World Cup 2014 Groups Schedule: Fixtures, TV Info for All Matchups

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World Cup 2014 Groups Schedule: Fixtures, TV Info for All Matchups
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There are a few excuses for not watching every match of this year's World Cup.

Work is one. A general desire to go outside and feel the sunlight might be another. Any type of personal injury is understandable. Some other type of pressing engagement, like caring for your children or a spouse is fair game as well.

But saying you were unaware of when or where you could watch a match? After this article, you can take that flimsy excuse right out of your arsenal. 

Below, you'll find the schedule and viewing information for every single group-stage match, as 32 teams battle it out to lay claim as the world's best, along with a few key storylines heading into this year's tournament. 

World Cup Group Phase Schedule
Date Time (ET) Team 1 Team 2 Group TV
Thursday, June 12 4 p.m. Brazil Croatia Group A ESPN
Friday, June 13 12 p.m. Mexico Cameroon Group A ESPN2
Friday, June 13 3 p.m. Spain Netherlands Group B ESPN
Friday, June 13 6 p.m. Chile Australia Group B ESPN2
Saturday, June 14 12 p.m. Colombia Greece Group C ABC
Saturday, June 14 3 p.m. Uruguay Costa Rica Group D ABC
Saturday, June 14 6 p.m. England Italy Group D ESPN
Saturday, June 14 9 p.m. Ivory Coast Japan Group C ESPN
Sunday, June 15 12 p.m. Switzerland Ecuador Group E ABC
Sunday, June 15 3 p.m. France Honduras Group E ABC
Sunday, June 15 6 p.m. Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovina Group F ESPN
Monday, June 16 12 p.m. Germany Portugal Group G ESPN
Monday, June 16 3 p.m. Iran Nigeria Group F ESPN
Monday, June 16 6 p.m. Ghana United States Group G ESPN
Tuesday, June 17 12 p.m. Belgium Algeria Group H ESPN
Tuesday, June 17 3 p.m. Brazil Mexico Group A ESPN
Tuesday, June 17 6 p.m. Russia South Korea Group H ESPN
Wednesday, June 18 12 p.m. Australia Netherlands Group B ESPN
Wednesday, June 18 3 p.m. Spain Chile Group B ESPN
Wednesday, June 18 6 p.m. Cameroon Croatia Group A ESPN
Thursday, June 19 12 p.m. Colombia Ivory Coast Group C ESPN
Thursday, June 19 3 p.m. Uruguay England Group D ESPN
Thursday, June 19 6 p.m. Japan Greece Group C ESPN
Friday, June 20 12 p.m. Italy Costa Rica Group D ESPN
Friday, June 20 3 p.m. Switzerland France Group E ESPN
Friday, June 20 6 p.m. Honduras Ecuador Group E ESPN
Saturday, June 21 12 p.m. Argentina Iran Group F ESPN
Saturday, June 21 3 p.m. Germany Ghana Group G ESPN
Saturday, June 21 6 p.m. Nigeria Bosnia-Herzegovina Group F ESPN
Sunday, June 22 12 p.m. Belgium Russia Group H ABC
Sunday, June 22 3 p.m. South Korea Algeria Group H ABC
Sunday, June 22 6 p.m. United States Portugal Group G ESPN
Monday, June 23 12 p.m. Australia Spain Group B ESPN2
Monday, June 23 12 p.m. Netherlands Chile Group B ESPN
Monday, June 23 4 p.m. Croatia Mexico Group A ESPN
Monday, June 23 4 p.m. Cameroon Brazil Group A ESPN2
Tuesday, June 24 12 p.m. Italy Uruguay Group D ESPN
Tuesday, June 24 12 p.m. Costa Rica England Group D ESPN2
Tuesday, June 24 4 p.m. Japan Colombia Group C ESPN
Tuesday, June 24 4 p.m. Greece Ivory Coast Group C ESPN2
Wednesday, June 25 12 p.m. Nigeria Argentina Group F ESPN
Wednesday, June 25 12 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina Iran Group F ESPN2
Wednesday, June 25 4 p.m. Honduras Switzerland Group E ESPN2
Wednesday, June 25 4 p.m. Ecuador France Group E ESPN
Thursday, June 26 12 p.m. United States Germany Group G ESPN
Thursday, June 26 12 p.m. Portugal Ghana Group G ESPN2
Thursday, June 26 4 p.m South Korea Belgium Group H ESPN
Thursday, June 26 4 p.m. Algeria Russia Group H ESPN2

ESPN (All matches streamed via and the WatchESPN app)

Multiple Groups of Death

Perhaps no country was left more dismayed by their World Cup draw than the United States, as the Americans ended up in a group with the uber-talented Germans, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and the country that has beaten them in the past two World Cups, Ghana.

