With age comes more experience may not apply to the FIFA World Cup.
Spain was the number one team in the 2014 World Cup. The Spanish team houses the biggest group of legendary soccer idols, on top of all the 32 teams in the tournament. The Spanish team ranks as having the 7 oldest team members, with a member median age of 28 years of age. The Spanish team’s older players appeared in a total of 1,375 international soccer games, the greatest number among all of the contenders. The Spanish team achieved a score of a total of 217 goals in global matches.
The Spanish team’s losses against much younger teams Chile and the Netherlands have not escaped audience’s awareness. Spain lost to the Dutch in five goals in an opening game on June 13, the greatest number of goals lost in a World Cup game so far in history.
Spain lost against Chile in 2 goals on Wednesday. This hinders the Spaniard team from continuing on to compete beyond the previous three games. The Spaniard goalie that led the goal giving up for the team, Iker Casillas, competed in 153 international soccer games, the greatest number by a player in a tournament.
Age may not necessarily mean anything negative in the World Cup. Many world champions, aside from Spain, failed to continue on the World Cup’s first round three out of the previous four international competitions, as reported by The New York Times.