10 interesting stats ahead of Russia vs South Korea

0 – Excluding USSR, Russia have never made it past the group stage at a World Cup, previously qualifying in 1994 and 2002.

1 – Russia are the only nation at the 2014 World Cup where the whole of their 23-man squad play their club football in their home country.

1 – South Korea defender Kwak Tae-hwi is the only player in their squad over the age of 30.

2 – South Korea have won only 2 of their last 10 World Cup matches since their win over Italy back in 2002 on home soil. These came against Togo in 2006 and Greece in 2010. Both of these were their opening game.

2 – Both Brazil and Mexico will have played their second group game before Russia and South Korea kick off their opener. These two teams have significantly less rest over the rest of the nations in the tournament as they start their campaign on Tuesday night.

5 – South Korea have scored the most direct free kicks at World Cups since 1990.

6 – Russia have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 6 World Cup games.

8 – This is South Korea’s eighth successive World Cup. Only Brazil (20), Germany (18), Italy (14), Argentina (11) and Spain (10) are on a longer run than the Asian side.

25% – South Korea have only made it out of the group stage in two of their previous eight World Cup campaigns.

57 – Only Australia (62) are below South Korea in the FIFA World Rankings of the 32 nations that qualified for Brazil 2014.

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