World Cup Schedule 2014: Ultimate Guide to Group Play

David DanielsSenior Writer IMay 31, 2014

Argentina's national soccer goalkeeper Sergio Romero catches the ball during a training session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Argentina is training for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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The 2014 World Cup schedule includes 32 football clubs, but odds suggest it's Brazil against the world.

Odds Shark lists Brazilled by Neymar, Oscar, Dani Alves and Julio Cesara 3-1 favorite to win the globe's most-anticipated tournament.

A Selecao are loaded with talent. It has home-field advantage. No nation has won the FIFA trophy more.

But it wouldn't be the most-anticipated tournament if it was already decided. Here's when and where to watch each match of the group stage according to FIFA's official website.

2014 World Cup Group Stage Schedule
DateFixtureTime (ET)Network
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

Not only is Brazil the favorite to win the World Cup, but no club has higher odds to win its group. It has an 81.2 percent, or 2-9, chance to finish on top of Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. Not far behind, though, is Argentina with 1-4 odds.

It has at least one advantage over Brazil, the best footballer on the planet: Lionel Messi. The world record holder for most goals in a year scored 29 times for Barcelona this past La Liga season. In the 2010 World Cup, he helped lead Argentina to the quarterfinals, but they were overpowered by Germany 4-0.

Germany is also favored to win its group, but not nearly as easily as Brazil and Argentina. Die Mannschaft landed in the Group of Death with Portugal, USA and Ghana. Despite the fact that Germany could realistically place second in its own group, it has the third highest odds to win it all.

Other top contenders include Spain—the defending champs—Belgium, France, Italy and Uruguay. Portugal's challenging group draw makes it a major sleeper, though. Despite being No. 3 in the FIFA World Ranking, oddsmakers only give the Portuguese the 12th highest odds, 28-1, to win the World Cup.

Here's how the 32 teams will be divided in the eight groups.

2014 World Cup Groups
GroupTeam 1Team 2Team 3Team 4
CColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan
DUruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly
GGermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States
HBelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea


*All odds are according to Odds Shark.

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.