Francis Coquelin And 10 Mysterious Masked Footballers

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One of the greatest initiatives in modern football has been the advent of players wearing masks. Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin is the latest footballer to join this exclusive club and we hope to see him sporting the above number in tonight’s game against Manchester United.

Ostensibly used to protect existing facial injuries, masked footballers cut a mysterious dash. Yes, we know who the players wearing the masks are, but how much more fun is it to pretend that these secretive figures are being fielded as ringers, with their true identities only revealed when they whipped them off, to the gasps of a shocked crowd.

Maybe we just grew up watch too much wrestling. Anyway, here’s ten footballers wearing masks.

10. Demba Ba

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9. Emmanuel Pogatetz

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8. Fernando Torres

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7. Paul Gascoigne

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6. Petr Cech

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5. James McArthur

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4. Dean Ashton

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3. Bruce Grobbelaar

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2. John Terry

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1. Jonas Guitierrez

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