With the 2022 FIFA World Cup just days away, the unique circumstance of the Winter World Cup has taken our attention away from many pre-World Cup ‘traditions’, including anticipation of the announcements of the FIFA World Cup. ‘crew. FIFA finally released the official squads on Tuesday morning and we are going to take a detailed look at some stats and facts.
Manchester City couldn’t keep their title of “best represented team” because Bayern Munich will be the team that will send the most players to Qatar. The Citizens will send 16 players to the World Cup, the same number as four years ago, but the German team will have 17 in Qatar.
Manchester City are tied with Barcelona in second place, with Doha-based Al Sadd side just behind them on 15. Manchester United are in fifth place with 14 Red Devils traveling to Qatar.
The Premier League will once again be the best-represented league with 134 players leaving for the World Cup. It was never a competition as the English Premier League easily top this table, a difference of 51 players to second place in La Liga.
The Italian league will be the fourth best represented despite the failure of the qualification of its national team.
Interestingly, the EFL Championship ranks among the best represented leagues with 25 players representing the league in Qatar, 22 more than any other lower tier league.
League 1 and League 2 will also be represented with two players each, all Welsh.
Naturally, England are the team with the most Premier League players, however, 26 of the 32 teams will have Premier League players on their rosters. Brazil have 12, the most for a single foreign league, while Portugal will have 10 players, including six based in Manchester.
Italy will not be the only country with a strong presence in Qatar despite the absence of its national team.
The Turkish Super Lig will be represented by 19 players while the Scottish Premiership and Greek Super League will have 13 each.
The Qatari team will be the only rookie team at the World Cup and they have opted to field a squad of national players for their home World Cup.
All 26 players play in the Qatar Stars League, with half of them playing for Al Sadd.
Saudi Arabia are also a similar case, fielding only players playing in their national league, with 12 of them playing for Riyadh-based Al-Hilal side.
England will not field a full squad of national players this time around as Gareth Southgate has chosen Jude Bellingham, who has spent the last two years in Germany playing for Borussia Dortmund.
On the other hand, the Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé has only selected players playing abroad while Serbia and Argentina will only have one player playing in their respective national leagues.
Qatari players have been waiting for a World Cup appearance for a long time and it is easily seen, by the fact that Qatar are the most experienced team in the tournament.
Nearly 1,500 international appearances have been played for the Qatari side, 56.6 on average, led by captain Hassan Al-Haydos who has 169.
The least experienced team is Ghana with just 438 total appearances among their 26 players.
Almost a quarter of those came from former Swansea and West Ham winger Andre Ayew, who has 107 caps for the Black Stars.
The Three Lions are hoping to lift the trophy at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on December 18, but for now they can lift the trophy as the most expensive team in the World Cup.
The English team, combined, is worth over £1.1 billion beating the Brazilian team who come in second with a total value of around £995 million.
The cheapest team is Qatar with a total value of around £13m, just ahead of Kieran Trippier who, at £11.3m, is the cheapest English player.
The average England player is worth just over £42million.
Last time out, England had the second-youngest team in the tournament, with an average age of 25.6. This year, the team has grown to an average of 26.4.
Still in the bottom half of the table but nearly two years older than Ghana’s youngest team, which has an average age of 24.7, the only team under 25.
The oldest team title goes to Iran with an average age of 28.9 just ahead of Mexico with 28.5.
However, Mexico can be proud of goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera who, on the opening day of the World Cup, November 20, will be 40 years 2 months and 2 days. He is the only player in his forties to play in this World Cup.
Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson will be the oldest outfield player and the oldest captain at 39 years, 9 months and 12 days.
The title of youngest captain goes to Harry Kane. The Tottenham striker is the only Under-30 World Cup captain and also hopes to be the last one standing.
The youngest player in the general classification is Youssoufa Moukoko from Germany. The Borussia Dortmund wonderkid will turn 18 on the opening night of the World Cup on November 20.