Sweaty and Sweet: The World Cup's Most Tender Man-Hugs


We’re baaaaaaack and this time with some cutie photos of men touching one another (appropriately, of course).

When it comes to the World Cup, we’ve learned one thing: hugs can take all shapes and forms.

(Gianluigi Buffon hugs/upright big spoons Giorgio Chiellini of Italy)

They can even evolve over time.

(Fernando Muslera and Luis Suarez of Uruguay)

Sometimes when hugging, it’s important to make a weird face.

(Cristian Gamboa and Oscar Granados of Costa Rica do it shirtless; USA player Clint Dempsey looks oddly pained as his coach goes in for the kill; rival team members Rio Mavuba of France and Vincent Enyeama of Nigeria reunite)

Or whisper some secrets – to a member of the opposite team?!

(Pepe of Portugal and Fatawu Dauda of Ghana; Neymar of Brazil and Alexis Sanchez of Chile; Blerim Dzemaili and Johan Djourou of Switzerland)

Let’s pause for a group hug from the guys behind the guys you watch running around all day.

(Algeria’s coaches)

And pause for a huge from the dude who isn’t even on your team but just ran onto the field.

(A “pitch invader” with Sulley Muntari of Ghana)


Oh so that’s how they do it in the Netherlands.

This is just awkward.

(Alireza Haghighi of Iran and a teammate)

Sadness, sadness, sadness.

(Sofiane Feghouli and Nabil Bentaleb of Algeria; Philippe Senderos, Fabian Schar and Gelson Fernandes of Switzerland; Sergio Aguero of Argentina and Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland)

Fabian Schar of Switzerland, on the verge of getting a very necessary hug.

The final rule of hugs is that you should only do it if you’re positive there is someone taking a picture of you doing it.

(Head coach Paulo Bento of Portugal hugs Cristiano Ronaldo)

Images via Getty

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