0 – Algeria failed to score in South Africa four years ago, losing 1-0 to Slovenia, drawing 0-0 with England and losing 1-0 to USA.
0 – Belgium have never lost to an African nation at a World Cup – beating Morocco 1-0 at USA ’94 and drawing 1-1 with Tunisia at South Korea/Japan 2002.
2 – Belgium have not lost in the group stage of either of their last two World Cups (1998 and 2002) – winning 1 and drawing 5.
4 – Only Spain (3) conceded fewer goals than Belgium (4) in the European qualifying section.
5 – Algeria have failed to score in their last five World Cup matches since Djamel Zidane scored in a 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland at Spain ’82.
9 – Belgium have won 1 of their last 9 World Cup games (3-2 vs Russia in 2002), drawing five and losing three.
11 – There are 11 Premier-League based players in the Belgium squad – only England has more at this World Cup. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, loan), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United) and Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur). Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois is also in the squad, but was on loan at Atlético Madrid last season.
15 – 15 of Algeria’s 23-man squad were actually born in France.
42 – Algeria’s squad has fewer international goals (42) than any other nation at the start of the 2014 World Cup.
381 – With 381 caps combined, Algeria are the most-inexperienced squad at the 2014 World Cup.