Tracking the Mileage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer Players

Think marathoners run a lot? Some of the top players in the 2014 FIFA World Cup covered more than 50 miles during the tournament.

The long distances covered throughout the course of a game combined with sudden bursts of speed and constant cutting makes soccer an effective cross-training exercise for runners. Soccer incorporates endurance and interval training while improving agility.

Here are two infographics that show who covered the most distance in the 2014 World Cup, according to the official FIFA website.

Mileage Per Game

FIFA World Cup Mileage Per Game

USA's Michael Bradley and Chile's Marcelo Diaz ran more than 8 miles per game. Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, Argentina's Marcos Rojo and Costa Rica's Celso Borges weren't far behind. All five players, along with several others, ran more than a 10K race in each game they played.

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