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World Cup

If we win nothing else at the World Cup, we win the prize for the youngest player with Daniel Arzani officially declared the youngest at 19 years of age, and the only person at the World Cup to be born in 1999 (on 4 January).

In case you're wondering, Tim Cahill is the fourth oldest. Those older than him are Essan El-Hadary, 45 of Egypt; Rafael Marquez, 39 of Mexico and Sergey Ignashevic, 38 of Russia. 

This summary also includes the weight of players with England reversing the figures in respect of Harry Kane, stating that he is a hefty 98kg. He is, in fact, 89kg. The heaviest player at the tournament is Panama's Roman Torres (pictured) at 99kg, who is a defender with Seattle Sounders in the MLS. The lightest is Japan's Takashi Inui at 59kg.

The tallest is Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic at 201cm, while the shortest is shared between Panama's Alberto Quintero, Saudi Arabia's Al Sherhi Yahya and Switzerland's Zherdan Shaqiri, all at 165cm. 

Socceroos

Robbie Kruse says the counter-attacking style in use under Bert van Marwijk is "tailor-made" for him and he's relishing the extra space. 

A similar version of the Kruse interview here

Tomi Juric says his knee injury came at a bad time but he declares he is fit to play and ready to make an impact. 

Given another chance with the Socceroos - and a World Cup to boot - Millwall's James Meredith isn't going to die wondering when it comes to taking the pitch, and is urging the rest of the squad to "go full throttle", including against France. 

Michael Lynch gives us a history lesson on the 'Mighty Magyars' - a moniker that was given in the 1950s and the heyday of players such as Ferenc Puskas. Australia has met Hungary twice and defeated them on both occasions: in 1997, under Terry Venables, 3-1 and a 3-0 win three years later under Frank Farina. 

Russia

Russia will be using the World Cup as part of a soft diplomatic effort to present themselves as warm and cuddly. Believe that if you must; meanwhile players and staff of FFA have put in place measures to deal with what is seen as the biggest threat in Russia - cyber security. 

A-League bonuses

Some A-League clubs will receive a welcome financial bonus because of the compensation system in place for the clubs of players over the past two seasons. Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets will benefit the most at $440,000 and $360,400 respectively. Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners are the two Australian A-League clubs not to receive some benefit. 


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