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Squad Number for Soccer Jersey When it comes to soccer jersey, we always choose the numbers as same as our idols when we buy football jersey. Therefore, the requirement of wholesale soccer jerseys is larger. For example, the fans will be willing and crazy to buy football jerseys of Real Madrid if they are fans of C Ronaldo. But do you know the origination of squad number? The squad number began to appear in soccer jersey when Chelsea vs Arsenal of England First Division League Matches in 1928. Gradually, many teams adopted this convention of squad number. There was no bench player in traditional football. Therefore, the 11 numbers listed by the coach would be the teammates who would play on the pitch. Traditional football was used to list the numbers backwards: first was goalkeeper, then was back, midfielder, and last was forward.

The origination of squad number There was no number on the earliest football jersey. Gradually, squad number became a kind of culture and each number represented different meaning. However, with the development of modern football, the meaning of squad number has been weakened. Different formation 424 formation ( No.11,10, 9, 7, 6, 8, 4, 3, 5, 2) No.1 goalkeeper No.2 right back No.3 center back No.4 left back No.5 deep laying center back No.6 defending midfielder No.7 outside-right


No.8 attacking midfielder No.9 and No.10 inside forward No.11 outside-left

424 433 formation (No.11, 9, 7, 10, 6, 8, 4, 3, 5, 2) The back line of 433 formation is same as 424 formation. Its No.10 is on the midfield. The front part is called trident.

(433) WM formation (11. 9. 7. 10. 8. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2) Do you know the total football created by Dutch Michels? There is no many rules in the numbers nowadays. The squad numbers are arranged according to custom of teammates and club.


Football has a long history and there are many various formations. The most common ones are 422 formation and 433 formation. But, before that, 325 (or 523) formation, 244 formation and 424 formation were the first choices, which are different in the number of back, midfielder and forward. In 325 formation, No.2, No.3 and No.4 are backs; No.5 and No.6 are midfielders; No.7-11 are all forwards. In 532 formation, No.2-6 are all backs, only No.9 and No.10 are forwards. In principle, in the past, No.1-6 are defenders (backs) and No.7-11 are attackers (forward). Midfielder is developed after that. Therefore, the changing space of midfielder will be large. Sometimes, No.4, No.5 and No.6 are backs; sometimes, they are midfielders (in recent years, defensive midfielders, No.4, No.5 and No.6, are popular) Modern meaning At the first, there were only 11 numbers from No.1-11 on the pitch and the division of work were clear. No.1 is certainly goalkeeper. No.2, No.3, No.4 and No.5 are backs. Generally, No.4 and No.5 are center back; No.2 is often on the right side and No.3 is on the left side. No.6, No.7, No.8 and No.10 are midfielders. Of course, No.10 is the center who is attacking midfielder. Before becoming attacking midfielder, No.10 is also the leader of midfielders. No.6 is defending midfielder. No.7 and No.8 are respectively right half back and left half back. No.9 and No.11 are forwards. No.9 is generally center forward and No.11 is often wing forward. With the number of people playing football is larger and larger, the squad number is also arranged in turn. The numbers, such as No.99 and No.77, are appeared. The meanings of these numbers on the role and position of pitch are not limited of original ones. For example, playing for Inter Milan, Martins wears No.3; Boulahrouz, from Chelsea, wears No.9 football jersey on the back position; in addition, the back Garra, from Arsenal, is also No.10. Besides, as the excellent performance of Guardiola and Vieira, No.4 is not only back, but also the defending midfielder. But on the whole, there is no large change in function from No.1-11. No.1 is usually the dedicated number of goalkeeper. With the carrying forward of Beckham and Figo, No.7 is usually right half back. No.11 is either wing forward or the one who is good winger, such as Giggs, Ciment, and Duff. Have developed by this time, the meanings of squad numbers are usually given by footballers without the first meanings. There are many numbers after No.11 given special meaning and charm by the great footballers, such as No.14 (Johan Cruyff, Henry), No.13 (Baresi, Nesta), No.16 (Robben), No.18 (Scholes), No.21 (Pablo Aimar), and so on. Many football fans are willing to buy the football jerseys as same numbers as their idols because of the love to them. Number is not only the code name of a footballer, but also with unique meaning which has been richened and changed by the footballers from generation to generation. This is


