From Kopa to Hazard: A history of Real Madrid?s number seven - football

From Kopa to Hazard: A history of Real Madrid?s number seven



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Hazard is the latest player to wear the storied number seven for Real Madrid, here?s that story so far. Squad numbers play a strangely important part in a fan?s footballing experience. A badly numbered squad - where the number 4 plays in midfield or the number 16 is starting up front- can breed surprisingly strong responses from supporters. For some, which number a player wears is important and to an extent that is understandable. There is fewer more aesthetically pleasing sights in football than a starting lineup numbered from one to 11.
It is also understandable because often there is more to a squad number than meets the eye. Much like the players they are attached to, squad numbers can carry a historical significance, especially when a string of club legends all don the same number. This number largely differs from club to club, Liverpool have 14 thanks to Steven Gerrard while many Italian clubs have retired the numbers 2 and 3 due to the legendary defenders that once wore them. For Real Madrid, the magic number is seven. The number seven represent the club?s emphasis on attacking football and has been worn by several Bernabeu favourites across the last eight decades. With Eden Hazard becoming the club?s latest number seven, it seemed like a good time to see why the number is so important to Real Madrid by looking at the careers of Hazard?s predecessors. Raymond Kopa (1956-1959)

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