World Cup Draw 2014 Results: Full Fixtures Released for All Groups

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2013

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27:  Jesus Navas, Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrate the winning penalty during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The results of the 2014 World Cup draw has fans so excited that it feels like the action starts tomorrow.

While the matches do not start for another six months, you can imagine that everyone involved would be willing to begin immediately. Of course, this much time is needed to handle the buildup for the biggest tournament in the world. 

As a result, fans get the chance to thoroughly look through the matchups and analyze every step of the process from the first group stage match to the finals.

Here is a look at all the fixtures in the opening round sorted by group.

 

Image via Bleacher Report

via Bleacher Report

 

Group A Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 12Brazil vs. Croatia4 p.m.Sao Paulo
June 13Mexico vs. CameroonNoonNatal
June 17Brazil vs. Mexico3 p.m.Fortaleza
June 18Cameroon vs. Croatia3 p.m.Manaus
June 23Cameroon vs. Brazil4 p.m.Brasilia
June 23Croatia vs. Mexico4 p.m.Recife
via FIFA.com
Group B Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 13Spain vs. Netherlands3 p.m.Salvador
June 13Chile vs. Australia6 p.m.Cuiaba
June 18Spain vs. Chile6 p.m.Rio de Janeiro
June 18Australia vs. NetherlandsNoonPorto Alegre
June 23Australia vs. SpainNoonCuritiba
June 23Netherlands vs. ChileNoonSao Paulo
via FIFA.com
Group C Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 14Colombia vs. GreeceNoonBelo Horizonte
June 14Ivory Coast vs. Japan6 p.m.Recife
June 19Colombia vs. Ivory CoastNoonBrasilia
June 19Japan vs. Greece6 p.m.Natal
June 24Japan vs. Colombia4 p.m.Cuiaba
June 24Greece vs. Ivory Coast4 p.m.Fortaleza
via FIFA.com
Group D Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 14Uruguay vs. Costa Rica3 p.m.Fortaleza
June 14England vs. Italy6 p.m.Manaus
June 19Uruguay vs. England3 p.m.Sao Paulo
June 20Italy vs. Costa RicaNoonRecife
June 24Italy vs. UruguayNoonNatal
June 24Costa Rica vs. EnglandNoonBelo Horizonte
via FIFA.com
Group E Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 15Switzerland vs. EcuadorNoonBrasilia
June 15France vs. Honduras3 p.m.Porto Alegre
June 20Switzerland vs. France3 p.m.Salvador
June 20Honduras vs. Ecuador6 p.m.Curitiba
June 25Honduras vs. Switzerland4 p.m.Manaus
June 25Ecuador vs. France4 p.m.Rio de Janeiro
via FIFA.com
Group F Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 15Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina6 p.m.Rio de Janeiro
June 16Iran vs. Nigeria3 p.m.Curitiba
June 21Argentina vs. IranNoonBelo Horizonte
June 21Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina6 p.m.Cuiaba
June 25Nigeria vs. ArgentinaNoonPorto Alegre
June 25Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. IranNoonSalvador
via FIFA.com
Group G Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 16Germany vs. PortugalNoonSalvador
June 16Ghana vs. United States6 p.m.Natal
June 21Germany vs. Ghana3 p.m.Fortaleza
June 22United States vs. Portugal3 p.m.Manaus
June 26United States vs. GermanyNoonRecife
June 26Portugal vs. GhanaNoonBrasilia
via FIFA.com
Group H Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)Venue
June 17Belgium vs. AlgeriaNoonBelo Horizonte
June 17Russia vs. South Korea6 p.m.Cuiaba
June 22Belgium vs. Russia6 p.m.Rio de Janeiro
June 22South Korea vs. AlgeriaNoonPorto Alegre
June 26South Korea vs. Belgium4 p.m.Sao Paulo
June 26Algeria vs. Russia4 p.m.Curitiba
via FIFA.com

 

While anything can happen at the World Cup, there are a few favorites expected to make a deep run in 2014, which includes an easy path through the group stage. 

As the host country, Brazil were automatically placed in Group A. The team is young but confident and extremely talented with Neymar, Oscar, Paulinho and many more.

One of the big questions was whether this group was ready to handle playing on the international stage. However, this was answered last summer at the Confederations Cup when Brazil defeated Spain to win the championship. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Fred of Brazil lifts the trophy alongside team mates during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Ge
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Of course, Spain are not moving out of the spotlight anytime soon. They enter the tournament not only as the defending World Cup champions but also as the winners of the last two European Championships. No team can match the past success of the players currently on the roster, and this experience will help along the way.

Germany also enter their group as the favorite after cruising through qualifying. They have been among the top finishers at almost every major tournament in the past decade, but this generation is still yet to earn a win.

The same could be said about the Netherlands, which also were among the most impressive teams in UEFA qualifying. A strong showing in the group stage will put both teams in good shape going forward.

Outside of these usual powers, there are a few more outside candidates capable of winning it all. 

With Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero all available on the attack, Argentina are capable of outscoring almost any team in the world. They finished in first in CONMEBOL qualifying, and they are looking to keep that momentum up against a relatively tough group.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17: Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates with Sergio Aguero of Argentina during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and South Korea at Soccer City Stadium on June 17, 2010 in Johannesburg,
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Meanwhile, Belgium have also been known as a bit of a dark horse after missing out on the previous World Cup. However, the fact that they earned a seed should tell you that this is a legitimate contender for the championship.

With young scorers Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke and Eden Hazard up front, and an experienced defense, they should be able to escape the group and go far in the knockout stage.

Each of the 32 participating teams is playing to be known as the top international team in the world. While there is still some time before the action begins, the excitement is well underway for this prestigious event. 

 

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