1 – Exactly 1 African nation has got past the group stage at each of the last 7 World Cups. Algeria will be looking to make World Cup history by joining Nigeria in the second round this year.
2 – This is the second time Fabio Capello has faced Algeria in as many World Cups. His England drew 0-0 with them in South Africa four years ago. If Russia beat Algeria to finish second in Group H they would meet Germany in the second round – the same opposition and the same round where Capello’s side were eliminated four years ago.
2 – Russia have won their two previous World Cup matches versus African sides – beating Cameroon 6-1 in 1994 and Tunisia 2-0 in 2002.
3 – Russia have lost 3 of their last 4 World Cup group games.
3 – Algeria have failed to make it out of the group stage in any of the three previous World Cups they have qualified for.
4 – Algeria became the first African nation to score 4 goals in a single World Cup match in beating South Korea 4-2 in their last game. Prior to that they had only scored 1 goal in their previous 6 World Cup matches.
14% – Algeria have won only 1 of their 7 World Cup matches against European nations, drawing 2 and losing 4. This was a 2-1 win over West Germany in 1982.
17% – Russia head coach Fabio Capello has only ever won 1 of his 6 matches in the World Cup.
23 – Russia are the only nation in this World Cup where all 23 players play club football in their own country.
65% – 15 of the Algeria’s 23-man squad were born in France.