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.



Argentina101 D101 L101 W303101
Australia111 L114 D105 L330110
Belgium102 W104 W109 W315105
Brazil103 D105 W105 W313104
Colombia93 L108 W100 W301100
Costa Rica107 L109 L103 D319106
Croatia104 W104 W101 W309103
Denmark110 W112 D106 D328109
Egypt112 L110 L101 L323108
England105 W99 W106 L310103
France103 W103 W104 D310103
Germany110 L111 W115 L336112
Iceland105 D106 L103 L314105
Iran 100 W106 L93 D299100
Japan101 W105 D83 L28996
Korea Republic103 L99 L118 W320107
Mexico106 W97 W95 L29899
Morocco101 L107 L111 D319106
Nigeria101 L100 W98 L299100
Panama100 L89 L102 L29197
Peru104 L102 L100 W306102
Poland110 L107 L80 W29799
Portugal102 D105 W89 D29699
Russia118 W115 W98 L331110
Saudi Arabia105 L101 L106 W312104
Senegal107 W102 D97 L306102
Serbia109 W116 L114 L339113
Spain103 D105 W103 D311104
Sweden102 W110 L102 W314105
Switzerland108 D112 W103 D323108
Tunisia103 L102 L107 W312104
Uruguay111 W100 W101 W312104

All distances in kilometres. Average is rounded to the nearest whole number.


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