Squad number (association football)

Last updated

Pele during his tenure on the New York Cosmos wearing his iconic #10 Pele libro elegido.jpg
Pelé during his tenure on the New York Cosmos wearing his iconic #10

Squad numbers are used in association football to identify and distinguish players that are on the field. Numbers were originally used to also indicate position, with starting players being assigned numbers 1–11, although these numbers often bear little or no significance in the modern game other than the players' favourite numbers and the numbers available. However, numbers 1–11 are often still worn by players of the previously associated position. [1]


As national leagues adopted squad numbers and game tactics evolved over the decades, numbering systems evolved separately in each football scene, and so different countries have different conventions. Still, there are some numbers that are universally agreed upon being used for a particular position, because they are quintessentially associated with that role. [1]

For instance, "1" is frequently used by the starting goalkeeper, as the goalkeeper is the first player in a line-up. [1] It is also the only position on the field that is required to be occupied. "10" is one of the most emblematic squad numbers in football, [2] due to the sheer number of football legends that used the number 10 shirt; playmakers, second strikers and attacking midfielders usually wear this number. [1] "7" is often associated with effective and profitable wingers or second strikers. [1] "9" is usually worn by centre forwards or strikers, who hold the most advanced offensive positions on the pitch, and are often the highest scorers in the team. [1]


First use of numbers

First use of numbers in South America: Third Lanark and Argentine "Zona Norte" combined entering to the pitch with numbered jerseys, 10 June 1923 Combinado znorte v third lamark 10jun1923.jpg
First use of numbers in South America: Third Lanark and Argentine "Zona Norte" combined entering to the pitch with numbered jerseys, 10 June 1923

The first record of numbered jerseys in football date back to 1911, with Australian teams Sydney Leichardt and HMS Powerful being the first to use squad numbers on their backs. [3] One year later, numbering in football would be ruled as mandatory in New South Wales. [4]

The next recorded use was on 23 March 1914, when the English Wanderers, a team of amateur players from Football League clubs, played Corinthians at Stamford Bridge, London. This was Corinthians first match after their FA ban for joining the Amateur Football Association was rescinded. Wanderers won 4–2. [5]

In South America, Argentina was the first country with numbered shirts. It was during the Scottish team Third Lanark tour to South America of 1923, they played a friendly match v a local combined team ("Zona Norte") on 10 June. Both squads were numbered from 1–11. [2]

30 March 1924, saw the first football match in the United States with squad numbers, when the Fall River Marksmen played St. Louis Vesper Buick during the 1923–24 National Challenge Cup, although only the local team wore numbered shirts. [6] [7]

The next recorded use in association football in Europe was on 25 August 1928 when The Wednesday played Arsenal [8] and Chelsea hosted Swansea Town at Stamford Bridge. Numbers were assigned by field location:

  1. Goalkeeper
  2. Right full back (right side centre back)
  3. Left full back (left side centre back)
  4. Right half back (right side defensive midfield)
  5. Centre half back (centre defensive midfield)
  6. Left half back (left side defensive midfield)
  7. Outside right (right winger)
  8. Inside right (attacking midfield)
  9. Centre forward
  10. Inside left (attacking midfield)
  11. Outside left (left winger)

In the first game at Stamford Bridge, only the outfield players wore numbers (2–11). The Daily Express (p. 13, 27 August 1928) reported, "The 35,000 spectators were able to give credit for each bit of good work to the correct individual, because the team were numbered, and the large figures in black on white squares enabled each man to be identified without trouble." The Daily Mirror ("Numbered Jerseys A Success", p. 29, 27 August 1928) also covered the match: "I fancy the scheme has come to stay. All that was required was a lead and London has supplied it." When Chelsea toured Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil at the end of the season in the summer of 1929, they also wore numbered shirts, earning the nickname "Los Numerados" ("the numbered") from locals.

