Ryan Giggs and the 10 Oldest Premier League Players
Thanks to a combination of clean living, a healthy diet, plenty of yoga and some kind of Faustian pact with the devil, Ryan Giggs continues to feature for Manchester United at 40 years and four months old.
As the legendary Welshman prepares to host Bayern Munich in the Champions League—while shrugging off rumours of a rift with manager David Moyes, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian—here are the 10 oldest players to have made an appearance in the 2013/14 Premier League season.
10. Frank Lampard
During Crystal Palace's surprise victory over Chelsea last weekend, Super Frankie Lampard was 35 years, nine months and nine days old, making him the 10th-oldest player in the league this season.
Since making his debut for West Ham in 1995, Lampard has won three Premier Leagues, a European Cup and four FA Cups in addition to numerous personal accolades.
9. Sylvain Distin
French centre-back Sylvain Distin has played more than 400 matches in the Premier League for Newcastle, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Everton, per football writer Philippe Auclair. No other foreign outfield player has featured in that many English top-flight games.
In January, Distin signed his second consecutive one-year contract, keeping him at Goodison Park until Summer 2015, when he will be 37-and-a-half years old.
8. Georgios Karagounis
Georgios Karagounis' lengthy career looked like it may have drawn to a conclusion when Panathinaikos released him in 2012. Fulham then offered the Greek midfield maestro a one-year deal only to release him at the end of 2012/13.
However, Karagounis keeps managing to prolong his career, having been offered another year-long deal at the start of this campaign. Thus far, the Euro 2004 hero has made 13 league appearances for the troubled West Londoners.
7. Kelvin Davis
Twenty years after he made his professional debut at Luton, Kelvin Davis wears the No. 1 shirt at Southampton.
In 2013/14, the former Saints captain has lost out to his mad Polish counterpart Artur Boruc in the selection stakes, but he earned starts against Everton and Chelsea, conceding five goals in the process.
6. Thomas Sorensen
Danish shot-stopper Thomas Sorensen spent a decade between the sticks at Sunderland and Aston Villa but has spent recent seasons playing Asmir Begovic's understudy at Stoke.
Sorensen has defied his advancing years to make seven starts for the Potters in 2013/14, three of which were in the Premier League.
5. Jussi Jaaskelainen
West Ham fans may not have enjoyed everything they have seen this season—they booed the dull display in the recent victory over Hull—but goalkeeper and Sam Allardyce accomplice Jussi Jaaskelainen has managed to keep eight clean sheets in 18 Premier League games in 2013/14.
4. Steve Harper
Oh look, another goalkeeper on this list!
Following 20 years on the books at Newcastle, Steve Harper earned a one-year contract from Hull this season.
Harper has made 13 appearances for Hull in all competitions in this campaign, keeping clean sheets in both league matches against Sunderland.
3. Ryan Giggs
Giggsy may have lost a yard of pace in his fifth decade, but seeing as this is his 24th league campaign with Manchester United, the Welshman can probably be forgiven.
By looking after himself and taking advantage of some impressive genetics, Giggs has become the most successful player in English football history, collecting 13 league titles, two Champions Leagues, four FA Cups and much more.
2. Kevin Phillips
After helping Crystal Palace reach the Premier League promised land last season, veteran striker Kevin Phillips agreed to stay on the books for one more season.
He made just five goalless appearances before moving back down to the Championship with Leicester in January, where he has thus far bagged two goals in eight starts.
1. Brad Friedel
Brad Friedel may have lost his place in the Tottenham goalmouth to younger model Hugo Lloris, but the American played in November's 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at the age of 42 years and five months, making him the oldest Premier League player of the season.
That was Freidel's solitary Premiership outing so far this season, but he has made eight other appearances in the League Cup and Europa League.