Football fans worldwide will be tuning in on Friday to watch the start of the World Cup quarter-finals in Brazil.
The hosts will be expected to put on a show as they face fellow South Americans Colombia, who proceeded to the tournament with their best-ever World Cup qualifying campaign, achieving 30 points from their 16 matches, per BBC Sport.
Now Colombia have the chance to cause a major upset by eliminating the hosts and, if the current form book is any indication, they will proceed to the semi-final.
The other quarter-final on Friday sees Germany pitted against France at the Maracana. Germany could only edge their way past Algeria in the round of 16, and France will offer them a mighty obstacle to overcome if they are to stay in the competition.
Here is how you can watch both matches, with start times and schedule information:
|July 4||France v Germany||5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET||Rio De Janeiro||BBC One/ESPN2||BBC Website/ESPN Player|
|July 4||Brazil v Colombia||9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. ET||Fortaleza||ITV/ESPN||ITV Website/ESPN Player|
Brazil v Colombia
The focus is very much on Brazil's Neymar and Colombia's James Rodriguez ahead of Friday's clash, but there is still plenty of space for others to shine brightly in the tie.
Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has been sensational down Colombia's right wing offering a perfect foil for James on the opposite side.
The 26-year-old is the original versatile wide player, able to play as a right-back, right-sided midfielder or as a winger.
He had a fantastic season for Fiorentina in 2013-14 as he hit 13 goals in 38 Serie A and Champions League matches, per WhoScored.com, and his performances at the World Cup have already seen him lay on four goals, taking his number to 12 assists for the year.
These performances have led to Europe's big clubs being interested in his talents, with beIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri tweeting that Manchester United are pursuing the player:
Manchester United have placed a bid to Fiorentina for Colombia's unstoppable winger Cuadrado, according to Gazzetta. Approx 40m€— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 2, 2014
Cuadrado will directly face either Marcelo or Maxwell in the left-back slot for Brazil and, in his current form, he is sure to offer them a torrid time. He is every bit as dangerous as James but does not possess the glamour of his team-mate, who has Cristiano Ronaldo-like charm.
Brazil will once again be relying on the skills of Neymar as they look to improve on their recent flat performances.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's team selections have been unsurprising in their lack of variation, with Fred, Oscar and Hulk the chosen players to support his superstar in attack.
Hulk in particular has been disappointing when you consider his goal record for Zenit Saint Petersburg this season.
He has scored 21 goals in 32 games for his club in the Russian league and Europe, per WhoScored.com, but is yet to register at the World Cup.
Brazil will need more from him, but if Scolari persists in playing him wide of the attack his poor form may continue.
France v Germany
Didier Deschamps will be looking to outwit a Germany team who appear to be suffering with a minor crisis of confidence in Friday's first quarter-final game.
Deschamps is a man who has been to the well of success and drunk profusely through his football career as a player and manager, and now he will be looking to add World Cup success as a coach.
Christopher Clarey of The New York Times recently wrote about Deschamps and his incredible knack of winning:
A water carrier who lifts up a lot of trophies: My column on Didier Deschamps ahead of France-Germany http://t.co/jdlTe4IG0d— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) July 3, 2014
Deschamps has the firepower in his armoury to win once again with the talent of Karim Benzema at his disposal.
He started the player on the left side of his attack in the round of 16 but will surely place the player back in his preferred role of striker for such a big match.
Germany will be hoping their resolve and organisational skills are enough for them to navigate the tricky waters posed by the French.
Will Hulk score for Brazil on Friday?
Thomas Muller is in electrifying form but needs help from Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze in the attacking department.
France may well have weaknesses at the heart of their defence, and if Germany can reorganise their thoughts and confidence, then they have a good opportunity to find the net.
The winner of the match will go on to face either Brazil or Colombia in what is sure to be a classic semi-final encounter.