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World Cup Schedule 2014: Fixture List, Kick-off Times, Live Stream Info, Venues

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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Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2014

With less than a week to go until the big kick-off in Brazil, World Cup fever has now well and truly gripped the planet.

Fans worldwide are meticulously planning how and where they'll watch the drama unfold in South America, with countless alarms set to keep up with the action even in the craziest of hours.

As we wouldn't advise you missing any of the 2014 World Cup, below is a guide to where you can relax and soak in the group stage action with an in-depth look at two of the biggest opening fixtures.

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
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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
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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
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Group D Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenueTV 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
DateMatchTimeVenueTV 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
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Group F Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenueTV 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
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Group G Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenueTV 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
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Group H Fixtures
DateMatchTimeVenueTV 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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England vs. Italy (June 14)

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There was once a time when England fans backed their side to win every single major tournament that they entered, though decades of disappointment have led to expectations being lower than the nation's penalty shootout success rate.

However, this year there's a quiet bit of confidence on English shores, with Roy Hodgson's star-studded line-up hoping to make a good account of themselves in Brazil.

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England's Group D campaign gets underway with a mouth-watering clash in Manaus as they take on Italy.

Arena da Amazonia is situated in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and holds up to 39,118 spectators, per FIFA.com, with an atmosphere expected to be even hotter than the overwhelming climate.

Both England and Italy will likely struggle in the humid Amazon region, which is the last thing that the Azzurri need given their recent woes.

According to SoccerWay, Italy haven't won any of their last seven internationals, dating all the way back to September 2013.

PERUGIA, ITALY - JUNE 04:  Italy players celebrate the opening goal scored by Claudio Marchisio during the international friendly match between Italy and Luxembourg on June 4, 2014 in Perugia, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Though they do face Fluminense on Sunday and should find a way past the Brazilian outfit, heading into the World Cup on such form will be worrying for Cesare Prandelli and Co.

Following Wednesday's 1-1 draw with minnows Luxembourg in Verona, Prandelli insisted that he isn't panicking and can still see Italy enjoying a strong campaign—per FIGC, via FIFA.com:

We completely made a mistake in marking their corner kick and Luxembourg took advantage and scored. I need to test some of the solutions we had been practising in training, especially in midfield. It is something I needed to do and I don't think it was a failure.

I've seen interesting things. We knew that we weren't going to be sharp considering the hard work the team has undergone in recent days. We have to improve but we leave for Brazil knowing that we can have a great World Cup.

A great World Cup would mean disposing of England in their opening fixture, but with the Three Lions looking good of late, that could be a difficult task.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 04: Chris Smalling of England and Jack Wilshere of England take a drink during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Richard Heathcot
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Hodgson's men have lost just two of their last 15 matches, per SoccerWay, and though they didn't perform brilliantly against Ecuador on Wednesday, the experimental side still emerged with a 2-2 draw.

With Honduras to come for England in Miami, Italy and the English will likely be heading into their match in Manaus with opposing levels of confidence.

With the correct team selection, potentially involving a forward trio of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling, England will have the power to beat Italy even in the uncomfortable conditions.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30:  Gary Cahill of England celebrates scoring their second goal with Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Danny Welbeck of England uring the international friendly match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2014 in L
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However, the Italians are a very tough team to beat, and though they haven't won since September, they have also lost just one match in that time. It's going to be like a game of chess in the rainforest, but England just have the right moves to win.

Prediction: England 2-1 Italy

 

Croatia vs. Mexico (June 23)

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  General view prior to prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B match between Spain and Uruguay at the Arena Pernambuco on June 16, 2013 in Recife, Brazil.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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With the race for progression from Group A looking very one-sided in favour of Brazil, the battle for the runners-up spot will see Croatia take on Mexico on June 23.

Arena Pernambuco is the setting for the crunch clash, situated in the middle of the historical football city of Recife.

As the home of Brazilian clubs Nautico, Santa Cruz and Sport, football is Recife's second language, making it the perfect setting for such an important clash.

Though Croatia will be fancied to qualify given the talent in their ranks—the likes of Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic—the Mexicans are more than capable of producing a strong campaign.

Let's not forget, they performed admirably in the 2010 World Cup, only to come up against an inspired Argentina side in the knockout stages, and they come into the tournament off the back of some promising form.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 03: The starting eleven of Mexico poses before a match against Bosnia & Herzegovina at Soldier Field on June 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Their loss to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday was their first in eight matches according to SoccerWay, with Miguel Herrera’s free-flowing style of football making Mexico a dangerous outfit.

Darko Bandic/Associated Press

However, Croatia aren't the kind of side to just lie down, and their striker Eduardo told FIFA.com that the Croats are planning on Group A progression:

The objective is to reach the knockout phase. If that can be accomplished, we will already be facing a 'final' against either the Netherlands, Spain or Chile, which are all really dangerous teams.

And if Croatia get through this round too, we can go on to emulate the France 1998 performance [when they reached the last four] or go even further.

We are full of confidence and have the complete backing of the media and the fans. It is really positive for us because they recognise that we have a strong generation of players, one of the best in our history.

We need to confirm that this is true, go as far as possible in the tournament and try and surpass the achievements of the '98 generation. We'll do everything in our power to accomplish this.

Though a tricky match against the winners of Group B will await either Mexico or Croatia, winning in Recife will fill them with endless confidence going into the match.

It's going to be an incredibly tight game, that much is guaranteed, but Mexico may just have enough to see them over the line.

Prediction: Croatia 0-1 Mexico

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