2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

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2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:04 am

South Korea v Russia
17 June 2014 (19:00 local time)
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá


South Korea's first match of the tournament which will be played six hours after Belgium and Algeria kick-off Group H action.

Head-to-head:

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    Tu 19Nov 2013    N    Russia    2 - 1    South Korea


Venue:

1,414 km north of South Korea's base at Foz do Iguacu. (just under 2hrs by plane)

Where is it?: Right in the centre of South America, close to the Bolivian border.

Capacity: 42,968.

Opening: Officials in the city told the BBC in November that the stadium would not be finished in time and that there are not enough hotel rooms for visiting fans. Fifa has confirmed that it will miss their completion deadline but general secretary Jerome Valcke says it will be ready by February 2014.

Climate: Hot. The temperatures in Cuiaba are consistently high in June and July, rising to daily highs of just over 30C, while it can reach a sweltering 37C. Thunderstorms are a possibility, with humidity expected to be in the 60-70% range.


BBC link to info about the other venues.

bet365 says:

Russia 2.00
Draw 3.20
South Korea 4.00


South Korea's first round schedule:

South Korea v Russia (17 June)
South Korea v Algeria (22 June)
South Korea v Belgium (26 June)

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Wed May 28, 2014 9:04 am

Russia's 2014 matches:

March 5
Russia 2-0 Armenia (Krasnodar, Russia)

May 26
Russia 1-0 Slovakia (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Substitute Alexander Kerzhakov scored a late winner as World Cup finalists Russia overcame Slovakia 1-0 in St Petersburg. Fabio Capello picked a strong team as Russia started their World Cup preparations in earnest, but had to wait until the 82nd minute to make the breakthrough thanks to Kerzhakov.

Goalmouth incidents were scarce during the first half and the match failed to improve after half-time as both teams made several substitutions.

Alexander Kokorin finished past Jan Mucha following Sergei Ignashevich's through-ball, but the Dynamo Moscow forward had been ruled offside.

With eight minutes to go, Russia secured the win when Maxim Kanunnikov crossed and the unmarked Kerzhakov headed past Mucha.
Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_2 ... m-up-9908/



May 31
Norway v Russia (Oslo, Norway)

June 6
Russia v Morocco (Moscow, Russia)

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:08 am

Norway 1 - 1 Russia (Oslo, Norway)
(Anders Konradsen 77' - Oleg Shatov 4')
Fabio Capello frustrated as Anders Konradsen equaliser puts dampener on World Cup preparations

June 6
Russia v Morocco (Moscow, Russia)

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:19 am

Coach Fabio Capello names Russian squad for FIFA World Cup

MOSCOW — Russia coach Fabio Capello named an entirely home-based squad for the World Cup on Monday, with all 23 players drawn from clubs in the country.

Captain Roman Shirokov made the cut despite missing both of Russia’s warm-up games with an Achilles tendon injury. He is one of five players from the squad that reached the Euro 2008 semifinals, along with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, winger Yuri Zhirkov and the centre-back pairing of Sergei Ignashevich and Vasily Berezutsky.

Eight of the final 23 have played five international games or fewer as Capello seeks to give a new generation of players vital World Cup experience ahead of Russia hosting the tournament in 2018.

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak was among seven players dropped from the provisional squad.

Dynamo Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg lead the way among Russian clubs represented on the team, contributing six players each, while Russian champion CSKA Moscow has five.

The last World Cup warm-up match for Russia is against Morocco on Friday in Moscow before they fly to Brazil on Sunday. So far, the team has beaten Slovakia 1-0 at home and drawn 1-1 away to Norway as part of their preparations.

Russia plays South Korea, Belgium and Algeria in the World Cup group stage in Brazil.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan).

Defenders: Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Alexei Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Terek Grozny).

Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow).

Forwards: Alexei Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Midfielder Pavel Mogilevets is going to Brazil with the team as a reserve player.

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:25 am

Another article on the Russian squad.

Link to Wikipedia here.

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:03 am

March 5
Russia 2-0 Armenia (Krasnodar, Russia)

May 26
Russia 1-0 Slovakia (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

May 31
Norway 1-1 Russia (Oslo, Norway)


June 6

Russia 2-0 Morocco (Moscow, Russia)
Vasili Berezutski 29'
Yuri Zhirkov 58'


Yuri Zhirkov scores Russia’s winner, Roman Shirokov out of World Cup

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:02 pm

'Point to prove' for Fabio Capello's Russia

ITU (Brazil): Fabio Capello's Russia have a point to prove as they prepare for their first match at a World Cup since 2002, veteran defender Vasily Berezutskiy said on Saturday.

