Welcome to the 2014 World Cup and this is going to a great thing for those who want to have long lunches and a few well planned “Happy Hours.” We all know the games will be played Brazil and they are only one hour ahead of us.
ABC will have 10 games, including the final; ESPN will have 43 games; and ESPN2 will have 11 games. Broadcast windows will start 30 minutes before kickoff. There will also be a 90-minute wrap-up show each night during the tournament.
For those interested in the Spanish language broadcasts they will air on the local Univision station, which is channel 62 WEVA TV in the Tampa-Bay area and in Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne it is channel 26 WVEN TV.
Univision will show games on its main network and UniMás, with simulcasts on Univision Deportes and Galavision. The list of on-air talent is here. It features many familiar names, such as host Fernando Fiore, play-by-play voices Pablo Ramírez and Jorge Pérez-Navarro, and color analyst Jesús “El Profe” Bracamontes.
New additions for the World Cup include former U.S. national team defender Marcelo Balboa, former Honduras national forward Carlos Pavón and former Italian national team midfielder Mauro Camoranesi.
All game broadcasts will be streamed via the Univision’s website and apps. They will be free of charge, and authentication will only be required for the quarterfinals, semifinals, third place game and championship game.
Here is the first weekend of action and do check back Monday when there will be more week one information about the games being played on Monday through Friday.
Thursday, June 12
4:00 p.m.: A1. Brazil vs. A2. Croatia at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
ESPN (Ian Darke and Steve McManaman)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Luis Omar Tapia, Diego Balado and Alejandro Berry)
Friday, June 13
12:00 p.m.: A3. Mexico vs. A4. Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas, Natal
ESPN2 (Fernando Palomo and Alejandro Moreno)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Pablo Ramírez, Jesús Bracamontes, Félix Fernández and Rodolfo Landeros)
3:00 p.m.: B1. Spain vs. B2. Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
ESPN (Jon Champion and Stewart Robson)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Luis Omar Tapia, José Luis López Salido and Mauro Camoranesi)
6:00 p.m. B3. Chile vs. B4. Australia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
ESPN2 (Daniel Mann and Kasey Keller)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Enrique Bermúdez, Diego Balado and Carlos Pavón)
Saturday, June 14
12:00 p.m.: C1. Colombia vs. C2. Greece at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
ABC (Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Luis Omar Tapia, Diego Balado and Hristo Stoichkov)
3:00 p.m.: D1. Uruguay vs. D2. Costa Rica at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
ABC (Jon Champion and Stewart Robson)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Enrique Bermudez and Ramón Ramírez)
6:00 p.m.: D3. England vs. D4. Italy at Arena Amazônia, Manaus
ESPN (Ian Darke and Steve McManaman)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Félix Fernández and Mauro Camoranesi)
9:00 p.m.: C3. Ivory Coast vs. C4. Japan at Arena Pernambuco, Recife
ESPN (Derek Rae and Efan Ekoku)
Univision and Univision Deportes (José Luis López Salido, Marcelo Balboa and Carlos Pavón)
Sunday, June 15
12:00 p.m.: E1. Switzerland vs. E2. Ecuador at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia
ABC (Adrian Healey and Alejandro Moreno)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Pablo Ramírez and Jesús Bracamontes)
3:00 p.m.: E3. France vs. E4. Honduras at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
ABC (Daniel Mann and Kasey Keller)
Univision and Univision Deportes (Luis Omar Tapia and Carlos Pavón)
6:00 p.m.: F1. Argentina vs. F2. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
ESPN (Derek Rae and Roberto Martinez)
Univision and Univision Deportes (José Luis López Salido, Enrique Bermúdez and Mauro Camoranesi)