Early evolutions of formations involved moving specific positions; for example, moving the centre half back to become a defender rather than a half back. Their numbers went with them, hence central defenders wearing number 5, and remnants of the system remain. For example, in friendly and championship qualifying matches England, when playing the 4–4–2 formation, generally number their players (using the standard right to left system of listing football teams) four defenders – 2, 5, 6, 3; four midfielders – 7, 4, 8, 11; two forwards – 10, 9. This system of numbering can also be adapted to a midfield diamond with the holding midfielder wearing 4 and the attacking central midfielder wearing 8. Similarly the Swedish national team number their players: four defenders – 2, 3, 4, 5; four midfielders – 7, 6, 8, 9; two forwards – 10, 11.

The 1950 FIFA World Cup was the first FIFA competition to see squad numbers for each players, [9] but persistent numbers would not be issued until the 1954 World Cup, where each man in a country's 22-man squad wore a specific number from 1 to 22 for the duration of the tournament.


In 1993, The Football Association (The FA) switched to persistent squad numbers, abandoning the mandatory use of 1–11 for the starting line-up. The first league event to feature this was the 1993 Football League Cup Final between Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday, and it became standard in the FA Premier League the following season, along with names printed above the numbers. [6] Charlton Athletic were among the ten Football League clubs who chose to adopt squad numbers for the 1993–94 season (with squad numbers assigned to players in alphabetical order according to their surname), before reverting to 1–11 shirt numbering a year later. [10]

Squad numbers became optional in the three divisions of The Football League at the same time, but only 10 out of 70 clubs utilized them. One of those clubs, Brighton & Hove Albion, issued 25 players with squad numbers but reverted to traditional 1–11 numbering halfway through the season. [11] In the Premier League, Arsenal temporarily reverted to the old system halfway through that same season, but reverted to the new numbering system for the following campaign. Most European top leagues adopted the system during the 1990s. [6] The Football League made squad numbers compulsory for the 1999–2000 season, and the Football Conference followed suit for the 2002–03 season.

The traditional 1–11 numbers have been worn on occasions by English clubs since their respective leagues introduced squad numbers. Premier League clubs often used the traditional squad numbering system when competing in domestic or European cups, often when their opponents still made use of the traditional squad numbering system. This included Manchester United's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford on 10 February 2008, when 1950s style kits were worn as part of the Munich air disaster's 50th anniversary commemorations.

Players may now wear any number (as long as it is unique within their squad) between 1 and 99.

In continental Western Europe this can generally be seen:

1– Goalkeeper

2– Right Back

3– Left Back

4– Centre Back

5– Centre Back (or Sweeper, if used)

6– Central Defensive/Holding Midfielder

7– Right Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

8– Central/Box-to-Box Midfielder

9– Striker

10– Attacking Midfielder/Playmaker

11– Left Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

This changes from formation to formation, however the defensive number placement generally remain the same. The use of inverted wingers now sees traditional right wingers, the number 7's, like Cristiano Ronaldo, on the left, and traditional left wingers, the number 11's, like Gareth Bale, on the right.

Numbering by country


In Brazil, the 4–2–4 formation was developed independently from Europe, thus leading to a different numbering – here shown in the 4–3–3 formation to stress that in Brazil, number ten is midfield:

When in 4–2–4, number 10 passes to the Ponta de Lança (striker), and 4–4–2 formations get this configuration: four defenders – 2 (right wingback), 4, 3, 6 (left wingback); four midfielders – 5 (defensive), 8 ("second midfielder"), similar to a central midfielder), 7, 10 (attacking); two strikers – 9, 11


Evolution from 2-3-5 to 4-4-2 Formation evolution.jpg
Evolution from 2–3–5 to 4–4–2

In England, in a now traditional 4–4–2 formation, the standard numbering is usually: 2 (right fullback), 5, 6, 3 (left fullback); 4 (defensive midfielder), 7 (right midfielder), 8 (central/attacking midfielder), 11 (left midfielder); 10 (second/support striker), 9 (striker). This came about based on the traditional 2–3–5 system. Where the 2 fullbacks retained the numbers 2, 3. Then of the halves, 4 was kept as the central defensive midfielder, while 5 and 6 were moved backward to be in the central of defence. 7 and 11 stayed as the wide attacking players, whilst 8 dropped back a little from inside forward to a (sometimes attacking) midfield role, and 10 stayed as a second striker in support of a number 9. The 4 is generally the holding midfielder, as through the formation evolution it was often used for the sweeper or libero position. This position defended behind the central defenders, but attacked in front – feeding the midfield. It is generally not used today, and developed into the holding midfielder role.