Any of those four teams could advance to the knockout phase, but the mighty Germans and solid Portuguese will be favored to move on. As Kyle Bonn of Pro Soccer Talk notes, the United State's best chance at advancing could be Germany dominating their first two games:

The group is Germany’s to lose, that much is given. So if that ends up being the case, the rest of Portugal, Ghana, and the US are fighting for the #2 spot. Therefore, if Germany doesn’t win the group in dominating fashion, it will have dropped points to those battling with the US for the second spot.

In addition, an interesting scheduling tidbit could end up benefiting the US should things play out. The United States plays Germany last in the group, which could be a positive if the Germans already have the group’s top spot locked up.

The US has already defeated a German “B” team 4-3 last June with a squad very similar to the one going to Brazil this summer. If the European powerhouses already have the group wrapped up, they could start a number of replacements, and the United States could have a chance to pick up a vital point or even three.

It's an interesting scenario. If Germany wins their first two games, they'll virtually be assured of advancing. And if the United States finds themselves in a position where they only need to draw against the Germans to advance—and the Germans have little incentive to start all of their regulars—the United States could be in a nice position to advance.

Is it a long shot? Yes. Do USMNT supporters need any type of hope they can get the brutal draw? Absolutely.

Group G is far from the only difficult one. Group B is headlined by the two clubs that contested the 2010 World Cup finaleventual winner Spain and the runners-up that year, the Netherlandswhile Chile is also a very dangerous side. And then there is Group D, featuring three former winners of the Cup in Italy, Uruguay and England. 

Can a World Cup have three Groups of Death? This year certainly seems to prove that the answer to that is yes.

Superstars Gunning For a World Cup Title

The argument isn't a new one, but if either Argentina or Portugal win the World Cup this year, it might be a moot point. You know the argument in question—who is the better player: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

That the two play in La Liga for rival teams—Messi for Barcelona and Ronaldo for Real Madrid—which has only intensified their personal rivalry. Now, both will be looking to etch their places on the list of all-time greats, as Lionel Messi looks to crawl out from under the shadow of Maradona and Ronaldo looks to firmly place himself above all other Portuguese greats.

As you might expect, players from other countries have weighed in on the giants of the game. Uruguay's Luis Suarez told Helden Magazine (h/t Alex Young of, that you simply can't compare the two:

Messi and Ronaldo are totally different players.

I can't say who's the better one of them. Messi has beautiful technique, scores a lot, is an excellent dribbler also because he's a little guy.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, looks like a machine. It all looks so perfect with him. He combines power with intelligence and always strikes the ball perfect. They're both on the same level.

It's hard to argue with that description. But while Suarez professed nothing but admiration for the pair, Daniele De Rossi told Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mark Doyle of, "I've never faced Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup. Maybe I will have the chance to take on these monsters this year!"

De Rossi's lack of fear is reminiscent of Luke Skywalker telling Yoda he isn't afraid.

Yoda's simple response? "You will be. You... will... be..."

Perhaps De Rossi will be as well.

The Host Nation

No nation has quite the love affair with the sport of soccer than Brazil, and no country has had as much World Cup success. But this year's Cup won't be without its share of controversy, either.

There were protests at the 2013 Confederations Cup, and there have been many since. Many citizens in Brazil have decried the huge costs of the event. The construction of some stadiums has been behind schedule, and there have also been casualties during the construction. To expect the event to go off without a few hitches might be a tad on the optimistic side.

It is an odd contrast when a nation's love of the game and love for a team that very well could win the competition butts up against the angst that comes from the costs and sacrifices required to host a World Cup. It will be an interesting relationship to watch unfold come June, and it is one that might not be pacified by a few beautiful goals from Neymar.

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