A couple of weeks ago I wrote a small article selecting the best eleven in Europe who wear the number thirteen shirt. I thought I’d look into this subject further and I believe that if you take the top five leagues in Europe (Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England) that the highest number you can make an eleven from (you need a goalkeeper remember) is 33.
I have to admit at this juncture that I don’t watch an awful lot of European football (I’m not sure any of us can keep up with five leagues at once). The only decision I would like to elaborate on is the decision to pick brothers Lionel and Kurt Zouma who play for Sochaux and Saint Etienne respectively. Both wear number 33.(Andrew Gibney of the peerless French Football Weekly informs me that the number 33 in France is used for footballers who haven’t yet been allocated a squad number)
Players in the top five leagues who wear number 33. Feel free to pick your own eleven.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Cameron Jerome (Stoke City), Alex (Chelsea), Paul Scharner (West Brom) and Stefan Maierhofer (Wolves)
LIGUE 1: Kurt Zouma (Saint Etienne), Lionel Zouma (Sochaux), Stephane Bahoken (Nice), Marco Dasilva (Valenciennes) and Adama Ba (Brest)
BUNDESLIGA: Tom Starke (Hoffenheim), Heinz Muller (Mainz), Alexander Esswein (Nurnberg), Manuel Schmiedebach (Hannover), Sascha Molders (Augsburg), Patrick Helmes (Wolfsburg) and Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)
SERIE A: Alexandros Tzorvas (Palermo), Ciro Capuano (Catania), Thiago Silva (Milan) and Juraj Kucka (Genoa)
LA LIGA: Mamadou Kone (Racing Santander)