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

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World Cup TV Schedule 2014: Complete Viewing Info for Every Tournament Match
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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
Date Matchup Start Time (ET) TV Live Stream
Thu, June 12 Group A: Brazil vs. Croatia 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 13 Group A: Mexico vs. Cameroon 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Fri, June 13 Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 13 Group B: Chile vs. Australia 6 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group C: Colombia vs. Greece 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group D: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica 3 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group D: England vs. Italy 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 14 Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Japan 9 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, June 15 Group E: Switzerland vs. Ecuador 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 15 Group E: France vs. Honduras 3 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 15 Group F: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 16 Group G: Germany vs. Portugal 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 16 Group F: Iran vs. Nigeria 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 16 Group G: Ghana vs. United States 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 17 Group H: Belgium vs. Algeria 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 17 Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 17 Group H: Russia vs. South Korea 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 18 Group B: Australia vs. Netherlands 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 18 Group B: Spain vs. Chile 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 18 Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 19 Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 19 Group D: Uruguay vs. England 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 19 Group C: Japan vs. Greece 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 20 Group D: Italy vs. Costa Rica 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 20 Group E: Switzerland vs. France 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Fri, June 20 Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 21 Group F: Argentina vs. Iran 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 21 Group G: Germany vs. Ghana 3 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, June 21 Group F: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, June 22 Group H: Belgium vs. Russia 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 22 Group H: South Korea vs. Algeria 3 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 22 Group G: United States vs. Portugal 6 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group B: Netherlands vs. Chile 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group B: Australia vs. Spain 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group A: Croatia vs. Mexico 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 23 Group A: Cameroon vs. Brazil 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group D: Italy vs. Uruguay 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group D: Costa Rica vs. England 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group C: Japan vs. Colombia 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, June 24 Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group F: Nigeria vs. Argentina 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group F: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group E: Ecuador vs. France 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Wed, June 25 Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group G: United States vs. Germany 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group G: Portugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group H: South Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Thu, June 26 Group H: Algeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. ESPN2 WatchESPN
Sat, June 28 Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, June 28 Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up 4 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sun, June 29 Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, June 29 Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 30 Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Mon, June 30 Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, July 1 Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up 12 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, July 1 Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, July 5 Quarterfinal 12 p.m. ABC WatchESPN
Sat, July 5 Quarterfinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Tue, July 8 Semifinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Wed, July 9 Semifinal 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sat, July 12 Third Place Game 4 p.m. ESPN WatchESPN
Sun, July 13 Final 4 p.m. ABC WatchESPN

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.

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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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