Yes, beards are back bigger than ever. The FIFA World Cup has given us 2 fine examples in the Goalkeepers of USA, Tim Howard and Algeria, Raïs M'Bohli (both pictured). Both have displayed superhumen powers in front of goal producing miraculous saves. It must be down to the beards. Or is it beard! I suspect that they are sharing this miraculous beard, the two are never seen in the same place at the same time. What would have happened if USA had to play Algeria? Would they have to rush the beard from one end to the other? Perhaps each keeper could use the beard for only half of the match and swap at half time.
Having just watched Brazil exit in the Semi Final against Germany, I think their keeper needed to borrow this magical beard.