World Cup TV Schedule and Predictions

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is now only two days away! If you are not excited for the world’s biggest sports event you should call your doctor immediately because your soul has been stolen. I’ve been looking forward to the World Cup in Brazil since the final whistle was blown at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The 2014 World Cup is sure to be one of the most exciting ever.

Here is the 2014 World Cup Schedule complete with TV channels and commentators. Current commentator schedule is via World Soccer Talk and from 6/12 to 6/19, updated commentator schedule to come. Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will cover all the USMNT games while Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno will continue their pairing for games involving Mexico. Darke will also call all games involving the England National Team alongside Stewart Robson. One big surprise in the commentating team is Roberto Martinez being called upon to do color for the Argentina-Bosnia game. We all love Martinez as a studio analyst and I’ll sure he’ll be equally fantastic in the booth.

Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will continue their fine work commentating USMNT games in Brazil

Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will continue their fine work commentating USMNT games in Brazil

Group A (Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon)

Match Schedule
6/12 Brazil vs. Croatia, 4pm ET, ESPN – Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
6/13 Mexico vs. Cameroon, Noon ET, ESPN2 – Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
6/17 Brazil vs. Mexico, 3pm ET, ESPN – Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
6/18 Cameroon vs. Croatia, 6pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/23 Croatia vs. Mexico, 4pm ET, ESPN2 – Fernando Palomo & Alejandro Moreno
6/23 Cameroon vs. Brazil, 4pm ET, ESPN2 – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Brazil
2. Croatia
3. Mexico
4. Cameroon

Group B (Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia)

Match Schedule
6/13 Spain vs. Holland, 3pm ET, ESPN – Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
6/13 Chile vs. Australia, 6pm ET, ESPN2 – Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
6/18 Australia vs. Holland, Noon ET, ESPN – TBA
6/18 Spain vs. Chile, 3pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/23 Holland vs. Chile, Noon ET, ABC – TBA
6/23 Australia vs. Spain, Noon ET, ESPN2 – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Spain
2. Chile
3. Netherlands
4. Australia

Group C (Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan)

Match Schedule
6/14 Colombia vs. Greece, Noon ET, ABC – Adrian Healey & Taylor Twellman
6/14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan, 9pm ET, ESPN – Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku
6/19 Colombia vs. Ivory Coast, Noon ET, ESPN – Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno
6/19 Japan vs. Greece, 6pm ET, ESPN – Daniel Mann & Efan Ekoku
6/24 Japan vs. Colombia, 4pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/24 Greece vs. Ivory Coast, 4pm ET, ESPN2 – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Colombia
2. Ivory Coast
3. Japan
4. Greece

Group D (Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England)

Match Schedule
6/14 Uruguay vs. Costa Rica, 3pm ET, ABC – Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
6/14 England vs. Italy, 6pm ET, ESPN – Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
6/19 Uruguay vs. England, 3pm ET, ESPN – Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
6/20 Italy vs. Costa Rica, Noon ET, ESPN – TBA
6/24 Costa Rica vs. England, Noon ET, ESPN2 – Ian Darke & Steve McManaman
6/24 Italy vs. Uruguay, Noon ET, ESPN – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Uruguay
2. Italy
3. England
4. Costa Rica

Group E (Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras)

Match Schedule
6/15 Switzerland vs. Ecuador, Noon ET, ABC – Adrian Healey & Alejandro Moreno
6/15 France vs. Honduras, 3pm ET, ABC – Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
6/20 Switzerland vs. France, 3pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/20 Honduras vs. Ecuador, 6pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/25 Honduras vs. Switzerland, 4pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/25 Ecuador vs. France, 4pm ET, ESPN2 – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Switzerland
2. France
3. Ecuador
4. Honduras

Group F (Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria)

Match Schedule
6/15 Argentina vs. Bosnia, 6pm ET, ESPN – Derek Rae & Roberto Martinez
6/16 Iran vs. Nigeria, 3pm ET, ESPN – Derek Rae & Efan Ekoku
6/21 Argentina vs. Iran, Noon ET, ESPN – TBA
6/21 Nigeria vs. Bosnia, 6pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/25 Nigeria vs. Argentina, Noon ET, ESPN – TBA
6/25 Bosnia vs. Iran, Noon ET, ESPN – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Argentina
2. Bosnia
3. Nigeria
4. Iran

Group G (Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States)

