Interesting facts about the FIFA 2018 World Cup

Interesting facts about the FIFA 2018 World Cup

by Sajeesh Soman / 1 week ago

Interesting facts about the FIFA 2018 World Cup

 

The highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup is just days away, and the excitement is at its peak. All the 32 teams are wrapping up their warm-up fixtures and commencing trainings at their respective base camps.

 

A total of 736 players will be setting afoot in Russia, as all the participating teams have announced their 23-man squad. Here, we’ll discuss some key stats about them; the oldest of all, the heaviest of all, the tallest of all, whilst also analysing the other end of the spectrum.

 

The Oldest

 

Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary is all set to post a new record at the World Cup, as he will participate in his first one at the age of 43! The veteran shotstopper has been included in the Pharaoh’s 23-man squad, and is certain to start in goal.

 

That would see him surpass the previous record held by Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon. He set the record in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when he started in the 4-1 win over Japan in the group stages at the age of 43 and 3 days to become the oldest player ever to feature in a World Cup game. But his milestone can now feel the tremors.

 

Mexico’s Rafael Marquez (39 years and 3 months) and Russia’s Sergi Ignashavic (38 years and 10 months) are the next oldest players heading to Russia.

 

The Youngest

 

All the 32 teams heading to Russia include some of their best young talents, but the youngest of them all hails from Australia. Daniel Arzani is only 19 years and 5 months old and would be the youngest player to feature in the tournament.

 

Kylian Mbappe is of the same age, but is older to Azrani by only 15 days. The French youngster has already become a crucial player in Didier Deschamps’ side and is touted to be a favourite in the race to pick the Best Young Player award.

 

The Tallest

 

Having a towering stature can come handy in a game like football, especially in the aerial duels. But for Lovre Kalinic, it might be useful while guarding the net. The Croatian netminder is the tallest player in the tournament at 6ft 5in, and is only a centimeter taller than the next in line, Jannick Vestegaard of Denmark.

 

In case you’re wondering about Thibaut Courtois, he’s the third tallest in the competition with Argentina’s Federico Fazio at 199 cm.

 

The Shortest

 

Panama midfielder Alberto Quintero and Saudi Arabia forward Yahya Al-Sheri take the tag of being the shortest, but the most notable name here is Switzerland star Xherdan Shaqiri, who are all equally the shortest in the competition with only 5ft 4in stature.

 

The Heaviest

 

Being a footballer, it’s imperative to maintain physique and a good health. That also includes maintaining appropriate body weight. Panama’s Roman Torres, might be relatively on the wrong side of the BMI, as his 99kg weight makes him the heaviest player in the tournament.

 

The likes of Almuaiouf Abdullah, (Saudi Arabia), Jannick Vestegaard (Denmark) and the English duo Harry Maguire and Harry Kane are next with 98kg.

 

The Lightest

 

Former Eibar star Takashi Inui of Japan wins the award for the lightest player heading to Russia, as he weighs only 59 kg. Now you know the reason behind his pace and aerial strengths.

Jesse Lingard too has earned the reputation of being one of the quickest in the Premier League, and his light body weight of 60kg is one factor behind it.

 

Betting Odds

 

Despite the array of talents in the squad, England are 16/1 outsiders in Russia. France are 11/2 favourites to go all the way.

 

Why not check out our free bets, daily betting tips and tournament predictions while you’re here to see what our expert tipsters have in line for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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