Meet the 5 youngest gamers who participated within the World Cup all through historical past

Subsequent winter, Qatar is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup finals (November 21 and December 18) for the primary time within the Gulf and the Arab world, because it prepares to current a historic model that can stay within the minds.

On this report, we present you the 5 youngest gamers who participated within the World Cup all through its historical past, in line with the Opta community, which makes a speciality of sports activities numbers and statistics. The previous Northern Eire participant, Norman Whiteside, sits on the throne.

1- Norman Whiteside (Northern Eire, 17 years 40 days)
On the age of simply 17 years and 40 days, striker Norman Whiteside participated within the 1982 World Cup in Spain, breaking the report of Brazilian Pele, who was additionally beneath the age of 18 when he made his debut within the 1958 World Cup.

Whiteside solely made two main appearances for Manchester United (though by then he grew to become the membership’s youngest ever scorer within the final league recreation of the 1981-82 season) earlier than being known as up by former supervisor Billy Bingham to Northern Eire’s squad for the 1982 World Cup.

Whiteside broke the report for the youngest participant to seem on the World Cup in his nation’s first match within the event though he could not rejoice the achievement with a objective, however as a substitute, he additionally grew to become the youngest participant to obtain a yellow card in FIFA World Cup historical past.

2. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, 17 years, 3 months and seven days)
The previous Cameroon nationwide group star, Samuel Eto’o, participated for the primary time along with his nation on the age of 16, earlier than enjoying the 1998 World Cup in France on the age of 17 years, 3 months and seven days.

Eto’o’s first look within the World Cup was not profitable, as Cameroon misplaced to Italy 3-0 within the group stage, and the previous Barcelona star ended his worldwide profession in 2014 after taking part in 118 worldwide matches.

3: Femi Obabonmi (Nigeria, 17 years 3 months 9 days)
Femi Obabunmi is among the youngest gamers to make his presence within the Nigeria squad for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, the place he participated within the England match (0-0) within the group stage on the age of 17 years, 3 months and 9 days. He retired from worldwide soccer in 2006.

4: Salomon Olympe (Cameroon, 17 years, 6 months and three days)
Salomon Olympe participated in his first World Cup on the age of 17 years, 6 months and three days, within the match during which his nation’s nationwide group tied Cameroon with Austria 1-1 within the 1998 World Cup in France, the place he entered the assembly as an alternative to his colleague Samuel Eboa, and he retired from worldwide soccer in 2007.

5: Pele (Brazil.. 17 years 7 months 23 days)
The primary participation of the Brazilian legend Pele, within the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, on the age of 17 years, 7 months and 23 days, and his eye on attaining the title, as he participated in Brazil’s victory over the Soviet Union (on the time) with two objectives to zero, and Pele then grew to become the youngest participant to attain three Hat-trick objectives, in Brazil’s 5-2 victory over France within the semi-finals, to realize the world title on the expense of Sweden with the identical rating (5-2).

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