Footballers who played a World Cup without complying with the 18 years

Footballers who played a World Cup without complying with the 18 years
Skin, en su debut en el Mundial de Suecia '58, He had 17 year old (Photo: AFP)

Last update February 22, 2020 by Javier Argudo

Participation in a World Cup is a highlight in the career of many players. But for some moment it came right at the beginning of his sporting career. There are even cases of young people who made their debut in world Cup without even having met the 18 years.


17 years, 1 my, 10 days. Northern Ireland Norman Whiteside He is the youngest player to have competed in the World Cup, the 17 June 1982 in Zaragoza, where your selection goalless draw with Yugoslavia. In that game the goalkeeper was Pat Jennings, what 4 years later he would become the first player with 41 years in World. At club level went through the Manchester United and the Everton.


17 years, 3 months, 7 days. One of the most famous Cameroonian players in recent years, Eto'o He debuted at France World Cup 1998 the 17 of June (the same date as it did Whiteside) with just over 17 years and 3 months. That day Italy beat Cameroon 3 a 0. During his career, Eto'o has played in the Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Inter de Milan Y Chelsea, among other clubs.


17 years, 3 months, 9 days. The World Cup debut came to Nigeria Votes with only two days old Eto'o, when the 12 June played with Nigeria in the goalless draw with England in the group stage of the Korea and Japan World 2002. He retired from football with only 21 years for eye problems, and best known club in which militated was the Swiss Grasshopper.

Salomon Olembé (CAMEROON)

17 years, 6 months, 3 days. In the same selection Eto'o in France 1998 I was Solomon Olembé, which he debuted in a match against Austria that ended with a tie. Was the 11 June and Cameroon had 17 Years and a half. Olembé has gone through teams like Olympique Marseille and the Wigan.


17 years, 7 months, 23 days. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Skin, He excelled at the World Cup in Sweden 1958 with only 17 years. The historic debut of the attacker Santos, considered one of the best footballers of all time, with canarinha was the 15 June against the USSR, Y Brazil He won by 2-0. This is the only list that was released with his team win, which in this case it ended up taking the World Cup in the Swedish edition.


17 years, 8 months, 1 day. As she happened with Eto'o and Cameroonian footballers Olembé, Nigerian Bartholomew Ogbeche mundialista shared a dressing room with another teenager, Votes. Ogbeche was a little older than his compatriot when debuted 2 June the 2002 in Japan, in a match that ended in defeat against Argentina by 1-0. A football Globetrotters, He has played in France, United Arab Emirates, Spain, Greece, England, and currently in the Dutch Wilhem II.


17 years, 11 months, 18 days. Cameroon narrowly Rigobert Song not enter this list, but a few days before his 18 He debuted at World US 1994, the 19 of June, in a match in which they tied two against Sweden. At club level he led to play in the Liverpool and the West Ham.

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