When substitutions were introduced to the game in 1965, the substitute typically took the number 12; when a second substitute was allowed, they wore 14. Players were not compelled to wear the number 13 if they were superstitious.


In Eastern Europe, the defence numbering is slightly different. The Hungarian national team under Gusztáv Sebes switched from a 2–3–5 formation to 3–2–5. So the defence numbers were 2 to 4 from right to left thus making the right back (2), centre back (3) and the left back (4). Since the concept of a flat back four the number (5) has become the other centre back.


Lionel Messi displaying his squad number (10), as portrayed on his Argentina jersey in 2018 Lionel Messi 2018.jpg
Lionel Messi displaying his squad number (10), as portrayed on his Argentina jersey in 2018

Argentina developed its numeration system independently from the rest of the world. This was because until the 1960s, Argentine football developed more or less isolated from the evolution brought by English, Italian and Hungarian coaches, owing to technological limitations at the time in communications and travelling with Europe, lack of information as to keeping up with news, lack of awareness and/or interest in the latest innovations, and strong nationalism promoted by the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (for example, back then Argentines playing in Europe were banned from playing in the Argentine national team).

The first formation used in Argentine football was the 2–3–5 and, until the '60s, it was the sole formation employed by Argentine clubs and the Argentina national football team, with only very few exceptions like River Plate's La Máquina from the '40s that used 3–2–2–3. It was not until the mid 1960s in the national team, with Argentina winning the Taça das Nações (1964) using 3–2–5, and the late '60s, for clubs, with Estudiantes winning the treble of the Copa Libertadores (1968, 1969, 1970) using 4–4–2, that Argentine football finally adopted modern formations on major scale, and caught up with its counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic.

While the original 2–3–5 formation used the same numbering system dictated by the English clubs in 1928, subsequent changes were developed independently.

The basic formation to understand the Argentine numeration system is the 4–3–3 formation, like the one used by the coach César Menotti that made Argentina win the 1978 World Cup, the squad numbers employed are:

However, in a 4–3–1–2 like those used by the multichampion teams of Independiente in the 1980s and Boca Juniors in the 2000s, the use of an enganche (playmaker) and the re-accommodation of other roles changes the numbers:

When using a 4–4–2 like that of the multichampion Estudiantes de La Plata of the 1960s or the Argentine national team that became runners-up in the 2014 World Cup, the numbers are the same as in 4–3–3, except that the box-to-box midfielder may have any number. In Argentina, the role is called doble 5 so there is not any convention as to which number it has. Also, due to the use of just two strikers, the number 11 may not be used at all. So, the numbers are:

Then there is the 4–2–3–1 formation, ubiquitous at world-level in the 2010s, and employed in Argentina by the national team nicknamed Los 4 Fantásticos that finished first in CONMEBOL 2014 World Cup qualifying, attacking with the forwards Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María and Gonzalo Higuaín. The numbers used are:

Meanwhile, the 3–5–2 formation, famously used by the coach Carlos Bilardo to make Argentina win the 1986 World Cup and become runners-up in the 1990 World Cup, and one of the last major changes in the history of football formations, changes drastically the use of numbers, due to major movements in roles and positions:

And, last, the 3–3–3–1, used by the coach Marcelo Bielsa to help Argentina finish first in the CONMEBOL's 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, become runners-up in the 2004 Copa América and win the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. It was also employed by the Argentine under-20 team that won the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship. 3–3–3–1 uses mixtures from many of the aforementioned formations:

United Kingdom

Players are not generally allowed to change their number during a season, although a player may change number if he changes clubs mid-season. Players may change squad numbers between seasons. Occasionally, when a player has two loan spells at the same club in a single season (or returns as a permanent signing after an earlier loan spell), an alternative squad number is needed if the original number assigned during the player's first loan spell has been reassigned by the time the player returns.

