With some help from the number-crunchers at Fifa, we have come up with some of the key stats behind this year's World Cup in Brazil.
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Germany and the 2010 champions Spain may fancy their chances of becoming the first ever European team to win a World Cup in South America.
The Dutch were the last team to come close, losing the 1978 final in extra time to hosts Argentina.
A whopping 119 of the 736 players at the tournament play in the English leagues, by far the highest total of any country.
Along with a host of big name Premier League stars, a couple of World Cup players ply their trade in the third tier of the English game, League 1.
Massimo Luongo (pictured) of Swindon Town and Preston's Bailey Wright are among the Australia squad who will take on reigning champions Spain in their first Group B game on Friday June 15.
Spain have picked 16 of the 23 players who triumphed over the Netherlands in the 2010 final and they have the oldest average age of any squad in the competition.
The champions will be hoping their mixture of quality and experience will be enough to break the jinx on European teams winning in South America.
Speaking of experience, former England coach Fabio Capello comes in ahead of Uruguay's Oscar Tabarez (67 years, 3 months) and our own Roy Hodgson (66 years, 10 months) as the oldest manager at the tournament.
The youngest is Croatia's 42-year-old coach Niko Kovac, who is actually younger than the oldest player at the tournament, Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who turns 43 on June 21.
If he manages to score this year, the 35-year-old hitman will join Brazilian legend Ronaldo as the all-time leading World Cup scorer.
His nearest competitor at the tournament is Spanish striker David Villa, who has managed eight goals in two previous World Cup appearances.
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is the only member of Roy Hodgson's squad not to play in the Premier League.
By contract, Group D opponents Uruguay feature only one player from their own national league.
Cameroon's squad reportedly refused to board a plane to Brazil after deciding £61,000 was not enough to secure their services for the tournament.
The situation has now apparently been resolved and the players can focus on how to get through a group including hosts Brazil, along with Mexico and Croatia,