Fifa U17 World Cup: Nigeria the youngest, Germany the oldest (Average age of squads)

According to this 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.


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