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Introduction
Germany 1996
Willem II 2002
Real Madrid 2003
AC Milan 2004
Chelsea 2004
Roda JC 2004
FC Utrecht 2004
Ajax 2004
Cameroon 2004
Italy 2004
Sporting 2004
Bayern M√ľnchen 2005
Schalke 04
Real Madrid 2005
FC Twente 2005
NAC/Vitesse 2005
Italy 2006
Netherlands 2006
Sevilla 2006

One of the most disappointing choices concerning shirt numbers are the 2003 numbers on the Real Madrid shirt. This team had special numbers before: the typeface Stencil was used for some years. Although this typeface is originally designed for spraying texts on boxes used for transportation, it didn't look really bad on football shirts.
The 2003 numbers are taken from the typeface Bauhaus. Because the figures in this typeface are too wide to be used as shirt numbers (see: measures and Roda JC), they are horizontally squeezed to about 75 percent. Because this is a monoline design, it is obvious that the horizontal strokes in the squeezed version are thicker than the vertical strokes. In my opinion the royal white shirts are spoiled by these maltreated numbers.
In 2005 Real Madrid replaced Bauhaus by Peignot (see Real Madrid 2005).

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Figures from Bauhaus, horizontally squeezed to 75 percent.

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