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Chop chop! World Cup barber cut the hair of 23 Wales players in one day

03 Dec 2022 4 minute read
Barber Rebin Rob with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Picture by Rebin Rob / PA Wire.

A World Cup barber cut the hair of 23 Wales players in one day.

Rebin Rob, 28, who has been cutting the hair of Brighton and Hove Albion players since 2015, snipped and shaved his way through almost the entire Wales squad in a single session.

He has also worked with Belgium, Iran and Australia, with the latter helped to look their best before their round of 16 game with Argentina this evening.

Mr Rob, owner of Med’s Barbers and Faded Barbers in Brighton, said the first time he visited the Wales team he cut the hair of “23 of them in one day” and six more a few days later.

On his experience with Bale, Mr Rob said: “That was great, a very nice guy and it was an honour for me to meet such a big player.”

Mr Rob said he felt no pressure given his experience as a barber, adding: “It makes me feel proud to do my job better, but at the same time not nervous because I’m not new in the job, I’ve been doing it for a long time and in Brighton I do it for Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck, Leo Trossard.”

He explained he has been to a few games at the tournament, with tickets being a “thank you from the boys” for their haircuts.

Mr Rob added: “The plan is I’m going to stay here for a couple more weeks, I’ve already had a chat with a few other players from different teams and let’s see how it goes.”

‘Confident’

Rebin Rob said he’s landed the gig after speaking to a few players at Brighton and Hove Albion.

“Mathew Ryan plays for Australia, Alireza Jahanbakhsh plays for Iran and before I came I had a chat with them, I’m quite close with them, it’s not just a barber and customer – it’s like a friend,” he said.

“Firstly when I arrived I met the Iran national team because of Jahanbakhsh. They had a personal barber with the team but they preferred me.

“The first time I cut like five of them and they had very big confidence to win against USA, they said come back after the USA game, but unfortunately they are out now.

“Because of Mathew Ryan with Australia, I’ve done the whole squad, I’ve been there a few times.”

He added: “I had a chat with Leo Trossard, who plays for Belgium, and I went to see the Belgium team – I’ve done for Leo and a few other players but unfortunately they got knocked out.”

Mr Rob said he hopes Australia stay in the tournament so he can continue working with them and he plans to remain in Qatar for the rest of the World Cup.

He said: “It makes me feel good, I give them a good haircut – when you give a good trim, it just makes them feel good, feel better and feel more confident.

“I think that’s why they choose a barber who they want to go with. With a haircut, one of the main things is it gives you confidence.

“Some people don’t mind about a haircut but most people like to have a fresh cut, especially footballers as they are on TV and everyone can see them.”

‘Proud’

On who he thinks can win the tournament, he said: “It’s really hard but I can see England, a very good squad, France and Argentina – those three for me have got the biggest chance.”

He described life in Qatar as “lovely” and said he had enjoyed the short distances to travel to watch games, noting: “The people are so friendly.”

On working at the World Cup, Mr Rob said: “I love football. I am really, really proud to be here, watching football at the same time as I do my job, this is something for me a big experience.

“It makes my job more interesting.”


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