The squads have been finalised and the names confirmed. Now FIFA.com takes a look at the statistics behind the 176 players aiming to make an impression at South Africa 2010.
centimetres is the height that enables Serbia striker Nikola Zigic to look down on all the other 735 players taking part in South Africa. England's Peter Crouch is the second-tallest at one centimetre less, with South Africa's Matthew Booth at 1.98m. England also have the tournament's smallest player: Aaron Lennon, who measures in at just 1.65m.
caps make Cameroon's Rigobert Song the most experienced player at South Africa 2010.
participating players are from English clubs - 107 from the Premier League, 11 from the Championship – which is 34 more than the next best-represented country, Germany. Two English clubs, Chelsea (13) and Liverpool (12), are among the top three providers, along with Spanish giants Barcelona (13). Eight Panathinaikos players are in the Greece party, and no team worldwide can better that in a single squad. Contrastingly, Serbia’s 23 players come from 23 different clubs.
previous FIFA World Cup match appearances in their squad make Italy the most experienced of the 32 competing nations. England are next highest on 62 and Korea Republic third with 55. England, Australia and Netherlands have the most number of players with previous FIFA World Cup matches - they all have 12. The least experienced teams are Algeria, Chile, Greece, Honduras, Korea DPR, New Zealand, Slovakia and Slovenia who don't have a player with a single FIFA World Cup appearance.
goals make Honduras's Carlos Alberto Pavon the most prolific international at South Africa 2010.
years and three months is the average age of the Brazil squad, making it the oldest at this year’s FIFA World Cup. England, whose average age is just one month younger, are next on the list, although they boast the oldest player in David James, who is 39 years and 314 days. Christian Eriksen of Denmark is the youngest at 18 years and 117 days, while Ghana boast the youngest squad with an average age of 24 years and nine months. Korea DPR are the next youngest at 25 years and four months. (Ages as at 11 June 2010).
FIFA World Cup appearances have been made by Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro and Thierry Henry of France – more than any other player at South Africa 2010.
squads - England, Germany and Italy - are composed entirely of players who play their club football in their homeland. Nigeria, by contrast, don’t have a single home-based player among their 23.