2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
Players facts & figures Statistical Kit 4 Status as of before 2010 FIFA World Cup
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Birthday Boys 12 June 2010 1976 Thomas SORENSEN (DEN) 1979 Diego MILITO (ARG) 1988 Mauricio ISLA (CHI) 1988 Eren DERDIYOK (SUI) 13 June 2010 1978 Richard KINGSON (GHA) 1980 Florent MALOUDA (FRA) 1981 Guy DEMEL (CIV) 1986 Keisuke HONDA (JPN) 14 June 2010 1981 ELANO (BRA) 15 June 2010 1972 Marcus HAHNEMANN (USA) 1981 John PANTSIL (GHA) 16 June 2010 1982 Aureliano TORRES (PAR) 1986 Fernando MUSLERA (URU) 18 June 2010 1946 Fabio CAPELLO (ENG coach) 1982 Nadir BELHADJ (ALG) 19 June 2010 1979 KLEBERSON (BRA) 20 June 2010 1978 Frank LAMPARD (ENG) 1985 Aurelien CHEDJOU (CMR) 1987 Itumeleng KHUNE (RSA) 1989 Javier PASTORE (ARG)
21 June 2010 1979 Konstantinos KATSOURANIS (GRE) 1986 Ismael TIOTE (CIV) 1987 Pablo BARRERA (MEX) 1988 Isaac VORSAH (GHA) 22 June 2010 1987 Nikita RUKAVYTSYA (AUS) 24 June 2010 1978 Shunsuke NAKAMURA (JPN) 1987 Lionel MESSI (ARG) 1976 Jan Hendrik HINTZ (NZL) Assistant Referee
25 June 2010 1979 Daniel JENSEN (DEN) 1985 Karim MATMOUR (ALG) Toru SAGARA (JPN) Assistant Referee
26 June 2010 1983 FELIPE MELO (BRA) 27 June 2010 1980 DUDA (POR) 1984 Gokhan INLER (SUI) 1987 AN Chol Hyok (PRK) 1966 Peter HERMANS (BEL) Assistant Referee
28 June 2010 1976 Hans SARPEI (GHA) 1983 KIM Young Kwang (KOR) 30 June 2010 1975 James BANNATYNE (NZL) 1977 Justo VILLAR (PAR) 1984 Johnny LEONI (SUI)
1 July 2010 1976 Rigobert SONG (CMR) 1966 Frank DE BLEECKERE (BEL) Referee
2 July 2010 1985 PAK Nam Chol (PRK) 1988 LEE Chung Young (KOR) 1975 Joel AGUILAR (SLV) Referee
3 July 2010 1988 Winston REID (NZL) 4 July 2010 1983 Miguel PINTO (CHI) 1966 Fermin MARTINEZ (ESP) Assistant referee 1970 Koman COULIBALY (MLI) Referee
5 July 2010 1982 Alberto GILARDINO (ITA) 1983 Jonas GUTIERREZ (ARG) 7 July 2010 1977 Benjamin HUGGEL (SUI) 1983 Jakob POULSEN (DEN) 9 July 2010 1982 Bostjan CESAR (SVN) 1986 Sebastien BASSONG (CMR) 10 July 2010 1984 Mark GONZALEZ (CHI) 1985 Mario GOMEZ (GER) 1985 PARK Chu Young (KOR) 11 July 2010 1974 Andre OOIJER (NED) 1986 Yoann GOURCUFF (FRA)
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Through the Ages COACHES Oldest
09.08.1938 Otto REHHAGEL (GER) Greece 27.02.1943 Carlos Alberto PARREIRA (BRA) South Africa 03.05.1946 Rabah SAADANE (ALG) Algeria 18.06.1946 Fabio CAPELLO (ITA) England 03.03.1947 Oscar TABAREZ (URU) Uruguay Almost 72 years old, Otto Rehhagel will be the oldest coach ever in FIFA World Cup history beating Cesare Maldinis record who coached Paraguay in 2002 at the age of 70 years and 131 days. Carlos Alberto Parreira, the South African coach will be the fourth oldest ever. Youngest22.09.1964 Vladimir WEISS (SVK) Slovakia 01.03.1964 Paul LE GUEN (FRA) Cameroon 31.10.1963 DUNGA (BRA) Brazil 20.11.1962 Gerardo MARTINO (ARG) Paraguay 09.09.1961 Matjaz KEK (SVN) Slovenia
01.08.1970 David JAMES (ENG) 20.10.1970 Sander BOSCHKER (NED) 15.06.1972 Marcus HAHNEMANN (USA) 06.10.1972 Mark SCHWARZER (AUS) 17.01.1973 Cuauhtemoc BLANCO (MEX) The top four oldest players are goalkeepers. If David James plays he will be the seventh oldest player ever in World Cup history and Sander Boschker the tenth oldest ever. Youngest
14.02.1992 Christian ERIKSEN (DEN) 22.01.1992 Vincent ABOUBAKAR (CMR) 07.12.1991 Chris WOOD (NZL) 10.10.1991 Xherdan SHAQIRI (SUI) 08.08.1991 Joel MATIP (CMR) There is no player under the age of 18 in the competition.
