By Basil Afoni

Out of the 736 players that will be taking part at the World cup tourney in Brazil, Cameroon’s Fabrice Olinga, 18, is the youngest of all.

Olinga who is just was born on May 1996, is just 10 months younger than England’s Luke Shaw.

Another Cameroonian player, Samuel Eto’o also set this same record at the 1998 World Cup in France when he was just 17 years three months, three months younger than another Cameroonian, Salomon Olembe who also took part in the 1998 World cup.

Meanwhile, for the average age of every squad at World Cup 2014, Argentina is the oldest; Ghana the youngest.Ghana is the youngest with an average of just 25.44 and Argentina, by contrast, have the oldest squad, with an average age of 28.9.

 

 

                             Average age of each 2014 World Cup squad

 

Team Youngest player Oldest player Average age
Ghana Rashid Sumaila (21) Michael Essen (31) 25.44
Belgium Divock Origi (19) Daniel van Buyten (36) 25.66
Nigeria Kenneth Omeruo (20) Joseph Yobo (33) 25.81
Switzerland Granit Xhaka (21) Steve von Bergen (31) 26.06
South Korea Son Heung-Min (21) Kwak Tae-Hwi (32) 26.19
Germany Matthias Ginter (20) Miroslav Klose (36) 26.31
Australia Adam Taggart (21) Tim Cahill (34) 26.36
Netherlands Terence Kongolo (20) Dirk Kuyt (33) 26.46
England Luke Shaw (18) Frank Lampard (35) 26.56
Algeria Nabil Bentaleb (19) Madjid Bougherra (31) 26.60
Cameroon Fabrice Olinga (18) Samuel Eto’o (33) 26.61
Bosnia Sead Kolasinac (20) Emir Spahic (33) 27.05
France Lucas Digne (20) Mickael Landreau (35) 27.08
Croatia Mateo Kovacic (20) Stipe Pletikosa (35) 27.18
Japan Gotoku Sakai (23) Yasuhito Endo (34) 27.23
Mexico Diego Reyes (21) Rafael Marquez (35) 27.25
Costa Rica Joel Campbell (21) Patrick Pemberton (32) 27.60
Ecuador Carlos Gruezo (19) Edison Mendez (35) 27.78
USA Julian Green (19) Tim Howard (35) 27.81
Ivory Coast Sayouba Mande (21) Didier Drogba (36) 27.83
Colombia Eder Alvarez Balanta (21) Faryd Mondragon (42) 27.87
Italy Mattia Perin (21) Gianluigi Buffon (36) 27.90
Russia Maksim Kanunnikov (22) Sergei Ignashevich (34) 27.97
Chile Miiko Albornoz (23) Esteban Paredes (33) 27.99
Spain Koke (22) Xavi (34) 28.24
Brazil Bernard (21) Julio Cesar (34) 28.35
Iran Alireza Jahanbakhsh (20) Rahman Ahmadi (33) 28.49
Greece Stefanos Kapino (20) Giorgos Karagounis (37) 28.49
Portugal Rafa Silva (21) Ricardo Costa (33) 28.52
Uruguay Jose Maria Gimenez (19) Diego Forlan (35) 28.54
Honduras Luis Lopez (20) Noel Valladares (37) 28.56
Argentina Marcos Rojo (24) Hugo Campagnaro (33) 28.92

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