the interesting and indispensable part of football culture. The detailed explanations of squad number No.1-5 No.1 is certainly the number of goalkeeper. Generally, in all official matches, goalkeeper will wear the No.1, such as the legendary goalkeeper-Lev Yashin who is called octo feelers from Soviet Union, the most important keyman in Italy’s Catenaccio-Dino Zoff, the three crazy goalkeepers-maniac Chilavert, butterfly Campos, and madman Higuita from South America, and recent five great goalkeepers-Casillas, Buffon, Raina, Cech, and Neure, including the younger generation-De Gea, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Courtois, and so on. These goalkeepers all pass on the honor and dream of No.1 to the next without exception. The No.1 football shirt is the representation of a team on maintenance level.

No.2 is the typical number of back, such as the famous Cafu from Brazil, always wearing the legend No.2 Brazil soccer jerseys. No.2 is his no matter he is in club or national team, the right guard-Gary Neville from Man Utd, and the back defender-Branislav Ivanovic form Chelsea. For the development of modern football, the assist from side back has been one of the necessary tactics. No.2 is often saw in opponents' half, representing hardworking.


No.3 is surely back. There are some differences between Europe and South America. In Europe, No.3 is usually left back in many teams. The most important one is the retired Paolo Maldini who is called evergreen, including Ashley Cole from Chelsea, and so on. According to the tradition of Europe, No.3 is left back and No.2 is right back. However, in South America, No.6 is the authentic left back, such as Brazilian Carlos who is the main force of left back with No.3 shirt in Real Madrid but wears No.6 shirt in national team because No.2 is right back, No.6 is left back, and No.3 is center back in South America. Nowadays, many European footballers who are as center back also love No.3, such as the captain of Juventus-Giorgio Chiellini.

No.4 must be defending footballer. According to tradition, No.4 is worn by the footballer who is often as scavenger on the pitch. Generally, the position of No.4 is in the front of goal area and behind the back line. What No.4 does is usually the rough work, such as closing down, tackling, and so on. For example, Claudio Gentile form Italy is the typical


No.4 who had ever torn Maradona’s shirt because of cruelly striving for the ball on the pitch. After match, the football king-Maradona complained that he was simply a butcher......The former French international Patrick Vieira, a defending midfielder with superstrong defensive ability, also worn No.4. Therefore, No.4 is on behalf of brave. Generally, No.4 footballer could concurrently be captain, such as Javier Zanetti of Inter Milan. No.5 is generally the symbol of the backbone of rear defenders. Both as center back, different from No.4, No.5 is on behalf of elegance. The defensive footballers who are experienced usually wear No.5, such as England rear defender-Rio Ferdinand and Essien from Ghana. These footballers would know opponent forward’s thought and next action on the pitch. If No.4 defends by his body, No.5 defends by his wisdom. The most famous No.5 is certainly football emperor-Beckenbauer. In 1980s, Manuel Sanchez from Real Madrid also worn No.5 football shirt. After him, Zidane, playing for Real Madrid, chose No.5 in memory of him.

No.6-10 No.6 is the first arisen midfielder number which is maybe for defending midfielder or back. There are many typical No.6, such as the first one of artistic defending midfielderFernando Redondo form Argentina, Italian most famous back-Franco Baresi, the most perfect successor of Beckenbauer-Matthias Sammer, the key men of England defense line-John Terry, Bassar, and the midfield soul-Harvey from Spain. These footballers are too famous to speak more about their experiences again. In a word, No.6 is defensive footballer who is in the front part of pitch. No.7, the pronoun of prince, is popular after Raul and Beckham. Its position could be wing forward or forward. But it is often worn by right half, including the handsome Beckham, Real Madrid’s prince-Raul, Portugal’s devil wing-Luis Figo and his successor Ronaldo. George Best, Kevin Keegan, and Shevchenko are also the typical representations of No.7. No.7 is usually right midfielder, wing forward, or forward. Of course, there is an exception that Eric Cantona is both half back and wing forward.


