Traditional Numbering

Discussion in 'The Beautiful Game' started by SueB, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Spurs74

    Spurs74 Member

    Nov 10, 2003

    Thanx Cassano.

    I realize the reasoning behind it. but Im still quite turned off by it.
  2. Brook

    Brook BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 13, 2001
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In modern times, I thought that 12-22 were worn in reverse by the home team, hence 22 GK, then down the line.
  3. Dominican Lou

    Dominican Lou Member+

    Nov 27, 2004
    1936 Catalonia
    It varies from country to country and continent to continent but it's generally something like this:

    2-6 defenders or defensive mids
    8 offensive or defensive mid
    10 purely offensive mid
    7, 11 right and left wingers
    9 center forward

    My uncle used to tell me that Pele was the one who began the trend of the most skillful midfielders wearing #10, a tradition that's still very much followed in South America. Anyone know if this is true?
  4. astabooty

    astabooty Member

    Nov 16, 2002
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    the numbering differs by country, due to their implementation of different formations and preference.

    the ajax/holland numbering:


    the positioning of the 3 centermids differ, but they are usually the same positions; 10=playmaker, 6=dmid, 8=cm

    in almost all systems these numbers stay the same:
    7=right wing or right midfield
    11= left wing or left midfield
    10=playmaker (midfielder or 2nd striker)
    9=center forward (main striker)
    2= right d

    out of those the only one that differs not so uncommonly is the 7, which i see as a forward sometimes.
  5. astabooty

    astabooty Member

    Nov 16, 2002
    FC Barcelona
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    good summary.

    about the pele story, i dont know if he started the trend, but i do know that the #10 is always considered the playmaker throughout south america.
  6. sidefootsitter

    sidefootsitter Member+

    Oct 14, 2004
    Blokhin was more of a left-side forward in a 4-2-2 who often drifted toward the middle. Gennady Evruzhikhin was the last pure leftwing with the USSR as I recall.

    Robert Gadocha (Poland) is also a name that needs to be remembered for a quality leftwing.

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