Luuk Of Jong, in the Camp Nou during his presentación with the Barçto


Luuk de Jong and the challenge of wearing Barça's number '17'

Published:11/09/2021 - 19:40h

Updated:11/09/2021 - 19:40h

The new forward of the Barça, Luuk of Jong, will dress during this season the dorsal '7', a number that does not have very good history for the Barcelona

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Luuk Of Jong turned into player of the FC Barcelona by a request expresses of Ronald Koeman, the one who had worked with him in the selection of Low Countries and that considers that has a different profile and 'necessary' in the Barcelona staff, after the numerous and important exits during the market of signings veraniego. Like this then , the Dutch was presented with the dorsal '17' and has a big challenge of face to the next months.

It is not a secret for anybody that the signing of Of Jong was a surprise, because it was the descarte of Julen Lopetegui in the Seville, by what the forward has to show that has the potential and talent to defend the elastic Barcelona and 'callar' all the criticisms that have produced since the FC Barcelona announced his cession by a season from the club of Nervión.

They have been very few the footballers that have triumphed with the '17' to his backs, since it was premièred by Emmanuel Amunike in 1996. In fact, Pedro Rodríguez was the only that achieved to carry it by at least three courses (he did it by four years) and triumph in this period. The current player of the Lazio, was key for the Barça of Pep Guardiola and was key for the team that won the Champions League in 2011 in front of the Manchester United, with included goal in the final.

The true is that, in addition to Pedro, little more can stand out of the players that have dressed this number. First, Amunike was punished by the injuries and physical problems. Afterwards, Albert Celades also dressed it, fugazmente, and finished using the '8'. Wiston Bogarde, went the next, dressing it from January of 1998 to 2000. In his first season, only achieved to contest a party of League.

In his second year, the ex Dutch defender completed 21 parties and signed two goals, but neither remembers him for having made history in the Camp Nou, being 'sentenced' because it did not fit in the approach of Louis go Gaal. Neither they achieved to triumph with this dorsal Emannuel Petit, Philippe Christanval and Gaizka Mendieta, between 2000 and 2003.

After two years, in 2005, Mark go Bommel inherited it and, although it contested a lot of important parties, did not achieve to fit in the team and left some years despiés. Giovani Two Saints was the following, also by a course and without shine, as it expected .

Pedro changed it everything

In 2009, after having dressed the 33 and the 27, Pedro inherited the dorsal number '17' and 'rescued' the number, turning into one of the most important players of the last decade for the Barça. It was an indisputable player and played it practically everything. It was 'PR17' by four seasons, until it began to dress the number '7' after inheriting it of David Villa.

Since, the history has not been very good. It has dressed it the Cameroonian Song, Munir, Paco Alcácer, Murillo, Griezmann (by a year, before doing with the '7') or Francisco Trincao, in the temporda past.

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