World Cup 2014: Your guide to Group H - Belgium; Algeria; Russia; South Korea

The lowdown on all of the teams in Group H

Fixtures (times BST):

June 17 Belo Horizonte, 1700: Belgium v Algeria

June 17 Cuiaba, 2300: Russia v South Korea

June 22 Rio de Janeiro, 2300: Belgium v Russia

June 22 Porto Alegre, 1700: South Korea v Algeria

June 26 Sao Paulo, 2100: South Korea v Belgium

June 26 Curitiba, 2100: Algeria v Russia

Belgium

How they qualified

Unbeaten Uefa Group A winners.

Key player

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – The tricky attacking midfielder will look to thrive on the world’s grandest stage.

Dangerman

Christian Benteke – Aston Villa striker has scored 18 Premier League goal this calendar year, more than any other player. His presence upfront will add the finishing touches to all the finesse in midfield.

World Cup best

Failed to qualify for last two World Cups, but can the current talented crop surpass their best finish of fourth-place in 1986?

Premier League interest

Could well be 14 players owned by Premier League teams - Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard, Mousa Dembélé, Nacer Chadli, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas, Christian Benteke, Vincent Kompany, Thorgan Hazard.

Most expensive

Hazard - £32.5m, from Lille to Chelsea, 2012/ Axel Witsel - £32.5m, from Benfica to Zenit, 2012

 

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Algeria

How they qualified

CAF Third Round winners

Key player

Madjird Bougherra (Lekhwiya)The tough tacking Algerian defender is also the captain of Algeria.

Dangerman

Ishak Belfodil (Inter Milan) The 21 year old striker is in his first season with Inter Milan after the club bought 50% his economic rights from Parma.

World Cup best

Group stage

Premier League interest

Adlene Guedioura - Crystal Palace

Most expensive

Karim Ziani, from Sochaux to Marseille for a fee in the region of £7 million, 2007

 

Russia

How they qualified

Uefa Group F winners, ahead of Portugal.

Key player

Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)- The star of Euro 2012, Dzagoev has talent in abundance and he’ll be looking to continue his fine form in Brazil.

Dangerman

Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit)- The spearhead of the Russia attack, the movement of the Zenit striker will look be a major test for any opposition defence.

World Cup best

Finished fourth back in 1966.

Premier League interest

Currently none – all of the squad play at home in Russia.

Most expensive

Yuri Zhirkov - £18m, CSKA Moscow to Chelsea, 2009

 

South Korea

How they qualified

AFC Fourth Round Group A runners-up.

Key player

Lee Keun-Ho (Ulsan Hyundai)- Keun-Ho is on loan at K-League side Sangju Sangmu FC, who play in the sports division of the Military of South Korea.

Dangerman

Son Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen)Heung-Min is in impressive form for Bayer Leverkusen after his summer transfer from Hamburg.

World Cup best

Guus Hiddink led the co-hosts to an impressive fourth-place finish in 2002.

Premier League interest

Sunderland's Ki Sung-Yueng and Ji Dong-Won, Cardiff's Kim Bo-Kyung. Park Chu-Young is still officially an Arsenal player, too.

Most expensive

Son Heung-Min – £8.5m, from Hamburger SV to Bayer Leverkusen, 2013

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