World Cup Schedule 2014: Full Fixtures, Group Odds and Bracket Format

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World Cup Schedule 2014: Full Fixtures, Group Odds and Bracket Format
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It feels like a whole generation has passed since we sank our teeth into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, making the endless football drama and rather annoying vuvuzela buzz distant memories.

We’ve made it, though, the World Cup is back—with Brazil’s 2014 instalment set to live up to its billing as a thrilling festival of football.

As World Cup fever begins to grips all four corners of the earth, as the big kick-off draws ever nearer, we take a look at the fixtures from Group A to Group H and assess the potential matchups in the knockout stage with an in-depth look at the pick of the bunch.

 

World Cup 2014 Fixtures and Group Odds

Group A Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 12 Brazil vs. Croatia 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Sao Paulo
June 13 Mexico vs. Cameroon 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Natal
June 17 Brazil vs. Mexico 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Fortaleza
June 18 Cameroon vs. Croatia 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Manaus
June 23 Cameroon vs. Brazil 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Brasilia
June 23 Croatia vs. Mexico 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Recife

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Group A Odds
Brazil 2/9
Croatia 8/1
Mexico 9/1
Cameroon 25/1

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Group B Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 13 Spain vs. Netherlands 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Salvador
June 13 Chile vs. Australia 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Cuiaba
June 18 Spain vs. Chile 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro
June 18 Australia vs. Netherlands 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Porto Alegre
June 23 Australia vs. Spain 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Curitiba
June 23 Netherlands vs. Chile 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Sao Paulo

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Group B Odds
Spain 20/27
Netherlands 9/4
Chile 4/1
Australia 33/1

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Group C Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 14 Colombia vs. Greece 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte
June 14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Recife
June 19 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Brasilia
June 19 Japan vs. Greece 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Natal
June 24 Japan vs. Colombia 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Cuiaba
June 24 Greece vs. Ivory Coast 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Fortaleza

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Group C Odds
Colombia 2/3
Ivory Coast 4/1
Japan 4/1
Greece 9/1

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Group D Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 14 Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Fortaleza
June 14 England vs. Italy 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Manaus
June 19 Uruguay vs. England 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Sao Paulo
June 20 Italy vs. Costa Rica 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Recife
June 24 Italy vs. Uruguay 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Natal
June 24 Costa Rica vs. England 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte

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Group D Odds
Italy 3/2
Uruguay 9/5
England 9/4
Costa Rica 50/1

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Group E Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 15 Switzerland vs. Ecuador 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Brasilia
June 15 France vs. Honduras 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Porto Alegre
June 20 Switzerland vs. France 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Salvador
June 20 Honduras vs. Ecuador 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Curitiba
June 25 Honduras vs. Switzerland 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Manaus
June 25 Ecuador vs. France 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro

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Group E Odds
France 4/5
Switzerland 5/2
Ecuador 7/2
Honduras 33/1

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Group F Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 15 Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro
June 16 Iran vs. Nigeria 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Curitiba
June 21 Argentina vs. Iran 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte
June 21 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Cuiaba
June 25 Nigeria vs. Argentina 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Porto Alegre
June 25 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Salvador

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Group F Odds
Argentina 1/4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 6/1
Nigeria 8/1
Iran 33/1

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Group G Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 16 Germany vs. Portugal 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Salvador
June 16 Ghana vs. United States 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Natal
June 21 Germany vs. Ghana 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Fortaleza
June 22 United States vs. Portugal 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET Manaus
June 26 United States vs. Germany 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Recife
June 26 Portugal vs. Ghana 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Brasilia

FIFA.com

Group G Odds
Germany 5/9
Portugal 11/4
USA 10/1
Ghana 12/1

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Group H Fixtures
Date Match Time Venue
June 17 Belgium vs. Algeria 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Belo Horizonte
June 17 Russia vs. South Korea 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Cuiaba
June 22 Belgium vs. Russia 11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET Rio de Janeiro
June 22 South Korea vs. Algeria 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET Porto Alegre
June 26 South Korea vs. Belgium 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Sao Paulo
June 26 Algeria vs. Russia 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET Curitiba

