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When discussing our article on World Cup block-numbering with our friend Jay from Design Football, he mentioned that Paolo Maldini was listed as number 5 for AC Milan in the …

Note: We revisited this topic in 2016. In Spain, as far as we can see, players are allowed to change numbers during the mid-season break. In 2004-05, Henrik Larsson switched …

Today is a bank holiday in Ireland but ‘real’ work still has to be done, coupled with a hangover, so just something brief for now. Eagle-eyed viewers of Manchester United …

It’s Sunday and real life is threatening to get in the way of stuff, but for those who need a fix we are able to provide it in the form …

We’ve already looked at Xavi and Iniesta switching their club numbers at international level. There are probably not enough instances to make this a regular (or interesting) feature, but we …

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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