The former Soviet Union reached the semifinals of the World Cup in England in 1966 but Russia, fielding a squad of entirely home-based players, have a dismal record in recent years.

They failed to get beyond the group stages in 1994 and 2002 and did not even qualify for the finals in Germany in 2006 or four years later in South Africa.

"We have things to prove in this World Cup," Berezutskiy, who has 78 international caps under his belt, said at the team's training camp in Itu, outside Sao Paulo.

"It's been 12 years since Russia have participated in the World Cup so our objective is to play more than three games, try to qualify from our group and after that we will see."

Russia -- hosts of the next World Cup in 2018 -- begin their campaign against South Korea but Berezutskiy picked out Belgium as the favourites in Group H.

"For us the next game is the most important one so we're focusing on Korea," the 31-year-old said. "I think Belgium are the favourites because they have a young and quality team and can improve."

The CSKA Moscow player said ex-England manager Capello was the biggest star in the squad because of his track record of success across Europe.

Young forward Maksim Kanunnikov welcomed the Italian manager's strict approach, for which he was criticised when England manager.

"Capello demands discipline and it's a good thing because everyone is working hard, giving 100 percent in every session," he said.

And the 22-year-old said having all the players based in Russia made for a tight-knit squad in which everybody knew each other.

"On the other hand, nobody knows us from outside as everybody plays in the domestic competition," he added.

Russia impressed in qualifying, topping a group that contained Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and come into the tournament unbeaten in their past 10 games.

One of those matches was a 2-1 win against South Korea in Dubai last November.

Russia will have do without injured captain and goal-scoring midfielder Roman Shirokov but Kanunnikov shrugged off concerns over a lack of striking options, saying there were a number of players with attacking qualities.

Russia play South Korea in Cuiaba next Tuesday, while Belgium, boasting a strong youthful squad featuring the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany, take on Algeria in Belo Horizonte.

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:48 pm

Fabio Capello’s chastening England experience finds echo with Russia (The Guardian)
Italian coach’s disciplinarian streak is in evidence again but there are hints he has learned from harsh lessons of 2010

World Cup 2014: Fabio Capello and Russia aim to rebuild their damaged reputations together (The Independent)

Five reasons to watch out for Fabio Capello’s Russia (Forza Italian Football)

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby Holyjoe » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:24 pm

Why does King Sejong not get to watch the game tonight?

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Today's the day!

Postby SteveW » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:45 pm

13 and a bit hours to go till it kicks off properly!



I have a good feeling about this...I think Park Chu Young is going to score as many goals as Cristiano Ronaldo at this World Cup! :smt108
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Re: Today's the day!

Postby yimmy » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:59 pm

It's 2am and I can't sleep. I've been watching highlights of the previous world cups to psych myself up.

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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby nzfooty » Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:47 pm

Surely in terms of problematic surnames: Russia 1, Korea 0

Russia, South Korea strangers in World Cup opener

CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — Most players at the World Cup need no introduction to a football audience.

When South Korea plays Russia on Tuesday, however, some introductions may be in order — between the teams themselves.

"I don't know the (Russian) names themselves," South Korea captain Koo Ja-cheol said. "But I know their numbers."

Koo was reacting to comments by Russia coach Fabio Capello, who said of the South Koreans earlier Monday that "it's important not to know their names but the characteristics of the players."

South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo was far from insulted by Capello, a man he described as a "world-famous coach I respect very much."

In fact, he understood completely...


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Re: 2014 WC Group Stage: South Korea v Russia

Postby SteveW » Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:14 pm

nzfooty wrote:Surely in terms of problematic surnames: Russia 1, Korea 0


Have you seen those websites where they just give the surnames of players? Ever tried to work out a line up that's something like

Jung
Kim
Lee
Kwak
Park
Ki
Kim
Lee
Park
Lee
Koo

Give me unpronounceable over indecipherable any day! :)
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Re: Today's the day!

Postby Rothesay Saint » Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:31 pm

I hope the football is better than the song, that's rank even by Kpop standards.
Bring back King Cha.

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Re: Today's the day!

Postby SteveW » Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:03 pm

Rothesay Saint wrote:I hope the football is better than the song, that's rank even by Kpop standards.


You prefer Ailee with a microphone shaped object?

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