EURO 2012 - The Three Oldest (Average Age) Nations Are The First To Be Eliminated, Coincidence?

Russia, Sweden and Rep of Ireland are the first teams to crash out of the competition and so happen to be the 3 oldest teams in the tournament.

Misery for the Losers

Ireland

Ireland lost to the younger nations of Spain and Croatia

Irelands Average Age - 28.35

Croatian Team's Average Age - 27.09

Spain Team average age - 26.78

Russia

Russia lost to The younger Greece and failed to beat the younger Poland despite being higher ranked in the FIFA World Rankings

Russia's Average Age - 28.34

Polands Average Age - 25.13

Greece's Average Age - 27.17

Sweden

Sweden were beaten by the Younger teams of England and Ukraine and in their game against England threw away their 2 - 1 lead in the closing stages of the game, allowing England to score 2 goals to end a 2 - 3 loss. This could possibly be attributed to the older players getting tired towards the end of the game.

Sweden Average age - 28.30

Ukraines Average Age - 27.30

Englands Average Age - 26.04

Interesting Fact

Englands 3 Goalscorers against Sweden had an average age of 22.3

Danny Welbeck - 21

Andy Carroll - 23

Theo Walcott - 23

In Group B the youngest team in the tournament top the group, with the oldest team in the group finishing bottom with 0 points

Ok so no hard and fast rules in the end however;

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Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

Italy next to drop, and England to finish 3rd. Although Poland are 2nd youngest team and they're out.

The older teams just haven't been able to replace their bad players with younger ones, so the same old names keep popping up in their line-ups like Mellberg and Given.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

I guess not all young players are good ones but Poland certainly do break the rule here :(

The test will be if Holland and Portugal get eliminated by the younger Germans and Danes in Group B today


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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Id love it if Germany and Denmark went through the group together! Lets face it though Holland are a great team that has just fallen short at critical points. And you need a bit of luck in a 3 game group stage. Problem is although Holland have some motivation to beat Portugal they aren't fully in control, even if they win they could go out so that might be in the back of their minds a bit. On the other hand a draw could well be good enough for Portugal assuming Germany beat Denmark . But then again Germany have less motivation in this game too since they will ensure they are top of the group simply by drawing. Will be an interesting one!


Janhorner 4 years ago

My son Ryan, is footie mad and supports Arsenal in the UK premier league. This is great hub and I will tweeting and pinning.

Love the images and I like the way you have introduced the flags.

Jan


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Cheers Jan, Appreciated, hope he enjoys it.

Ben- Who'd have thought Russia would go out of group A, Group B could have quite a shock, think we always knew that with the group of death, Holland are up against the odds now, 3 game system is essentially a 2 legged knock out, fail to win both games and you could be out...


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Well the young denmark didn't proceed but..

Denmark lost to the younger Germany

Holland lost to the younger Portugal


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

The Youngest Team in the Tournament Germany top the group

The oldest team of group B finishes bottom with 0 points


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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Lets face it average age has little to do with the results. Nice idea but some of the youngest players in these teams haven't played any games. For example Mario Gotze who is one of Germany's youngest players and also Toni Kroos who is quite young at 22. Also Spain are an average of the average age squads (if that makes sense) and they look to be the best team so far. I think age matters for each individual but the age they will be at optimal experience compared with fitness totally depends on the position of the player and his natural strengths. Someone like Xavi gets older and maybe even gets slightly better, he will still be great for at least another 2 years. But strikers and most wingers are often past their best after age 30 or even before.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Spain look to be the best team so far? are ya kidding me lol, they drew to italy and couldn't see off croatia until the final minutes of the game, Germany with 3/3 wins and 9 points, GERMANY is statistically the best team so far, especially since they were in the 'Group of death' and Germany are THE! youngest team in the tournament, so i really have to disagree there but yes the it isn't a hard and fast rule, it would be nearly impossible for any rule to hold strong 100% in Football but more so than not so far, victory has gone to the younger team.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Also....

Germany's Oldest player who pushes their average age up is Miroslav Klose and has only played 10 mins of Football so far this tournament, Whereas opponents Denmark and Holland have fielded their oldest players Rohmedahl and Van Bommel for the majority of the games..

Englands oldest player bringing up their average age is Robert Greene and hasn't even play one single game yet, yet Swedens oldest player Svensson has played the majority of the game time.

Irelands Shay Given is their oldest player and played every game for them, whereas Morgan De Santis, Italys oldest player didn't play at all for them

These make the young squad im on about even younger, Gotze's exclusion is balanced by Klose's exclusion...


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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

Spain have been cautious so far but they do have what it takes to break down any team they play. Italy did really well too and they are one of the oldest squads so how do you explain that? Yes Germany do have some very young players and some shit teams like Ireland have some old players but it is just a coincidence. Some of the best players in the tournament are not partiucarly young at all: Xavi, Gerrard, Robben (yeah they went out but he has played well), Ribery and Ronaldo for example.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Robben has had a stinker! I just explained that Italys 35 Year old substitute Keeper brings up their average age


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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

The keepers are often old and one player in the squad makes little difference lol! My favourite team so far compared to expectations has to be Portugal and they are in the middle of that list. Italy look like they could be difficult for us to navigate too and they have an older squad than us even if you replaced their keeper with one of the same age as Jo Hart.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Well lets at least hope my theory works against Italy ;)


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Ben Cawley 4 years ago from Halifax, England.

That's one thing we can 100% agree on. I hope the old fools are pulled to pieces on the flanks ;)


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barry1001 4 years ago from North Wales

Very interesting article. Voted up.

This means we should beat the Italians in the quarter finals!!!


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

Well, this is certainly a little surprising. Is this s sign that teams should be using younger players, or simply that the best teams have players who got good when they were younger?


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CCahill 4 years ago from England Author

Im guessing in most cases these young players have been on the international scene a while in the youth setup, opposed to being undiscovered or undervalued.

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