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

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

Germany's Thomas Mueller\, from left, Germany's Andre Schuerrle\ and Germany's Lukas Podoslki celebrate scoring during a friendly WCup preparation soccer match between Germany and Cameroon in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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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
DateMatchTimeVenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 12Brazil vs. Croatia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSao PauloITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 13Mexico vs. Cameroon5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNatalITV1/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 17Brazil vs. Mexico8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortalezaBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 18Cameroon vs. Croatia8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETManausITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23Cameroon vs. Brazil9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETBrasiliaITV(TBC)/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23Croatia vs. Mexico9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETRecifeITV(TBC)/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
FIFA.com
Group B Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 13Spain vs. Netherlands8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSalvadorBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 13Chile vs. Australia11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiabaITV1/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 18Spain vs. Chile11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de JaneiroBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 18Australia vs. Netherlands5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto AlegreITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23Australia vs. Spain5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETCuritibaITV(TBC)/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
June 23Netherlands vs. Chile5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSao PauloITV(TBC)/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
FIFA.com
Group C Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)VenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 14Colombia vs. Greece5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo HorizonteBBC1/ABCBBC Website/ABC Go
June 14Ivory Coast vs. Japan11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRecifeITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 19Colombia vs. Ivory Coast5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasiliaBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 19Japan vs. Greece11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETNatalBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 24Japan vs. Colombia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCuiabaBBC(TBC)/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 24Greece vs. Ivory Coast9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETFortalezaBBC(TBC)/ESPN2BBC Website/ESPN Player
FIFA.com
Group D Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)VenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 14Uruguay vs. Costa Rica8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortalezaITV1/ABCITV Website/ABC Go
June 14England vs. Italy11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETManausBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 19Uruguay vs. England8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSao PauloITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 20Italy vs. Costa Rica5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETRecifeBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 24Italy vs. Uruguay5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNatalITV(TBC)/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 24Costa Rica vs. England5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo HorizonteITV1/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
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Group E Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)VenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 15Switzerland vs. Ecuador5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasiliaITV1/ABCITV Website/ABC Go
June 15France vs. Honduras8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETPorto AlegreBBC1/ABCBBC Website/ABC Go
June 20Switzerland vs. France8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSalvadorITV1/ESPNITV Website/ ESPN Player
June 20Honduras vs. Ecuador11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuritibaITV1/ESPNITV Website/ ESPN Player
June 25Honduras vs. Switzerland9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETManausBBC(TBC)/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 25Ecuador vs. France9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETRio de JaneiroBBC(TBC)/ESPN2BBC Website/ESPN Player
FIFA.com
Group F Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)VenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 15Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de JaneiroBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 16Iran vs. Nigeria8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETCuritibaBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 21Argentina vs. Iran5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo HorizonteITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 21Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiabaBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 25Nigeria vs. Argentina5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto AlegreITV(TBC)/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 25Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSalvadorITV(TBC)/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
FIFA.com
Group G Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)VenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 16Germany vs. Portugal5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSalvadorITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 16Ghana vs. United States11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETNatalBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 21Germany vs. Ghana8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortalezaBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 22United States vs. Portugal8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETManausBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 26United States vs. Germany5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETRecifeBBC(TBC)/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 26Portugal vs. Ghana5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasiliaBBC(TBC)/ESPN2BBC Website/ESPN Player
FIFA.com
Group H Fixtures
DateMatchTime (ET)VenueTV InfoLive Stream
June 17Belgium vs. Algeria5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo HorizonteITV1/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 17Russia vs. South Korea11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiabaBBC1/ESPNBBC Website/ESPN Player
June 22Belgium vs. Russia11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de JaneiroBBC1/ABCBBC Website/ABC Go
June 22South Korea vs. Algeria5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto AlegreITV1/ABCITV Website/ABC Go
June 26South Korea vs. Belgium9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSao PauloITV(TBC)/ESPNITV Website/ESPN Player
June 26Algeria vs. Russia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCuritibaITV(TBC)/ESPN2ITV Website/ESPN Player
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Must-Watch Matchups

Spain vs. Chile, June 18

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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).

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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.

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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.