Brazil – Croatia 1.30 am, Friday June 13
How could a fan ever consider missing the first match of the World Cup—especially when the hosts are Brazil? It will be a party to remember and the quality of football will be top notch. The Croats are considered to be a tough team to beat and will be hoping the weight of expectations on the young heroes of Brazil will result in an unlikely win.
Spain – Chile 12.30 am, Thursday June 19
The champions play their second match against Chile—another team with the potential to take on the apparent powers in world football. The South Americans play an attacking brand of the game that saw them finish third in qualifying, behind Argentina and Colombia.
Uruguay – England 12.30 am, Friday June 20
This match will see Liverpool hero Luis Suarez face off against his club captain Steven Gerrard and his young teammates. The Uruguayan striker will want to improve on their semifinal appearance, for which they’ll have to best England and Italy in a relatively tough group. There’ll be loads of talent on show, including Edison Cavani and Raheem Sterling.
Germany – Portugal 9.30 pm, Monday June 16
This will be a match of great importance for both teams as they fight to make it out of a very tough group. Neither will want to lose and while a draw could be a safe bet, both teams will want the win. Germany is the more exciting team to watch, while Portugal will look to hit on the counter—they do have the world’s coolest finisher—Cristiano Ronaldo—after all.