FIFA World Cup 2014 – Squads & Stats

FIFA Football World Cup 2014 is going to occupy almost all human minds during the next 30 days. Everyone is so excited to support their favorite teams. This article brings you the statistics of the qualified teams and players.

AVERAGE SQUAD AGE:

Age of players in a squad is very important in any footballing tournament. Maturity & Experience comes with higher age and Aggression & Energy comes with lower age. Among all the qualified teams, Argentina is the team with the highest average squad age and Ghana is the team with the lowest average squad age. The average squad ages of the other teams are listed in the chart below.

FIFA WC 2014 - Average Squad Age
FIFA WC 2014 – Average Squad Age
SQUAD EXPERIENCE:

Only one aspect of Experience and Maturity could be understood from the squad’s average age. Playing more number of International games is also an indicator of a team’s Maturity. Spain has team members with highest average number of international games played and Algeria has team members with lowest average number of international games played. The following chart lists the teams with their respective average international appearances.

FIFA WC 2014 - Average Number of International Appearances
FIFA WC 2014 – Average Number of International Appearances
AGE MATURITY VERSUS GAME EXPERIENCE:

There are some teams with high experience and young squad and vice-versa. Hence, age maturity and game experience doesn’t come hand in hand. The following matrix splits the teams into young & old squads and high & low match experience squads.

  1. Spain has the highest game experience and high average age.
  2. Argentina has the highest squad age, but doesn’t have high international game exposure.
  3. Among the big guns, France has the lowest average international games representation so far.
  4. Germany have a young squad with a high game experience.
Age Maturity vs Match Experience Matrix
FIFA WC 2014 – Age Maturity vs Match Experience Matrix
PLAYERS AGE FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION:

There are 2 peak ages around which the maximum number of players are concentrated. They are 24 and 27. There might be two reasons for this:

  1. At around 27 years of age, most of the players would have developed well in the game and will be in the peak of their career to compete in such big tournaments.
  2. At around 24 years of age, the energy and the desire of players are quite higher and such a mix of energy and desire will push players into qualifying for such big tournaments.
FIFA WC 2014 - PLAYER AGE FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION
FIFA WC 2014 – PLAYER AGE FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION
CLUB REPRESENTATIONS:

Players from 52 Countries’ League Systems and 302 Football Clubs are going to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2014. It’s quite fascinating that such a strong network of club football is acting as a backbone for the Footballing world.

  1. Bayern Munich and Manchester United are the clubs with high representation
  2. 5 Clubs from England are present among the Top 11 represented clubs
  3. England, Italy, Germany, Spain and France leagues should be considered the Top 5 leagues in the world since they contribute around 52% of players playing in the World Cup
  4. Turkey is the only Country with the league present in the top 10 represented leagues to have not qualified for the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2014 - Top representing Clubs and Leagues
FIFA World Cup 2014 – Top representing Clubs and Leagues

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