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

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 03:  A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Tonight adidas revealed brazuca to the world in the stunning setting of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The reveal was part of a spectacular light projection supported by global footballers Seedorf, Hernane and FIFA World Cup Winner Cafu. Hundreds of guests and celebrities were treated to this one off experience, which launched the Official FIFA World Cup Ball for Brazil 2014. For more information visit: news.adidas.com/worldcupOMB  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for adidas)
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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
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 12Brazil vs. Croatia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSao Paulo
June 13Mexico vs. Cameroon5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNatal
June 17Brazil vs. Mexico8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortaleza
June 18Cameroon vs. Croatia8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETManaus
June 23Cameroon vs. Brazil9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETBrasilia
June 23Croatia vs. Mexico9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETRecife
FIFA.com
Group A Odds
Brazil2/9
Croatia8/1
Mexico9/1
Cameroon25/1
Odds Shark
Group B Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 13Spain vs. Netherlands8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSalvador
June 13Chile vs. Australia11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 18Spain vs. Chile11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
June 18Australia vs. Netherlands5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 23Australia vs. Spain5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETCuritiba
June 23Netherlands vs. Chile5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSao Paulo
FIFA.com
Group B Odds
Spain20/27
Netherlands9/4
Chile4/1
Australia33/1
Odds Shark
Group C Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 14Colombia vs. Greece5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
June 14Ivory Coast vs. Japan11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRecife
June 19Colombia vs. Ivory Coast5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasilia
June 19Japan vs. Greece11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETNatal
June 24Japan vs. Colombia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 24Greece vs. Ivory Coast9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETFortaleza
FIFA.com
Group C Odds
Colombia2/3
Ivory Coast4/1
Japan4/1
Greece9/1
Odds Shark
Group D Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 14Uruguay vs. Costa Rica8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortaleza
June 14England vs. Italy11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETManaus
June 19Uruguay vs. England8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSao Paulo
June 20Italy vs. Costa Rica5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETRecife
June 24Italy vs. Uruguay5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETNatal
June 24Costa Rica vs. England5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
FIFA.com
Group D Odds
Italy3/2
Uruguay9/5
England9/4
Costa Rica50/1
Odds Shark
Group E Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 15Switzerland vs. Ecuador5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasilia
June 15France vs. Honduras8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 20Switzerland vs. France8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETSalvador
June 20Honduras vs. Ecuador11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuritiba
June 25Honduras vs. Switzerland9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETManaus
June 25Ecuador vs. France9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
FIFA.com
Group E Odds
France4/5
Switzerland5/2
Ecuador7/2
Honduras33/1
Odds Shark
Group F Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 15Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
June 16Iran vs. Nigeria8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETCuritiba
June 21Argentina vs. Iran5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
June 21Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 25Nigeria vs. Argentina5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 25Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSalvador
FIFA.com
Group F Odds
Argentina1/4
Bosnia and Herzegovina6/1
Nigeria8/1
Iran33/1
Odds Shark
Group G Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 16Germany vs. Portugal5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETSalvador
June 16Ghana vs. United States11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETNatal
June 21Germany vs. Ghana8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETFortaleza
June 22United States vs. Portugal8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ETManaus
June 26United States vs. Germany5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETRecife
June 26Portugal vs. Ghana5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBrasilia
FIFA.com
Group G Odds
Germany5/9
Portugal11/4
USA10/1
Ghana12/1
Odds Shark
Group H Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenue
June 17Belgium vs. Algeria5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETBelo Horizonte
June 17Russia vs. South Korea11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETCuiaba
June 22Belgium vs. Russia11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ETRio de Janeiro
June 22South Korea vs. Algeria5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ETPorto Alegre
June 26South Korea vs. Belgium9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETSao Paulo
June 26Algeria vs. Russia9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ETCuritiba
FIFA.com
Group H Odds
Belgium4/7
Russia2/1
South Korea15/2
Algeria28/1
Odds Shark

 

World Cup 2014 Knockout Stage

World Cup 2014 Knockout Stage
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
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)

Nov 16, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Brazil players celebrate a goal by forward William (9) against Honduras during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Brazil won the match 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 05: Neymar celebrates his goal with teammtes  during the International Friendly match between South Africa and Brazil at FNB Stadium on March 05, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/
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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.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17: Robin van Persie of Holland celebrates after scoring the teams only goal of the game during the International Friendly match between The Netherlands and Ecuador at The Amsterdam Arena on May 17, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherla
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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.

GENK, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 16:  Arjen Robben of Netherlands celebrates the second goal with teammate Rafael van der Vaart during the International Friendly match between the Netherlands and Japan on November 16, 2013 in Genk, Belgium.  (Photo by Dennis Grom
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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)