What’s in a number? These days it seems you can wear any number you want, regardless of the position you play in.
But is it possible to get from number one to number 99 using squad numbers from current European teams?
We know it’s a question you ask yourself every day.
We were just going to use the Premier League, but where’s the fun in that? If nothing else it gives us an opportunity to showcase some lovely continental kits.
Without further ado…
You didn’t think we’d start with a goalkeeper did you? Come on, that would be far too easy.
We’re kicking off the list with Jonathan de Guzman who, like a true renegade master, took the number one when he joined Chievo on loan from Napoli. Hero.
Still with us? This is where it starts getting slightly patchy.
Fans of the numbers 65 we regret to inform you that, try as we might, we couldn’t find anyone with the audacity to rock such a high number.
But there was no such problem with the number 66, thanks to Shakhtar Donetsk’s Marcio Azevedo.
But we’re back to blanks with the number 67.
Any players out there who can’t get hold of the number 13 shirt, you know what to do (6+7).
It appears the numbers six and seven in combination aren’t too popular as no one has been wearing 76 this season either.
City youngster Manuel Garcia Alonso was wearing the number last season but is now on loan at Alaves.
Unfortunately 79 escaped our grasps.
City, kings of the high squad number in England, have given the number to Daniel Grimshaw but he’s not made his debut yet.
So there you have it. We’ve trawled Europe to see if it was possible to get from 1 to 99 and fallen four numbers short.