< omissis about Paolo Rossi carrying N. 20 >
> (Riccardo Biondini) writes:
>>If you had a look at all the national formations you'll see that the
>>numbers are chosen according to the players position...
>>You're argument suggests that the best player on a team wears
>>the No. 1 shirt and the worst player wears the highest numbered shirt..
>Umm, aren't the numbers 1-11 given to the proposed starting lineup, and
>then the remaining numbers handed out according to position and
>liklihood of playing? So for a 20 person squad, 20 would be "scraping in",
>although '82 probably had 22 person squads. Or does Italy do it differently?
For regular games, yes. However, that's not how Italians have assigned
numbers to players for World Cup events, where each player retains the same
number throughout the event. Starting (I think) with Bearzot in 1978, they
have used the following system:
First goalkeeper: N. 1
Second goalkeeper: N. 12
Third goalkeeper: N. 22
For the remaining 19 players: divide them in three groups: defenders,
midfielders, forwards. Number each group in alphabetical order,
regardless of chances to start in a given game. Thus, Rossi was N. 20
as next-to-last in alphabetical order among forwards. Anyone remember the
numbers for the rest of the squad?
I seem to remember that the system was introduced partly to prevent the
bitter dissensions about the starting squad of the previous two World
Cups: the Rivera-Mazzola case in 1970, and the famous reaction from
Chinaglia after the substitution in the Haiti game in 1974. Is this right?
Anybody has comments on how other teams assign numbers?
PS: apologies to all true English-speaking calcio fans if I used wrong
terms from other American sports - I don't know the correct Brit equivalents.
(Is it forward or attacker? etc)