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Squad Number Changes

When you have the same squad number for 23 seasons, as Ryan Giggs had, it’s hardly surprising that it’s the only one associated with you. Giggs’ first three seasons with …

For Barcelona, Xavi Hernández wears the number 6, while Andrés Iniesta is 8. At international level, however, before Xavi’s retirement it was the other way round. Answers on a postcard, …

1998-2003: Steve Harper, Newcastle United’s number 13: 2003-07: Steve Harper, Newcastle United’s number 12: 2007-09: Steve Harper, Newcastle United’s number 13: After Shay Given left in 2009, Harper finally got the number 1, but …

For Ireland, Roy Keane was always number 6 (except for one game against Lithuania in 1997, when he wore 4). This was a good fit as he had worn it …

Welcome to A Numbers Game, a study, critique and lament of football shirt numbers. To set our stall out from the start, we favour an adherence to the traditional numbering …

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