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Posted by Mac Nwulu on February 24, 2014

ESPN Schedule for 2014 FIFA World Cup


Screen shot 2014-01-07 at 1 48 26 PM (3)Extensive Studio Programming – Pre-Match Shows, SportsCenter, World Cup Tonight, ESPN FC World Cup Encore, and More

For additional info and resources, please visit the 2014 FIFA World Cup Media Kit which includes:
Photos | Videos | Bios | Schedules

ESPN will present all 64 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC during its comprehensive coverage of the month-long tournament in Brazil, June 12 – July 13. Extensive studio programming originating from the host country is also planned, including pre-match shows, halftime and post-match segments.

ESPN will televise 43 World Cup matches, while ESPN2 will air 11. All ESPN and ESPN2 matches (and surrounding studio programming) will be available via WatchESPN.

ABC will broadcast 10 matches (all available on WATCH ABC), beginning with Colombia vs. Greece at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, June 14, live from Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. The tournament will conclude on ABC with the title match Sunday, July 13, at 2:30 p.m. from Rio de Janeiro’s famed Estadio Do Maracana.

The opening match on Thursday, June 12, features host country and five-time World Cup champions Brazil vs. Croatia at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN from Arena de Sao Paulo.  The following day, Friday, June 13, at 3 p.m., ESPN will televise Spain vs. Netherlands, the much-anticipated rematch of the South Africa 2010 final (Spain won 1-0).

STUDIO PROGRAMMING – Pre-Match Shows, Halftime and Post-match Segments, SportsCenter, World Cup Tonight, ESPN FC World Cup Encore, and More:

ESPN’s coverage of every match will be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show, including teams walking onto the pitch, national anthems and ceremonial handshakes – all symbolic FIFA World Cup traditions. The 30-minute pre-match show, halftime and post-match segments will anchor the surround programming around each match presentation.

Special editions of SportsCenter will air between match telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC.  Additionally, ESPN’s flagship news and information program will follow all matches, except when a match precedes another live event on the network. On every match day, World Cup Tonight, ESPN’s definitive daily news, highlights and analysis program for the quadrennial event, will recap the day’s action. 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.


The U.S. Men’s National Team, currently ranked No. 13 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, will kick-off its 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign against Ghana (ranked No. 37) on ESPN and WatchESPN on Monday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m. from the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.  The U.S. team’s first round matches (all available on WatchESPN):

Mon 6/165:30 p.m.ESPNGhana vs. USAEstadio das Dunas (Natal)
Sun 6/225:30 p.m.ESPNUSA vs. Portugal Arena Amazonia (Manaus)
Thu 6/2611:30 a.m.ESPNUSA vs. Germany Arena Pernambuco (Recife)

2014 FIFA World Cup Groupings (World Rankings, February 2014)

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
1  Brazil (9)1  Spain (1)1  Colombia (5)1  Uruguay (7)
2  Croatia (16)2  Netherlands (10)2  Greece (12)2  Costa Rica (35)
3  Mexico (21)3  Chile (14)3  Ivory Coast (23)3  England (15)
4  Cameroon (46)4  Australia (53)4  Japan (50)4  Italy (8)
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
1  Switzerland (6)1  Argentina (3)1  Germany (2)1  Belgium (11)
2  Ecuador (24)2  Bosnia and Herzegovina (17)2  Portugal (4)2  Algeria (26)
3  France (18)3  Iran (38)3  Ghana (37)3  Russia (22)
4  Honduras (40)4  Nigeria (47)4  USA (13)4  Korea Republic (61)



