The biggest international football tournament in the world, the World Cup, has finally arrived! Every four years, the best national teams from around the world get together and compete against each other to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. The World Cup odds to win that are current available suggest that current world champions Germany are the favourites to win the trophy for the second consecutive tournament. However, five-time winners Brazil are just behind them on the odds market. Like the previous World Cup tournament, these two are the favourites to face off against each other in the final. However depending of their results in the group stage, the two nations could potentially face each other in the ‘Round of 16’ if Brazil win their group and Germany finish in second place in their group. Similarly, the teams could also face each other in the same round if Brazil finish second and Germany finish third. However, the most likely scenario is that both teams will win their groups. If this is the case then a final between the two sides is likely as it will be the earliest they will be able to ‘meet’ each other.
The average age of all 736 players is almost 28 years old, which will be the oldest in the tournament’s history. As you would expect, world class players such Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Edinson Cavani will all be competing at the tournament and adding to their 100+ caps despite reaching the later stages of their career. They’ll also be looking to add to their international goal tally. Meanwhile there will be players such as Dele Alli, Leon Goretzka, and Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi? who are relatively new to international tournaments and will be making their debut at the World Cup this summer. Although these players have very little experience on the international stage, they have to ability to produce moments of magic which could help their teams in the later stages of the tournament.
In this quiz, you are required to guess each individual player from their record for the national team. Some of the players mentioned should be instantly recognisable, but other may be slightly more difficult to guess. Take this quiz to see how many you can get correct, and let us know your score.