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The Daily Bee (July 3, 2020): BVB Get New Kit Numbers

And other symbolic nonsense

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The numbers, Mason... what do they mean?

Borussia Dortmund have released new kit numbers for next season. Kit numbers are the perfect example of something that fans pay way too much attention to when there’s nothing else in the news. I personally prefer the American tradition of having greater variance in numbers and retiring numbers that belong to certain players. While this practice does happen in Europe sometimes, Europeans tend to prefer passing important numbers like #7 from player to player. In Europe, wearing certain numbers for a club implies that you’re carrying that number’s legacy. Whoever next wears the number 11, for example, will in some way be carrying the legacy of Marco Reus.

As the club’s top striker, Erling Håland has obviously been given the number 9 kit. Thorgan Hazard has been given the number 10. Dan-Axel Zagadou has gone from 2 to 5, and Mateu Morey has gone from 22 to 2.

Who gets what number usually signifies who the club thinks is important going forward. The fact that Morey and Zagadou have “upgraded” to their respective numbers mean that the club thinks that they’re going to be more important within the squad in coming years.

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What do you prefer, having a wider variety of numbers and retiring ones that belong to club legends, or passing singularly important numbers from player to player?