The Lazio squad’s kit numbers for the 2021/22 season have been confirmed, following the conclusion of the summer transfer window.
With players coming and going over the last few months, kit numbers opened up and the new signings have made their decisions, with the latest arrival Mattia Zaccagni picked number 20.
Another new signing Toma Basic picked the number 88, a number that holds certain connotations due to its usage as an abbreviation for the Nazi salute ‘Heil Hitler’ (with H being the eighth letter of the alphabet).
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon came under fire early in his career after his decision to pick 88 whilst playing for Parma (via The Guardian), which caused concern amongst Italy’s Jewish community.
There are no suggestions or indications that Basic was aware of this connotation when picking the number, but it is still likely to receive media attention, especially following the player’s debut.
- Goalkeepers: Thomas Strakosha (1), Pepe Reina (25), Marius Adamonis (31)
- Defenders: Luiz Felipe (3), Patric (4), Denis Vavro (19), Elseid Hysaj (23), Stefan Radu (26), Francesco Acerbi (33), Adam Marusic (77)
- Midfielders: Gonzalo Escalante (5), Lucas Leiva (6), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (8), Luka Romero (18), Mattia Zaccagni (20), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (21), Raul Moro (27), Andre Anderson (28), Danilo Cataldi (32), Toma Basic (88)
- Forwards: Felipe Anderson (7), Pedro (9), Luis Alberto (10), Ciro Immobile (17), Vedat Muriqi (94)