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ESPN releases 2014 World Cup schedule
by Paul Kennedy, February 24th, 2014 3:12PM
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TAGS:  television, world cup 2014


[SOCCER ON THE AIR] ESPN will air all 64 games from the 2014 World Cup. ESPN will televise 43 matches, while ESPN2 will air 11 and ABC will show 10, including the final. All games will also be available on all available on WatchESPN (ESPN and ESPN2 matches) or WATCH ABC (ABC matches).

Kickoff times are generally noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET until the final games of the group stage when they move to noon and 4 p.m. for the matches that are played simultaneously. The kickoff times remain at noon and 4 p.m. through the knockout stage until the final, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET.

Of note, the first two U.S. games, June 16 against Ghana and June 22 against Portugal, will air at 6 p.m. ET, the latest U.S. viewers will have watched the USA at the World Cup.

ESPN’s coverage of every game will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, including teams walking onto the field, national anthems and ceremonial handshakes. Post-match segments will follow each game presentation.

Special editions of ESPN's SportsCenter will follow all games except when a game precedes another live event on the network. On every match day, World Cup Tonight will recap the day’s action, and ESPN FC World Cup Encore – which will generally air for two hours on match days on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS – will feature condensed versions of the best action in the day’s matches with analysis from ESPN FC pundits.

Note: All times are ET. Kickoff follows after half-hour pregame show.

Group Stage:

Thursday, June 12
3:30 p.m. ESPN Brazil vs. Croatia A Sao Paulo 1
Friday, June 13
11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Mexico vs. Cameroon A Natal 2
2:30 p.m. ESPN Spain vs. Netherlands B Salvador 3
5:30 p.m. ESPN2 Chile vs. Australia B Cuiaba 4
Saturday, June 14
11:30 a.m. ABC Colombia vs. Greece C Belo Horizonte 5
2:30 p.m. ABC Uruguay vs. Costa Rica D Fortaleza 7
5:30 p.m. ESPN England vs. Italy D Manaus 8
8:30 p.m. ESPN Ivory Coast vs. Japan C Recife 6
Sunday, June 15
11:30 a.m. ABC Switzerland vs. Ecuador E Brasilia 9
2:30 p.m. ABC France vs. Honduras E Porto Alegre 10
5:30 p.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina F Rio de Janeiro 11
Monday, June 16
11:30 a.m. ESPN Germany vs. Portugal G Salvador 13
2:30 p.m. ESPN Iran vs. Nigeria F Curitiba 12
5:30 p.m. ESPN Ghana vs. United States G Natal 14
Tuesday, June 17
11:30 a.m. ESPN Belgium vs. Algeria H Belo Horizonte 15
2:30 p.m. ESPN Brazil vs. Mexico A Fortaleza 17
5:30 p.m. ESPN Russia vs. South Korea H Cuiaba 16
Wednesday, June 18 11:30 a.m. ESPN Australia vs. Netherlands B Porto Alegre 20
2:30 p.m. ESPN Spain vs. Chile B Rio de Janeiro 19
5:30 p.m. ESPN Cameroon vs. Croatia A Manaus 18
Thursday, June 19 11:30 a.m. ESPN Colombia vs. Ivory Coast C Brasilia 21
2:30 p.m. ESPN Uruguay vs. England D Sao Paulo 23
5:30 p.m. ESPN Japan vs. Greece C Natal 22
Friday, June 20 11:30 a.m. ESPN Italy vs. Costa Rica D Recife 24
2:30 p.m. ESPN Switzerland vs. France E Salvador 25
5:30 p.m. ESPN Honduras vs. Ecuador E Curitiba 26
Saturday, June 21 11:30 a.m. ESPN Argentina vs. Iran F Belo Horizonte 27
2:30 p.m. ESPN Germany vs. Ghana G Fortaleza 29
5:30 p.m. ESPN Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina F Cuiaba 28
Sunday, June 22 11:30 a.m. ABC Belgium vs. Russia H Rio de Janeiro 31
2:30 p.m. ABC South Korea vs. Algeria H Porto Alegre 32
5:30 p.m. ESPN United States vs. Portugal G Manaus 30
Monday, June 23 11:30 a.m. ESPN Netherlands vs. Chile B Sao Paulo 36
11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Australia vs. Spain B Curitiba 35
3:30 p.m. ESPN Croatia vs. Mexico A Recife 34
3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Cameroon vs. Brazil A Brasilia 33
Tuesday, June 24 11:30 a.m. ESPN Italy vs. Uruguay D Natal 39
11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Costa Rica vs. England D Belo Horizonte 40
3:30 p.m. ESPN Japan vs. Colombia C Cuiaba 37
3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Greece vs. Ivory Coast C Fortaleza 38
Wednesday, June 25 11:30 a.m. ESPN Nigeria vs. Argentina F Porto Alegre 43
11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran F Salvador 44
3:30 p.m. ESPN Ecuador vs. France E Rio de Janeiro 42
3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Honduras vs. Switzerland E Manaus 41
Thursday, June 26 11:30 a.m. ESPN United States vs. Germany G Recife 45
11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Portugal vs. Ghana G Brasilia 46
3:30 p.m. ESPN South Korea vs. Belgium H Sao Paulo 47
3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Algeria vs. Russia H Curitiba 48

Knockout Stage:
Round of 16
Saturday, June 28
11:30 a.m. ABC 1A vs. 2B Belo Horizonte 49
3:30 p.m. ABC 1C vs. 2D Rio de Janeiro 50
Sunday, June 29
11:30 a.m. ESPN 1B vs. 2A Fortaleza 51
3:30 p.m. ESPN 1D vs. 2C Recife 52
Monday, June 30
11:30 a.m. ESPN 1E vs. 2F Brasilia 53
3:30 p.m. ESPN 1G vs. 2H Porto Alegre 54
Tuesday, July 1
11:30 a.m. ESPN 1F vs. 2E Sao Paulo 55
3:30 p.m. ESPN 1H vs. 2G Salvador 56


Friday, July 4
11:30 a.m. ESPN2 Winners 53 vs. 54 Rio de Janeiro 58
3:30 p.m. ESPN Winners 49 vs. 50 Fortaleza 57
Saturday, July 5
11:30 a.m. ABC Winners 55 vs. 56 Brasilia 60
3:30 p.m. ESPN Winners 51 vs. 52 Salvador 59


Tuesday, July 8
3:30 p.m. ESPN Winners 57 vs. 58 Belo Horizonte 61
Wednesday, July 9
3:30 p.m. ESPN Winners 59 vs. 60 Sao Paulo 62

Third-Place Match

Saturday, July 12
3:30 p.m. ESPN Losers – 61 vs. 62 Brasilia 63


Sunday, July 13 2:30 p.m. ABC Winners – 61 vs. 62 Rio de Janeiro 64

1 comment
    commented on: March 3, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.
    Guess I will just have to live long enough & wait to see a Cup in a safe venue. Hopefully FIFA will pull it from Russia now.......

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