New record today? The oldest World Cup players in history
The oldest player ever to take part in a World Cup was 43 years and three days old – today this record could be pulverized. Field players are also represented in the top 16.
Colombia’s Mario Yepes (left, against Brazil’s Neymar) played his last World Cup match at the age of 38 and 172 days. Dramatically, Colombia lost 2-1 in 2014, but the captain’s goal did not count.
Vitor Damas last stood between the posts for Portugal in a 3-1 draw against Morocco on 12 June 1986. At that time he was 38 years and 247 days old.
David Seaman’s departure from the 2002 World Cup will probably always be remembered. Not because of the 38 years and 275 days that the English national keeper was old at the time. But rather because of the decisive 2-1 draw against Brazil in the quarter-finals, which meant England’s World Cup exit.
Denmark’s Jan Heintze played his last World Cup match at the age of 38 years and 293 days: After the 1-1 draw with Senegal on June 6, 2002, the captain of that time came to an end.
Because the home defenders had injured themselves in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, Sergey Ignashevich had to fight again – and was in the starting line-up for the 5-0 opening win over Saudi Arabia at 38 years and 335 days.
England’s Sir Stanley Matthews played his last game in the quarter-final 2-4 against Uruguay on 26 June 1954 at the age of 39 years and 145 days.