NEUCHATELWith an average age of 24.9 years on June 1st, Turkey have the youngest team heading for the Euro 2020 finals next week.

Turkey outrank England (25.2 years) and Wales (25.5 years). At the opposite end of the scale are Sweden (29.2 years), followed by Belgium (29.1 years) and Slovakia (28.2 years).

Poland’s Kacper Kozlowski is the youngest player, having been born on October 16, 2003, while the Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (22.09.1982) is the oldest.

The statistics have been compiled by CVIES in the latest weekly post which presents the average number of domestic league minutes played since September 1st 2020 by footballers from the 24 teams qualified.

The maximal value was recorded for players of the English team (2,496 minutes), while the lowest one was measured for Ukraine (on average only 1,390 domestic league minutes per player).

National teams with players active in the most competitive clubs have greater chances to win trophies.

Issue number 340 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post compares selections qualified from the perspective of the average sporting level of the teams of employment of players in squads. France tops the table ahead of Germany and Spain.

About the CIES Football Observatory

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES). Created in 2005 by Dr. Raffaele Poli and Dr. Loïc Ravenel, the CIES Football Observatory currently comprises a staff of four full-time permanent researchers who specialise in the statistical analysis of football. Click here for more information.

About the CIES

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) is an independent study centre located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. It was created in 1995 as a joint venture between the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the University of Neuchâtel, the City and State of Neuchatel. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

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