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World Cup Schedule 2014: Full Listing of Dates, Squads and Groups

May 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Brazil forward Neymar (11) celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick against the USA in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Steven CookContributor IIINovember 21, 2016

Now that the 2014 FIFA World Cup field has been set and the groups have been drawn, it's finally time to check out when the world's best football teams will be taking to the fields in Brazil.

With an endless amount of storylines surrounding the highly anticipated event and legacies of many great players on the line, there will be no shortage of excitement brewing between the 32 teams in the field.

Will Brazil defend their home turf? Will Spain repeat as World Cup champions? Will another team emerge from the field to gain glory for their nation?

All of those questions and more will be answered over the course of a month in South America.

 

2014 World Cup Groups
Group A
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
BrazilCONMEBOL/Hosts10
CroatiaUEFA16
MexicoCONCACAF20
CameroonCAF51
Group B
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
SpainUEFA1
NetherlandsUEFA9
ChileCONMEBOL15
AustraliaAFC59
Group C
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
ColombiaCONMEBOL4
GreeceUEFA12
Ivory CoastCAF17
JapanAFC48
Group D
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
UruguayCONMEBOL6
Costa RicaCONCACAF31
EnglandUEFA13
ItalyUEFA7
Group E
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
SwitzerlandUEFA8
EcuadorCONMEBOL23
FranceUEFA19
HondurasCONCACAF41
Group F
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
ArgentinaCONMEBOL3
Bosnia-HerzegovinaUEFA21
IranAFC45
NigeriaCAF36
Group G
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
GermanyUEFA2
PortugalUEFA5
GhanaCAF24
United StatesCONCACAF14
Group H
TeamConfederationFIFA Ranking
BelgiumUEFA11
AlgeriaCAF26
RussiaUEFA22
South KoreaAFC54
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Schedule

Group A

DateTimeCityHome TeamAway Team
June 124 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Sao PauloBrazil Croatia
June 13Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
NatalMexico  Cameroon
June 173 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Fortaleza Brazil Mexico
June 183 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Manaus Cameroon Croatia
June 234 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Brasilia Cameroon Brazil
June 234 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Recife Croatia Mexico

 

Group B

DateTimeCityHome TeamAway Team
June 133 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Salvador Spain Netherlands
June 136 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Cuiaba Chile Australia
June 186 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Rio De Janeiro Spain Chile
June 18Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Porto Alegre Australia Netherlands
June 23Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Curitiba Australia Spain
June 23Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Sao Paulo Netherlands Chile

 

Group C

DateTimeCityHome TeamAway Team
June 14Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Belo Horizonte Colombia Greece
June 146 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Recife Ivory Coast Japan
June 19Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Brasilia Colombia Ivory Coast
June 196 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Natal Japan Greece
June 244 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Cuiaba Japan Colombia
June 244 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Fortaleza Greece Ivory Coast

 

 

Group D

DateTimeCityHome TeamAway Team
June 143 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Fortaleza Uruguay Costa Rica
June 146 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Manaus England Italy
June 193 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Sao Paulo UruguayEngland 
June 20Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Recife Italy Costa Rica
June 24Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Natal Italy Uruguay
June 24Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Belo Horizonte Costa Rica England

 

Group E

DateTimeCityHome TeamAway Team
June 15Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Brasilia Switzerland Ecuador
June 153 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Porto Alegre France Honduras
June 203 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Salvador Switzerland France
June 206 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Curitiba Honduras Ecuador
June 254 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Manaus Honduras Switzerland
June 254 p.m. ET
9 p.m. BST
Rio De Janeiro Ecuador France

 

Group F

DateTimeCity Home TeamAway Team
June 156 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Rio De Janeiro Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 163 p.m. ET
8 p.m. BST
Curitiba Iran  Nigeria
June 21Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
BeloHorizonte Argentina Iran
June 216 p.m. ET
11 p.m. BST
Cuiaba Nigeria Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 25Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Porto Alegre Nigeria Argentina
June 25Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Salvador Bosnia-Herzegovina Iran

 

Group G 

DateTimeCityHome TeamAway Team
June 16Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Salvador Germany Portugal
June 166 p.m. ET 
11 p.m. BST
Natal Ghana United States
June 213 p.m. ET 
8 p.m. BST
Fortaleza Germany Ghana
June 223 p.m. ET 
8 p.m. BST
Manaus United StatesPortugal 
June 26Noon ET 
5 p.m. BST
Recife United States Germany
June 26Noon ET
5 p.m. BST
Brasilia Portugal Ghana

 

Teams to Watch in Brazil

Brazil

Nov 19, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Brazil forward Robinho (7) takes the ball up field during the second half in a friendly soccer game against Chile at Rogers Centre.  Brazil won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

There are few, if any, squads heading to the World Cup this summer that are capable of the excitement that the host country brings.

The Brazilians are led by 21-year-old phenom Neymar (he'll be 22 once the tournament begins), who has turned into a superstar player over the last six months. From leading his team to a dominating 3-0 victory over Spain in the Confederations Cup final to excelling immediately as a featured part of Barcelona's offense since signing in the summer, he's impressed on every level.

The team's goal-scoring and attacking prowess doesn't end there, though. Fred, Hulk, Robinho, Oscar and Paulinho will also be getting plenty of the ball in attacking spots. Julio Cesar is a world-class goalkeeper and the defense is littered with experience.

This squad lucked out in not having to go through the rigors of World Cup qualifying—not that it would've tripped them up—and they've shown no signs of rust without the extra competition. They're dominating their opponents in seemingly every match and look poised to carry that into the World Cup.

 

Spain

Jun 11, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Spain defender Jordi Alba (18) takes a shot against Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman (2) during the first half of a friendly match at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Spanish national team have been the absolute dominant force of world football's biggest events over the last half decade. 

Led by Vicente del Bosque, Spain not only won the last World Cup in 2010, but they also won the Euro Championship in both 2008 and 2012. Save for a Confederations Cup loss to Brazil this summer—certainly not a tournament that the world gets up for compared to Euro and World Cup action—the Spanish have been unbeatable in international competitions. 

The pass-heavy style of Spain may bore you, but there's no hiding from the fact that this squad possesses a level of chemistry that is unrivaled in today's soccer. The formula of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas and more has translated into many championships.

Dynasties don't last forever, and despite a deeper bench than ever this upcoming summer, Spain's reign won't last forever. With many players in this core group quickly exiting their prime, the window of opportunity is closing and the players will take advantage of that. 

 

Italy

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 15:  Mario Balotelli of Italy competes for the ball with Philipp Lahm of Germany during the international friendly match between Italy and Germany at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Lu
Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Italy boast one of the most talent-rich rosters in the field, but it all starts and ends with one player—Mario Balotelli.

After many years of a by-committee approach that relied heavily on midfield and defensive prowess, Italy suddenly have their best weapon at the head of the offensive attack. Balotelli was too young to crack the roster in 2010, but he has emerged as an explosive striker who can generate goals individually and at a moment's notice.

The 23-year-old will be accompanied by Andrea Pirlo, one of the most skilled passers and strategic midfielders in the game. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon between the pipes means that nothing will be getting into the net easily. 

After their emergence in Euro 2012, it's obvious that this new-look Italy team can thrive with Balotelli at the top. Assuming he continues his ascendance on the international stage, Italy are a threat to win it all.

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