There is no reason for you to miss a single shot, back-heel flick or diving save at this year's Confederations Cup. And with my handy viewing guide below, you won't miss a thing.
Sure, you're saying, I have to work. I can't just take off for 15 days to watch all of these mid-week matches.
Ah, but you won't have to take off, my friends—all of these matches are being streamed online, and while a few may be blacked out in your area, the majority of this tournament will be available via WatchESPN.
So yeah, you can watch at work. I won't tell your boss, I promise. Just make sure to minimize the window when the head honcho walks by.
I mean, just look at the talent in this tournament. The hosts, Brazil, will be led by one of the great young talents in the world: Neymar. Traditionally an attacking, fluid side, this iteration has a very solid defense led by Thiago Silva and Dani Alves.
Of course, they still have plenty of attacking talent in Oscar, Hulk, Lucas Moura and Fred. As always, they'll be fun to watch.
And then there is Spain, the defending World Cup champions and two-time defending Euro champions. Led by an absurd collection of talented midfielders in Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets, Spain is a favorite in any tournament it takes part in.
Italy has a strong squad and always plays well at major tournaments. Led by midfield lynchpin Andrea Pirlo and a strong defense, the Italians will go as far as their talented if enigmatic pair of young forwards, Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy, will take them.
Uruguay may not be as well-known as the above three clubs, but in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani they have two of the top forwards in the world. Mexico and Japan are sleepers to keep an eye on, with Japan a very underrated side while Mexico has plenty of talent but has underachieved as late.
Nigeria is talented is well, but without dangerous forwards Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike, the Nigerians are probably in over their heads in this tournament. Ditto for Tahiti, which accomplished one of its greatest football feats ever just by qualifying for this tournament.
With some of the top teams in the world and talent all over the pitch in every game, do you really want to miss a single moment?
Of course not. So don't. Make the viewing guide below your best friend for the next two weeks.
|Saturday, June 15||3 p.m. ET||Brasilia||Brazil vs. Japan||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sunday, June 16||3 p.m. ET||Rio De Janeiro||Mexico vs. Italy||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Wednesday, June 19||3 p.m. ET||Fortaleza||Brazil vs. Mexico||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Wednesday, June 19||6 p.m. ET||Recife||Italy vs. Japan||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Saturday, June 22||3 p.m. ET||Salvador||Italy vs. Brazil||ESPN News||WatchESPN|
|Saturday, June 22||3 p.m. ET||Belo Horizonte||Japan vs. Mexico||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sunday, June 16||6 p.m. ET||Recife||Spain vs. Uruguay||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Monday, June 17||3 p.m. ET||Belo Horizonte||Tahiti vs. Nigeria||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Thursday, June 20||3 p.m. ET||Rio De Janeiro||Spain vs. Tahiti||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Thursday, June 20||6 p.m. ET||Salvador||Nigeria vs. Uruguay||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sunday, June 23||3 p.m. ET||Fortaleza||Nigeria vs. Spain||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sunday, June 23||3 p.m. ET||Recife||Uruguay vs. Tahiti||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Wednesday, June 26||3 p.m. ET||Belo Horizonte|| |
Group A (1) vs. Group B (2)
|Thursday, June 27||3 p.m. ET||Fortaleza||Group B (1) vs. Group A (2)||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Sunday, June 30||12 p.m. ET||Salvador||Third-Place Game||ESPN2||WatchESPN|
|Sunday, June 30||6 p.m. ET||Rio De Janeiro||Final ||ESPN||WatchESPN|