A move from a high number to a low one may be an indication that the player is likely to be a regular starter for the coming season. An example of this is Celtic's Scott McDonald, who, after the departure of former number 7 Maciej Żurawski, was given the number, a move down from 27. [15] Another example is Steven Gerrard, who wore number 28 (which was his academy number) during his debut 1998–99 season, then switched to number 17 in 2000–01. In 2004–05, after Emile Heskey left Liverpool, Gerrard then changed his number again to 8. More recently, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane changed his number 37 shirt from the 2013–14 season to 18 for the 2014–15 season when he became one of the club's first-choice strikers after Jermain Defoe was sold and the number 18 was vacated. Kane then switched to the number 10 for the 2015–16 season after Emmanuel Adebayor left the club and the number was vacated. Manchester City's Sergio Agüero also did a similar switch in jersey number, from number 16 in 2014–15 to number 10 in 2015–16, a number he took over from Edin Džeko following his loan departure to Roma.

Some players keep the number they start their career at a club with, such as Chelsea defender John Terry, who wore the number 26 during his spell at the club. On occasion, players have moved numbers to accommodate a new player; for example, Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun handed new signing Juan Mata the number 10 shirt, and changed to the number 30, which doubles his "lucky" number 15. [16] Upon signing for Everton in 2007, Yakubu refused the prestigious number 9 shirt and asked to be assigned number 22, setting this number as a goal-scoring target for his first season, [17] a feat he ultimately fell one goal short of achieving.

In a traditional 4–4–2 system in the UK, the squad numbers 1–11 would usually have been occupied in this manner:

However, in a more modern 4–2–3–1 system, they will be arranged like this:

Higher-level clubs have a tendency to field reserve and fringe players in the English Football League Cup so high squad numbers are not uncommon. Nico Yennaris wore 64 for Arsenal in the competition on 26 September 2012 in a match against Coventry City [18] and on 24 September 2014, again in the League Cup, Manchester City forward José Ángel Pozo wore the number 78 shirt in a match against Sheffield Wednesday. [19] In a quarter-final tie on 17 December 2019, Liverpool player Tom Hill became the first player in English football history to wear the number 99 shirt in a competitive match. [20] In The Football League, the number 55 has been worn by Ade Akinbiyi for Crystal Palace, [21] and Dominik Werling for Barnsley. [22]

When Sunderland signed Cameroonian striker Patrick Mboma on loan in 2002, he wanted the number 70 to symbolize his birth year of 1970. The Premier League refused, however, and he wore the number 7 instead. [23]


In France, players must be registered between numbers 1-30, with 1, 16 and 30 reserved for goalkeepers and 33 left empty for extra signings. In case a fourth goalkeeper has to be registered, he wears number 40. [24]


In 1995, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) also switched to persistent squad numbers for Serie A and Serie B (second division), abandoning the mandatory use of 1–11 for the starting lineup. After some years during which players had to wear a number between 1–24, now they can wear any number between 1–99 without restrictions. Notably, Chievo Verona had the goalkeeper Cristiano Lupatelli wearing number 10 from 2001 to 2003 [25] and midfielder Jonathan de Guzman wearing number 1 in 2016. [26]


In the Spanish La Liga, players in the A-squad (maximum 25 players, including a maximum of three goalkeepers) must wear a number between 1–25. Goalkeepers must wear either 1, 13 or 25. When players from the reserve team are selected to play for the first team, they are given squad numbers between 26 and 50.

United States and Canada

North American professional association football club follows a model similar to that of European clubs, with the exception that many American and Canadian clubs do not have "reserve squads", and thus do not assign higher numbers to those players.

Most American and Canadian clubs have players numbered from 1 to 30, with higher numbers being reserved for second and third goalkeepers. In the United Soccer Leagues First Division and Major League Soccer (MLS), there were only 20 outfield players wearing squad numbers higher than 30 on the first team in the 2009 season, suggesting that the traditional model has been followed.

In 2007, MLS club LA Galaxy retired the former playing number of Cobi Jones, number 13, becoming the first MLS team to do so.

