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| From 736 players going to the tournament to six teenagers set to light up Russia.... the crucial numbers behind this summer's World Cup
pic5678Football fans around the globe are anxiously counting down the days until the 2018 World Cup begins. Action officially begins at the month-long festival of football on June 14 when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in Moscow. Here, Sportsmail looks at some of the staggering figures behind this summer's highly-anticipated tournament. 736 Players going to the World Cup in the 23-man squads from 32 countries in Europe (14), South America (5), Africa (5), Asia (4), North & Central America (3) and Australasia (1).
£1.557 billion The annual average basic salaries that those 736 players earn, combined, each year from current club football. That averages at just over £2.1m each, although there is a huge range of wages from tens of millions per year for the biggest stars to tens of thousands for the lesser lights of minnow debutants like Panama. 124 Players based at clubs in England going to the World Cup, the most by far from any one place; this rises to 130 when players from Swansea and Cardiff in Wales are added. That 124 is way ahead of next best Spain (78) and Germany (67). Of the players from England and Wales, 107 were in the Premier League in 2017-18, and 22 in the Championship with one in League One.
54 The number of different countries where players at the World Cup are currently contracted but this rises to 55 if you include Finland, where Egypt's Abdallah Said is technically still on loan at KuPS, although he won't play for them again before going back to 'parent club' Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia. Finnish fans are keen for the midfielder to be credited as 'theirs' in Russia: he will become the first Finland-based footballer ever to appear at a World Cup. 8 Nations who have ever won the 20 World Cups since 1930. All have come from Europe (Germany, Italy, England, France, Spain) or South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay). pic5678
2,926,172 Tickets available for the 64 matches across 12 stadiums in 11 cities, including 2,582,231 seats for fans; 167,062 complimentary seats for sponsors and team delegations; 87,315 seats for media; 58,151 VIP seats for politicians and FIFA bigwigs; and 31,413 'contingency' seats that may become available. 19 The age of the youngest player going to the World Cup: Australia's Daniel Arzani, who will be 19 years and 161 days old on the day the tournament begins. He plays for Melbourne City in Australia and has just one senior cap, as a substitute in a friendly earlier this month. The last time that there were no players aged under 19 at a World Cup was 1990.
6 The number of teenagers at the World Cup, all aged 19. In addition to Arzani, there will be France's Kylian Mbappe, Morocco's Achraf Hakimi, Nigeria's Francis Uzoh, Senegal's Moussa Wague and England's Trent Alexander-Arnold. 45 The age of the oldest player at the World Cup, Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary. Born in January 1973, he is more than six years older than the next oldest player at the tournament, Mexico defender Rafael Marquez, 39, born in February 1979. 157 International caps won for Egypt by El Hadry, making him the most-capped player at the tournament, but just one of 38 players with 100 caps or more among all 32 teams. Nine players have zero caps to their name, pre-tournament, with two of them England players: Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nick Pope. pic5678