World Cup 2014: Start Times, TV Coverage and Live Stream Info for Brazil Event

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 11, 2014

Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the soccer Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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The 2014 World Cup is set to kick off from Brazil this summer, and fortunately for football fans in other parts of the world, ABC and ESPN will be there to broadcast every second of every match.

It all starts with Thursday's opener between hosts Brazil and European dark horse Croatia. 

With kickoff on the horizon, you'll find a complete breakdown of start times and television and live stream coverage for all 64 tournament matches below. 


When: Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, July 13

Where: Brazil

Watch: ABC, ESPN and ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN

2014 World Cup Schedule
DateMatchupStart Time (ET)TVLive Stream
Thu, June 12Group A: Brazil vs. Croatia4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 13Group A: Mexico vs. Cameroon12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Fri, June 13Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 13Group B: Chile vs. Australia6 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group C: Colombia vs. Greece12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group D: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica3 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group D: England vs. Italy6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Japan9 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, June 15Group E: Switzerland vs. Ecuador12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 15Group E: France vs. Honduras3 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 15Group F: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 16Group G: Germany vs. Portugal12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 16Group F: Iran vs. Nigeria3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 16Group G: Ghana vs. United States6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 17Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 17Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 17Group H: Russia vs. South Korea6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 18Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 18Group B: Spain vs. Chile3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 18Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 19Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 19Group D: Uruguay vs. England3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 19Group C: Japan vs. Greece6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 20Group D: Italy vs. Costa Rica12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 20Group E: Switzerland vs. France3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 20Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 21Group F: Argentina vs. Iran12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 21Group G: Germany vs. Ghana3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 21Group F: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, June 22Group H: Belgium vs. Russia12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 22Group H: South Korea vs. Algeria3 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 22Group G: United States vs. Portugal6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group B: Netherlands vs. Chile12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group B: Australia vs. Spain12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group A: Croatia vs. Mexico4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group A: Cameroon vs. Brazil4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group D: Costa Rica vs. England12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group C: Japan vs. Colombia4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group F: Nigeria vs. Argentina12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group F: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group E: Ecuador vs. France4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group G: United States vs. Germany12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group H: South Korea vs. Belgium4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group H: Algeria vs. Russia4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Sat, June 28Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, June 28Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up4 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 29Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, June 29Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 30Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 30Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, July 1Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, July 1Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, July 4Quarterfinal12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Fri, July 4Quarterfinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, July 5Quarterfinal12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, July 5Quarterfinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, July 8Semifinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, July 9Semifinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, July 12Third Place Game4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, July 13Final4 p.m.ABCWatchESPN


Must-See Group Stage Matches 

Spain vs. Netherlands 

When: Friday, June 13 at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil

Watch: ESPN

Fans won't have to wait very long for a tantalizing group-stage showdown, as Spain and the Netherlands will meet in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final on the tournament's second day. 

The two superpowers required extra time when they met for the FIFA World Cup trophy four years ago in South Africa, and they are sure to go right down to the wire again in 2014. With Chile and Australia meeting in the other Group B showdown on Friday, each squad will be looking to come away with a positive result.

Therefore, don't be surprised if these two teams play to a draw in Salvador.

It's also worth noting that this match could potentially determine which team meets Brazil in the round of 16. The Selecao are projected to win Group A and would play the Group B runners-up to begin the knockout stage in such a scenario.


Germany vs. Portugal 

When: Monday, June 16 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil

Watch: ESPN

While fans across America will be waiting with anticipation for the United States' opening match against Ghana on Monday, the real drama will begin six hours earlier with Group G's opener between Germany and Portugal.

If you love attacking football and star power, you won't want to miss this match. 

Germany led UEFA with 36 goals during qualifying, and Portugal are anchored by reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who accounted for one-third of his country's goals (eight of 24) during World Cup qualifying. 

Despite a handful of injuries, Germany manager Joachim Low is confident his side will be ready in Brazil, per the Daily Mail's Karolos Grohmann: "We will travel to Brazil with a competitive and good team. The players are working very well and as it stands now I am very satisfied. Some are still injured and cannot fully train with the team but they are all training individually and I am very confident that it will work out."

These two teams met in the group stage at Euro 2012 two summers ago in a match Germany won 1-0 behind Mario Gomez's 72nd-minute goal. But you can bet that defeat will be fresh in the minds of Ronaldo and Co. as they eye revenge on an even bigger stage this June.

Although Group G has been accurately labeled the Group of Death by football pundits, many expect both Germany and Portugal to survive and advance to the knockout stage. However, unless they can each come away from this showdown with a point, one of them will be in trouble early.

The slight edge has to go to Germany in this matchup. While Portugal clearly has the top individual talent, the Germans are a much more complete side with quality across the board.

Simply put, anything short of an appearance in the final will be considered a massive failure for Low's squad, so a strong start against Portugal will be paramount for the three-time World Cup champions. 


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