In 2011, MLS club Real Salt Lake retired the former playing number of coach Jason Kreis, number 9. [27]

Goalkeeper numbering

Hope Solo displaying her squad number (1), as portrayed on her US national team jersey Hope in San Jose.jpg
Hope Solo displaying her squad number (1), as portrayed on her US national team jersey

The first-choice goalkeeper is usually assigned the number 1 shirt as he or she is the first player in a line-up. [1]

The second-choice goalkeeper wears, on many occasions, shirt number 12 which is the first shirt of the second line up, or number 13. In the past, when it was permitted to assign five substitute players in a match, the goalkeeper would also often wear the number 16, the last shirt number in the squad. Later on, when association football laws changed and it was permitted to assign seven substitute players, second-choice goalkeepers often wore the number 18. In the A-League, second-choice goalkeepers mostly wear number 20, based on that competition having a 20-man regulated "first team" squad size.

In international tournaments (such as FIFA World Cup or continental cups) each team must list a squad of 23 players, wearing shirts numbered 1 through 23. Thus, in this case, third-choice goalkeepers often wear the number 23. Prior to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, only 22 players were permitted in international squads; therefore, the third goalkeeper was often awarded the number 22 jersey in previous tournaments.

The move to a fixed number being assigned to each player in a squad was initiated for the 1954 World Cup where each man in a country's 22-man squad wore a specific number for the duration of the tournament. As a result, the numbers 12 to 22 were assigned to different squad players, with no resemblance to their on-field positions. This meant that a team could start a match not necessarily fielding players wearing numbers one to eleven. Although the numbers one to eleven tended to be given to those players deemed to be the "first choice line-up", this was not always the case for a variety of reasons – a famous example was Johan Cruyff, who insisted on wearing the number 14 shirt for the Netherlands.

In the 1958 World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation forgot to send the player numbers list to the event organization. However, the Uruguayan official Lorenzo Villizzio assigned random numbers to the players. The goalkeeper Gilmar received the number 3, and Garrincha and Zagallo wore opposite winger numbers, 11 and 7, while Pelé was randomly given the number 10, for which he would become famous. [28] [29]

Argentina defied convention by numbering their squads for the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups alphabetically, resulting in outfield players (not goalkeepers) wearing the number 1 shirt (although Diego Maradona was given an out-of-sequence number 10 in both 1982 and 1986 while Mario Kempes in 1982 and Jorge Valdano in 1986 were allowed to use number 11). [30] In 1974 Argentina also used the alphabetical system, but only to line players and goalkeepers Daniel Carnevali and Ubaldo Fillol wore traditional goalkeeping numbers 1 and 12 respectively. England used a similar alphabetical scheme for the 1982 World Cup, but retained the traditional numbers for the goalkeepers (1, 13 and 22) and the team captain (7), Kevin Keegan. [31] In the 1990 World Cup, Scotland assigned squad numbers according to the number of international matches each player had played at the time (with the exception of goalkeeper Jim Leighton, who was assigned an out-of-sequence number 1): Alex McLeish, who was the most capped player, wore number 2, whereas Robert Fleck and Bryan Gunn, who only had one cap each, wore numbers 21 and 22, respectively. In a practice that ended after the 1998 World Cup, Italy gave low squad numbers to defenders, medium to midfielders, and high ones to forwards, while numbers 1, 12 and 22 were assigned to goalkeepers. [32] [33] In July 2007, a FIFA document issuing regulations for the 2010 World Cup finally stated that the number 1 jersey must be issued to a goalkeeper. [34]

Before the 2002 World Cup, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) attempted to retire the number 10 in honour of Maradona by submitting a squad list of 23 players for the tournament, listed 1 through 24, with the number 10 omitted. FIFA rejected Argentina's plan, with the governing body's president Sepp Blatter suggesting the number 10 shirt be instead given to the team's third-choice goalkeeper, Roberto Bonano. The AFA ultimately submitted a revised list with Ariel Ortega, originally listed as number 23, as the number 10. [35]

Unusual or notable numbers

Commemorative numbers

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool wearing 08 in the Merseyside derby in March 2006, to commemorate the City of Liverpool becoming the 2008 European Capital of Culture. Steven Gerrard 2006 08 shirt.jpg
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool wearing 08 in the Merseyside derby in March 2006, to commemorate the City of Liverpool becoming the 2008 European Capital of Culture.

