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Alan Shearer was the archetypal British centre-forward, a true all-rounder – while he was good in the air, it didn’t always have to be with his head, his penalties were …

Instances of players wearing number 5 while operating as wide midfielders are not too plentiful. There was Lee Sharpe at Manchester United and Ruel Fox at Newcastle United in the …

Elsewhere on the site, we describe Steve Nicol as “a real Swiss Army knife of a player“, and his versatility and the fact that the Liverpool number 4 shirt was welded …

While he has had an up-and-down relationship with squad numbers – quite literally – there’s no denying that Dani Alves knows how to pay tribute with what he wears on …

Every Wednesday, we like to read The Knowledge in The Guardian. The questions are often fascinating, the answers often moreso, and every once in a while there is a query …

At the time of writing (lunchtime on Tuesday), there are still nine internationals to be played in what are now being referred to as the European Qualifiers for the 2018 …

We’ve already looked at how different numbering systems developed in Britain, Argentina, Brazil and Eastern Europe, and there is another historically distinct method which, it could be argued, is the …

Our last blog post finished with the words, “Wales represent the best best chance of seeing 1-11 on the pitch together in the latter stages”, but we’ll be honest and …

We promised you this after the preview piece that no doubt everyone is still talking about, and hopefully the wait since the group stages ended on Wednesday night hasn’t affected …

Every so often, we hear phrases about how numbers mean little these days in terms of positions, while articles on the subject will generally focus on egregious offences. We felt …

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