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Croatian Mustaches Unveiled

I want this as a poster very badly. (Laszlo Balogh - Reuters)

Every time I try to go to a Croatian water polo match, something odd happens that prevents me. Why did I want to see the Croatian water polo team, ranked No. 1 in the world? Mustaches, duh.

Their quotes, too, have suggested that their varied lip fuzz demand to be a major international story; "We came to an idea to do something special, that will be only ours," Croatia's Maro Jokovic told the AP. "And we agreed because we are a team, we fight for each other and we die for each other, and we wanted to do something not so usual among other teams."

And we've seen other papers break out the headlines ("Mustached Croats brush aside opposition," for example, or "Croats pay lip service to team unity; They hope to stash water polo medals" or even "Croatians win it by a whisker"), but I haven't seen a comprehensive photo gallery, aside from the above shot, which is the best Olympic photograph I've ever come across.

Today, though, I happened to be in the office when the Croatia-China came on, and the cameras scrolled the entire Croatian roster, clad in bathrobes and shower shoes, some stroking their mustaches, others bowing to the crowd. It's an impressive display, featuring both stylish variety and aggressive heft. I know the U.S. upset the Croats in pool play (with the N.Y. Times dubbing these mustaches "Borat-style"), but I can't imagine how a team that grows fur like this wouldn't claim gold. Full gallery after the jump.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 18, 2008; 6:46 AM ET
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knights of cydonia style. that's boss.

Posted by: Charles Zimbabwe | August 18, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that this is one I've been hoping Mr. Steinberg would be able to show us. That is some impressive facial hair, not quite as creepy on a European as it is on a Jason Giambi. Keep up the impressive journalism!

Posted by: EShac | August 18, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

And this is why Dan Steinberg is the American Mustache Institute's clear favorite among bloggers - his commitment to the labia sebucula (Latin for "lip sweater). Carry on Dan. Carry on indeed.

Posted by: Abraham Froman | August 18, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

"pool play"


Posted by: Nate in the PDX | August 18, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Could be a Freddie Mercury 'Look A-Like' contest.

Posted by: Flash Gordon | August 18, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing film career for these guys after the Olympics...

Posted by: Rob Iola | August 18, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

“A man without a mustache is like a cup of tea without sugar”

Posted by: Fuzzy Pucker | August 21, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

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