Fifa U17 World Cup: Nigeria the youngest, Germany the oldest (Average age of squads)
According to this goal.com report, Nigeria is going to Chile with the youngest team of the tournament. Weird right?
Well, coach Emmanuel Amuneke's team as an average age of 16.42. Read the full report below.
The stage is set for the sixteenth edition of the Fifa U17 World Cup with all the participating teams submitting their final list for the championship. With an average age of 16.42 years, Nigeria are taking the youngest bunch of players to the championship in which they have won four times.
Despite placing fourth at the African U17 Championship, coach Emmanuel Amuneke has kept faith in majority of the players that played in Niger Republic – with Kelechi Nwakali and Victor Osimhen leading the pack.
Germany, on the other hand, have the oldest squad, with an average age of 17.0 years, just ahead of Russia, Belgium and Mexico.
|Average age of each 2015 U17 World Cup squad|
|Team||Youngest player||Oldest player||Average age|
|Argentina||Luis Olivera (16)||Marcos Peano(17)||16.8|
|Chile||Macelo Allende (16)||Yerko Leiva (17)||16.6|
|Croatia||Matej Hudećek (16)||Adrian Šemper (17)||16.9|
|Nigeria||Edidiong Essien (15)||Orji Okwonkwo (17)||16.42|
|USA||Tyler Adam (16)||Joe Gallardo (17)||16.9|
|Brazil||Léo Santos (16)||Leandro (17)||16.9|
|England||Herbie Kane (16)||Chris Willock (17)||16.8|
|South Korea||Kim Jung-min (15)||Lee Sang-min (17)||16.8|
|Australia||James Delianov (15)||Josh Hope (17)||16.6|
|Mexico||Edwin Lara (16)||Fernando Hernández (17)||16.9|
|Belgium||Dante Rigo (16)||Ismail Azzaoui (17)||16.9|
|Ecuador||Byron Castillo (16)||Jhonner Montezuma (17)||16.9|
|Costa Rica||Miguel Aju (15)||Ian Smith (17)||16.8|
|Germany||Dominik Franke (17)||Salih Özcan (17)||17.0|
|Honduras||Javier Delgado (16)||Darixon Vuelto (17)||16.6|
|North Korea||Pak Yong-gwan (16)||Jong Ju-song (17)||16.6|
|Russia||Andrei Kudriavtchev (16)||Nikolay Prudnikov||16.9|
|France||Dayot Upamecano (16)||Jeff Reine-Adelaïde (17)||16.6|
|Mali||Fofana Mamadou (15)||Zoumana Simpara (17)||16.43|
|Syria||Mohammed Khoja (16)||Hassan Damen (17)||16.8|
|Paraguay||Ricardo Gabazza (16)||Blas Riveros (17)||16.8|
|New Zealand||Wali Mohammadi (16)||Oliver Ceci (17)||16.6|
|South Africa||Wiseman Meyiwa (15)||Nelson Maluleke (17)||16.7|
|Guinea||Alhassane Soumah (15)||Jules Keita (17)||16.7|
Hosts Chile have gone for a mix of players between 16 – 17 years as coach Miguel Ponce has included 13 players who are 17, while Macelo Allende, Simón Ramírez and Luis Ureta bring the average down to 16.6.
The award for tallest player at the 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup goes to New Zealand defender Hunter Ashworth, towering above all at 195cm. Should the 17-year-old be at his best in Chile, chances are that he might just stop all the attacking forays of opposing strikers.
Guinea’s midfielder Karim Conte is the shortest player in the competition at 140 cm.
Heading into the competition, some teams have adopted a more youthful approach than others while most have gone for a blend of ages. After the final on November 8 at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina Del Mar, we will see which approach works best.