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

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

 

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via Bleacher Report

 

Group A Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 12 Brazil vs. Croatia 4 p.m. Sao Paulo
June 13 Mexico vs. Cameroon Noon Natal
June 17 Brazil vs. Mexico 3 p.m. Fortaleza
June 18 Cameroon vs. Croatia 3 p.m. Manaus
June 23 Cameroon vs. Brazil 4 p.m. Brasilia
June 23 Croatia vs. Mexico 4 p.m. Recife

via FIFA.com

Group B Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 13 Spain vs. Netherlands 3 p.m. Salvador
June 13 Chile vs. Australia 6 p.m. Cuiaba
June 18 Spain vs. Chile 6 p.m. Rio de Janeiro
June 18 Australia vs. Netherlands Noon Porto Alegre
June 23 Australia vs. Spain Noon Curitiba
June 23 Netherlands vs. Chile Noon Sao Paulo

via FIFA.com

Group C Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 14 Colombia vs. Greece Noon Belo Horizonte
June 14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan 6 p.m. Recife
June 19 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast Noon Brasilia
June 19 Japan vs. Greece 6 p.m. Natal
June 24 Japan vs. Colombia 4 p.m. Cuiaba
June 24 Greece vs. Ivory Coast 4 p.m. Fortaleza

via FIFA.com

Group D Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 14 Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 3 p.m. Fortaleza
June 14 England vs. Italy 6 p.m. Manaus
June 19 Uruguay vs. England 3 p.m. Sao Paulo
June 20 Italy vs. Costa Rica Noon Recife
June 24 Italy vs. Uruguay Noon Natal
June 24 Costa Rica vs. England Noon Belo Horizonte

via FIFA.com

Group E Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 15 Switzerland vs. Ecuador Noon Brasilia
June 15 France vs. Honduras 3 p.m. Porto Alegre
June 20 Switzerland vs. France 3 p.m. Salvador
June 20 Honduras vs. Ecuador 6 p.m. Curitiba
June 25 Honduras vs. Switzerland 4 p.m. Manaus
June 25 Ecuador vs. France 4 p.m. Rio de Janeiro

via FIFA.com

Group F Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 15 Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 p.m. Rio de Janeiro
June 16 Iran vs. Nigeria 3 p.m. Curitiba
June 21 Argentina vs. Iran Noon Belo Horizonte
June 21 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 p.m. Cuiaba
June 25 Nigeria vs. Argentina Noon Porto Alegre
June 25 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran Noon Salvador

via FIFA.com

Group G Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 16 Germany vs. Portugal Noon Salvador
June 16 Ghana vs. United States 6 p.m. Natal
June 21 Germany vs. Ghana 3 p.m. Fortaleza
June 22 United States vs. Portugal 3 p.m. Manaus
June 26 United States vs. Germany Noon Recife
June 26 Portugal vs. Ghana Noon Brasilia

via FIFA.com

Group H Fixtures
Date Match Time (ET) Venue
June 17 Belgium vs. Algeria Noon Belo Horizonte
June 17 Russia vs. South Korea 6 p.m. Cuiaba
June 22 Belgium vs. Russia 6 p.m. Rio de Janeiro
June 22 South Korea vs. Algeria Noon Porto Alegre
June 26 South Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. Sao Paulo
June 26 Algeria vs. Russia 4 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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