World Cup 2014: Group-by-group schedules

World Cup 2014: Group-by-group schedules
A look at Groups E, F, G and H during the final draw for the 2014 World Cup on Friday in Brazil. (Raul Spinasse / EPA)

The United States will open play in the 2014 World Cup on June 16 in Natal, Brazil, in a Group G game against Ghana, a team that has eliminated it from the last two tournaments.

The Americans were drawn into Group G along with Germany and Portugal.


Mexico will open play on June 13 in a Group A game against Cameroon.

Here is a group-by-group look at the schedules. The top two in each group advances to single-elimination play for the championship.

Group A

Brazil, Croatia, Cameroon, Mexico

June 12: Brazil vs. Croatia at Sao Paulo

June 13: Mexico vs. Cameroon at Natal

June 17: Brazil vs. Mexico at Fortaleza

June 18: Cameroon vs. Croatia at Manaus

June 23: Cameroon vs. Brazil at Brasilia; Croatia vs. Mexico at Recife

Group B

Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

June 13: Spain vs. the Netherlands at Salvador; Chile vs. Australia at Cuiaba

June 18: Spain vs. Chile at Rio de Janeiro; Australia vs. the Netherlands at Porto Alegre

June 23: Australia vs. Spain at Curitiba; the Netherlands vs. Chile at Sao Paulo


Group C

Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan

June 14: Colombia vs. Greece in Belo Horizonte; Ivory Coast vs. Japan at Recife

June 19: Colombia vs. Ivory Coast at Brasilia; Japan vs. Greece in Natal

June 24: Japan vs. Colombia at Cuiaba; Greece vs. Ivory Coast at Fortaleza

Group D

Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

June 14: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica at Fortaleza; England vs. Italy at Manaus

June 19: Uruguay vs. England at Sao Paulo

June 20: Italy vs. Costa Rica at Recife

June 24: Italy vs. Uruguay at Natal; Costa Rica at England at Belo Horizonte

Group E

Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

June 15: Switzerland vs. Ecuador at Brasilia; France vs. Honduras at Porto Alegre

June 20: Switzerland vs. France at Salvador; Honduras vs. Ecuador at Curitiba

June 25: Honduras vs. Switzerland at Manaus; Ecuador vs. France at Rio de Janeiro

Group F

Argentina,  Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

June 15: Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Rio de Janeiro; Iran vs. Nigeria at Curitiba

June 21: Argentina vs. Iran at Belo Horizonte; Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Cuiaba

June 25: Nigeria vs. Argentina at Porto Alegre; Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran at Salvador

Group G

Germany, Portugal, Ghana, U.S.

June 16: Germany vs. Portugal  in Salvador; Ghana vs. U.S. in Natal

June 21: Germany vs. Ghana in Fortaleza

June 22: U.S. vs. Portugal in Manaus

June  26: U.S. vs. Germany in Recife; Portugal vs. Ghana in Brasilia

Group H

Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea

June 17: Belgium vs. Algeria at Belo Horizonte; Russia vs. South Korea in Cuiaba

June 22: Belgium vs. Russia at Rio de Janeiro; South Korea vs. Algeria in Porto Alegre

June 26: South Korea vs. Belgium at Sao Paulo; Algeria vs. Russia at Curitiba