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TOP FIVE OLDEST AND YOUNGEST TEAMS Oldest teams - top five
29/03 Brazil 29/02 England 29/00 Australia 28/09 Italy 28/09 Paraguay
Youngest teams - top five
24/09 Ghana 25/04 Korea DPR 25/05 Germany 25/08 Cameroon 26/04 Nigeria
AVERAGE AGE OF ALL PLAYERS: 1998 - 2010 The average age of all the players participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup is 27 years and 4 months.
Incredibly the average has changed very little in the past three World Cups: the average age in 2006 was 27 years and 5 months; in 2002 it was 27 years 6 months and in 1998 27 years and 7 months.
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Goalscorers: Top 3 World Cup hotshots*
Germanys Miroslav KLOSE has already racked up 10 goals in his two previous World Cups, Thierry HENRY stands at 6 World Cup goals and Jon Dahl TOMASSON at 4.
Goalscorers: Top 3 national team hotshots*
Three players have scored more than 50 goals for their national team. Honduras Carlos Pavon leads with 56 goals, followed by Thierry HENRY and Denmarks Jon Dahl TOMASSON both with 51 goals.
*updated last on 2nd June
Tall to small Two players are over 2 meters tall and both players are forwards, not goalkeepers! The tallest is Serbia's Nikola Zigic at 2m 02cm, one centimeter more than England's Peter Crouch.
Zigic was also the tallest player four years ago at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Following Zigic and Crouch are South Africa's defender Matthew Booth and Nigeria's Uwa Echiejle at 1.98.
The tallest goalkeeper of the tournament is Greece's Chalkias.
The smallest player of the competition is Englands Aaron Lennon at 1.65.
Five tallest players
2.02 Nikola ZIGIC (SRB) - forward 2.01 Peter CROUCH (ENG) - forward 1.98 Matthew BOOTH (RSA) - defender 1.98 Uwa ECHIEJILE (NGA) - defender 1.98 Konstantinos CHALKIAS (GRE) - goalkeeper
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Old hands at football where do they keep all of those caps?* Out of all the players present at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Fabio Cannavaro (Italy) and Thierry Henry (France) have the most World Cup caps with 15 matches.
Cameroon defender Rigobert Song is the most capped player at the World Cup with 136 games for his national team, three more than Honduras Amado Guevara.
16 players are listed who have more than 100 caps including world champions Cannavaro (132), Buffon (100), South Korean veteran Lee Woon Jae (129), USAs Landon Donovan (121) and Frances Thierry Henry (120).
Approaching FIFAs century club are 13 listed players who have more than 90 caps. Those likely to receive their 100th cap first during the warm up friendlies or during the competition itself are Honduras Carlos Pavon (98), Netherlands Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Paraguays Denis CANIZA (both at 97), Japans Shunsuke Nakamura (96) and Germanys Miroslav Klose (95).
15 players have yet to earn their first cap.
*updated last on 2nd June
Familiar Faces For five players this will be their fourth FIFA World Cup: Rigobert Song (CMR), Thierry Henry (FRA), Fabio Cannavaro (ITA), Lee Woon Jae (KOR) and Denis Caniza (PAR).
Song and Lee played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and may join the exclusive list of players with more than16 years playing experience: Antonio Carbajal (MEX, 16 years/25 days), Hugo Sanchez (MEX,16y/17d), Lothar Mtthaus (GER, 16y/14d).
Almost a quarter of the players listed for the 2010 tournament also participated in the 2006 World Cup and some teams even have half of the players from the 2006 rosters.
Number of players who played in previous World Cups
2006 172 players Teams with most players: AUS 14, NED 13, ENG 12
2002 66 players Teams with most players: DEN 7, KOR, NGA 6
1998 18 players Teams with 2 players: CMR, ITA, JPN, MEX, NED
1994 2 players Rigobert Song, CMR; Lee Woon Jae, KOR
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Coming through the ranks From the 1993 U-17 FIFA World Cup to the 2009 U-20 FIFA World Cup 32 different players from eight national teams have already won a FIFA title. Argentinas Aguero is the one with the most honours: two U-20 titles and an Olympic Gold medal. ARGENTINA FIFA U-20 World Cup 1997: Samuel 2001: Burdisso, M. Rodriguez 2005: Aguero, Messi 2007: Aguero, Di Maria, Romero Olympic Football Tournament 2004: Burdisso, Heinze, Mascherano, C.Rodriguez, M.Rodriguez, Tevez 2008: Aguero, Di Maria, Mascherano, Messi, Romero BRAZIL FIFA U-20 World Cup 2003: Dani Alves, Nilmar CAMEROON Olympic Football Tournament: 2000: Etoo, Geremi, Kameni FRANCE FIFA U-17 World Cup 2001: Cisse, A.Diarra GHANA FIFA U-17 World Cup 1995: Appiah FIFA U-20 World Cup: 2009: Adiyah, Agyei, A. Ayew, Inkoom MEXICO FIFA U-17 World Cup 2005: Dos Santos, Juarez, Moreno, Vela NIGERIA FIFA U-17 World Cup 1993: Kanu 2007: Haruna Olympic Football Tournament 1996: Kanu SPAIN FIFA U-20 World Cup 1999: Casillas, Marchena, Xavi
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Its a Family Affair Argentinas coach Diego Maradona is the father-in-law of Sergio Aguero.
There are two cases where father and son also share the coach and player relationship: Slovakias coach Vladimir Weiss and his son Vladimir and the US coach Bob Bradley with midfielder Michael.