Expats, beanpoles and b-day boys
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The FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 is about to get under way, and the young stars who have assembled in the football-mad African country are understandably anxious to get the ball rolling.

The fans are no less keen to see them in action, and to help whet their appetite FIFA.com has compiled a list of the most unusual facts and figures relating to the tournament. So if you want to know how many players will be celebrating their birthdays at Nigeria 2009 and other such stats, then you have come to the right place.

169 - The number of months Bertrand Traore of Burkina Faso will have been on this earth for when he runs out to face Turkey on Sunday. The midfielder, who was born on 6 September 1995 will be exactly 14 years, 1 month and 19 days old when he lines up for the Group D opener, making him the youngest player in the competition and the only one, along with Gambia's Omar Bojang, to be born in 1995.

3 - The number of players born on 1 January 1992, the cut-off date for eligibility at Nigeria 2009. Enes Baykan (GER), Jong Kwon Lee (KOR) and Alberto Libertazzi (ITA) are the trio in question. If their mothers had given birth to them just a few hours earlier, they would not be in Nigeria right now.

198 - The height in centimetres of Germany goalkeeper Jonas Ermes, the tallest player at the event by just 2 cm from fellow gloveman Raphael Spiegel of Switzerland. Third in the height rankings is New Zealand defender Gordon Murie, who stands 195 cm tall.

16 - The number of participants who play their club football for Acadamie FAF of Argelia, more than other domestic outfit in the competition and twice as many as the next best represented club, Danubio of Uruguay. One behind them come Ajax of the Netherlands, Central United of New Zealand, Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica and Argentina's River Plate.

29 - The number of players who are currently playing in leagues outside their native countries. Turkey has more exiles than any other side at Nigeria 2009, with four of its squad members turning out in Germany, two in England and one in the Netherlands. The leagues of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Spain and United Arab Emirates account for 21 of the other expatriates who will be in action at the African showpiece.

7 - The number of birthdays that will be celebrated during the three-week competition. Honduras's Jair Aragon will be the first of the seven to blow out the candles when he turns 17 on 26 October, with Stephan El Shaarawi (ITA), Keith Cardona (USA), Mattia Perin (ITA), Kondwani Lufeyo (MWI), Michael Built (NZL), Dong Cheon Lim (KOR) and Luis Gil (USA) all following suit before the tournament's end.