We are just two days from the first ball being kicked at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013, with the teams all present and gearing up for action. With that in mind, we at FIFA.com have trawled through the numbers to find the key stats ahead of the tournament for you to get your teeth into.
The number of different countries who have appeared at the FIFA U-20 World Cup during the 19 editions since 1977. Of those, Cuba, El Salvador and Greece are all making their debut appearances at Turkey 2013, while three former champions will be out to add to their previous titles in the shape of Portugal, Ghana and Spain. This will also be the third tournament in a row where the winners of the last tournament have not been present to defend their crown. Colombia 2011 victors Brazil are missing this time, while Ghana and Argentina were both absent having triumphed in the 2009 and 2007 finals respectively.
Turkey 2013 will see 40 players make at least their second appearance at a FIFA tournament. This will be a second outing at an U-20 World Cup for 14 of them, with both New Zealand and Nigeria sporting three players each who were at Colombia 2011 – where all of the returning Flying Eagles members got on the scoresheet, with Edafe Egbedi and Olarenwaju Kayode getting three apiece. In total, the Oceania champions bring seven players in total who are returning to a FIFA competition – a figure equalled by Uruguay and Mexico – with Tim Payne and Cameron Howieson fresh from the 2012 Olympic Football Tournament in London.
The average age of Mali's team in months (which equates to 18 years and ten months old), making them the youngest squad at the tournament. In fact, the three most youthful sides all hail from West Africa, with Nigeria and Ghana following suit at two and four months older respectively. Even so, the youngest player on show hails from 8500 miles south-east of Mali's capital Bamako, with Australian starlet Daniel De Silva having only celebrated his 16th birthday in March. Only four of the other 503 players at Turkey 2013 share his age, with that set to decrease to three midway through the competition when Burhan Jumaah of Iraq turns 17 on 1 July.
The weight in kilograms of what everyone at Turkey 2013 is gunning for: the brand new FIFA U-20 World Cup trophy. Just under half a metre tall and 20cm wide, the competitors will fight for the chance to be the first side to hold aloft the latest incarnation of the cup, which was designed in Birmingham, England. Containing gold and silver, as well as copper, brass alloy, stainless steel and acrylic, all 5100g of it will be held aloft by one of the 24 teams on 13 July.
With reigning champions Brazil absent from this year's festivities, Spain and Australia are the two most experienced sides at Turkey 2013, with this set to be their 15th time at the U-20 World Cup. Spain also lead the list, alongside Korea Republic, of sides currently on the longest streak of consecutive appearances at the finals, with this their sixth meeting in a row. This follows Brazil ending a run of 16-straight trips to the biennial competition, which had stretched back to the third-ever competition in Australia 32 years ago. In fact, with A Seleção and record six-time champions Argentina remaining at home, Spain hold the most impressive stats of any of the other competing sides. They have scored the most goals – 141 at a rate of 2.1 per game - have recorded the most clean sheets (23), and have negotiated the opening round of the tournament with a 100 per cent record on five separate occasions.