World Cup Goalkeepers Stats you never asked for.

World Cup Goalkeepers Basic Stat breakdown.

One of the not-so-great byproducts of the World Cup is that many people feel the need to create spreadsheets containing some of the most obscure statistics, the vast majority of which fall somewhere between “Do we really need this” and “I might be able to use this one on Trivia Night”. I wish I could say that I was immune to this phenomenon, but when the Guardian published a datasheet with all the WC players’ vital stats on it, I just had to tinker with it. You can find the original Guardian data file here

Using the Guardian’s data as a start I filtered out the goalkeepers and added the height and weight information for each player, for no other reason that to come up with the following goalkeeper statistics (I used kilograms and centimeters because that it what most of the civilized world uses. If you insist on converting to US lbs. and feet just remember, 1 kg is 2.2222 lb and 30 centimeter is about a foot):

The Average World Cup GK at a glance

Avg Age:                                                      28.45            (Range 20–43 / Median: 28)

Avg Height (in cm.)                                187.7            (Range 178-199 / Median 188)

Avg Weight (in kg.)                                 81.85            (Range 68-95 / Median 82)

Avg Caps                                                      23.96            (Range 0 – 153 / Median 9)

Total International Goals scored by WC Keepers               0

Top Leagues Represented:

England                                                                                    10
France                                                                                        8
Germany                                                                                    7
Spain                                                                                          5
Italy                                                                                            4
Belgium                                                                                     4
Russia                                                                                        4

Most Caps:
Iker CASILLAS                       Spain                                       153
Gianluigi BUFFON                 Italy                                        139
Noel VALLADARES               Honduras                               120
Stipe PLETIKOSA                   Croatia                                   110
Tim HOWARD                        USA                                         100

Fewest Caps:
Luis LOPEZ                             Honduras                                    0
Oliver ZELENIKA                   Croatia                                        0
Mattia PERIN                          Italy                                              0
David DE GEA                         Spain                                            0
Roman BUERKI                       Switzerland                                0
Camilo VARGAS                     Colombia                                     0
LEE Bumyoung                        South Korea                               0
Sammy BOSSUT                      Belgium                                      0
Jasmin FEJZIC                        Bosnia & Herzegovina              0
Rodrigo MUNOZ                     Uruguay                                      0

Oldest Goalkeepers:
Faryd MONDRAGON             Colombia                                   43
Noel VALLADARES                Honduras                                   37
Gianluigi BUFFON                  Italy                                            36
Nick Rimando                           USA                                            35
Tim Howard                              USA                                            35

Youngest Goalkeepers:
Stefanos KAPINO                    Greece                                         20
Luis LOPEZ                              Honduras                                    20
Oliver ZELENIKA                    Croatia                                        21
Mattia PERIN                           Italy                                             21
Sayouba MANDE                     Ivory Coast                                 21

Heaviest (in kg):
Jasmin FEJZIC                         Bosnia & Herzegovina              95
Brad GUZAN                             USA                                             95
LEE Bumyoung                         South Korea                               94
Faryd MONDRAGON              Colombia                                    94
Pepe REINA                              Spain                                            92
Manuel NEUER                        Germany                                     92

Lightest (in kg):
Cedric SI MOHAMMED         Algeria                                        68
Boubacar BARRY                     Ivory Coast                                 69
Igor AKINFEEV                       Russia                                          71
Patrick PEMBERTON             Costa Rica                                   72
Maty RYAN                               Australia                                     73
Hugo LLORIS                           France                                          73

Tallest (in cm.):
LEE Bumyoung                        South Korea                               199
Thibaut COURTOIS                Belgium                                       198
Jasmin FEJZIC                        Bosnia & Herzegovina               197
Stefanos KAPINO                    Greece                                         197
Joe HART                                 England                                        196
Asmir BEGOVIC                      Bosnia & Herzegovina               196
Alexander DOMINGUEZ        Ecuador                                       196

Shortest (in cm.):
Nick RIMANDO                         USA                                            178
Noel VALLADARES                  Honduras                                  179
Patrick PEMBERTON               Costa Rica                                 179
Fraser FORSTER                       England                                      180
Donis ESCOBER                        Honduras                                   180
Fatawu DAUDA                         Ghana                                          180

 
Like the above wasn’t enough superfluous information, I decided to break the categories down by country. Of course, this doesn’t mean much since with only three goalkeepers, a single outlier, like Casillas, will skew the average significantly. (and every average will end in either .00, .33 or .67) but there are some interesting surprises in the numbers, for instance, the low amount of average caps of the Netherlands goalkeepers (8.67), which have an average age of 27.0 and include Premier League starters Vorm and Krul. (I think we can blame van der Sar’s and Stekelenburg’s longevity for that). We also might have to start asking ourselves what it is that the Bosnians put in their cevapcici because they “grow ’em big” over there.

Statistics by Country:
 
Most Average Caps:
Spain                                                61.67
Italy                                                 49.00
Honduras                                       46.67
Nigeria                                            45.00
USA                                                  46.33

Fewest Average Caps:
Cameroon                                    4.00
Australia                                      5.67
Iran                                               6.33
Greece                                           7.33
Netherlands                                 8.67

Oldest Average Age:
USA                                                33.0
Brazil                                             32.0
Columbia                                       31.0
Mexico                                           30.7
Uruguay                                         30.3

Youngest Average Age:           
Greece                                            25.0
Belgium                                         25.33
Cameroon                                      25.67
South Korea                                  25.67
Switzerland                                   26.00

Tallest Average Height (in cm)
Bosnia & Herzegovina                 194.33
Belgium                                         192.67
Croatia                                           192.00
South Korea                                  192.00
Argentina                                       191.67

Shortest Average Height (in cm)           
Honduras                                       180.33
Costa Rica                                      182.00
Chile                                               184.00
Mexico                                           185.00
Cameroon                                      185.33
France                                             185.33
Ghana                                              185.33
Japan                                               185.33
Portugal                                          185.33           
 
Highest Average Weight (in kg.)
USA                                                88.67
Bosnia & Herzegovina                88.00
Germany                                       86.67
South Korea                                 86.67
Argentina                                     86.00
 
Lowest Average Weight (in kg.)
Costa Rica                                     75.67
Ghana                                            76.00
Algeria                                          76.67
Honduras                                     76.67
Russia                                            78.67

You can download the full spreadsheet I made here: World Cup 2014 GK data

Let the games begin!

Johan

About Coach Johan

I was born and raised in the Netherlands, and have been playing "real football" since I was old enough to identify a ball. Currently residing in Maryland, I hold USSF “D” and NSCAA “National” Goalkeeping coaching licenses, and have been a part-time Assistant / Goalkeeping Coach at the High School, Club, ODP and NCAA Div 1 levels since 1999. When not playing, talking, writing or thinking about football and goalkeeping, I remind airline passengers to keep their seatbelts comfortably fastened around them, in my day job as a pilot for a major US airline. I can be reached at jdevicq at icloud dot com. Please note that I do not do private training or camps
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