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Jersey Number Significance in Soccer

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by olephill2, Aug 20, 2007.

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  1. olephill2

    olephill2 Member

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    As most of us know, there are certain jersey numbers reserved for certain types of players on a soccer team. Most of us are familiar with the role of the #10, as a creative, attacking player who sits behind the strikers and orchistrates the attack with flair and panache. Similarly, many of us are familiar with the #9, the out-and-out goal scorer from the stiker position.

    But I've heard a few other numbers tossed about to refer to certain types of players, such as the #8, the #5, the #6, the #7 and even the #3.

    Can anyone run through all the different jersey numbers that are synonemous with a certain type of player, and explain some of the relevant attributes for me?
     


  2. impalemeplz

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    #5 sweeper type
    #3 more hard style defender
    #6 tall defender. buchwald, tony adams, etc.

    #4 a dominant yet elegant midfielder who keeps the supply coming. beckenbauer(1970 worldcup) is the first one that springs to mind then you have lesser greats like paddy vieira.

    #7 attacking mid/winger. littbarski, pires, beckham.
     
  3. johan neeskens

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    Clubs who are very anal about their system (i.e. Ajax) typically have a number allocated for the first choice player in each position. Not all of them though.
     
  4. Sand im Kopf

    Sand im Kopf New Member

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    The numbers originate with the 2-3-5 system:

    ------1-----
    ----2---3----
    ---4--5--6---
    -7-8-9-10-11-

    When applied to modern sytems it might look like this:

    4-4-2

    ------1-----
    --2-4--5-3--
    -7--6--8-11-
    ----9--10--

    diamond

    ------1-----
    --2-4--5-3--
    ------6------
    ---7----8---
    -----10------
    ----9--11---

    4-3-3

    ------1-----
    --2-4--5-3--
    ----6--8---
    -----10-----
    ---7----11---
    -----9-----

    Variations like 8 for one of the strikers or 6 for one of the defenders are possible.
     


  5. johan neeskens

    johan neeskens Member

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    The no. eight is always the left winger in the Dutch 4-3-3 (and the winger is a forward in Dutch football)
     
  6. sidis

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    in brazil:

    1 - keeper
    2 - rightback (fluminense use the 4, and the 2 for the center back)
    3/4 - centerback (flamengo use 7 for the 3rd defender/libero)
    6 - leftback
    5 - Denfensive midfielder (called for us "Volante")
    8 - Central midfielder (for us "Segundo Volante")
    7 - Left midfielder/ left winger (Botafogo normaly use that number for their playmakers because garrincha)
    10 - attacking midfielder / playmaker
    11 - Right midfielder / Right winger (Vasco use the 11 for the center forward because rom√°rio)
    9 - Center forward.
     
  7. laolafever

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    my favourite umber is 11 tell me what is my style of playin and i tell you if it is right.
     
  8. Taoism

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    Thanks for this thread. I have never understood the numbering system, and while all the variations in this thread are still slightly confusing, I am much clearer about people saying we need a #9 (ST/FC, right?) or #10 (AMC, right?)

    Cheers!
     
  9. Rise

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    More or less.

    Obviously now-a-days when squad numbers are assigned more on the basis of whats available rather than position (Milan Baros at Liverpool had the number 5 despite being a striker. Supposidly.), but in a traditional English 4-4-2 system an 'ideal' numbers list would like something like

    1 - Keeper
    2 - Full Back/Wing Back
    3 - Full Back/Wing Back
    4 - Centre Midfield (typically holding/shielding role)
    5 - Centre Back
    6 - Centre Back
    7 - Centre Midfield / Winger interchangalbe with
    8 - Centre Midfield / Winger
    9 - Striker
    10 - Target Man
    11 - Winger

    In modern practice, only 9 and 10 (and 1 obviously) are generally still observed. Its common now to find 8 up front, 4 on the wing, 6 in the middle... so generally you'll only ever hear strikers referred to by squad number as in 'being the Liverpool number 9'.

    I dont know why, but it really niggles the poo out of me when numbers 2 or 3 play central defence though.
     
  10. Gregoriak

    Gregoriak BigSoccer Supporter

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    If the left winger is #8, who is #11 in Dutch football?
     
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