references overload… my head is spinning. fantastic post Kickette. lol Bobby Zamora as Ally Sheedy. Is Joleon Lescott gonna give him a makeover? I hope so.

  43. senora ramos says:

    brilliant kickette. my fav movie of all time. and awww, arsenal boys are so dorky and cute!!!

  44. Leya_S says:

    THIS is why this is the first website I check every morning. Kickette is literally my morning caffeine fix.
    You've outdone yourselves ladies! Combining my favorite movie with some of my favorite men…WIN. First pic: Arsenal looking absolutely delish, channeling some real John Bender 'tude! But that third pic of them, I was just like, "Omg, my Arsenal boys are soooo cute!!" Love it.

    • BlackRose says:

      they are really cute. I had no idea Vermaelen was so-oh hot!

    • chicagambeta says:

      My sentiments exactly! I was even able to give up coffee since I discovered Kickette. The Breakfast Club is also my favourite movie, well maybe I loved Ferris Bueller's Day Off a little more.