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Do age and experience matter?

Originally Published: April 19, 2010
By Paul Carr | ESPN Stats & Information

You can't win if you haven't been there. Veteran leadership steadies a team. The playoffs are a different animal. Seniors win titles. All these sports clichés underscore the importance of age and experience as two key criteria to making a run in any tournament.

The World Cup is no exception. Anecdotally, everyone remembers the battle of the aged between Italy and France in the 2006 final, which matched two of the tournament's five oldest teams, according to average age. Statistically, ...

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