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2018 world cup

INTRODUCTION

This page looks at the squads at the 2018 World Cup. 

Charts

1. Average Percentage of Domestically Based Players in Squads by Stage Reached

2. Average PES Ratings of 2018 World Cup Squads

Data Table

3. 2018 World Cup Squads by Mean Age, Mean Height, Domestic Based Players and Foreign League with Most Players

Teams which reached further in the competition tended to have more domestically based players although the difference isn't great.

The winning country France had 39.1% of their squad domestically based compared to the average of 28.5% for all teams. The most common foreign league supplying the French squad was the Spanish La Liga with 6 players. The runners up Croatia had only 2 domestic based players, 8.7% of the squad. 

 

All 23 players in the England squad which reached the semi-finals were domestically based. The host nation Russia who reached the quarter finals had the 2nd most domestically based squad with 21 out of 23 players based in Russia. 6 played in the Italian Serie A. 2 countries, Senegal and Sweden, had no domestic based players. Senegal were knocked out in the first round while Sweden reached the quarter finals. Their fellow quarter finalists Brazil had 6 players based in England while only 3 based in Brazil. 

The highest rated team is Spain with 85.3 followed by Brazil with 85. The lowest rated team were Panama with 65.8 who were on the end of the biggest defeat in the tournament losing 6-1 to England in the group stage. In brackets is the standard deviation which shows the variation in players ratings within each team. Highest is Costa Rica. This is probably because they have a world class goalkeeper in Kaylor Navas and an otherwise weak squad. Among the top rated squads, only Belgium and Argentina have deviations above 4. The highest rated team, Spain, have a relatively low deviation at 2.5. They have a lot of strength in depth but no player who is considered the best in the world. 

3. 2018 World Cup Squads by Mean Age, Mean Height, Domestic Based Players and Foreign League with Most Players
National Team
Mean age
Mean height (cm)
Number of domestic players
Foreign league with most players
PES19 Mean Rating (Standard Deviation)
Argentina
28.4
179.4
4
Italy - 5
82.9 (4.1)
Australia
26.9
181.3
3
England - 7
73.2 (2.8)
Belgium
27
183.8
1
England - 11
82.3 (4.2)
Brazil
27.8
180.4
3
England - 6
85 (3.3)
Colombia
27.3
180.2
3
Spain - 6
79.3 (3.6)
Costa Rica
29
181.6
7
Spain and USA - 4
72.3 (5.6)
Croatia
27.5
184.9
2
Italy - 6
80.2 (4.2)
Denmark
26.1
185
3
England - 7
77.8 (3.5)
Egypt
27
180.1
6
English - 7
74.8 (4.2)
England
25.9
182.1
23
None
82.3 (2.4)
France
26.4
180.5
9
Spain - 6
84.4 (2.3)
Germany
25.7
183.8
15
England - 3
84.7 (3.2)
Iceland
29
185
1
England - 6
73.2 (4.2)
Iran
26.5
183.4
9
Russia and Greece - 3
72.6 (3.4)
Japan
27.5
178.1
8
Germany - 7
75.6 (2.8)
South Korea
26.5
182.2
12
Japan - 5
72.5 (3.9)
Mexico
27.4
179.5
9
Spain, Portugal, USA - 3
78 (2.9)
Morocco
27.2
182.4
2
Spain - 6
76.3 (4.3)
Nigeria
24.9
181.2
1
England and Turkey - 4
75.1 (3.4)
Panama
29.4
181.1
3
USA - 6
65.8 (4.5)
Peru
27
178.3
5
Mexico - 7
73.3 (3.3)
Poland
28
183.1
4
Italy - 7
77.7 (4.5)
Portugal
27.7
180.5
6
England - 4
81.7 (3.5)
Russia
28.1
184.3
21
Spain and Belgium - 1
78.7 (2.2)
Saudi Arabia
28.7
176.2
20
Spain - 3
71.5 (3)
Senegal
26.4
183.7
0
England and France - 7
77.2 (4.5)
Serbia
27.7
185.6
3
England - 5
78.2 (3.5)
Spain
28
179.5
18
England - 4
85.3 (2.5)
Sweden
27.4
185.2
0
England - 5
76.5 (2.9)
Switzerland
26.6
183.5
1
Germany - 10
78.2 (2.9)
Tunisia
26.8
184
6
France - 7
74 (2.5)
Uruguay
28.7
179.8
2
Spain and Italy - 5
80.3 (4.3)

Source:

https://www.pesmaster.com/pes-2019/

Charts created using OpenOffice Calc.

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