FIFA World Cup 2014: It Begins (Open Thread)

Julian Finney

SB Nation's 2014 World Cup Preview'

It is finally here -- today is the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil! There are a lot of fans here who get excited for the World Cup every four years, so we will host a series of open threads for it over the next couple of weeks. The first open thread will be for the opening match of Brazil vs. Croatia, but you can also discuss the group stages in general, including the United States' Group G of Death. For a good preview of the World Cup, click the banner above.

The full schedule for the group stages are below. Who do you think will make the final four of the tournament this year? Who will win it? And, will the United States be able to make it out of the group stage?


2014 World Cup Group Stage TV Schedule

Thursday, June 12

3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Brazil vs. Croatia Group A in Sao Paulo

Friday, June 13

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m PT on ESPN2: Mexico vs. Cameroon (Group A) in Natal

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Spain vs. Netherlands (Group B) in Salvador

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2: Chile vs. Australia (Group B) in Cuiaba

Saturday, June 14

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ABC: Colombia vs. Greece (Group C) in Belo Horizonte

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ABC: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica (Group D) in Fortaleza

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: England vs. Italy (Group D) in Manaus

8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Ivory Coast vs. Japan (in Group C) in Recife

Sunday, June 15

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ABC: Switzerland vs. Ecuador (Group E) in Brasilia

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ABC: France vs. Honduras (Group E) in Porto Alegre

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (Group F) in Rio de Janeiro

Monday, June 16

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Germany vs. Portugal (Group G) in Salvador

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Iran vs. Nigeria (Group F) in Curitiba

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Ghana vs. United States (Group G) in Natal

Tuesday, June 17

11:30 a.m. ET/ 8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Belgium vs. Algeria (Group H) in Belo Horizonte

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Brazil vs. Mexico (Group A) in Fortaleza

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Russia vs. South Korea (Group H) in Cuiaba

Wednesday, June 18

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Australia vs. Netherlands (Group B) in Porto Alegre

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Spain vs. Chile (Group B) in Rio de Janeiro

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Cameroon vs. Croatia (Group A) in Manaus

Thursday, June 19

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast (Group C) in Brasilia

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Uruguay vs. England (Group D) in Sao Paulo

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Japan vs. Greece (Group C) in Natal

Friday, June 20

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Italy vs. Costa Rica (Group D) in Recife

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Switzerland vs. France (Group E) in Salvador

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Honduras vs. Ecuador (Group E) in Curitiba

Saturday, June 21

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Argentina vs. Iran (Group F) in Belo Horizonte

2:30 p.m. ET/ 11:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Germany vs. Ghana (Group G) in Fortaleza

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina (Group F) in Cuiaba

Sunday, June 22

11:30 a.m. ET/ 8:30 a.m. PT on ABC: Belgium vs. Russia (Group H) in Rio de Janeiro

2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT on ABC: South Korea vs. Algeria (Group H) in Porto Alegre

5:30 p.m. ET/ 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: United States vs. Portugal (Group G) in Manaus

Monday, June 23

11:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Netherlands vs. Chile (Group B) in Sao Paulo

11:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2: Australia vs. Spain (Group B) in Curitiba

3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Croatia vs. Mexico (Group A) in Recife

3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2: Cameroon vs. Brazil (Group A) in Brasilia

Tuesday, June 24

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Italy vs. Uruguay (Group D) in Natal

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN2: Costa Rica vs. England (Group D) in Belo Horizonte

3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Japan vs. Colombia (Group C) in Cuiaba

3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2: Greece vs. Ivory Coast (Group C) in Fortaleza

Wednesday, June 24

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: Nigeria vs. Argentina (Group F) in Porto Alegre

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN2: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran (Group F) in Salvador

3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: Ecuador vs. France (Group E) in Rio de Janeiro

3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2: Honduras vs. Switzerland (Group E) in Manaus

Thursday, June 25

11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN: United States vs. Germany (Group G) in Recife

11:30 a.m.  ET/8:30 a.m. PT on ESPN2: Portugal vs. Ghana (Group G) in Brasilia

3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN: South Korea vs. Belgium (Group H) in Sao Paulo

3:30 p.m. ET/ 12:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2: Algeria vs. Russia (Group H) in Curitiba

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