Match Schedule
6/16 Germany vs. Portugal, Noon ET, ESPN – Jon Champion & Stewart Robson
6/16 Ghana vs. United States, 6pm ET, ESPN – Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman
6/21 Germany vs. Ghana, 3pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/22 United States vs. Portugal, 6pm ET, ESPN – Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman
6/26 United States vs. Germany, Noon ET, ESPN – Ian Darke & Taylor Twellman
6/26 Portugal vs. Ghana, Noon ET, ESPN2 – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Germany
2. United States
3. Portugal
4. Ghana

Group H (Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea)

Match Schedule
6/17 Belgium vs. Algeria, Noon ET, ESPN – Adrian Healey & Efan Ekoku
6/17 Russia vs. South Korea, 6pm ET, ESPN – Daniel Mann & Kasey Keller
6/22 Belgium vs. Russia, Noon ET, ABC – TBA
6/22 South Korea vs. Algeria, 3pm ET, ABC – TBA
6/26 South Korea vs. Belgium, 4pm ET, ESPN – TBA
6/26 Algeria vs. Russia, 4pm ET, ESPN2 – TBA

Final Group Standings Prediction
1. Belgium
2. Russia
3. Algeria
4. South Korea

Knockout Round Predictions (BOLD TEAM = WINNER)

Round of 16
6/28 Brazil (1A) vs. Chile (2B), Noon ET, ABC (49)
6/28 Colombia (1C) vs. Italy (2D), 4pm ET, ABC (50)
6/29 Spain (1B) vs. Croatia (2A), Noon ET, ESPN (51)
6/29 Uruguay (1D) vs. Ivory Coast (2C), 4pm ET, ESPN (52)
6/30 Switzerland (1E) vs. Bosnia (2F), Noon ET, ESPN (53)
6/30 Germany (1G) vs. Russia (2H), 4pm ET, ESPN (54)
7/1 Argentina (1F) vs. France (2E), Noon ET, ESPN (55)
7/1 Belgium (1H) vs. United States (2G), 4pm ET, ESPN (56)

Quarter-Finals
7/4 Bosnia (W53) vs. Germany (W54), Noon ET, ESPN2 (58)
7/4 Brazil (W49) vs. Italy (W50), 4pm ET, ESPN (57)
7/5 Argentina (1F) vs. Belgium (W56), Noon ET, ABC (60)
7/5 Spain (W51) vs. Uruguay (W52), 4pm ET, ESPN (59)

Semi-Finals
7/8 Brazil (W57) vs. Germany (W58), 4pm ET, ESPN
7/8 Uruguay (W59) vs. Argentina (W60), 4pm ET, ESPN

Third-Place Match
7/12 Germany vs. Uruguay, 4pm ET, ESPN

World Cup Final
7/13 Brazil vs. Argentina, 3pm ET, ABC

Records that could be broken in Brazil

All-Time Leading Scorer (Ronaldo 15)
Germany striker Miroslav Klose has the opportunity to become the leading goal scorer in World Cup history in Brazil. The Lazio forward currently has 14 goals across 3 world cups and, seeing as he is the only recognized striker in the German team, it is a good bet that he will at least tie Ronaldo Fenomeno atop the scoring charts (if not pass him).

Can Miroslav Klose overtake the great Ronaldo as the all-time leading World Cup goalscorer?

Can Miroslav Klose overtake the great Ronaldo as the all-time leading World Cup goalscorer?

First Team To Win Four Consecutive Major Tournaments
This is perhaps the most impressive record up for grabs in Brazil. Spain is the two-time defending European champions (2008, 2012) and the defending World Cup champions (2010). Prior to Euro 2012 no team had ever on three consecutive major tournaments and of course Spain did that so don’t be surprised if this Spain team makes their mark as the best international side ever with their fourth major tournament victory in a row.

No European Team Has Ever Won a World Cup in the Americas
This is possibly the most surprising record in the history of the World Cup, no European team has ever won a World Cup that has taken place in the Americas. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is as good of a time as ever for this record to be broken, but it will surely take a special run to do it.

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About Joe Giordano

I'm a full bred New Yorker, born and raised. I take massive pride in also calling myself Italian as my father was born in Palermo, Italy and moved to the US when he was 15. My biggest passion is sports, all kinds of sports. I'm an avid Inter and Manchester United supporter while also supporting the hometown NY Red Bulls, Jets, Mets and Islanders. Outside of sports I thoroughly enjoy crime shows, my favorite tv show right now has to be Dexter. I have a love for animals, cats and dogs alike. I'm also a music fanatic. I like pretty much every type of music but my favorites have to be classic rock (nothing better than some Led Zeppelin) and the blues.
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