Lucky Number 7: Players and their Squad Numbers

August 2, 2012 in Features

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Michael Owen’s departure from Manchester United vacated the number 7 jersey, which was then handed to Antonio Valencia. So what’s the big deal? At the end of the day, it’s just a number on your back – it doesn’t improve your movement, passing or shooting accuracy. It doesn’t improve your fitness or your ability to read the game. What does it signify? Nothing, right? Wrong. The modern footballer will tell you that his squad number is as much a part of his identity as his surname. Just ask Thierry Henry, whose signature includes the number ‘14’.

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