Romania change shirt numbers to maths calculations to improve kids’ maths

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Romania players were spotted with maths calculations on the back of their training tops ahead of Sunday evening’s international friendly against Spain.

But while it looks a little odd, it’s all for a very good cause.

The hope is that it will improve Romanian kids' grasp of maths. According to the Mirror, Romania has one of the highest school dropout rates in the European Union.


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The report adds that manuals will be made available online and a video shown before the match in order to help Romania’s children understand the basic principles of mathematics better.

It’s a fantastic time to introduce such an initiative. Romania are currently on a 16-match unbeaten run, stretching back to their 2-1 defeat to Algeria in June 2014, and the nation is behind Anghel Iordanescu’s men.


Romania on 16-match unbeaten run

The Tricolorii have beaten the likes of Greece, Northern Ireland and Denmark over the past two years, and recently recorded a 2-2 draw against Italy.

Last week they beat Lithuania but Sunday evening’s match against Spain is a whole different proposition.

Spain are favourites against Romania

The 2010 world champions have now gone a year without losing and will be expected to continue their rich vein of form at the Cluj Arena.

Kids in Romania will be hoping they aren’t required to put their maths skills to the test trying to work out how many goals Spain have scored.

Should other countries try something similar - or is it a waste of time? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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