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Italy’s appropriately named goalkeepers at Euro 68

No matter how much one may try to be cool, it’s hard not to descend to the levels of screaming schoolgirls at a One Direction gig when David Squires acknowledges your existence.

After the success of last year’s book, David has a new volume out now, and his strip on the legendary Inter and Italy defender Giacinto Facchetti caught our attention.

Namely, it was the number 10 on Facchetti’s back which made us sit up – he was a left-back and later a sweeper and, while – back in the old days, when they used to qualify for major finals – Italy were most renowned for the ‘block’ numbering style which gave odd numbers to defenders, 10 was too high.

The fairly simple explanation is that Italy numbered the whole squad alphabetically – like Argentina and Netherlands among others – but it might not have been immediately apparent as the goalkeepers were Enrico Albertosi, Lido Vieri and Dino Zoff. The rest was a bit of a mess, though, Pietro Anastasi wearing number 2 as he played up front.

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