World Cup Groups 2014: Fixtures, TV Schedule and Latest Odds

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
World Cup Groups 2014: Fixtures, TV Schedule and Latest Odds
Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

To steal from ESPN's most recent World Cup commercial, "every four years, the world has one time zone."

The World Cup transcends. It transcends work and school schedules, and really any other stupid commitment that might get in your way. It transcends whatever negative feelings some may have toward the sport. It transcends cultural differences, and for one month every four years, much of the world unites for the incomparable tournament. 

Missing any of the fixtures means missing a piece of sports history, so let's take a look at when and where to watch every pre-knockout stage match, along with a glance at the tournament odds and most compelling groups. 

 

Complete Group Play Schedule and Viewing Info

2014 World Cup Fixtures and TV Schedule
Date Group A Fixture Time Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 12 Brazil vs. Croatia 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Sao Paulo ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 13 Mexico vs. Cameroon 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Natal ITV1/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 17 Brazil vs. Mexico 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Fortaleza BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 18 Cameroon vs. Croatia 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Manaus ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23 Cameroon vs. Brazil 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Brasilia ITV(TBC)/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23 Croatia vs. Mexico 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Recife ITV(TBC)/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
Date Group B Fixture Time Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 13 Spain vs. Netherlands 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Salvador BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 13 Chile vs. Australia 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Cuiaba ITV1/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 18 Spain vs. Chile 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 18 Australia vs. Netherlands 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Porto Alegre ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23 Australia vs. Spain 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Curitiba ITV(TBC)/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23 Netherlands vs. Chile 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Sao Paulo ITV(TBC)/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
Date Group C Fixture Time (ET) Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 14 Colombia vs. Greece 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte BBC1/ABC BBC Website/ABC Go
June 14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Recife ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 19 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Brasilia BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 19 Japan vs. Greece 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Natal BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 24 Japan vs. Colombia 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Cuiaba BBC(TBC)/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 24 Greece vs. Ivory Coast 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Fortaleza BBC(TBC)/ESPN2 BBC Website/ESPN Player
Date Group D Fixture Time (ET) Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 14 Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Fortaleza ITV1/ABC ITV Website/ABC Go
June 14 England vs. Italy 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Manaus BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 19 Uruguay vs. England 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Sao Paulo ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 20 Italy vs. Costa Rica 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Recife BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 24 Italy vs. Uruguay 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Natal ITV(TBC)/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 24 Costa Rica vs. England 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte ITV1/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player
Date Group E Fixture Time (ET) Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 15 Switzerland vs. Ecuador 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Brasilia ITV1/ABC ITV Website/ABC Go
June 15 France vs. Honduras 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Porto Alegre BBC1/ABC BBC Website/ABC Go
June 20 Switzerland vs. France 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Salvador ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ ESPN Player
June 20 Honduras vs. Ecuador 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Curitiba ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ ESPN Player
June 25 Honduras vs. Switzerland 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Manaus BBC(TBC)/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 25 Ecuador vs. France 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro BBC(TBC)/ESPN2 BBC Website/ESPN Player
Date Group F Fixture Time (ET) Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 15 Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 16 Iran vs. Nigeria 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Curitiba BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 21 Argentina vs. Iran 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 21 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Cuiaba BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 25 Nigeria vs. Argentina 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Porto Alegre ITV(TBC)/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 25 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Salvador ITV(TBC)/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player
Date Group G Fixture Time (ET) Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 16 Germany vs. Portugal 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Salvador ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 16 Ghana vs. United States 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Natal BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 21 Germany vs. Ghana 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Fortaleza BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 22 United States vs. Portugal 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Manaus BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 26 United States vs. Germany 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Recife BBC(TBC)/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 26 Portugal vs. Ghana 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Brasilia BBC(TBC)/ESPN2 BBC Website/ESPN Player
Date Group H Fixture Time (ET) Venue TV Info Live Stream
June 17 Belgium vs. Algeria 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte ITV1/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 17 Russia vs. South Korea 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Cuiaba BBC1/ESPN BBC Website/ESPN Player
June 22 Belgium vs. Russia 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro BBC1/ABC BBC Website/ABC Go
June 22 South Korea vs. Algeria 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Porto Alegre ITV1/ABC ITV Website/ABC Go
June 26 South Korea vs. Belgium 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Sao Paulo ITV(TBC)/ESPN ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 26 Algeria vs. Russia 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Curitiba ITV(TBC)/ESPN2 ITV Website/ESPN Player

FIFA.com

Note: Complete match schedule courtesy of FIFA.com

 

