Colombia vs. Greece: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and 2014 World Cup Preview

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2014

Colombia's Jackson Martinez kicks the ball during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Paraguay  in Asuncion, Paraguay,  Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
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Colombia should be the front-runners in Group C of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The South American squad is brimming with dynamic talent in attack.

But in order to establish their dominance early, the Colombians must overcome a traditionally resolute Greece team. That resolve can be broken if stellar Colombian strikers like FC Porto's Jackson Martinez and Sevilla ace Carlos Bacca produce.

The Greeks are usually stubborn in defence, but their best hopes for an upset will depend on strikers Dimitris Salpingidis and Konstantinos Mitroglou.

Dimitris Salpingidis is a danger man for the Greeks.
Dimitris Salpingidis is a danger man for the Greeks.EuroFootball/Getty Images


Schedule Information

Here's some important schedule information for the game, including kick-off time and stream details:

Date: June 14, 2014

Time: 5 p.m. (BST), 12 p.m. (ET)


Stream: BBC iPlayer,


Match Preview

This one could be very cagey, with both teams having experienced the cost and pain of early defeats at previous tournaments. BBC Sport has detailed Greece and Colombia's unwanted track records in opening matches:

A good start is imperative at a World Cup, as both Colombia and Greece have discovered to their cost.

In their four previous campaigns, Los Cafeteros (the coffee growers) have lost their first match three times - on each occasion failing to make it past the group stage.

The Greeks, who have never progressed to the knockout phase, have been beaten in both of their opening games.

Both teams are solid at the back, meaning the game is likely to be decided by a single goal. That's what makes the clash of strikers so fascinating.

In Martinez and Bacca, Colombia have a pair of potential match-winners. However, the vital figure could be the player charged with supplying them with scoring chances.

That burden likely falls on AS Monaco pass-master James Rodriguez. He has been identified as Colombia's key player by Juan Arango, writing for The Telegraph.

An ultra-talented but inconsistent playmaker, Rodriguez has the trickery and guile to undermine any defence. If he can split any gaps in the Greek back line, either one of Martinez or Bacca are sure to pounce.

While Colombia will be confident about finding the net, Greece won't be so sure. Their best attacker is undoubtedly Mitroglou.

A quick and clever striker, who is also a legitimate aerial threat, Mitroglou is coming off an injury-ravaged season. A winter transfer to eventually relegated Premier League side Fulham didn't improve Mitroglou's fortunes.

But when healthy, the 26-year-old ex-Olympiakos star is a genuine threat.

Yet, even with Mitroglou fit again, fans shouldn't expect coach Fernando Santos to abandon the defensive mantra that has served Greece well in the past. The Greeks have been tough to beat thanks to a commitment to packing midfield areas and shielding an uncompromising defence.

If Santos' team can cut off the supply lines to Colombia's threatening forwards, Greece will frustrate their more talented opponents.


Predicted Final Score: Colombia 1-0 Greece

The game will be a tight and dour affair, but Colombia's superior attack will create the decisive opening.