No.8 is a classical number. In the past, the squad numbers of main footballers in official match are from No.1-11 ( from Johan Cruyff generation, the main force after No.11 is from 1974). No.8 is the commander of midfielders. His position is various that he could be attacking midfielder to defending midfielder. No.8 footballer usually takes part in organizing and coordinating, playing a rather important role in team because he is the second key player except No.10. So, No.8 is the engine of midfield, such as one of Dutch three musketeers-Frank Rijkaard who is called black swan, England bad guy-Gascoyne, Bulgaria thunderbolt-Hristo Stoichkov, and Barcelona sorcerer-Iniesta. Two word-class midfielders-Lampard and Jellard also cannot be forgot. Sometimes, No.8 is used for forward. It is certain that only competent footballers are able to wear No.8 shirt.

No.9 is the symbol of forward if No.5 is the representation of back. Except in Italian team, No.9 must be the number of main midfielder, such as word first forward-Marco van Basten, mars-Batistuta, saucer man-Ronaldo, the dancer of off-side line-Inzaghi, Spanish golden boy-Fernando Torres......No.9 is on behalf of unique valiant who could take the general’s head among millions of armies. As a forward, no one is not willing to wear No.9 football shirt for it is the symbol of status in a way. The task of No.9 is only goaling. However, in international-class matches, many main forwards often perform bad and score few because No.9 is difficult to goal for been marking by more backs. So, many smart forwards would rather choose other numbers.


No.10 is a brilliant number, the first-rate keyman in the team, and the symbol of status. No.10 is the engine of midfield, main forward, or the engine key of attacking. It even has the privilege of out of circulation with defending. Began from Pele, one of there musketeers-Ruud Gullit who is called black tulip, blue prince-Roberto Baggio, Rivaldo, Zidane, Riquelme, zebra prince-Pierro, and the king of Barcelona-Messi, there are too many typical No.10 footballers who will never be forgot. They, with first-rate skill and good overall view, are the masters of pitch and respectable ones. There is an exception that Germany star Matheus worn No.10 football shirt to play the role of center half back. Matheus was the meritorious statesman helping Germany win word cup in 1990. At that time, he was still the free man of midfielders to wear the No.10 shirt. For the quit of Effenberg, immaturity of Ballack, there was no other good footballers able to wear No.10 in Germany in 1998. Besides, Mathus was highly respected in Germany football. He was ordered at 37 years old so that the coach approved him to wear No.10. Messi soccer jersey is rather popular.

No.11-15 No.11 is left half if No.7 is right half. As unique one, No.11 generally acts on the left. He could be wing forward, left half, or second forward. The common features of No.11 are faster speed and good skill in surprise attacking and scoring. In recent years, the typical No.11 includes lone wolf-Romario who could goal in any position, once world first wing forward-Marc Overmars who is called Dutch snidget (including Little snidget-Robben), eternal king of left-Giggs from Man Utd. These guys all make the defenders helpless for their skill and speed. You may know his thought but you cannot catch up with his speed; or you may catch up with his speed but you never know what he will do next. However, nowadays, more and more forwards begin to wear No.11 football shirt, such as “warcraft” Drogba and “Sweden god tower” zlatan Ibrahimovic. For a footballer, it is very proud of wearing the No.1-11 and playing for own nation one day. Those No.1-11 footballers are usually main forces except in Italy. At most national teams, different numbers mean different position and task on the pitch. This is because there was only 11 footballers in the earliest international matches, later added up to 18 footballers, and then was 22 footballers.


From No.12, it is the word of bench, which is not common in recent years. Italian team is special that No.1-9 are assigned to those defending footballers, No.10-17 are for midfielders, No.18 including the following numbers are for forwards, and No.22 is the bench goalkeeper (or No.12) until 1998. Just in recent years, there are truly meaningful No.10, such as Baggio, Totti, and Piero. No.12 is the first bench number except the 11 main numbers. It is usually bench goalkeeper. But this number could also be worn by anyone. No.13 is a special number that there is no No.13 in some teams because of its ominous meaning. In those years, Jesus was betrayed by the No.13 disciple-Judas. In La Liga, No.13 is even ruled only for bench footballer. Nevertheless, there are some guys who do not think so, such as Italian top back-Nesta who could support the whole defense line, German unstoppable engine-Ballack, and so on. They are all excellent and real men. No.14 is certainly the most brilliant number except No.1-11. It is the exclusive number of Dutch football saint-Johan Cruyff who is said to chose No.14 in memory of his football life from 14 years old. Is it necessary to speak more about him? Johan Cruyff is the only MVP who is not from champion team (the winner of Golden Ball in 1974), the godfather of Dutch football, all-around footballer, and the authoritative expert who could share the right of commenting active footballers with Beckenbauer. Today’s most famous No.14 footballer Luka Modri also acknowledges that he chooses No.14 for the adoration to Johan Cruyff.


