FIFA World Cup 2014: Group G

Your Quick Guide To Group G Teams of the FIFA World Cup 2014

Teams:

Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

Belgium

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11 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best – Fourth place in 1986 (Mexico)

12th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Marc Wilmots   

Players to watch out for:  Nacer Chadli, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Toby Alderweireld, Vincent Kompany, Thhomas Vermaelen, Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Defour

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

It was expected from Belgium which has a galaxy of star footballers from Europe to do extremely well in the qualifying rounds and they lived up to the expectations. They topped the group where they had teams like Croatia, Serbia and Scotland. They dropped only few points as an early draw against Croatia. But then they sealed a 2-1 victory against them at Zagreb which finally confirmed their place for Brazil.

Algeria

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3 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions 

25th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Vahid Halihodzic 

Players to watch out for: Madjid Bougherra, Sofiane Feghouli, Medhi Lacen, Islam Slimani

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Algeria struggled to qualify for the Brazil and they did miss few heartbreaks as well. They won five of their six group matches and then easily topped the group. But then they had poor run in AFCON as they lost to Burkina Faso by 3-2 but then they took revenge at home by winning against them by 1-0. That made their place secure in Brazil.

Russia

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9 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best – Fourth place in 1966 (England)

18th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Fabio Capello    

Players to watch out for: Igor Akinfeev, Sergey Ignashevich, Roman Shirokov, Voctor Fayzulin, Zenit

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Russia was favorite to seal the place in Brazil easily and they started exactly the same way by winning against Northern Ireland and Israel and then the big win against Portugal in Moscow gave their campaign the momentum. But then lost to Portugal in the away match after winning against Azerbaijan with a narrow margin, but then the wins against Israel and Luxembourg they secured their place in Brazil.

Korea Republic

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8 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best – Fourth place in 1986 (Mexico)

55th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Hong Myungbo  

Players to watch out for: Son Heungmin, Koo Jacheol, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Lee Keunho

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Korea Republic kept on changing their squad during the qualifying round. They were stunned by Lebanon in the third round by 2-1 and the future looked bleak. Then Korea beat Kuwait and drew next two games against Uzbekistan and Lebanon and then won against Iran. They win against Uzbekistan in the last but one game and when Qatar defeated Uzbekistan by 5-1 and thus Korea could qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2014.

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