World Cup, Group H from the Chelsea angle: Players to watch

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

For the next month, much of the world will be wrapped up in the World Cup. Here are some players to keep an eye on from Group H.

ALGERIA

Jun. 17:  vs. Belgium
Jun. 22:  vs. South Korea
Jun. 26:  vs. Russia

Chelsea players: none

Potential transfer targets: none

Others: Well, names like Nabil Bentaleb (Spurs), Saphir Taïder (Inter), and Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia) should sound familiar, though apparently none of the three are starters.  Those three are decent enough, so perhaps there's some real talent in this team after all?

BELGIUM

Jun. 17:  vs. Algeria
Jun. 22:  vs. Russia
Jun. 26:  vs. South Korea

Chelsea players: Eden Hazard (45), Romelu Lukaku (29), Thibaut Courtois (17)

Potential transfer targets: Pivot-man Axel Witsel - still just 25 - is a name that isn't going away anytime soon, despite his big money move to Zenit a couple years ago.

Others: Ex-Chelsea Kevin De Bruyne always seems to raise his game for the national team, while Manchester City's Vincent Kompany is one of the best center backs on the planet.

RUSSIA

Jun. 17:  vs. South Korea
Jun. 22:  vs. Belgium
Jun. 26:  vs. Algeria

Chelsea players: none

Potential transfer targets: One of Euro 2012's leading scorers, Alan Dzagoev had been bandied about before in connection with Chelsea, though the soon to be 24-year-old seems firmly entrenched at CSKA Moscow nowadays.

Others: A year Dzagoev's junior, Aleksandr Kokorin has been one of the brightest talents in the Russian League; here his chance to announce his arrival on the international stage as well.  No longer a starter, ex-Chelsea Yuri Zhirkov is still around.

SOUTH KOREA

Jun. 17:  vs. Russia
Jun. 22:  vs. Algeria
Jun. 26:  vs. Belgium

Chelsea players: none

Potential transfer targets: Son Heung-min was tenously linked with Chelsea before transferring to Bayer Leverkusen as André Schürrle's replacement and reaching double-digit goals for the second-straight season.  The soon to be 22-year-old, with his electric pace and promising skills, is bound for even bigger and better things.

Others: You may remember Ki Sung-yueng from our League Cup encounter with Sunderland, when he scored the winning goal in the 119th minute.

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