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‘Wrong’ Squad Numbers

Like most squad-number incidents, it was the fault of Álvaro Arbeloa. As we mentioned in the piece explaining how Josep Guardiola wore 9 for Spain at the 1992 Olympics and …

It’s somewhat fitting that, given he has been in the news lately, today is Luke Shaw Day. If you’re wondering why you hadn’t already heard that, it’s because we’ve only …

In one of the site’s early articles, we looked at the mode of numbering which Italy favoured at major finals until the 1998 World Cup – apart from goalkeepers, who …

Not so long ago, we looked at an occurrence from 1991, where Diego Maradona gave up his favoured Napoli number 10 shirt for 9, so that his anointed successor Gianfranco …

Yet another transfer window has passed us, and this January has treated us to one of the most active and exciting winter windows we’ve seen in years. Here’s a roundup …

Number 4 is the the one most commonly associated with Josep Guardiola. When La Liga introduced squad numbers in 1995, he was assigned 4 at Barcelona and kept it until …

Sheffield Wednesday have announced their squad numbers for the coming season. You’ll recall that, a year ago, the Owls’ numbers for 2016-17 were a topic of conversation for their unconventionality, …

Welcome to the latest edition of Monday 11s, our weekly squad number quiz! This week, we’re looking at strange and rare squad number occurrences. Let us know how you get …

When we wrote about the possibility of a number 9 England goalkeeper shirt a few days ago, little did we realise that a similar modern-day example was about to take …

Thanks to Lee Hermitage for the picture from Ted Croker’s book. We’ve mentioned England’s numbering at the 1982 World Cup in a previous post about sides who allocated digits alphabetically …

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