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shirt numbers were first used in European football on August the 25th 1928 in matches between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal and Chelsea in Swansea town these fixtures began the convention of numbering players right to left back to front based on pitch location while the goalkeeper was nominally number one

being the first named player on a team sheet the four keepers involved in those games did not bear a number on their shirts keepers had been wearing different colored shirts since the practice was begun in Scotland in 1909 and it had become mandatory worldwide in 1921 now according

to Michael Miller shirt numbers had been used in Australia since 1911 while an Argentinian side took on a Scottish touring team in 1923 with both sides wearing one to eleven and in the United States Senate Louis vespa Buick wore shirt numbers for a game in the National Challenge

Cup in 1924 although their opponents full River marksmen did not and numbering conventions ceased to have the same amount of relevance after the early to mid-90s when leeks adopted squad numbering rather than assigning one to eleven to the starting players numbering conventions are all largely based on the

transition that countries made tactically from the dominant two three five of the 30s to other systems they can therefore tell a useful story about how nations like England and Brazil changed in different ways to a pack for because the half backs in the two three five fulfilled different

functions during that transition and therefore took different numbers country by country because of this the most variable shirt numbers country by country are those of defenders and central midfielders the change began when Herbert Chapman invented the W M as a response to a change in the offside law

which Chapman felt should be countered by dropping the central halfback or sent to half into the space between the full-backs that meant the number 5 slotted in between numbers 2 & 3 in the classic W M which is why in most countries were a back for evolved from

a W M the right-sided central defender is a 5 this is partly also because when the FA introduced shirt numbers as compulsory in 1939 they insisted on using the two three five numbering so that the center half was required to wear five despite being a defender in the

WM Hungary’s team of the 50s who famously beat England three six in 1953 were numbered from two to four across the back three of their mm in which the W was inverted by Nando he’d agouti playing a withdrawn role hungary were coached by Gustav sabbath’s but was following

the innovations of the influential mtk coach Martin buco V numbering actually caused a few issues for the English so accustomed were they to marking based on number seven taking three five taking nine and so on Hungary’s odd numbering and system change man England struggled to adapt indeed the

English game was so used to marking by number that as Jonathan Wilson notes in inverting the pyramid the manager of Doncaster Rovers Peter Doherty enjoyed success in the 50s with his poi of occasionally having his players switch shirts the wolverine opponents in argentina the shift defensively actually saw

the right halfback move into the right-back slot a change noted by wilson as occurring in the 1940s at River Plate when the Berta Yoko know slotted into the backline as a kind of right-wing back from the 235 from right halfback this is why for example legendary Argentinian right-back

Javier Zanetti wore for as a preference and because the right-half moved back the center back is to so an Argentinian back for reads four to six three now it’s different again in Brazil a Brazilian back for would read two four three six because instead of the right half

moving back it was the left one Uruguay is moved to the back four which happened more directly from the two three five so the outside half’s moved backwards and out which makes sense if the move is almost directly from the two three five this means that a Uruguayan

back four reads a four to three six of course the shift of half Baxter defense had a numbering knock-on effect further up the pitch where in England the ball winning defensive midfielder is a four because the two center backs are five and six in Europe that player is

a six to the extent that in Germany there known as the sexist in South America on the other hand these are fives destroyers but also deep line play makers who can destroy – like Fernando Redondo or Lucas B Lea it’s also worth noting that for more attacking positions

numbers have taken on a resonance that is less about position and more about function or even symbolism so 10 the number of Pele Maradona Riquelme Biagio symbolizes attacking ability flare creativity Elevens are tricky pay see wingers as our 7s although they can also be attacking midfielders or deep-lying

strikers as Michael Cox wrote in his excellent series on the athletic about shirt numbers number seven of course marks the start of the attacking numbers and the shirt has become almost more associated with certain players best Cantona beckham than an ideal of wrong but tens in brazilian football

will also play in a progressive midfield role in a 433 there the number carries a weight of expectation because of Zico and Pele but the role is different and the seven might be a right-sided central midfielder as it was in Carlos Bilardo z– three five two but while

there are differences in the numbering of attacking positions they are less pronounced than defensive ones this is mostly because the attacking players moved less in position on the pitch from the 2:35 to the 442 that was dominant before squad numbering came about ultimately these numbers cease to have

much relevance after squad numbering came in but the idea of tactical shifts granting certain numbers of function has persisted and players do choose squad numbers on this basis the influence of the changes from two three five onwards lives on [Music] [Music] you [Music]

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