As one of the most historical soccer tournaments around the globe, the 2018 FIFA World Cup is certainly expected to be a memorable one. Already with the United States, Ghana and Italy not qualifying, the cup hasn’t started out as anticipated. Hosting it in Russia stirs the pot up a bit as well (I don’t really think I need to expand on why). With so much unpredictability surrounding the tournament, here’s something we can predict: world cup records are set to broken, and here are the most likely ones to fall.
Most Players Sent
Pep Guardiola has certainly been busy this past 2017/2018 season building a power team, and y’know what? It’s paid off. Manchester City has officially broken the record for sending the most players to a FIFA World Cup. This title was previously held by Arsenal when in 2006, the team sent 15 players. At an impressive 17 players, Guardiola isn’t messing around. In total, the ManCity team will be represented in a smorgasbord of countries including Brazil, England, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and France.
A Player in Every Group
This is the first record of its kind so Barcelona should be proud. The club is the first one to send a player to each of the eight FIFA World Cup groups.
Group A: Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
Group B: Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba (Spain)
Group C: Samuel Umtiti, Ousmane Dembele (France)
Group D: Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
Group E: Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho (Brazil)
Group F: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany)
Group G: Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)
Group H: Yerry Mina (Colombia)
The Oldest Player
Egypt’s goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadary is about to score his first ever hat-trick. The 45-year-old is set to break three records simultaneously when he steps onto the field. Since Egypt hasn’t qualified for the World Cup since 1994, El-Hadary will be making his first tournament debut and therefore transcend the previous record that David James of England once held at age 39. El-Hadary will officially become the oldest player to debut in the World Cup.
The other two records will be oldest captain and oldest player. The oldest captain title was once held by Faryd Mondragon of Colombia at 43 years of age and the oldest player was last owned by Peter Shilton of England when he was 40 years-old.
Most Clean Sheets
Both Peter Shilton of England and Fabian Barthez of France currently have the most clean sheets kept with 10. That’s nice and all, but Germany’s first-choice keeper, Manuel Neuer is assumed to break this. Neuer has clocked in seven clean sheets so far from the 2010 and 2014 editions. Although Neuer was out the majority of last season due to a broken foot, Germany doesn’t seem to be worried about Neuer’s capability.
Most World Cup Goals
Miroslav Klose of Germany currently holds the title of most world cup goals with 16. However, previous teammate Thomas Müller is hoping to surpass this. Müller presently has 10 goals under his belt, so he needs seven more in this single tournament. It may seem like a lot, but Germany is expected to go far. Not only that, but Müller is just one member of an extremely talented team, which will certainly result in there being many goal-scoring opportunities.