A total of 736 players from 32 nations will compete in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil, one of the greatest sporting events in the world. Here we present you with some interesting facts and figures about those players.
The tallest squad is Germany. [File photo]
The tallest squad is Germany (1.853m), followed by the Bosnia and Herzegovina team (1.85m). Chile is the shortest team competing in the World cup, with an average height of 1.76m.
Standing at 2.01m, Fraser Forster of England is the tallest player and the only one over 2m at the World Cup. Edgar Salli of Cameroon and Lorenzo Insigne of Italy are the shortest players. Both of them are a mere 1.63m.
Argentina is the oldest team joining in the World Cup. [File photo]
Argentina is the oldest team joining in the World Cup, averaged at 28.4 years of age. Twenty-four-year-old Marcos Rojo from Sporting CP of Portugal is the youngest player among the team. The youngest team then is Ghana, which has nine players under the age of 23 and is averaged at 24.9.
The oldest player is Colombia's goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon. He competed in the World Cup in the United States in 1994 and will turn 43 on June 21. Among all the veterans, Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon competed at the World Cup in France in 1998. Seventeen competed at the 2002 World Cup, 80 in 2006 and 209 in 2010.
The youngest player is Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga, born in 1996.
A total of 58 players will celebrate their birthdays during the World Cup. Eighty players, or 10.8 percent of all, are Aquarius, including super star Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Arjen Robben, Gerard Piqué and Gianluigi Buffon. According to horoscope theories, Aquarius men are strong-willed and essentially rebels, non-conformist people, making them both serious and creative on the pitch.