It's only natural that a spectacle as entertaining as the World Cup always seems to glide by faster than we'd like, and already the tournament's group stage is well underway.
Tuesday will be Day 6 in the competition, where we'll officially come full circle and have seen every team in the tournament play at least once.
Openers Brazil return to the field against Mexico hoping to build on the positive connotations that were produced by their 3-1 win over Croatia last Friday, while the Group H quartet of Belgium, Russia, Algeria and South Korea will also be in action.
In order to ensure you don't miss any of the drama, read on for the essential viewing information and times of the Day 6 proceedings.
|Belgium vs. Algeria||5 p.m. BST/Noon ET||ITV1/ESPN||ITV Player/ESPN Player|
|Brazil vs. Mexico||8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET||BBC/ESPN||BBC iPlayer/ESPN Player|
|Russia vs. South Korea||11 p.m. BST/6 p.m. ET||BBC/ESPN||BBC iPlayer/ESPN Player|
Belgium vs. Algeria
Group H is an interesting prospect in that one could feasibly see any four of its inhabitants realistically qualifying. On-paper logic would dictate that Belgium and Russia will be the ones vying for first place, but the second spot is very much up for grabs.
Veritable dark horses Belgium begin their journey of expectation against the understated Algerians, and even though star striker Christian Benteke will be missing all the action through injury, the Press Association's Martyn Ziegler feels that Romelu Lukaku can fill the void:
@oflynndirector PS I also hope Belgium do well and Lukaku should make up for Benteke's absence— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) June 16, 2014
This Algerian team is a talented one, though, and those such as Sofiane Feghouli, Hassan Yebda and Madjid Bougherra at least bring a bit of top-flight pedigree to its cause.
The Guardian's Michael Cox is one who values Algeria highly, but news that their first XI hasn't been impressing too much in training won't be taken lightly:
@MarthaCalcio Thanks Martha, v kind. I hope Algeria don't let me down - bigged them up - but I hear in a training game, their second XI won!— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) June 14, 2014
If Belgium are to challenge for the later rounds as many have tipped in recent months, a strong statement would be most fortuitous in what could easily be a tricky opening match.
Brazil vs. Mexico
Heading into their second fixture of the tournament, Brazil could be without the talents of Hulk, whom Sky Sports reveals pulled out of training this week ahead of the Mexico game:
Luiz Felipe Scolari's wealth of attacking depth should see the Selecao replace the forward without too much cause for concern, but will the likes of Willian or Bernard be able to produce as much going forward as his St. Petersburg-based teammate?
Both Brazil and Mexico come into this match having won their opening matches, but El Tri's 1-0 victory over Cameroon didn't come without its share of shaky moments.
The BBC's Richard Conway quotes ex-Brazil international Zico in saying that it's a curse as well as a blessing playing in front of a home crowd at a World Cup:
Zico on Brazil: "I think the Brazilian team had a good start... It's not so easy to play the World Cup at home..."— Richard Conway (@richard_conway) June 16, 2014
Scolari's side triumphed over Croatia 3-1 last time out, which was arguably its toughest match of the group phase. That being said, Mexico's challenge could yet provide a stumbling block in the tournament favourites' path.
Russia vs. South Korea
The final fixture of this World Cup's first round will be contested between Russia and South Korea, each of whom have ambiguous prospects coming to Brazil.
Russia impressed early on at Euro 2012, but they ultimately failed to qualify from Group A, placing third behind Greece and the Czech Republic, whereas the South Koreans have progressed from the group phases in two of the last three World Cups.
Hong Myung-bo's side has won just one of its last five matches, though, and is a team out of sorts in attack after netting just twice in that space of time.
Russia expert Artur Petrosyan discusses how experience could be a big factor between these two squads:
30+ aged players in Group H: Belgium 1, Korea 1, Algeria 4, Russia 7.— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) June 10, 2014
Fabio Capello will be hoping to see his side advance further than he was able to with England back in 2010, and a very open group campaign begins with the examination of South Korea.