The Olympic Football Tournaments in numbers

With the Olympic Football Tournaments set to kick off, highlights some intriguing statistics behind the competing teams.

223 internationals is what makes USA’s Carli Lloyd the most-capped woman at Rio 2016. The highest scorer is Marta, who has hit 92 goals in 95 games for Brazil.

75 senior caps is what makes Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel and South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune have won – more than any other players participating in the men’s event. They are followed by Brazil showman Neymar (70), Iraq pair Saad Abdul-Amir (55) and Ahmad Ibrahim (53), Mexico striker Oribe Peralta (50), Korea Republic’s Son Heungmin (48) and Teofilo Gutierrez of Colombia. Neymar boasts the most senior international goals (46).

40 is the age that makes Rebecca Rolls the oldest player at the tournament. A wicketkeeper-batswoman who helped New Zealand win the Women’s Cricket World Cup, she made her Football Ferns debut 22 years ago. If Rolls make an appearance in Rio, she will surpass Brazil’s Meg, who was 40 years and seven months when she played in the third-place play-off in 1996, as the oldest player in Olympic history.

32 victories is the record Italy hold in the men’s tournament – but for how long? Brazil require just two wins to surpass Italy, who did not qualify for Rio 2016. Another Italian record Brazil are chasing is for the most goals in the tournament – they need 14 to tie it.

12 of France’s 18-woman squad come from Lyon, who recently won their third UEFA Women’s Champions League.

16 years and three months is what makes Ellie Carpenter the youngest squad member in Rio. If the Australia defender makes an appearance, she will surpass Brazil’s Daniela and Raissa Feudjio (16 years and eight months) as the youngest player in the tournament’s history.

11 consecutive victories is the record run USA’s women are on in the Olympic Football Tournament. They last failed to win in a 2-0 loss to Norway in their 2008 curtain-raiser. If the Americans win their opener against New Zealand, they will double the next best series of victories, set by the Norwegians between 2000-08.

7 of the 16 men’s squads have a player attached to an English club – more than any other nation. Fiji, Germany and Mexico have just one player based overseas – Roy Krisha (Wellington Phoenix), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal) and Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo).

6 Women’s Olympic Football Tournaments – every edition – is what Formiga is reaching in Rio. The 38-year-old Brazilian has played in a record 24 matches.

4 teams have won back-to-back men’s trophies. Great Britain were the first, before Hector Scarone and Pedro Cea – heroes of Uruguay’s maiden FIFA World Cup™ – helped their nation to gold in 1924 and ’28. Hungary emerged triumphant in 1964, when Ferenc Bene dazzled, and ’68, while Carlos Tevez inspired Argentina to their first crown in 2004. An all-star cast including Messrs Mascherano, Riquelme, Di Maria, Messi and Aguero then successful defended the Albiceleste’s title four years later. Can Mexico become the fifth?

4 Olympic golds is what USA goalkeeper Hope Solo has the chance to become the first footballer to win, after having earned her first in 2004 as an alternate in the squad. Shannon Boxx, Heather Mitts, Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone – none of whom are on duty at Rio 2016 – also have three.

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