• This is Japan and Greece's first World Cup encounter.
  • Their only previous meeting was in the 2005 Confederations Cup with Japan securing a 1-0 win thanks to a goal by Masashi Oguro. Yasuhito Endo is the only current member of the Japan squad to have taken part in that game.
  • Greece's only previous World Cup fixture against an Asian side was in 2010 when they lost 2-0 against South Korea in their opening game.
  • Japan have won twice in their seven encounters against European sides at the World Cup (D2, L3).
  • Greece have lost six of their seven World Cup games (W1).
  • Greece have failed to score in six of their seven World Cup games. Only against Nigeria in 2010 did they manage to find the net (2-1 - Dimitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis).
  • Greece have failed to keep a clean sheet in their seven World Cup encounters.
  • Greece have conceded an average of 2.6 goals per game at the World Cup, the highest ratio amongst the 32 teams involved in this tournament.
  • Keisuke Honda has been involved in four of Japan's last five goals at the World Cup (3 goals, 1 assist). He is Japan top-scorer in the competition (3 goals).
  • Giorgios Samaras has attempted more shots without scoring at the World Cup than any other Greek player (9, including blocked shots).