World Cup Schedule 2014: Complete Viewing Information and Group Breakdown

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World Cup Schedule 2014: Complete Viewing Information and Group Breakdown
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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
Date Fixture Time (ET) Channel
Thu., June 12 Brazil vs. Croatia 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., June 13 Mexico vs. Cameroon 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Fri., June 13 Spain vs. Netherlands 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., June 13 Chile vs. Australia 5:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sat., June 14 Colombia vs. Greece 11:30 a.m. ABC
Sat., June 14 Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 2:30 p.m. ABC
Sat., June 14 England vs. Italy 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat., June 14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan 8:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun. June 15 Switzerland vs. Ecuador 11:30 a.m. ABC
Sun. June 15 France vs. Honduras 2:30 p.m. ABC
Sun. June 15 Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., June 16 Germany vs. Portugal 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Mon., June 16 Iran vs. Nigeria 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., June 16 Ghana vs. United States 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue., June 17 Belgium vs. Algeria 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Tue., June 17 Brazil vs. Mexico 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue., June 17 Russia vs. South Korea 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Wed., June 18 Australia vs. Netherlands 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Wed., June 18 Spain vs. Chile 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Wed., June 18 Cameroon vs. Croatia 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Thu., June 19 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Thu., June 19 Uruguay vs. England 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Thu., June 19 Japan vs. Greece 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., June 20 Italy vs. Costa Rica 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Fri., June 20 Switzerland vs. France 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., June 20 Honduras vs. Ecuador 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat., June 21 Argentina vs. Iran 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Sat., June 21 Germany vs. Ghana 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat., June 21 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun., June 22 Belgium vs. Russia 11:30 a.m. ABC
Sun., June 22 South Korea vs. Algeria 2:30 p.m. ABC
Sun., June 22 United States vs. Portugal 5:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., June 23 Netherlands vs. Chile 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Mon., June 23 Australia vs. Spain 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Mon., June 23 Croatia vs. Mexico 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., June 23 Cameroon vs. Brazil 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Tue., June 24 Italy vs. Uruguay 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Tue., June 24 Costa Rica vs. England 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Tue., June 24 Japan vs. Colombia 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue., June 24 Greece vs. Ivory Coast 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Wed., June 25 Nigeria vs. Argentina 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Wed., June 25 Bosnia-Herzegovina 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Wed., June 25 Ecuador vs. France 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Wed., June 25 Honduras vs. Switzerland 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Thu., June 26 United States vs. Germany 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Thu., June 26 Portugal vs. Ghana 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Thu., June 26 South Korea vs. Belgium 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Thu., June 26 Algeria vs. Russia 3:30 p.m. ESPN2
Sat., June 28 Round of 16, 1A vs. 2B 11:30 a.m. ABC
Sat., June 28 Round of 16, 1C vs. 2D 3:30 p.m. ABC
Sun., June 29 Round of 16, 1B vs. 2A 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Sun., June 29 Round of 16, 1D vs. 2C 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Mon., June 30 Round of 16, 1E vs. 2F 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Mon., June 30 Round of 16, 1G vs. 2H 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue., July 1 Round of 16, 1F vs. 2E 11:30 a.m. ESPN
Tue., July 1 Round of 16, 1H vs. 2G 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Fri., July 4 Quarterfinals 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Fri., July 4 Quarterfinals 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat., July 5 Quarterfinals 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Sat., July 5 Quarterfinals 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Tue., July 8 Semifinals 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Wed., July 9 Semifinals 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Sat., July 12 Third-Place Match 3:30 p.m. ESPN
Sun., July 13 Final 2:30 p.m. ABC

CBSSports.com

 

2014 World Cup Groups

2014 World Cup Groups
Group Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4
A Brazil Croatia Mexico Cameroon
B Spain Netherlands Chile Australia
C Colombia Greece Ivory Coast Japan
D Uruguay Costa Rica England Italy
E Switzerland Ecuador France Honduras
F Argentina Bosnia-Herzegovina Iran Nigeria
G Germany Portugal Ghana United States
H Belgium Algeria Russia South Korea

FIFA.com

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.

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