World Cup on TV











All 64 matches of the World Cup will be broadcast live in English on ABC (10 games, including the final), ESPN (43) and ESPN2 (11) or in Spanish on Univision.  ABC will show 10 games, including the final, while ESPN has the majority with 43 and the remaining 11 will be on ESPN2.


2014 World Cup draw matchups


1. Brazil
2. Croatia
3. Mexico
4. Cameroon

1. Spain
2. Netherlands
3. Chile
4. Australia

1. Colombia
2. Greece
3. Ivory Coast
4. Japan

1. Uruguay
2. Costa Rica
3. England
4. Italy

1. Switzerland
2. Ecuador
3. France
4. Honduras

1. Argentina
2. Boznia-Herzegovina
3. Iran
4. Nigeria

1. Germany
2. Portugal
3. Ghana
4. USA

1. Belgium
2. Algeria
3. Russia
4. Korea Republic



FIFA links:


Schedule of matches (All times listed are Eastern):

Group Stage

Thurs. June 12
Group A: Brazil vs. Croatia4 p.m.Sao PauloESPN
Fri. June 13
Group A: Mexico vs. CameroonnoonNatalESPN2
Group B: Spain vs. Netherlands3 p.m.SalvadorESPN
Group B: Chile vs. Australia6 p.m.CuiabaESPN2
Sat. June 14
Group C: Colombia vs. GreecenoonBelo HorizonteABC
Group D: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica3 p.m.FortalezaABC
Group D: England vs. Italy6 p.m.ManausESPN
Group C: Ivory Coast vs. Japan9 p.m.RecifeESPN
Sun. June 15
Group E: Switzerland vs. EcuadornoonBrasiliaABC
Group E: France vs. Honduras3 p.m.Porto AlegreABC
Group F: Argentina vs. Bosnia6 p.m.Rio de JaneiroESPN
Mon. June 16
Group G: Germany vs. PortugalnoonSalvadorESPN
Group F: Iran vs. Nigeria3 p.m.CuritibaESPN
Group G: United States vs. Ghana6 p.m.NatalESPN
Tues. June 17
Group H: Belgium vs. AlgerianoonBelo HorizonteESPN
Group A: Brazil vs. Mexico3 p.m.FortalezaESPN
Group H: Russia vs. South Korea6 p.m.CuiabaESPN
Wed. June 18
Group B: Australia vs. NetherlandsnoonPorto AlegreESPN
Group B: Spain vs. Chile3 p.m.Rio de JaneiroESPN
Group A: Cameroon vs. Croatia6 p.m.ManausESPN
Thurs. June 19
Group C: Colombia vs. Ivory CoastnoonBrasiliaESPN
Group D: Uruguay vs. England3 p.m.Sao PauloESPN
Group C: Japan vs. Greece6 p.m.NatalESPN
Fri. June 20
Group D: Italy vs. Costa RicanoonRecifeESPN
Group E: Switzerland vs. France3 p.m.SalvadorESPN
Group E: Honduras vs. Ecuador6 p.m.CuritibaESPN
Sat. June 21
Group F: Argentina vs. IrannoonBelo HorizonteESPN
Group G: Germany vs. Ghana3 p.m.FortalezaESPN
Group F: Nigeria vs. Bosnia6 p.m.CuiabaESPN
Sun. June 22
Group H: Belgium vs. RussianoonRio de JaneiroABC
Group H: South Korea vs. Algeria3 p.m.Porto AlegreABC
Group G: United States vs. Portugal6 p.m.ManausESPN
Mon. June 23
Group B: Netherlands vs. ChilenoonSao PauloESPN
Group B: Australia vs. SpainnoonCuritibaESPN2
Group A: Cameroon vs. Brazil4 p.m.BrasiliaESPN
Group A: Croatia vs. Mexico4 p.m.RecifeESPN2
Tues. June 24
Group D: Italy vs. UruguaynoonNatalESPN
Group D: Costa Rica vs. EnglandnoonBelo HorizonteESPN
Group C: Japan vs. Colombia4 p.m.CuritibaESPN
Group C: Greece vs. Ivory Coast4 p.m.FortalezaESPN2
Wed. June 25
Group F: Nigeria vs. ArgentinanoonPorto AlegreESPN
Group F: Bosnia vs. IrannoonSalvadorESPN2
Group E: Honduras vs. Switzerland4 p.m.ManausESPN
Group E: Ecuador vs. France4 p.m.Rio de JaneiroESPN2
Thurs. June 26
Group G: Portugal vs. GhananoonBrasiliaESPN2
Group G: United States vs. GermanynoonRecifeESPN
Group H: South Korea vs. Belgium4 p.m.Sao PauloESPN
Group H: Algeria vs. Russia4 p.m.CuritibaESPN2
Fri. June 27
Rest dayRest day

