World Cup ages

So, the Guardian posted an interesting article with some graphs from the 2014 World Cup. Even better, linked at the bottom was a spreadsheet with player-specific information for each of the 32 teams. That data can be accessed and downloaded here.

Here’s a set of boxplots showing player ages by country. Each boxplot is color coded to represent the region from which each country qualified (CONCACAF, UEFA, etc).

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Portugal boasts the squad with the highest median age (29 years), while Nigeria’s median roster age is the lowest of the qualifying countries (24).

Only 7 squads brought players younger than 20 years, including the United States’ 19-year old Julian Green.

The oldest player on a 2014 World Cup roster is Columbian goal-keeper Faryd Mondragon. You can follow Faryd on Instagram here.

Here’s a graph of player ages by position. Goalies, not surprisingly, tend to be older than players at other positions.

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This post was inspired by Greg’s Olympic boxplots here.

 

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