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World Cup Schedule 2014: Live Stream and TV Info for All Group Fixtures

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22:  Philipp Lahm of Germany runs with the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVNovember 27, 2016

While 32 teams come into the 2014 World Cup hoping to win all of their matches, only one squad will be able to end the tournament on top. This level of success can only begin with a strong showing in the group stage.

The draw for the international tournament has been out since December, and squads have used this time to prepare for the first three opponents that will decide their fate. Although some groups are tougher than others, every team in Brazil can cause problems.

We have seen throughout history there are potential contenders that do not make it out of the group stage, and that will not change this year. Here is a breakdown of every group match with a look at top teams that will struggle to reach the knockout stage.

Note: All matches will be available for live stream with the Watch ESPN app.  

2014 World Cup Schedule
DateMatchGroupTime (ET)TVVenue
June 12Brazil vs. CroatiaA4 p.m.ESPNSao Paulo
June 13Mexico vs. CameroonA12 p.m.ESPN2Natal
June 13Spain vs. NetherlandsB3 p.m.ESPNSalvador
June 13Chile vs. AustraliaB6 p.m.ESPN2Cuiaba
June 14Colombia vs. GreeceC12 p.m.ABCBelo Horizonte
June 14Uruguay vs. Costa RicaD3 p.m.ABCFortaleza
June 14Ivory Coast vs. JapanC6 p.m.ESPNRecife
June 14England vs. ItalyD6 p.m.ESPNManaus
June 15Switzerland vs. EcuadorE12 p.m.ABCBrasilia
June 15France vs. HondurasE3 p.m.ABCPorto Alegre
June 15Argentina vs. Bosnia-HerzegovinaF6 p.m.ESPNRio De Janeiro
June 16Germany vs. PortugalG12 p.m.ESPNSalvador
June 16Iran vs. NigeriaF3 p.m.ESPNCuritiba
June 16Ghana vs. United StatesG6 p.m.ESPNNatal
June 17Belgium vs. AlgeriaH12 p.m.ESPNBelo Horizonte
June 17Brazil vs. MexicoA3 p.m.ESPNFortaleza
June 17Russia vs. South KoreaH6 p.m.ESPNCuiaba
June 18Australia vs. NetherlandsB12 p.m.ESPNPorto Alegre
June 18Cameroon vs. CroatiaA3 p.m.ESPNManaus
June 18Spain vs. ChileB6 p.m.ESPNRio De Janeiro
June 19Colombia vs. Ivory CoastC12 p.m.ESPNBrasilia
June 19Uruguay vs. EnglandD3 p.m.ESPNSao Paulo
June 19Greece vs. JapanC6 p.m.ESPNNatal
June 20Costa Rica vs. ItalyD12 p.m.ESPNRecife
June 20Switzerland vs. FranceE3 p.m.ESPNSalvador
June 20Ecuador vs. HondurasE6 p.m.ESPNCuritiba
June 21Argentina vs. IranF12 p.m.ESPNBelo Horizonte
June 21Germany vs. GhanaG3 p.m.ESPNFortaleza
June 21Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. NigeriaF6 p.m.ESPNCuiaba
June 22South Korea vs. AlgeriaH3 p.m.ABCPorto Alegre
June 22United States vs. PortugalG6 p.m.ESPNManaus
June 22Belgium vs. RussiaH12 p.m.ABCRio De Janeiro
June 23Australia vs. SpainB12 p.m.ESPN2Curitiba
June 23Chile vs. NetherlandsB12 p.m.ESPNSao Paulo
June 23Brazil vs. CameroonA4 p.m.ESPN2Brasilia
June 23Croatia vs. MexicoA4 p.m.ESPNRecife
June 24Italy vs. UruguayD12 p.m.ESPNNatal
June 24Costa Rica vs. EnglandD12 p.m.ESPN2Belo Horizonte
June 24Japan vs. ColombiaC4 p.m.ESPNCuiaba
June 24Greece vs. Ivory CoastC4 p.m.ESPN2Fortaleza
June 25Nigeria vs. ArgentinaF12 p.m.ESPNPorto Alegre
June 25Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. IranF12 p.m.ESPN2Salvador
June 25Honduras vs. SwitzerlandE4 p.m.ESPN2Manaus
June 25France vs. EcuadorE4 p.m.ESPNRio De Janeiro
June 26United States vs. GermanyG12 p.m.ESPNRecife
June 26Portugal vs. GhanaG12 p.m.ESPN2Brasilia
June 26South Korea vs. BelgiumH4 p.m.ESPNSao Paulo
June 26Algeria vs. RussiaH4 p.m.ESPN2Curitiba
via FIFA.com and ESPNMediaZone.com

