From next season, Serge Gnabry, who up till now has worn the number 22 will turn out for FC Bayern in the number 7 shirt. The number was rested last season, after Franck Ribéry had worn it for eleven years. “I’m very happy to be wearing this number in the future,” said Gnabry, “Franck always delighted the fans – that motivates me all the more.”
In the treble-winning season, the Germany international was also a big hit in the number 22; among others, he formed the most lethal partnership in the Champions League with Robert Lewandowski (24 goals in total). Gnabry ran up a tally of nine goals in the end, including his historic four-goal haul in the 7-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur and the two pivotal first goals in the 3-0 semifinal win against Olympique Lyon.
In his first competitive match for FC Bayern, Serge Gnabry came off the bench for Franck Ribéry against VfB Stuttgart on September 1, 2018.
In the history of FC Bayern, the number 7 shirt has graced the backs of a number of illustrious names. As well as Ribéry and Mehmet Scholl, FCB executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge played in it between 1975 and 1978, and Gnabry’s current head coach Hansi Flick wore it in the 1986/87 season.
The FC Bayern players are currently on holiday. From September 8, Gnabry and Co. will be back in action.