World Cup Schedule 2014: Complete Viewing Information and Group Breakdown

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 30, 2014

England's Gary Cahill, second left, competes for the ball with Peru's Alexander Callens, center, and goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, second right, during the international friendly soccer match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, May 30, 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Every four years, we're treated to one of the most thrilling spectacles in all of sports—the FIFA World Cup.

Spain enters this year's tournament as defending champions in Group B. Interestingly enough, the 2010 World Cup runner-up Netherlands joins Spain in the group.

Needless to say, we're sure to see some drama and intensity unfold early in the group stage of the tournament—giving us all the more reason to ensure not a moment of action is missed.

After all, 2014 could provide more breathtaking moments like the ones in this tweet from ITV Football:

With the World Cup's opening game just under two weeks away, let's take a look at the tournament's full schedule and overview each of the eight groups.

 

2014 World Cup Schedule

2014 World Cup Viewing Information
DateFixtureTime (ET)Channel
Thu., June 12Brazil vs. Croatia3:30 p.m.ESPN
Fri., June 13Mexico vs. Cameroon11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Fri., June 13Spain vs. Netherlands2:30 p.m.ESPN
Fri., June 13Chile vs. Australia5:30 p.m.ESPN2
Sat., June 14Colombia vs. Greece11:30 a.m.ABC
Sat., June 14Uruguay vs. Costa Rica2:30 p.m.ABC
Sat., June 14England vs. Italy5:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat., June 14Ivory Coast vs. Japan8:30 p.m.ESPN
Sun. June 15Switzerland vs. Ecuador11:30 a.m.ABC
Sun. June 15France vs. Honduras2:30 p.m.ABC
Sun. June 15Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina5:30 p.m.ESPN
Mon., June 16Germany vs. Portugal11:30 a.m.ESPN
Mon., June 16Iran vs. Nigeria2:30 p.m.ESPN
Mon., June 16Ghana vs. United States5:30 p.m.ESPN
Tue., June 17Belgium vs. Algeria11:30 a.m.ESPN
Tue., June 17Brazil vs. Mexico2:30 p.m.ESPN
Tue., June 17Russia vs. South Korea5:30 p.m.ESPN
Wed., June 18Australia vs. Netherlands11:30 a.m.ESPN
Wed., June 18Spain vs. Chile2:30 p.m.ESPN
Wed., June 18Cameroon vs. Croatia5:30 p.m.ESPN
Thu., June 19Colombia vs. Ivory Coast11:30 a.m.ESPN
Thu., June 19Uruguay vs. England2:30 p.m.ESPN
Thu., June 19Japan vs. Greece5:30 p.m.ESPN
Fri., June 20Italy vs. Costa Rica11:30 a.m.ESPN
Fri., June 20Switzerland vs. France2:30 p.m.ESPN
Fri., June 20Honduras vs. Ecuador5:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat., June 21Argentina vs. Iran11:30 a.m.ESPN
Sat., June 21Germany vs. Ghana2:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat., June 21Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina5:30 p.m.ESPN
Sun., June 22Belgium vs. Russia11:30 a.m.ABC
Sun., June 22South Korea vs. Algeria2:30 p.m.ABC
Sun., June 22United States vs. Portugal5:30 p.m.ESPN
Mon., June 23Netherlands vs. Chile11:30 a.m.ESPN
Mon., June 23Australia vs. Spain11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Mon., June 23Croatia vs. Mexico3:30 p.m.ESPN
Mon., June 23Cameroon vs. Brazil3:30 p.m.ESPN2
Tue., June 24Italy vs. Uruguay11:30 a.m.ESPN
Tue., June 24Costa Rica vs. England11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Tue., June 24Japan vs. Colombia3:30 p.m.ESPN
Tue., June 24Greece vs. Ivory Coast3:30 p.m.ESPN2
Wed., June 25Nigeria vs. Argentina11:30 a.m.ESPN
Wed., June 25Bosnia-Herzegovina11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Wed., June 25Ecuador vs. France3:30 p.m.ESPN
Wed., June 25Honduras vs. Switzerland3:30 p.m.ESPN2
Thu., June 26United States vs. Germany11:30 a.m.ESPN
Thu., June 26Portugal vs. Ghana11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Thu., June 26South Korea vs. Belgium3:30 p.m.ESPN
Thu., June 26Algeria vs. Russia3:30 p.m.ESPN2
Sat., June 28Round of 16, 1A vs. 2B11:30 a.m.ABC
Sat., June 28Round of 16, 1C vs. 2D3:30 p.m.ABC
Sun., June 29Round of 16, 1B vs. 2A11:30 a.m.ESPN
Sun., June 29Round of 16, 1D vs. 2C3:30 p.m.ESPN
Mon., June 30Round of 16, 1E vs. 2F11:30 a.m.ESPN
Mon., June 30Round of 16, 1G vs. 2H3:30 p.m.ESPN
Tue., July 1Round of 16, 1F vs. 2E11:30 a.m.ESPN
Tue., July 1Round of 16, 1H vs. 2G3:30 p.m.ESPN
Fri., July 4Quarterfinals11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Fri., July 4Quarterfinals3:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat., July 5Quarterfinals11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Sat., July 5Quarterfinals3:30 p.m.ESPN
Tue., July 8Semifinals3:30 p.m.ESPN
Wed., July 9Semifinals3:30 p.m.ESPN
Sat., July 12Third-Place Match3:30 p.m.ESPN
Sun., July 13Final2:30 p.m.ABC
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2014 World Cup Groups

2014 World Cup Groups
GroupTeam 1Team 2Team 3Team 4
ABrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon
BSpainNetherlandsChileAustralia
CColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan
DUruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly
ESwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras
FArgentinaBosnia-HerzegovinaIranNigeria
GGermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States
HBelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea
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Brazil headlines Group A but will be heavily tested in the World Cup's opening match. With a great deal of pressure on the host country, Croatia should provide an exciting opponent to open up the tournament.

Group B should be very enticing, as we'll see a rematch of the World Cup Final from four years ago when Spain takes on the Netherlands. Spain figures to be the favorite here; however, SportsCenter tweeted one very interesting storyline to watch for:

Japan and the Ivory Coast are two emerging teams in Group C; although, Colombia and Greece could be highly unpredictable. It may take some time before a clear-cut favorite emerges here.

In Group D, we have plenty of talent. Costa Rica appears to be a very strong team, but the offensive prowess of Uruguay can't be discounted. Italy and England are known to step up in a big way during the World Cup as well, leaving this group very much up for grabs.

Switzerland and France should provide a great deal of excitement in Group E. Both teams feature a large amount of experience, and a head-to-head match could decide which country comes out on top.

Here's a look at France's team this year, courtesy of a tweet from Bleacher Report Football:

Argentina looks poised to run away with things in Group F. The team features a bevy of offensive talent, and it should be far too much for the remaining teams to handle. The most intriguing aspect of this group could be the fight for second place.

The United States has the daunting task of falling into Group G. Germany and Portugal are both powerhouses in their own right, and Ghana can never be overlooked. Needless to say, the Americans are big underdogs to advance.

One big storyline from the United States is the absence of Landon Donovan. Sports Illustrated tweeted the fallout:

Group H could be a two-horse race between Russia and Belgium. Both have solid teams but must overcome playing in a far different environment in Brazil. South Korea has surprised before, reaching the semifinals in 2002, and may be a dark horse here.