 

Netherlands

Peter Dejong/Associated Press

While the Dutch were able to go all the way to the finals at the last World Cup, things will not be as easy this time around. The top players are moving past their prime, and even star Robin van Persie is coming off one of the worst years in his career with Manchester United.

The defense is also extremely inexperienced and prone to mistakes against good teams, which it will see a lot of in Brazil.

Even former star goalkeeper Edwin van Der Sar does not think this World Cup will be great for the Netherlands, telling FIFA.com:

We are in a little bit more of a difficult time now, we don't have the ten or eleven world class players in our team – we have maybe three or four and they are getting older. So it's about time that the young Dutch generation pick up the laurels from the older ones and hopefully can achieve, first with their clubs and then the national team, a little more success than over the last three or four years.

Of course, the biggest problems will be with the opponents. The first match of the tournament for this squad is against Spain, which have spent almost a decade as the premier national team in the world. The team has won the last three major international titles (World Cup and two European championships) and still has the best midfield in the world.

Also in Group B is Chile, which performed exceptionally well in CONMEBOL qualifying and will have somewhat of a home-field advantage playing in South America.

Netherlands will get a break in the middle with a match against Australia, but it might not be enough to get into the knockout stage.

 

Uruguay

Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

Like the Netherlands, Uruguay have been put into an extremely difficult group in the World Cup. Even experienced defender Diego Godin voiced his concerns with Group D to Sky Sports, via Fox Sports:

We have been given a group with very strong teams. England do not talk much but I think it is a very strong team with players going through a great time. They are at a high level and it is going to be very difficult. Italy are always a favourite to win in past World Cups and we faced them in the Confederations Cup. And Costa Rica is our debut match in Brazil, the first game is always difficult and it is a grand final because it is so important for the group.

The squad's chances got even worse when star forward Luis Suarez was forced to undergo knee surgery only a few weeks before the start of the World Cup, via the Associated Press:

Even if the talented scorer plays, he will clearly be less than 100 percent on the pitch. The talented group still has other options in Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani, but it is clearly not as dangerous.

Uruguay were extremely inconsistent in qualifying, finishing in fifth place in the CONMEBOL table and only earning a trip to Brazil in a final play-off match. Against experienced teams like England and Italy with elite defenses, it will be difficult to score.

While the South American team has the talent to go the distance, a difficult group could prevent it from even escaping the group stage.

 

Mexico

Based on talent alone, many people are expecting Mexico to at least reach the round of 16. Javier Hernandez and Giovani dos Santos have showcased plenty of talent in European leagues, while the local stars have displayed their skill in big matches as well.

Unfortunately, the squad limped through qualifying and struggled mightily just to score. The rotation of managers was also a problem, as Tom Marshall of ESPN FC noted:

Miguel Herrera is now at the helm and will hope that he can get this versatile group of players to live up to expectations.

This will not be easy in a group that seems impossible to win with Brazil looming in the top spot. The hosts have talent at every position and come into the tournament with plenty of confidence after winning the Confederations Cup last summer.

There is a chance to finish in second place in Group A, but Croatia will not be an easy team to beat with a talented midfield led by Luka Modric. Even Cameroon will present a challenge with their strong defense.

Mexico could surprise people in this World Cup, but an early exit seems much more likely at this time.

 

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