Knockout Stage

Sat. June 28
Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-upnoonABC
Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up4 p.m.ABC
Sun. June 29
Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-upnoonESPN
Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up4 p.m.ESPN
Mon. June 30
Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-upnoonESPN
Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up4 p.m.ESPN
Tues. July 1
Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-upnoonESPN
Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up4 p.m.ESPN


Fri. July 4
Match 58: Match 53 & 54 winnersnoonESPN2
Match 57: Match 49 & 50 winners4 p.m.ESPN
Sat. July 5
Match 60: Match 55 & 56 winnersnoonABC
Match 59: Match 51 & 52 winners4 p.m.ESPN
Sun. July 6 – Mon. July 7
Rest daysRest days


Tues. July 8
Match 61: Match 57 & 58 winners4 p.m.ESPN
Wed. July 9
Match 62: Match 59 & 60 winners4 p.m.ESPN
Fri. July 11
Rest daysRest days

Third place game

Sat. July 124 p.m.ESPN


Sun. July 133 p.m.ABC



ESPN and Google


in-progress and post-match highlights from ESPN FC and live matches on WatchESPN for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be featured on Google for relevant game, team, and tournament searches.  Searchers coming to Google looking for information on the World Cup are often looking for video replays of exciting moments of the tournament and where to watch matches live.  With this new integration, searchers will be able to access links to ESPN FC for highlights right after they happen during the game across computers, smartphones and tablets.  Additionally, links to live matches on WatchESPN will be featured in search queries with the intent to watch a live World Cup match.  The agreement with ESPN marks the first fresh in-game video highlights integration for sports on Google Search.


“As befits the world’s biggest sporting event, ESPN and Google are teaming up for the first time to make ESPN FC video highlights available instantly to millions of fans and to make it easier to find live games on WatchESPN within Google Search,” said John Kosner, Executive Vice President, ESPN Digital and Print Media.  “It is the latest example of how ESPN leads the marketplace with powerful digital solutions that delight fans and excite advertisers.”


“We are delighted to work with ESPN to bring fans video highlights during live matches through Google Search,” said Anjali Joshi, Vice President, Product Management. “People come to Google for answers and information, and giving them direct access to the biggest moments throughout the World Cup tournament is a great user experience.”


During the tournament, search results from World Cup-related queries will feature a fresh detailed timeline of match stats during the game – including goals, penalties, red cards and more – within Google Search.  Within the timeline, the biggest moments will feature companion video that users can view on shortly after they happen.  Additionally, live matches on and the WatchESPN app will be featured within searches specific to watching live World Cup matches.  Videos will be available to users of or the Google Search app located in the United States.




Here is how to stream World Cup matches on your computer, laptop, tablet or phone.

Univision will stream the first two rounds of the tournament for free, online or through its Deportes app for smartphones and tablets. Then, from the quarterfinals (July 4) through the finals, you will need a cable TV subscription and a password to log in and stream. The broadcasts are in Spanish.
Stream on your computer here
Download for Apple here
Download for Android here

ESPN will stream 53 matches online and on smartphones, tablets and through a variety of web streaming tools through WatchESPN. Unlike Univision, you need need a cable TV subscription and a password to log in and stream all of the matches it has the rights to broadcast. Here is a list of participating providers. The broadcasts are in English.
Stream on your computer here
Download for Apple here
Download for Android here
Download for Windows 8 here
Download for Amazon Fire here
Learn more about WatchESPN for Chromecast here
Learn more about WatchESPN for Roku here
Learn more about WatchESPN for 
XBox One and ESPN 360 here


The not-so-legal online option
The BBC and ITV will be sharing broadcast rights for every game on television and online. But because they are based on Britain, both those streams are blocked in the United States.

You can try Hola, a free web plugin that essentially tricks Web sites into thinking you are located somewhere other than the good ol’ U.S.A. It’s notoriously slow, but it works. You can also pay for a $5 premium membership. It may be worth it, since the Cup only lasts a month.
Download for Windows 8, Android, Chrome, Firefox and more here.





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Smoked Irish-Style Lamb and Potatoes



For lamb:
1 lamb leg, boneless
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
4 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt
kitchen twine
For potatoes:
15 medium potatoes
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper


Prepare mixture for lamb in a small bowl.
Butterfly lamb and place half the ingredients inside and rub remaining ingredients on surface of lamb.
Close lamb leg and tie with kitchen twine to secure it.
Place on the top shelf of smoker.
Allow to smoke for about 4 hours at 225 degrees.
One hour after lamb has been in the smoker, place potatoes, onion, and bell pepper in sturdy pan.
Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
Position the pan with potatoes under the lamb.
Expect drippings from lamb to come into contact with potatoes.
Allow potatoes to smoke for 2 to 2/12 hours.
Be sure to stir occasionally.


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