See also

Related Research Articles

Osvaldo Ardiles Argentine association football player and manager

Osvaldo César Ardiles, often referred to in Britain as Ossie Ardiles, is a football manager, pundit and former midfielder who won the 1978 FIFA World Cup as part of the Argentina national team. He now runs his own football school in the UK called the Ossie Ardiles Soccer School.

Forward (association football) Association football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Midfielder Association football position played on both ends of the field

midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards. Some midfielders play a strictly-defined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation; the collective group of these players on the field is sometimes referred to as the midfield.

Formation (association football)

In association football, the formation describes how the players in a team generally position themselves on the pitch. Association football is a fluid and fast-moving game, and a player's position in a formation does not define their role as rigidly as for, for instance, a rugby player, nor are there episodes in play where players must expressly line up in formation. Nevertheless, a player's position in a formation generally defines whether a player has a mostly defensive or attacking role, and whether they tend to play towards one side of the pitch or centrally.

Association football positions Association football on-field positions

In the sport of association football, each of the 11 players on a team is assigned to a particular position on the field of play. A team is made up of one goalkeeper and ten outfield players who fill various defensive, midfield, and attacking positions depending on the formation deployed. These positions describe both the player's main role and their area of operation on the pitch.

Rugby union numbering schemes

The standard modern rugby union numbering schemes have the starting players numbered from 1 to 15, and the replacements numbered 16 onwards. But rugby union players have not always been identified by individual labels, nor have the systems used always been the same.

Starting lineup

In sports, a starting lineup is an official list of the set of players who will participate in the event when the game begins. The players in the starting lineup are commonly referred to as starters, whereas the others are substitutes or bench players.

Ubaldo Fillol

Ubaldo Matildo Fillol, nicknamed el Pato, is an Argentine football coach and former goalkeeper. He took part in the 1974, 1978 and 1982 World Cups representing the Argentine national team. He also played in the South American qualifiers for the 1986 World Cup, but he was finally not chosen for the final team that played in Mexico. He is usually considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers and usually regarded as the best Argentine goalkeeper ever.

Below are the squads for the 1978 FIFA World Cup final tournament in Argentina.

Number (sports) Number worn on a sports players uniform

In team sports, the number, often referred to as the uniform number, squad number, jersey number, shirt number, sweater number, or similar is the number worn on a player's uniform, to identify and distinguish each player from others wearing the same or similar uniforms. The number is typically displayed on the rear of the jersey, often accompanied by the surname. Sometimes it is also displayed on the front and/or sleeves, or on the player's shorts or headgear. It is used to identify the player to officials, other players, official scorers, and spectators; in some sports, it is also indicative of the player's position.

Kit (association football) Uniform in association football; standard equipment and attire worn by players

In association football, kit is the standard equipment and attire worn by players. The sport's rules specify the minimum kit which a player must use, and also prohibit the use of anything that is dangerous to either the player or another participant. Individual competitions may stipulate further restrictions, such as regulating the size of logos displayed on shirts and stating that, in the event of a match between teams with identical or similar colours, the away team must change to different coloured attire.


In association football, a playmaker is a player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals, through their vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability.

Gaelic football, hurling and camogie positions

The following are the positions in the Gaelic sports of Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.

The 1999–2000 season was Manchester United's eighth season in the Premier League, and their 25th consecutive season in the top division of English football. United won the Premier League title for the sixth time in eight seasons as well as becoming the first English club to win the Intercontinental Cup when they defeated Palmeiras in Tokyo. However, they surrendered their Champions League title with a 3–2 defeat by eventual champions Real Madrid in the quarter-finals. The club controversially did not defend their FA Cup crown, upon request by The Football Association, to compete in the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil instead.

Juan Cuadrado Colombian association football player

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Colombia national team. He is known for his direct style of play, including his pace as well as his dribbling skills. He started off in a central midfield role, acting as a defensive midfielder early in his career, also being used as a forward on occasion, before being moved into as a wider positions in which he now usually plays, often operating as a right-sided winger, attacking midfielder, full-back or wing-back.

