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

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World Cup 2014: Start Times, TV Coverage and Live Stream Info for Brazil Event
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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
Date Matchup Start Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, June 12 Group A: Brazil vs. Croatia 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 13 Group A: Mexico vs. Cameroon 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Fri, June 13 Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 13 Group B: Chile vs. Australia 6 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group C: Colombia vs. Greece 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group D: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 3 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group D: England vs. Italy 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Japan 9 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, June 15 Group E: Switzerland vs. Ecuador 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 15 Group E: France vs. Honduras 3 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 15 Group F: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 16 Group G: Germany vs. Portugal 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 16 Group F: Iran vs. Nigeria 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 16 Group G: Ghana vs. United States 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 17 Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 17 Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 17 Group H: Russia vs. South Korea 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 18 Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 18 Group B: Spain vs. Chile 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 18 Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 19 Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 19 Group D: Uruguay vs. England 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 19 Group C: Japan vs. Greece 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 20 Group D: Italy vs. Costa Rica 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 20 Group E: Switzerland vs. France 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 20 Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 21 Group F: Argentina vs. Iran 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 21 Group G: Germany vs. Ghana 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 21 Group F: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, June 22 Group H: Belgium vs. Russia 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 22 Group H: South Korea vs. Algeria 3 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 22 Group G: United States vs. Portugal 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group B: Netherlands vs. Chile 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group B: Australia vs. Spain 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group A: Croatia vs. Mexico 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group A: Cameroon vs. Brazil 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group D: Costa Rica vs. England 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group C: Japan vs. Colombia 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group F: Nigeria vs. Argentina 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group F: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group E: Ecuador vs. France 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group G: United States vs. Germany 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group H: South Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group H: Algeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Sat, June 28 Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, June 28 Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up 4 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 29 Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, June 29 Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 30 Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 30 Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, July 1 Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, July 1 Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, July 4 Quarterfinal 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Fri, July 4 Quarterfinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, July 5 Quarterfinal 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, July 5 Quarterfinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, July 8 Semifinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, July 9 Semifinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, July 12 Third Place Game 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, July 13 Final 4 p.m. ABC WatchESPN

Source: ABCNews.com

 

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.

Which team will win the Group of Death?

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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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