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32 countries, 736 men — all strategically selected and positioned to compete for the prestigious world cup. These are a variety of men gifted with adept field skills as witnessed by their respective local teams, and who will make 2018 yet another notable year in the sport’s history.

But out of all these 32 flags and over 700 athletes, it’s interesting enough to know who made it to 2018 Russia campaign longer or earlier throughout their careers — as we name who got the most experienced and youngest style of play showcased in the World Cup event this year that also makes a good bet for a broker betting routine.

OLDEST: Essam El-Hadary, Egypt – 45

A forty-five years old footballer on the field — why not? The Pharaohs didn’t have a problem assigning the experienced Essam as its goalkeeper for 2018 Russia tournament if he didn’t have the feat to drive Egypt to victory. He’d definitely notch the title of being the Oldest Player at World Cup with 45 years and 161 days in the record — replacing 43 years-old Faryd Mondragon of Colombia who was considered as the oldest to ever appear in a World Cup last 2014. But that was changed right after Essam debuted his FIFA exposure in the Pharaoh’s Group A fixture this year.

El- Hadary is a professional football player who has twenty-five years of impressive Football experience up to his sleeve, starting from a local Egypt club Damietta, before making an approximate of 400 appearances for Cairo based team Al Ahly. El Hadary represented Egypt for over 159 times since he started his international football exposure in 1999. Aside from representing his country, he currently plays for Al Taawun, a local football team in Saudi Arabia.

Essam is an experienced football player that holds many outstanding awards such as 8 Egyptian Premier League titles, 4 Egypt Cups, 4 CAF champions league title 3 CAF Super Cups, 1 Arab Club Champions Cup and 2 Arab Super Cups. With a sturdy physique of that of a 35 years old player and twenty-five years of football expertise in his hands,  it’d be no wonder if we’ll still see Essam in action for future World Cup events and prove that his 45 years in existence is definitely just a number on the paper.

Honorable Mention:

Rafa Marquez, Mexico, 39 years and 4 months.

He was 6 years younger than Essam and considered one of the oldest athlete to play in 2018 Russia event. He’s a versatile defender that can reverse roles from being central, sweeper and defensive midfielder. After making 145 caps for El Tri since 1997, Marquez announced he’s going to retire from the football scene after Mexico’s fixtures in World Cup 2018.

YOUNGEST: Daniel Arzani, Australia – 19

Arzani is FIFA 2018’s youngest player to play with a juvenile age of 19 years and 152 days — younger than any player chosen to compete for the tournament.

Although he’s originally Iranian born player, Daniel was regarded as Australia’s rising attacking midfielder and winger who plays for his local team Melbourne City FC and the country national team. He’d become successfully considered as part of the land down under 2018 World Cup campaign after he impressively net 2 goals out of his 16 appearances with Australian A-league. He’s also the main man behind the Socceroos’ win against the Czech Republic in an international friendly last June 6th that ended with a 4-0 Full-Time score.

He may be regarded as a teenager in the eyes of sports fans and critics but coach Van Marwijk thinks that the 19-year-old athlete got what it takes to be Australia’s next football superstar to represent the country in its future international appearances. Daniel is observed to possess a technical yet creative style of play on the field, all the while employing the maturity any footballer 20 years and above usually manifests.

He was awarded the PFA’S Harry Kewell Medal award for the new best young player to star for Socceroos’ World Cup 2018 fixture. With his quick speed, skillful ball dribbling and exceptional versatility on the field, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’d follow the steps of the World Cup 2018’s most experienced player, Essam El-Hadary.

Honorable Mentions

Kylian Mbappe, France – 19 years and 167 days

It was an interesting thing to note that Mbappe of Les Bleus is only 15 days older than Arzani.

Kylian is  France’s 19 years old forward who plays for Paris Saint Germain and his 180 million transfer deal for the team from AS Monaco in 2017 made him one of the essential man on France’s national team to compete in Russia 2018. He made the record for becoming the youngest French goalscorer at age 19 after he nets a goal for France against Peru the last 21st of June with a 1-0 Full-Time score.

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