Only a few hours are left in the FIFA World Cup. This tournament will start from 20 November. Hosts Qatar and Ecuador will be face to face in the first match. This is the first FIFA World Cup to be played in Arab countries. This year 32 teams are participating, divided into eight groups of four each. Two teams from each group will reach the knockout round i.e. Round of 16. Before the start of the World Cup, we are telling you about some interesting facts related to the players including the youngest, oldest, tallest and smallest player in this World Cup…
1. Youngest player: Yousuf Mukoko (Germany)
The German team is one of the main contenders to win the World Cup. The team has a great mix of young and experienced players. However, there are two players in the team on whom all eyes will be fixed. These include 18-year-old Jamal Musiala and 17-year-old Yusuf Mukoko. Yusuf is the youngest player in the FIFA World Cup this year. He is currently being considered as the rising star of Germany. His record in the Bundesliga this season has been impressive. Yusuf has scored six goals and made three assists while playing for Borussia Dortmund. With his performance, Yusuf attracted the attention of German manager Hansi Flick. Yousufah was included in the German squad after star footballer Timo Werner was injured.
2. Oldest player: Alfredo Talavera (Mexico)
In this World Cup, many teams have also included experience in their team. These include 39-year-old Danny Alves (Brazil), 38-year-old Tiago Silva (Brazil), 37-year-old Luka Modric (Croatia) and 37-year-old star Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal). However, Mexico’s goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera is the oldest player in this World Cup. Alfredo is 40 years old and plays at club level for FC Juarez. He is one of the legend footballers of this world cup. His compatriot and fellow goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is also 37 years old.
3. Smallest player: Elias Kare (Morocco, 5 feet, 2 inches)
The Moroccan team can also cause a big upset this year. The responsibility of the team will be in the hands of Elias Kear, wearing his number 10 jersey. This star specializes in surprising the front team despite the low height. His speed and skill on the field is worth watching. This is the reason why he has been given the number-10 jersey in the team. Morocco have been drawn in Group F along with Belgium, Canada and Croatia. Elias’ performances at the club level have been impressive. He scored three goals and made six assists this season with club QPR in the English Championship.
4. Player with the longest height: Andreas Knoppert (Netherlands, 6 feet, 6 inches)
Netherlands goalkeeper Andreas is the tallest player in this World Cup. He managed to break into Louis Van Gaal’s team. His performances for the club Heerenveen were impressive. He made six excellent saves in 14 matches. The Netherlands team will depend on this talented goalkeeper to replicate his club performance in the World Cup.