World Cup Schedule 2014: Ultimate Guide to Group Play

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World Cup Schedule 2014: Ultimate Guide to Group Play
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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
Date Fixture Time (ET) Network
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

FIFA.com

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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
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

 

*All odds are according to Odds Shark.

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

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