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Hipster Tipster: Why I’m doing my hair like Diego Simeone this weekend

| 28.02.2015

After a busy Sunday spent digesting the best that Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga had to offer I settled in to watch the Oscars keen to see some of my favourite films of the year walk away with top honours.

Fortunately, I was not left disappointed with Pawel Pawlikowski walking away with the best Foreign Language Film for Ida while my personal pick for Best Animated Short, Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed’s superb Feast, also emerged victorious.

But away from the awards themselves I found myself already thinking ahead to this weekend’s feast of football – helped in no small part by the fact that Scarlett Johansson appeared to be sporting a hairstyle not too dissimilar to that of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.


The hairdo certainly provided me with plenty of food for thought and even inspired a trip down to my local barber, Pascal, for a beard trim as well as one can only be described as a ‘Simeone’.

And now, with new hairstyle in tow, I am back with four tips inspired by Johansson – not Lennart – and Diego that pays out at an award-worthy 77/2!

Young Boys to beat Thun @ 8/5

Everton’s 7-2 aggregate trouncing of the Swiss side was as one-sided a contest as the time James Cameron’s The Titanic swept the board with 11 Oscars back in 1999 but it should be a different scenario in the Super League this Sunday.

Young Boys have won on their previous two visits to the Stockhorn Arena and are on an eight-game unbeaten run in the league, having recently trounced Basel 4-2. They are the kings of the (Swiss football) world!

Wolfsburg to beat Werder Bremen @ 1/1

Ponderous and pretentious it may have been, but Dances with Wolves dominated the 1991 Oscars with seven award wins and we are predicting similarly good times for their Bundesliga namesake-of-sorts.

Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking is no Kevin Costner but he does looks destined for the big time having led his team to six straight wins in the Bundesliga. The visitors have also beaten Bremen in each of their previous four meetings.

Atletico Madrid to beat Sevilla @ 11/8

Things wouldn’t feel right without getting Diego involved and if anyone deserves credit in La Liga this season it is the Argentinean.

Like Mexican film director maestro Alejandro González Iñárritu, Simeone has managed to get some great performances out of the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres – two potential Michael Keatons – while Atleti have not lost to Sevilla since 2010.

Throw in the fact that the Madrid side have won five of the last seven meetings between the two and it could be time to roll out the red carpet for the visitors.

Monaco to draw with PSG @ 11/5

In 2011 French romantic comedy drama The Artist claimed a total of seven Oscars though, from a personal perspective, I found the mise en scene lacked the joie de vivre required to lift the film from mediocrity.

It’s been a similar situation for games involving Monaco and PSG in recent times with the two drawing each of their last five encounters. At least with this tip, you can truly wallow in the pointlessness of it all.

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Hipster Tipster

Educated in the three Rs – Romario, Ronaldo and Roberto Baggio – from an early age our resident Europhile football fan loves nothing more than sitting back in an IKEA POANG recliner with a selection of Serie A, Bundesliga, Eredivisie and Ligue 1 football at his disposal. All thoughts are his own, though some can also be attributed to the great 21st century mind that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He would struggle to write good copy on a rainy Tuesday night in Stoke.