Roberto Pereyra Argentine footballer

Roberto Maximiliano Pereyra is an Argentine footballer who plays for Udinese and the Argentina national team. A right-footed player, his preferred position is as a midfielder or as a forward. Due to his versatility, he is capable of playing a variety of positions such as left or right wing, central midfield, attacking midfield or second striker.

<i>AI Football GGO</i>

Artificial Intelligent Football GGO Chinese: 超智能足球; pinyin: Chāo Zhì Néng Zú Qiú) is a Chinese Anime television series Anime about football and future technology made by Puzzle Animation studio Ltd.

Huddersfield Town's 2013–14 campaign was Huddersfield Town's second consecutive season in the second tier of English football, the Football League Championship.

Zona mista, often referred to as Gioco all'italiana, is a tactic used in Italian association football mainly from the second half of 1970s to the mid-1990s. The introduction of this system has been attributed to Luigi Radice and Giovanni Trapattoni, then coaches of Torino and Juventus, respectively. The tactic reached the highest sporting level with Trapattoni's Juventus becoming the first club in history to reach the European Treble having won the three seasonal UEFA competitions and, in 1985, the first European side to win the Intercontinental Cup since it was restructured five years before, and the Italian national team, managed by Enzo Bearzot, which won the FIFA World Cup in 1982, for the first time since 1938, with notable participation from the Blocco-Juve; making both teams acclaimed as among the greatest in sports history.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Khalil Garriot (21 June 2014). "Mystery solved: Why do the best soccer players wear No. 10?". Yahoo. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. 1 2 El número 10, la camiseta que se convirtió en un emblema by Leonardo Peluso on Página/12, 3 February 2018
  3. The Secret Lives of Numbers: The Curious Truth Behind Everyday Digits by Michael Millar, Virgin Books, 2012 – ISBN   978-0753540862
  4. Así nació la tradición de usar números en las camisetas by Gustavo Farías on La Voz del Interior, 22 August 2013
  5. Cavallini, Rob (2007). Play Up Corinth: A History of The Corinthian Football Club. p. 114. ISBN   978-0-7524-4479-6.
  6. 1 2 3 Historia y curiosidades de la numeración fija en el fútbol by Walter Raiño on Clarín, 13 September 2017
  7. soccermavn (16 December 2012). "1924 U.S. Open Cup Final Fall River @ Vesper Buick (St. Louis)" . Retrieved 4 April 2018 via YouTube.
  8. "Gunners wear numbered shirts", Arsenal.com, 6 July 2007
  9. De 'Nuestro Hirosima' al surgimiento de los números como dorsales by Javier Estepa on Marca
  10. "1-11 in the Premier League era". wordpress.com. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  11. "ron pavey - The Goldstone Wrap". thegoldstonewrap.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  12. "Salvemos al 4: la desaparición de los laterales". www.elgrafico.com.ar. Retrieved 4 April 2018.[ permanent dead link ]
  13. "lateral izquierdo, ¿una especie en extinción?". infobae.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  14. "número 5: Volante tapón-mediocampista central". obolog.es. Retrieved 4 April 2018.[ permanent dead link ]
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. "Deco's Top 20". Chelsea FC. 17 July 2008.
  17. Ian Doyle. "Daily Post North Wales – Sport News – Everton FC – Yakubu aims to snatch 22". Dailypost.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  18. "Arsenal 6–1 Coventry". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  19. "Manchester City 7–0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  20. "Aston Villa v Liverpool". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  21. Rivals Archived 26 September 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  22. "Crazy squad number XI - Who Ate all the Pies". Who Ate all the Pies. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  23. "Sunderland Deny Phillips for Sale". The Northern Echo . 17 February 2002.
  24. Traynor, Mikey. "Hate Mental Squad Numbers? You'll Love Ligue 1's Reasoning For Not Letting Balotelli Wear #45". balls.ie. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  25. "No 10 shirt downsized - Football Italia". www.football-italia.net. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  26. "Jonathan De Guzman to wear the No.1 shirt at Chievo". espnfc.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  27. "Real Salt Lake retires Jason Kreis' number in unprecedented move". AOL Sporting News. 5 July 2011.
  28. Soccer and World Cup Trivia & Curiosities Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine , Mienet.com. Accessed 7 January 2009.
  29. MSN – Copa 2006 – Curiosidades / Copa de 1958 Archived 10 January 2008 at Wikiwix
