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What does each number in a football team siqnifies?

Posted: 25 August, 2017 at 10:22 am
What does each number in a football team siqnifies?
Soccer jerseys

Almost every sports loving people Know what a sport Jersey is? It is the cloth worn by footballer on the pitch, while the nubers at the back of those shirts are the jersey numbers.

The reason behind the printing of jersey numbers is simple: it helps referees and fans distinguish players on the pitch.

Numbered shirts were first worn in professional football by English clubs Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday in August 1928.

At that time, starting players were wearing numbers 1 to 11 according to their positions on the field, and higher numbers for substitutes.

Nowadays most of the top football leagues in the world adopted the squad numbers system.

Below are different methods to assign a shirt number to a player.

Assignment by football position What does each number in a football team siqnifies?

The jersey number of certain teams traditionally denotes the position of a soccer player.

Despite the establishment of squad numbers, jerseys 1 to 11 are often given to the first choice line-up according to their positions on the field.

The shirt nuber given to players in the modern 4-2-3-1 formation are in this order:

1 – Goalkeeper

2 – Right fullback

3 – Left fullback

4 – Center back

5 – Center back

6 – Defending

7 – Right midfielder/wingers

8 – Central midfielder

9 – Striker

10 – Attacking midfielder

11 – Left midfielder/wingers

Despite these, teams are free to give numbers to their players as they want without traditionally positions of players.

Assignment by alphabetical order.

During 3 consecutive World Cups (1974, 1978, and 1982) Argentina numbered the team alphabetically by surname.

Thier then goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol wore the number 5 jersey during the 1978 World Cup and the number 7 in 1982 letting the number 1 to an outfield player.

An exception was made in 1982 to let Diego Maradona wore his favored 10 instead of the 12.

During the 1982 World Cup, England used the same alphabetical order system except for the goalkeepers and the number 7 of the captain, Kevin Keegan.

This format is no longer in used.

Assignment by “oversight”

Before the 1958 World Cup, Brazilian officials sent the list of selected players to the FIFA, but forgot to assign shirt numbers to each of them.

These delegates distributed the numbers trying to do his best. He gave the number 10 to an unknown 17 years old player, Pelé, and the number 3 to the first choice goalkeeper Gilmar!

Famous soccer jersey numbers

It is no doubt that some jersey numbers became more popular than the rest through the history of football.

7 – the number seven, dedicated traditionally to right wingers (Luis Figo, Marc Overmars, Pierre Littbarski, Garrincha), has been worn also by many brilliant forward like Raul, Claudio Caniggia, Pato, David Villa,Christiano Ronaldo.

9 – the number nine football jersey is worn by pure strikers, deadly anywhere near the penalty area and brilliant finishers. Ronaldo de Lima, Romario, Gabriel Batistuta, Marco Van Basten, Samuel Eto'o,Luiz Suarez,Alvaro Morata,Karim Benzima wore the 9 shirt.

10 – Mythical, this number is usually reserved for the most skillful player of the team.

The most iconic footballers in history like Pelé, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini, Ferenc Puskás and Messi today wore or wear the legendary number 10.

Retired jersey numbers

You may have come across the term “retired jersey number”. In football, like in other sports, a retired jersey number is one which can no longer be used by other players of the same squad. Numbers are retired to honor a player who has given significant contributions to a club or national team.

Jersey number retired for fans

In football, the fans are dubbed the 12th player because their support is equal to having an additional player on the field.

Thus, Fenerbahce, RC Lens, Bayern Munich, Feyenoord, Portsmouth, Dynamo Kiev, Lazio or Zenith St. Petersburg are some of the clubs where the number 12 has been permanently withdrawn to pay tribute to the loyalty of supporters.

Now a days there is no such restriction as to which jersey number a player would use .They can use any number they like.

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