The 2018 World Cup in Russia is getting closer and closer and, now that the squad lists are official and everything is ready to kick off the event, it is possible to take stock of the numbers of the world , to get to the heart of the competition.
The squad are 736. As many as 200 of them have already taken part in a world championship: 186 were in Brazil 2014, 61 in South Africa 2010, 21 in Germany 2006. Only one was also present in Korea / Japan in 2002 and it is Rafa Marquez , one step away from history, who will record his fifth participation in five editions of the World Cup in Russia.
His record leads him to equal two greats of the past, the Mexican Antonio Carbajal(Brazil ’50, Switzerland ’54, Sweden ’58, Chile ’62 and England ’66) and Lothar Matthaus (Spain ’82, Mexico ’86, Italy ’90, USA ’94 and France ’98).
The same record was touched by Gigi Buffon who received 5 calls for the World Cup (France ’98, Japan and Korea 2002, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014), but really only played 4 because in 1998 he did not play not even a minute.

Squad who play in the national championship
Who, among those called up in Russia, also plays in the national championship of their country
It is the English players who conquer the primacy: 100% in fact play in the Premiere League .
Of the other teams, Russia follows with 21 out of 23 and Saudi Arabia with 20 out of 23.
Only one player among the squads of Belgium, Iceland and Nigeria plays in the national championship, while none for Sweden and Senegal. [/ Vc_column_text ] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]

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who have already scored at least one goal
In the squad list there are some names of players who have already scored a goal in the World Cup. There are 53 players, including the name of Thomas Muller with 10 goals , followed by James Rodriguez who hit 6 and then Tim Cahill, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez with 5 goals.

The oldest player
In this excursus of curious numbers around Russia 2018, the category for the oldest player who has ever taken part in a world championship could not be missing.
At the age of 45 years and 5 months and the goalkeeper of Egypt Essam El-Hadaryto win the position. A record that is even more sensational when you consider that he is even older than three coaches! We are talking about Aliou Cisse (Senegal), Mladen Krstajic (Serbia) and Roberto Martinez (Belgium).
With his call-up he also managed to overtake the oldest ever to play in the World Cup who until now had remained Faryd Mondragon, Colombia, with his 43 years and three days.

The youngest player born
in 1999, Daniel Arzani is the youngest of the players who will compete at the 2018 World Cup in Russia from June 16. For him, 19 years and 5 months, it is a real record given that the average age of the current competition and 28 years old.
In the past, the record was Femi Opabunmi (17 and two months) in 2002, Theo Walcott (17 years and three months) in 2006, Christian Eriksen (18 years and 4 months) in 2010 and Fabrice Olinga (18 years and one month) ) in 2014.

The oldest coach
As far as coaches are concerned, the oldest in 2018 is Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez who, with his 71 years, wins the second position among the oldest ever. Primacy remains with Otto Rehhagel.

The most represented team at the World Cup
With 16 players and Manchester City being elected the most represented team at the 2018 World Cup, followed by Real Madrid with 15 players, Barcelona with 14, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur with 12.

Players with most World Cup appearances
The highest number of World Cup appearances, which equates to 16, is attributed to Rafa Marquez and Javier Mascherano.
Immediately after with 15 appearances we find Lionel Messi, followed by Mesut Ozil (14), Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo (13).

Players who return after a long absence
This excursus around the numbers of Fifa 2018 ends with a curiosity: among the squad there are two players who return to play a world championship after 12 years.
They are Randall Azofeifa (Costa Rica) and Lukasz Fabianski (Poland). [/ Vc_column_text] [/ vc_column] [/ vc_row]

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Here are the players that will feature at this year’s #WorldCup in Russia!
— FIFA World Cup
(@FIFAWorldCup) 4 giugno 2018

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