  30. "Argentina squad 1982 World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  31. Young, Peter. "England in the World Cup - 1982 Final Squad". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  32. "Italy squad 1998 World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  33. "Italy squad 1994 World Cup". fifa.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  34. "Regulations of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa (point 4 of Article 26)" (PDF). fifa.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  35. "Ortega fills Maradona's shirt". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 May 2002.
  36. Zerouali killed in car accident BBC News, 6 December 2004
  37. Murray, Scott (30 May 2001). "A tale of strips, stripes and strops". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  38. Peck, Bruce (28 July 2013). "Barnet player-manager Edgar Davids to 'start trend' by wearing No. 1 shirt in midfield". Dirty Tackle. Yahoo! Sports.
  39. "Santos inscreve Rincón, mas não garante retorno". Diário de Cuiabá. 10 March 2001.
  40. "Columna: Vargas se cuida las espaldas". El Mercurio (in Spanish). 15 February 2001. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  41. "Polémica publicitario-deportiva por el "188"" (in Spanish). adlatina.com. 12 March 2001. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  42. "Il 5, l'8 o il 10. Portiere, ma che numero di maglia porti?" [The 5, the 8 or the 10. Goalkeeper, but what jersey number are you wearing?] (in Italian). Sky Sport (Italy). 15 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2020. In his two seasons at Chievo, Lupatelli always played with 10. He himself explains why. "A bet with friends. It all started as a joke, and it became reality. I think it's a funny and nice thing"
  43. UEFA.com. "UCL - Matches". UEFA.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  44. Herrera Borja, Antonio. ""58": El final de una era". Tocando el Balón. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  45. "Marco Olea recuerda su goleador paso por la U y cuenta su pasión por la cocina" (in Spanish). Chilevisión. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  46. "Luca Bucci". weltfussball.de. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  47. 1 2 "Serie A – Ronaldinho plays numbers game". Eurosport. 22 July 2008.
  48. Hibernian return delights Riordan, BBC Sport, 2 September 2008.
  49. Marcotti, Gabriele (23 October 2008). "Becks leaving MLS? Say it ain't so!". Inside Soccer. SI.com.
  50. "Regulations: AFC Asian Cup 2011 – Qualifiers" (PDF). Asian Football Confederation. p. 37. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  51. "Socceroos storm into Asian Cup". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 March 2010.
  52. "Hooper to wear number 88 for Celtic". STV Sport . Scotland. 27 July 2010.
  53. "Guillermo Ochoa". Standard de Liège. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  54. "Regresó la camiseta '400' a manos de Jesús Arellano". mediotiempo.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  55. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  56. "GloboEsporte.com > Futebol > Santos - NOTÍCIAS - Fábio Costa comemora 300 jogos pelo Peixe com uniforme especial". globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  57. Strecha, Alexander. "FIFA macht Ausnahme bei Herzog - ÖFB-Teamkapitän wird gegen Norwegen mit der Rückennummer 100 sein Jubiläum feiern". wienerzeitung.at. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  58. "Liverpool 3-1 Everton". BBC News . 25 March 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  59. "Tugay bows out in stalemate". rovers.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  60. "Ídolos del Club Nacional de Football - Deportes". taringa.net. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  61. "Pablo Javier Bengoechea". padreydecano.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  62. "Martin Jørgensen med nummer 100 på ryggen – Øvrig landsholdsfodbold – danske og udenlandske fodboldnyheder fra". Onside.dk. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  63. "Aaron Mokoena vs Guatemala, 2010". gettyimages.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  64. "Veja a camisa nº 300 que Felipe usará no jogo contra o Náutico". Netvasco. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  65. "Juninho fala da alegria pelos 300 jogos e Vasco prepara camisa especial". Netvasco. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  66. "Escolhido por torcedores, Juninho usará camisa 114 em clássico". Gazeta Esportiva. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  67. "Pacotão do Galo tem noche de Pratto, Victor 2019 e novo manto All Black". globoesporte.com. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2016.