World Cup - distance covered in group games
Serbia, Germany, Russia and Australia the top four teams by distance covered in games11 July 2018 | FT Editor
If distance covered in a football match was any guide to form or results, then Australia would be in the top four nations, one kilometre behind Russia in third, Germany in second and Serbia taking top place.
We've looked at the distance covered in each of the 48 group games of the World Cup to find out who's run the most, the least, and what's the average.
Serbia covered 339 kilometres in its three group games for a win against Costa Rica and a loss to each of Switzerland and Brazil, for an average of 113 kilometres. Germany was next with 336 kilometres travelled for an average of 112 kilometres. Russia dovered 331 kilometres, while Australia managed 330 kilometres, with both averaging 110 kilometres (rounded).
Australia's group opponent, Denmark, was in fifth position with an average of 109 kilometres over the three group stage games, but the drawn match between the two countries was still 10 kilometres behind the record matches for distance covered.
That honour goes to Russia and South Korea, both of which covered the most distance in a single game. Russia ran 118 kilometres in their 5-0 thrashing of Saudi Arabia (which covered 105 kilometres) in the opening game of the World Cup, while South Korea did so in their 2-0 win over Germany. Serbia was not far behind with 116 kilometres in their second game against Switzerland, while Germany managed 115 kilometres in the loss to South Korea.
In fact, Russia v Saudia Arabia and South Korea v Germany were the two matches in the group stage where the most distance was covered in total, at a total of 233 kilometres for each game.
The match with the least amount of running was Japan v Poland with the two sides managing only 83 and 80 kilometres respetively (Poland won 0-1).
Overall, Japan had the lowest average distance covered of all 32 teams, at just 96 kilometres. They were followed by Panama on 97 kilometres and Poland and Portugal on 99 kilometres each.
The four semi-finalists are remarkably even, with Belgium on 105 kilometres slightly edging Croatia, England and France who each covered an average distance of 103 kilometres in the group stage.
In addition to Australia (average 110 kilometres) and Japan (average 96 kilometres), the other three Asian teams covered an average of 100 kilometres for Iran, 104 kilometres for Saudi Arabia and 107 kilometres for South Korea, the latter because of their epic 2-0 win v Germany in the third game of the group stage.
Across the 48 group stage games, the players ran 9, 985 kilometres for an average of 104 kilometres per game.
|Argentina||101 D||101 L||101 W||303||101|
|Australia||111 L||114 D||105 L||330||110|
|Belgium||102 W||104 W||109 W||315||105|
|Brazil||103 D||105 W||105 W||313||104|
|Colombia||93 L||108 W||100 W||301||100|
|Costa Rica||107 L||109 L||103 D||319||106|
|Croatia||104 W||104 W||101 W||309||103|
|Denmark||110 W||112 D||106 D||328||109|
|Egypt||112 L||110 L||101 L||323||108|
|England||105 W||99 W||106 L||310||103|
|France||103 W||103 W||104 D||310||103|
|Germany||110 L||111 W||115 L||336||112|
|Iceland||105 D||106 L||103 L||314||105|
|Iran||100 W||106 L||93 D||299||100|
|Japan||101 W||105 D||83 L||289||96|
|Korea Republic||103 L||99 L||118 W||320||107|
|Mexico||106 W||97 W||95 L||298||99|
|Morocco||101 L||107 L||111 D||319||106|
|Nigeria||101 L||100 W||98 L||299||100|
|Panama||100 L||89 L||102 L||291||97|
|Peru||104 L||102 L||100 W||306||102|
|Poland||110 L||107 L||80 W||297||99|
|Portugal||102 D||105 W||89 D||296||99|
|Russia||118 W||115 W||98 L||331||110|
|Saudi Arabia||105 L||101 L||106 W||312||104|
|Senegal||107 W||102 D||97 L||306||102|
|Serbia||109 W||116 L||114 L||339||113|
|Spain||103 D||105 W||103 D||311||104|
|Sweden||102 W||110 L||102 W||314||105|
|Switzerland||108 D||112 W||103 D||323||108|
|Tunisia||103 L||102 L||107 W||312||104|
|Uruguay||111 W||100 W||101 W||312||104|
All distances in kilometres. Average is rounded to the nearest whole number.
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