Monday, June 7, 2010

World Cup 2010 Extremes

Oldest Player
39 - David James (England)

Oldest Outfield Player
37 - Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Mexico)

Oldest Coach
71 - Otto Rehhagel (Greece)

Oldest Team (Average Age)
29 - Brazil

Youngest Player
18 - Christian Eriksen (Denmark)

Youngest Coach
45 - Vladimír Weiss (Slovakia)

Youngest Team (Average Age)
24 - Ghana

Tallest Player
6 ft 8 in - Nikola Zigic (Serbia)

Tallest Team (Average Height)
6 ft 1 in - Serbia

Shortest Player
5 ft 5 in - Aaron Lennon (England)

Shortest Team (Average Height)
5 ft 9½ in - Chile

Most Represented League
107 - English Premier League

Most Represented Club
13 - Barcelona

Most Represented Asian Club
7 - April 25 (North Korea)

Most Represented CONCACAF Club
6 - Olimpia (Honduras)

Most Represented African Club
4 - Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

Most Represented South American Club
4 - Universidad de Chile

Number of different Leagues that sent Players to the World Cup

Most Different Clubs Represented on a Single National Team
23 - Serbia

All Domestic Based Players
England, Germany, Italy

No Domestic Based Players

Most Caps
136 - Rigobert Song (Cameroon)

Most International Goals
56 - Carlos Pavon (Honduras)

Most World Cup Matches
15 - Fabio Cannavaro (Italy) and Thierry Henry (France)

Most Combined Previous World Cup Matches
69 - Italy

Highest Capacity Stadium
91,141 - Soccer City, Johannesburg

Lowest Capacity Stadium
43,589 - Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Highest Elevation Stadium(s)
5,751 ft - Ellis Park Stadium and Soccer City, Johannesburg

Lowest Elevation Stadiums(s)
≈ Sea Level - Durban Stadium, Durban - Green Point Stadium, Cape Town - Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Highest Average June/July Temperature
73.4 ºF High, 51.8 ºF Low - Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium)

Lowest Average June/July Temperature
62.6 ºF high, 28.4 ºF Low - Bloemfontein (Free State Stadium)

Most Populated World Cup City
3,888,180 - City of Johannesburg (2007 estimate)

Least Populated World Cup City
300,000 - Polokwane (2007 estimate)

Most Populated World Cup Nation
307,006,550 - USA

Least Populated World Cup Nation
2,021,316 - Slovenia

Longest Player Name
Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece)

Shortest Player Name(s)
Kaká, Juan, Doni, Duda, Beto, Xavi, Pepe, Deco

Referee from Lowest Ranked Nation
Eddy Maillet - Seychelles (178)

Oldest Referee
44 - Carlos Simon (Brazil)

Youngest Referee
32 - Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

Longest Distance to Travel from One Match to the Next
France and Algeria
1,000+ miles between Cape Town and Polokwane

Biggest FIFA Rank Difference between Group Opponents
104 - Brazil and Korea DPR

Smallest FIFA Rank Difference between Group Opponents
1 - Uruguay and Mexico

English club Arsenal sent 10 players to the World Cup. Of these 10, zero are on the England National Team

Panathinaikos sent the most players from one club to one national team (8 to Greece)


  1. Oldest team is not Brasil, is England.

    Average age in England is 28,7.

    Brasil is 28,6.

  2. I found a few of the numbers from this post at

    I just figured it, and by my calculations England became younger than Brazil when Michael Dawson (26) replaced Rio Ferdinand (31).

    Brazil at 28.60
    England at 28.44

  3. Ouch Ok, after replacement, you're right dude!

  4. This is an excellent post, thanks for doing the research!