World Cup TV Schedule 2014: Complete Viewing Info for Every Tournament Match

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 11, 2014

GOIANIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 03:  Neymar  of Brazil reacts on during the International Friendly Match between Brazil and Panama at Serra Dourada Stadium on June 03, 2014 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Years of anticipation are set to give way to month-long excitement as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off from Brazil on Thursday.

The host nation has won a record five World Cup titles, but has never secured the crown on its home soil, losing the 1950 World Cup Final to South American rivals Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

When the Selecao open the tournament against Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday, they'll hope it marks the start of a redeeming journey.

Below you'll find a complete viewing guide for all 64 World Cup matches this summer.

2014 FIFA World Cup TV Schedule
DateMatchupStart Time (ET)TVLive Stream
Thu, June 12Group A: Brazil vs. Croatia4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 13Group A: Mexico vs. Cameroon12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Fri, June 13Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 13Group B: Chile vs. Australia6 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group C: Colombia vs. Greece12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group D: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica3 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group D: England vs. Italy6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 14Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Japan9 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, June 15Group E: Switzerland vs. Ecuador12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 15Group E: France vs. Honduras3 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 15Group F: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 16Group G: Germany vs. Portugal12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 16Group F: Iran vs. Nigeria3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 16Group G: Ghana vs. United States6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 17Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 17Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 17Group H: Russia vs. South Korea6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 18Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 18Group B: Spain vs. Chile3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 18Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 19Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 19Group D: Uruguay vs. England3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 19Group C: Japan vs. Greece6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 20Group D: Italy vs. Costa Rica12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 20Group E: Switzerland vs. France3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Fri, June 20Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 21Group F: Argentina vs. Iran12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 21Group G: Germany vs. Ghana3 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, June 21Group F: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, June 22Group H: Belgium vs. Russia12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 22Group H: South Korea vs. Algeria3 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 22Group G: United States vs. Portugal6 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group B: Netherlands vs. Chile12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group B: Australia vs. Spain12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group A: Croatia vs. Mexico4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 23Group A: Cameroon vs. Brazil4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group D: Costa Rica vs. England12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group C: Japan vs. Colombia4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, June 24Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group F: Nigeria vs. Argentina12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group F: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group E: Ecuador vs. France4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Wed, June 25Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group G: United States vs. Germany12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana12 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group H: South Korea vs. Belgium4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Thu, June 26Group H: Algeria vs. Russia4 p.m.ESPN2WatchESPN
Sat, June 28Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, June 28Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up4 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sun, June 29Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, June 29Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 30Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Mon, June 30Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, July 1Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up12 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, July 1Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, July 5Quarterfinal12 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Sat, July 5Quarterfinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Tue, July 8Semifinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Wed, July 9Semifinal4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sat, July 12Third Place Game4 p.m.ESPNWatchESPN
Sun, July 13Final4 p.m.ABCWatchESPN
Source: ABCNews.com

There are plenty of intriguing group stage matchups on tap this June, but few will be as highly anticipated as Friday's Group B opener between defending World Cup champions Spain and the Netherlands.

The two European powerhouses met in South Africa for the World Cup final four years ago, and La Roja won 1-0 in extra-time to secure their first-ever World Cup championship. 

As ESPN FC points out, Spain are one of the favorites to conquer Brazil this summer:

Although the two squads will look slightly different than they did in 2010, some familiar talent will be on display. Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos are just some of the Spanish stars set to return to the World Cup, while Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder each look to propel the Dutch back to the World Cup final.

Earlier this week, Robben discussed the key to the Netherlands' success, per the Associated Press, via FoxNews.com:

I don't think we're capable at the moment of playing tiki-taka or beautiful football. In the end, it's all about the result. The counter attack is a very dangerous weapon that we're certainly going to use at this tournament.

One day after Spain and Holland collide for Group B supremacy, two other past World Cup winners, England and Italy, will go head-to-head in a pivotal Group D clash.

Between them, Italy and England have combined to win five World Cups since 1934. Therefore, Saturday's showdown promises to add another thrilling chapter to this European rivalry. What's more, neither team can afford a poor showing. With 2010 World Cup semifinalist Uruguay set to make noise in Group D, it's possible that either Italy or England will be going home before the knockout stage.

That possibility only adds to the significance of their opener this weekend.

The drama will only continue on Monday when Group G, the Group of Death, gets underway. Although Americans will be glued to the United States-Ghana matchup, the preceding showdown between Germany and Portugal will be must-see television as well.

Opta Sports notes Germany's unparalleled World Cup experience via Twitter:

Three-time World Cup champions, the Germans have finished third at each of the previous two World Cups and were runners-up prior to that in 2002. Possessing an explosive roster loaded with talent in midfield, Die Mannschaft are the favorite to finish atop Group G.

However, Joachim Low's squad can expect to face stiff resistance from Portugal, a tournament dark-horse built around reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has scored 49 goals in 110 appearances for Portugal since 2003, and led the squad to a fourth-place finish at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. 

The U.S. will hope to contain the dynamic forward in their second Group G match, but slowing Ronaldo will be Germany's burden during the first week of action in Brazil.

While both Germany and Portugal are projected to advance to the knockout stage, Monday's meeting in Salvador, Brazil will be a determining factor in how the group shakes out this summer. A poor result for Portugal could derail the Iberians' hopes of making a deep run. 

 

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