World Cup Schedule 2014: Fixtures, Dates, TV Coverage and Live Stream Info

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11:  Goalscorer Andres Iniesta of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory  following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The 2014 World Cup marks the 20th time countries from around the globe have gathered to determine which national team stands above the rest. It's a truly worldwide tournament on a scale few, if any, other sporting events can match.

Four years ago, it was Spain emerging with the coveted trophy. The dominant European side certainly earned the title by knocking off talented sides from Germany and the Netherlands over the final two rounds, highlighted by a thrilling 1-0 extra-time win in the final.

Now La Roja are back with hope of defending their title. The AFP (via The Advertiser) passed along comments from Andres Iniesta, who scored the goal that won the title for Spain in 2010, about the opportunity in front of them:

It is the greatest feeling of happiness, joy and pride to be able to score the goal and win a World Cup, which is something very few countries have won.

It was a beautiful thing and now we have the chance to defend it.

We are going with the intention to retain it. We know we have to go step by step because a World Cup is incredibly difficult, but I think we should be confident that we will be able to do something significant at the World Cup.

Spain is among four top contenders heading into the tournament. Germany, Argentina and host nation Brazil are the other three. There's a solid group of secondary hopefuls with a chance to raise the trophy if everything falls perfectly, but that quartet is a step above the rest at the outset.

As for the United States, getting drawn into the "Group of Death" alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana was a major setback. While it doesn't mean the team doesn't have a chance to advance, the journey is definitely a lot more difficult than expected.

Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann also dealt the fanbase a surprise by cutting all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan from the final roster. Ian Darke of ESPN summed up the thoughts of many:

Above all else, it should be an outstanding edition of the World Cup. From the high number of national teams with legitimate hopes of a deep run to the football-crazy host nation getting a chance to welcome the world, the elements are in place for a memorable month.

FIFA takes a lot of heat, and in many cases it's deserved. But one month every four years it puts on a spectacular showcase. This time should be no different. So let's check out the complete viewing schedule for all the action from Brazil.

 

2014 World Cup Schedule

All matches on ESPN or ESPN2 will be available on WatchESPN.com. All matches on ABC will be available on WatchABC.com.

Dates and Coverage Info for 2014 World Cup
DateTime (ET)GroupMatchTV
June 124 p.m.ABrazil vs. CroatiaESPN
June 1312 p.m.AMexico vs. CameroonESPN2
June 133 p.m.BSpain vs. NetherlandsESPN
June 136 p.m.BChile vs. AustraliaESPN2
June 1412 p.m.CColombia vs. GreeceABC
June 143 p.m.DUruguay vs. Costa RicaABC
June 146 p.m.DEngland vs. ItalyESPN
June 149 p.m.CIvory Coast vs. JapanESPN
June 1512 p.m.ESwitzerland vs. EcuadorABC
June 153 p.m.EFrance vs. HondurasABC
June 156 p.m.FArgentina vs. Bosnia-H.ESPN
June 1612 p.m.GGermany vs. PortugalESPN
June 163 p.m.FIran vs. NigeriaESPN
June 166 p.m.GGhana vs. USAESPN
June 1712 p.m.HBelgium vs. AlgeriaESPN
June 173 p.m.ABrazil vs. MexicoESPN
June 176 p.m.HRussia vs. South KoreaESPN
June 1812 p.m.BAustralia vs. NetherlandsESPN
June 183 p.m.BSpain vs. Chile ESPN
June 186 p.m.ACameroon vs. CroatiaESPN
June 1912 p.m.CColombia vs. Ivory CoastESPN
June 193 p.m.DUruguay vs. EnglandESPN
June 196 p.m.CJapan vs. GreeceESPN
June 2012 p.m.DItaly vs. Costa RicaESPN
June 203 p.m.ESwitzerland vs. FranceESPN
June 206 p.m.EHonduras vs. EcuadorESPN
June 2112 p.m.FArgentina vs. IranESPN
June 213 p.m.GGermany vs. GhanaESPN
June 216 p.m.FNigeria vs. Bosnia-H.ESPN
June 2212 p.m.HBelgium vs. RussiaABC
June 223 p.m.HSouth Korea vs. AlgeriaABC
June 226 p.m.GUSA vs. PortugalESPN
June 2312 p.m.BNetherlands vs. ChileESPN
June 2312 p.m.BAustralia vs. SpainESPN2
June 234 p.m.ACroatia vs. MexicoESPN
June 234 p.m.ACameroon vs. BrazilESPN2
June 2412 p.m.DItaly vs. UruguayESPN
June 2412 p.m.DCosta Rica vs. EnglandESPN2
June 244 p.m.CJapan vs. ColombiaESPN
June 244 p.m.CGreece vs. Ivory CoastESPN2
June 2512 p.m.FNigeria vs. ArgentinaESPN
June 2512 p.m.FBosnia-H. vs. IranESPN2
June 254 p.m.EEcuador vs. FranceESPN
June 254 p.m.EHonduras vs. SwitzerlandESPN2
June 2612 p.m.GUnited States vs. GermanyESPN
June 2612 p.m.GPortugal vs. GhanaESPN2
June 264 p.m.HSouth Korea vs. BelgiumESPN
June 264 p.m.HAlgeria vs. RussiaESPN2
June 2812 p.m.R of 161A vs. 2B (Match 49)ABC
June 284 p.m.R of 161C vs. 2D (Match 50)ABC
June 2912 p.m.R of 161B vs. 2A (Match 51)ESPN
June 294 p.m.R of 161D vs. 2C (Match 52)ESPN
June 3012 p.m.R of 161E vs. 2F (Match 53)ESPN
June 304 p.m.R of 161G vs. 2H (Match 54)ESPN
July 112 p.m.R of 161F vs. 2E (Match 55)ESPN
July 14 p.m.R of 161H vs. 2G (Match 56)ESPN
July 412 p.m.QuarterW53 vs. W54 (Match 57)ESPN2
July 44 p.m.QuarterW49 VS. W50 (Match 58)ESPN
July 512 p.m.QuarterW55 vs. W56 (Match 59)ABC
July 54 p.m.QuarterW51 vs. W52 (Match 60)ESPN
July 84 p.m.SemisW57 vs. W58 (Match 61)ESPN
July 94 p.m.SemisW59 vs. W60 (Match 62)ESPN
July 124 p.m.3rdL61 vs. L62ESPN
July 133 p.m.TitleW61 vs. W62ABC
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