Arda Turan x Aleix Vidal x FC Barcelona | Football Needs Numbers

What would be football without numbers? While it would be still possible to distinguish the players on the field, football would be totally different if there wouldn't be any numbers used for rankings such as league tables and scoring sheets. And while it's almost always so that a player does not receive a shirt number if he was excluded from the first team, FC Barcelona's Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan didn't receive a number ahead of the season because they were not able to play for the club because of Barça's infamous transfer ban.

Football Needs Numbers

The video kicks off with an image of the seats of FC Barcelona's Camp Nou. And while everything looks quite normal at first glance, it soon becomes obvious that something is missing. The number 47 of the seat. It then continues to show various other areas and objects, and each time at least one important number is missing. May it be the the score of the home side or even all numbers of the 'ranking turnover'. It then shows new signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal who are finally receiving their shirts with their respective numbers (7 and 22) and concludes with the note that one is able to customize FC Barcelona Jersey on Nike's website, which also serves as official Barcelona store.

However, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal were in the meantime finally able to play for the Catalan club and already made their much-awaited debut in yesterday's Copa del Rey win against city rivals Espanyol. And yes, both entered the pitch with numbers on their shirts.