FIFA.com

Group H Odds
Belgium 4/7
Russia 2/1
South Korea 15/2
Algeria 28/1

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World Cup 2014 Knockout Stage

World Cup 2014 Knockout Stage
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Winner Group A
Runner-up Group B
Winner Match 49
Winner Match 50
Winner Group C
Runner-up Group D
Winner Match 57
Winner Match 58
Winner Group E
Runner-up Group F
Winner Match 53
Winner Match 54
Winner Group G
Runner-up Group H
Winner Match 61
Winner Match 62
Winner Group B
Runner-up Group A
Winner Match 51
Winner Match 52
Winner Group D
Runner-up Group C
Winner Match 59
Winner Match 60
Winner Group F
Runner-up Group E
Winner Match 55
Winner Match 56
Winner Group H
Runner-up Group G

FIFA.com

 

Potential Matchup: Brazil vs. Netherlands (Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up)

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With the hosts Brazil expected to breeze through Group A, it’s likely they will face the Netherlands in the round of 16 with the Dutch looking to emerge as runners-up to Spain in Group B.

In a repeat of 2010’s quarter-final, Brazil vs. Netherlands would showcase some of the best footballers on the planet with a place in this year’s quarter-finals up for grabs.

Four years ago the Dutch came from behind to knock Brazil out, with Robinho’s opening strike cancelled out by a Wesley Sneijder brace.

However, the Brazilians are in a position to exact revenge this time around—coming into the World Cup in blistering form.

According to SoccerWay, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have lost just one of their last 19 internationals, winning their last seven on the spin.

With friendlies against Panama and Serbia to come before their Group A campaign kicks off against Mexico, Brazil could be coming into their prospective match against the Netherlands on the back of a 12-match winning streak.

With the class of Neymar, Oscar, Hulk and Marcelo in their ranks, it’s hard to see the Dutch causing the star-studded hosts much of a problem. However, their manager Louis van Gaal has the kind of mission on his hands whereby failure won’t be taken lightly.

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The 62-year-old will take charge of Manchester United on a permanent basis following the climax of the World Cup and will be hoping to go out with a bang and emulate the Netherlands’ exploits of four years ago when they went all the way to the final.

With the likes of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Sneijder all donning the famous orange shirt this summer, Van Gaal certainly has the personnel to do so.

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One player Van Gaal will have to cope without is midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who will miss the finals with a calf injury.

The former Tottenham Hotspur man scored five goals during the Netherlands’ World Cup qualification campaign, per SoccerWay, and will be a big loss for the Dutch in Brazil—a sentiment echoed by teammate Ryan Babel:

Another player that lamented the loss of his colleague’s services is Bayern Munich star Robben, who said in an interview with NOS that the Netherlands will miss Van der Vaart’s experience—per Goal.com:

I would have preferred that he had gone, with all his experience. It will also be a huge disappointment for him. I have not spoken to him about it, that's a pity. With Wesley Sneijder now I'm the only player who is going into a sixth finals tournament. Experience is always good to have around, especially in a big tournament.

Robben’s top-level experience will undoubtedly play a big part if the men in orange meet with Brazil, with the 30-year-old having played in the biggest matches in world and European football throughout his career.

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Though Van Gaal will be hoping to sign off in style, it’s hard to see anything other than a Brazil victory if these sides meet in the knockout stage.

Selecao seem destined to have a fruitful campaign in front of their home crowd. Despite the Dutch dumping them out of the 2010 World Cup, Brazil look a different and much more impressive outfit this time around.

 

Other Knockout Stage Potential Fixtures

 

Colombia vs. Italy (Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up)

 

France vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up)

 

Germany vs. Russia (Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up)

 

Spain vs. Mexico (Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up)

 

England vs. Ivory Coast (Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up)

 

Argentina vs. Switzerland (Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up)

 

Belgium vs. Portugal (Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up)

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