World Cup Brazil 2014: Fixture Schedule, Groups, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

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World Cup Brazil 2014: Fixture Schedule, Groups, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview
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The most anticipated sporting event of the year is fast approaching, and fans now have less than two weeks to wait until the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

Nations both big and small will assemble in South America, each with the same intention of proving their mettle to the rest of the world, and the hosts Brazil, who are current favourites to succeed in front of a home audience.

However, 31 other teams will be looking to ensure that isn't the case, and to guarantee you're there every minute of every match, read on for a full breakdown of the groups, fixture schedule and the games most likely to have the biggest impact in the first stage.

Via Bleacher Report
Group A Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group B Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group C Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group D Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group E Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group F Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group G Fixtures
Date Match 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

FIFA.com

Group H Fixtures
Date Match 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

 

Must-Watch Matchups

Spain vs. Chile, June 18

Luis Hidalgo/Associated Press

Vicente del Bosque could certainly have hoped for an easier beginning to his side's World Cup trophy defence, but as things stand, Spain have a hard task ahead of them in topping Group A in front of the Netherlands, Chile and Australia.

La Roja will go up against the Oranje in a restaging of their 2010 World Cup final fixture, but Chile are something of a more unknown quantity and Jorge Sampaoli's tactical nuances could prove troublesome for the tiki-taka enthusiasts.

Chile are being billed as a team to keep one's eye on at this summer's World Cup, but Sky Sports' South American correspondent Paulo Freitas believes that Chile's pedigree is overstated:

Sampaoli's fondness for fielding three at the back, a formation centred around switching quickly from defence into attack, could prove troublesome to any who encounter it.

Spain may become more destabilised than others when not allowed to play their brand of football for long stretches.

 

Uruguay vs. England, June 19

Group D will also be a tossup between three sides who sit within six places of one another in the official FIFA world rankings: Uruguay (sixth), Italy (ninth) and England (11th).

Matilde Campodonico/Associated Press

And as is sure to be the case for any team fortunate enough to be based in that part of the world, Uruguay will be more accustomed to the humidity of Brazil, gifting them an advantage in the hunt for a top-two spot in the pool.

Much to England's detriment, the Mail Online reports that Luis Suarez is well on his way to recovering from knee surgery and could be fit to face the Three Lions on June 19:

Costa Rica will be looked upon as the one Group D outfit unlikely to win any of their three matchups in the competition's first phase, and Uruguay will be seeking to improve upon their semi-final finish at the 2010 World Cup, presenting England with what will very arguably be their most difficult group fixture.

 

Germany vs. Portugal, June 16

Germany have a not-too-distant history with Portugal after beating Paulo Bento's side in the group stages of Euro 2012, and the two sides are once again set for a pivotal pool clash in Brazil.

Francisco Seco/Associated Press

On that occasion, Joachim Low's men walked away as 1-0 victors, but OptaJoe points out that this Group G opener will have a slightly more significant meaning for Die Mannschaft:

After Spain, Germany will be considered one of Europe's hot favourites to succeed in South America, boasting as deep a pool of talent as ever, and Bundesliga writer Jonathan Harding thinks the World Cup stalwarts could see their entire tournament destabilised should they stumble at the first hurdle:

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't hope for a more conveniently timed World Cup opportunity given age and recent form, but there will be far more to this game than what just one man can offer.

Ghana and the United States risk being nothing more than bystanders in the pool should they fail to take any results away from this pair, but both Germany and Portugal will see their first outing as the big one, likely to dictate how the rest of their tournament plays out.

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