Latest Odds

Odds to Win 2014 World Cup
Country Odds
Brazil 3-1
Argentina 4-1
Germany 5-1
Spain 13-2
Belgium 13-1
Colombia 20-1
France 22-1
England 25-1
Italy 25-1
Netherlands 25-1
Uruguay 25-1
Portugal 30-1
Chile 40-1
Russia 75-1
Switzerland 100-1
Ecuador 120-1
Mexico 130-1
Japan 140-1
Ivory Coast 150-1
USA 160-1
Croatia 200-1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 210-1
Ghana 240-1
Greece 250-1
Nigeria 250-1
Korea Republic 400-1
Cameroon 600-1
Australia 650-1
Algeria 1000-1
Costa Rica 1000-1
Honduras 1000-1
Iran 1000-1

VegasInsider.com

Note: Complete Odds courtesy of Vegas Insider

 

Most Compelling Groups

Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Since the spectacle moved to 24 teams in 1982, only once has there been a rematch of the World Cup final during the following tournament, which came in 1986 and 1990 when West Germany and Argentina met in back-to-back finals. It has never happened since the change to 32 teams in 1998. 

With this group, we'll be assured of history. 

Granted, Spain and Netherlands have both shown some weaknesses since the the 2010 final. La Roja lost to Croatia and needed penalties to beat Portugal during the 2012 Euro Cup (although they eventually wont the tournament) and were defeated soundly by Brazil in the 2013 Confederations Cup final. Oranje, meanwhile, were trounced in the same Euro Cup, losing to Denmark, Germany and Portugal. 

Still, it would be wrong to overlook either side. 

Brazilian legend Pele recently dubbed Spain as his country's biggest obstacle (along with Germany), while Marcelo, via SocialRMadrid and Goal.com's Alec Fenn, reiterated that statement. 

The Dutch, comparatively, romped through World Cup qualifying, going 5-1-0 by an aggregate score of 21-3 in 2013. 

Spain is still dripping with talented playmakers in the midfield, and the Netherlands still feature world-class attacking talents like Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. You are going to be hard-pressed to find a better group-stage match than this one. 

Oh, and one of them might not even make the knockout stages. Chile, led by Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, is an extremely dangerous side, especially on South American soil. 

 

Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

Group D features three very good teams with extensive World Cup history but also plenty of question marks. 

Uruguay's question mark—the health of Luis Suarez—is arguably the biggest of the tournament, but while the status of the reigning Premier League Player of the Year's knee could drastically shift this group, Oscar Tabarez's squad is plenty feared one way or another. 

England veteran Steven Gerrard, via The Guardian's Dominic Fifield, put it simply:

He is a fighter and come maybe the first or the second game in the World Cup, I am sure he will be ready and raring to go. But it’s not just all about Luis. Obviously he is outstanding but they’ve got other good players and a very good team, so we’ll look at different ways and options of how to deal with that and counteract that.

Indeed, the presence of Edinson Cavani (and possibly 2010 Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan) should help the Charruas remain dangerous up front, while being in South America will also prove to be beneficial. 

Italy, the favorite to take the group if Suarez is unable to make an impact, is coming off a dreadful 2010 showing. However, the Azzurri have experienced difference-makers in Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi, and they've looked better on the international level since the hiring of Cesare Prandelli.

Then you have England. The Three Lions have a lot of youth on the roster but are undeniably talented. 

All three squads, who have combined for seven World Cup titles, are easily among the best 16 nations in the world, but they won't all be advancing to the Round of 16 for the knockout stages. 

 

Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

Let's start at the top. 

Germany is the deepest team in the world, as most other countries would gladly take Joachim Low's reserves, while Portgual features the reigning Ballon d'Or winner in Cristiano Ronaldo, a player capable of taking over a game by himself. 

On the "bottom," we have Ghana and United States, the unlikeliest of rivals. Ghana, an extremely physical side that is dangerous on the attack, have made it out of the group stages the last two tournaments, eliminating the Red, White and Blue both times. 

Assuming Germany advances, who will be the second country to survive Group G?

Submit Vote vote to see results

"I didn't even think about Germany and Portugal," midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah told Goal.com's Kent Mensah. "What came into my mind was, 'These USA people again?'"

Although Jurgen Klinsmann made headlines by not selecting American legend Landon Donovan to the squad, he still has an extremely talented midfield led by Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey and had his team playing extremely well during World Cup qualifying. 

Other than Germany failing to advance, there can be no surprises from this group. All four squads are talented enough to make a deep run in Brazil, entrenching this as the unequivocal Group of Death. 

 

Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

Out of Bounds

World Cup 2014

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.