No.15 is the number which represents hope. Many benches wear the number before they become members of main force. The most famous one is probably Baggio. In 1990, wearing No.15, Baggio led Italian team to semifinals almost only by himself. By 1994, Baggio naturally became the first choice of main force. His number of football shirt also changes to No.10 which is on behalf of top valiant. No.16-21 No.16 is an auspicious number which is chosen by many footballers who are usually midfielders, such as the Man Utd’s legendary captain Roy Keane who sweep a gust of red whirlwind in Europe. Besides, Dutch’s “glasses swordsman” Davis likes this number and generally wears it in national team. Also, French calvous goalkeeper Fabien Barthez also likes it. He is very lucky although he is called “butterfingers”. In addition, the word first back and both captains of Germany and Bayern Munich-Philipp Lahm also wears No.16 in national team. No.17 is the number of Just Fontaine, French legendary shooter. After Fontaine scoring 13 goals in a word cup, No.17 become popular. Although after that, Fontaine performs worse and worse, more and more people still choose it. In recent years, Italian top back Navarro and French famous footballer David Ginola both wear No.17 shirt. This number seems suitable for forward, back and midfielder, such as back Bosingwa of Chelsea, talent midfielder Marek Hamsyk of Naples, and so on. No.18 is usually chosen by forward and attacking midfielder. The most famous one is Germany “golden bomber” Klinsmann. In those days, as the powerful forward of Germany golden group, Klinsmann was with a head of golden hair, handsome appearance, and flamboyant personality to be very popular. The second famous No.18 is Ivan Zamorano who is Chilean. When he joined Inter Milan from Ream Madrid, he was qualified to wear No.9, but the managements of club refused his choice because of the better one-Ronaldo who was healing his wounds and absenting form almost 75% matches. Zamorano had to choose another number 18 standing for forward. He also


expressed his dissatisfaction to Ronaldo and added a “+” between 1 and 8, which is called talent invention by football fans. In addition, Lars Ricken, the talent football star of Dortmund, known very well by people, is No.18. Also, Paul Scholes, the legend of Man Utd’s, is No.18.

No.19 is at least worn by strongly attacking midfielder. At most time, it is the choice of forward especially bench. Before they become famous, they should wear No.19 without any complanation. No.20 is an interesting number which means the second No.10 or the next No.10 in many national teams. For example, in 1998 Word Cup, the England youngster Owen was not famous at that time and he worn No.20. After making a perfect score when VS Argentina, Owen began to take No.10 as his obligation. In the England team, No.10 is the number of main force. The second example is Ruud from Dutch. Before, Patrick Kluivert was the main force of forward line. Ruud just entered the national team so that he always worn No.20. After K9 fading out of national team, Ruud is more and more famous that he begin to wear No.9 and even No.10. Contrasted with the former, Ruud is more convincing. Ruud, a marksman who is a later bloomer, now is 33 years old. He is still the powerful forward, efficient killer and the truly king of goal area. There is no one having the same skill as Ruud except Batistuta. Nowadays, the most famous No.20 is probably shooter-Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.

No.21 is the exclusive number of the low-key one, such as Juventus’s Zidane, Milan’s Pirlo, and Bayern’s captain Lohm. No.21-23 No.22 is the third bench goalkeeper. Generally, the first goalkeeper will attract all attention in the match. As second and third goalkeeper, to be first goalkeeper is their eternal goal. No.23: after 2002, FIFA allows a national team to have at most 23 footballers (11 starting players + 12 substitutes). And No.23 football shirt is appeared. This number could be


chosen by any one on different position anyway he is almost the last one entering national team. However, until now, the most famous No.23 is David Beckham from England. There is no god who wears No.23 shirt as Jordan on the pitch. Football is round that anything is possible to happen. Maybe there will be a god wearing No.23 shirt one day......


Squad number for soccer jersey