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DateTime (ET)NetworkMatchGroupSiteMatch #
Thu 6/123:30 p.m.ESPNBrazil vs. CroatiaASao Paulo1
Fri 6/1311:30 a.m.ESPN2Mexico vs. CameroonANatal2
 2:30 p.m.ESPNSpain vs. NetherlandsBSalvador3
 5:30 p.m.ESPN2Chile vs. AustraliaBCuiaba4
Sat 6/1411:30 a.m.ABCColombia vs. GreeceCBelo Horizonte5
 2:30 p.m.ABCUruguay vs. Costa RicaDFortaleza7
 5:30 p.m.ESPNEngland vs. ItalyDManaus8
 8:30 p.m.ESPNIvory Coast vs. JapanCRecife6
Sun 6/1511:30 a.m.ABCSwitzerland vs. EcuadorEBrasilia9
 2:30 p.m.ABCFrance vs. HondurasEPorto Alegre10
 5:30 p.m.ESPNArgentina vs. Bosnia-HerzegovinaFRio de Janeiro11
Mon 6/1611:30 a.m.ESPNGermany vs. PortugalGSalvador13
 2:30 p.m.ESPNIran vs. NigeriaFCuritiba12
 5:30 p.m.ESPNGhana vs. United StatesGNatal14
Tue 6/1711:30 a.m.ESPNBelgium vs. AlgeriaHBelo Horizonte15
 2:30 p.m.ESPNBrazil vs. MexicoAFortaleza17
 5:30 p.m.ESPNRussia vs. South KoreaHCuiaba16
Wed 6/1811:30 a.m.ESPNAustralia vs. NetherlandsBPorto Alegre20
 2:30 p.m.ESPNSpain vs. Chile BRio de Janeiro19
 5:30 p.m.ESPNCameroon vs. CroatiaAManaus18
Thu 6/1911:30 a.m.ESPNColombia vs. Ivory CoastCBrasilia21
 2:30 p.m.ESPNUruguay vs. EnglandDSao Paulo23
  5:30 p.m.ESPNJapan vs. GreeceCNatal22
Fri 6/2011:30 a.m.ESPNItaly vs. Costa RicaDRecife24
 2:30 p.m.ESPNSwitzerland vs. FranceESalvador25
 5:30 p.m.ESPNHonduras vs. EcuadorECuritiba26
Sat 6/2111:30 a.m.ESPNArgentina vs. IranFBelo Horizonte27
 2:30 p.m.ESPNGermany vs. GhanaGFortaleza29
 5:30 p.m.ESPNNigeria vs. Bosnia-HerzegovinaFCuiaba28
Sun 6/2211:30 a.m.ABCBelgium vs. RussiaHRio de Janeiro31
 2:30 p.m.ABCSouth Korea vs. AlgeriaHPorto Alegre32
 5:30 p.m.ESPNUnited States vs. PortugalGManaus30
Mon 6/2311:30 a.m.ESPNNetherlands vs. ChileBSao Paulo36
 11:30 a.m.ESPN2Australia vs. SpainBCuritiba35
 3:30 p.m.ESPNCroatia vs. MexicoARecife34
 3:30 p.m.ESPN2Cameroon vs. BrazilABrasilia33
Tue 6/2411:30 a.m.ESPNItaly vs. UruguayDNatal39
 11:30 a.m.ESPN2Costa Rica vs. EnglandDBelo Horizonte40
 3:30 p.m.ESPNJapan vs. ColombiaCCuiaba37
 3:30 p.m.ESPN2Greece vs. Ivory CoastCFortaleza38
Wed 6/2511:30 a.m.ESPNNigeria vs. ArgentinaFPorto Alegre43
 11:30 a.m.ESPN2Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. IranFSalvador44
 3:30 p.m.ESPNEcuador vs. FranceERio de Janeiro42
 3:30 p.m.ESPN2Honduras vs. SwitzerlandEManaus41
Thu 6/2611:30 a.m.ESPNUnited States vs. GermanyGRecife45
 11:30 a.m.ESPN2Portugal vs. GhanaGBrasilia46
 3:30 p.m.ESPNSouth Korea vs. BelgiumHSao Paulo47
 3:30 p.m.ESPN2Algeria vs. RussiaHCuritiba48

2nd Stage – Round of 16

DateTime (ET)NetworkMatchupSiteMatch #
Sat, Jun 2811:30 a.m.ABCBrazil vs. ChileBelo Horizonte49
 3:30 p.m.ABCColombia vs. UruguayRio de Janeiro50
Sun, Jun 2911:30 a.m.ESPNNetherlands vs. MexicoFortaleza51
 3:30 p.m.ESPNCosta Rica vs. GreeceRecife52
Mon, Jun 3011:30 a.m.ESPNFrance vs. NigeriaBrasilia53
 3:30 p.m.ESPNGermany vs. Algeria


Porto Alegre54
Tue, Jul 111:30 a.m.ESPNArgentina vs. SwitzerlandSao Paulo55
 3:30 p.m.ESPNBelgium vs. United StatesSalvador56

2nd Stage – Quarterfinals

DateTime (ET)NetworkMatchup SiteMatch #
Fri 7/411:30 a.m.ESPN2Winners 53 vs. 54 Rio de Janeiro58
 3:30 p.m.ESPNWinners 49 vs. 50 Fortaleza57
Sat 7/511:30 a.m.ABCWinners 55 vs. 56 Brasilia60
 3:30 p.m.ESPNWinners 51 vs. 52 Salvador59

2nd Stage – Semifinals

DateTime (ET)NetworkMatchup SiteMatch #
Tue 7/83:30 p.m.ESPNWinners 57 vs. 58Belo Horizonte61
Wed 7/93:30 p.m.ESPNWinners 59 vs. 60Sao Paulo62

Third Place Match

Sat 7/123:30 p.m.ESPNLosers – 61 vs. 62Brasilia63

2014 FIFA World Cup Title Match

Sun 7/132:30 p.m.ABCWinners – 61 vs. 62 Rio de Janeiro64

ESPN Inc.’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in the United States

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12 – July 13). All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on WatchESPN, while ABC matches will be available on WATCH ABC. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 85 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish).

ESPN’s presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will include comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long soccer showcase with renowned journalists reporting on the tournament and the host country of Brazil. Additional English-language coverage of the quadrennial event will total more than 90 hours of original programming and will include SportsCenter at the World Cup, a nightly World Cup Tonight program, ESPN FC World Cup Encore, a 30-minute pre-match show, halftime and post-match segments, as well as a World Cup-branded ESPN Films 30 for 30: Soccer Stories series, E:60 shows, and access-driven long-form storytelling features.

ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.

ESPN and Past FIFA World Cup Tournaments (Men’s):

South Africa 2010 – All 64 matches live and in high definition. All studio programming originated from South Africa

Germany ’06 – All 64 matches live and in high definition

Korea/Japan ’02 – 58 ESPN and ESPN2 matches live (six tape-delayed broadcasts on ABC)

France ’98 – ESPN 27, ESPN2 23 and ABC Sports 14 (all 64 matches live)

USA ’94 – ESPN, 41, and ABC, 11 (all 52 matches)

Mexico ’86 – ESPN, 15 matches (U.S. cable television rights)

Spain ’82 – ESPN, 7 matches


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