Despite protests around the country, FIFA is ready to put on an $11 billion show as the 20th World Cup gets under way across 12 cities. Brazil has struggled with a race against time to get themselves ready for the tournament, and a few things such as stadiums and infrastructure could potentially go unfinished, but the show must go on, and that it will as Spain looks to defend its crown.
31 teams have qualified from across the world, and they join host nation Brazil. The teams have been split into eight groups of four, and the top two from each group will qualify for the knockout round. From there, the 16 teams will battle for world supremacy.
Team and Group Previews
With the World Cup upon us, ProSoccerTalk has you covered from kickoff to the final whistle. First, you can see our team previews by clicking on any of the team’s picture down below, as well as our overall group previews by clicking on the group headings.
As we work to give you all the tools to prepare for the World Cup, the pictures on the table below will become clickable to show you what is available. Anything seen below but not yet linked to a story is coming soon! Make sure to check back often to stay up to date on all of our content, as we will update this page furiously as we inch closer and closer to the main event and more becomes available.
Top 20 World Cup moments:
#1: Pele, Brazil school Italy in 1970
#2: The Cryuff turn
#3: South Korea shocks Italy in 2002
#4: Zidane’s headbutt precedes Italy win
#5: De Boer to Bergkamp for the win
#6: England’s Hurst “scores” to win Cup
#7: “Hand of God,” wonder dribble sink England
#8: Iniesta fires Spain to first World Cup
#9: Italy bungles PK’s to lose ’94 final
#10: US shocks England in 1950
#11: Pele leads Brazil to first-ever World Cup
#12: Ronaldo’s redemption
#13: Donovan’s late, late winner vs. Algeria
#14: The legend of Cameroon, Roger Milla
#15: France wins first title on home soil
#16: Eusebio to the rescue for Portugal
#17: Luis Suarez “hands” Uruguay semifinal spot
#18: Marco Tardelli’s iconic goal celebration
#19: Senegal shock reigning champs France
#20: Michael Owen’s wondergoal
PST’s Top 100 players at the World Cup:
World Cup preview pieces:
United States player profiles:
Defining and explaining the successful – and new – formation against Nigeria
With 23-man set, how does the USMNT line up?
The USMNT and the Changing of the Guard
USA’s hopes of advancing past Group G likely hinges on German domination
Where should Geoff Cameron play for the USMNT?
Cut US players: Did Klinsmann already know final 23 before camp?
VOTE: Should Landon Donovan be going to the World Cup with the USA?
USMNT World Cup send-off friendlies:
Groups and Schedules: All times Eastern
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Schedule and Results
Argentina 2, Bosnia & Herzegovina 1
Iran 0, Nigeria 0
Argentina 1, Iran 0
Nigeria 1, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 0
Argentina 3, Nigeria 2
Bosnia & Herzegovina 3, Iran 1
Round of 16:
June 28: Brazil 1, Chile 1 (Brazil 3-2 on penalties)
June 28: Colombia 2, Uruguay 0
June 29: Netherlands 2, Mexico 1
June 29: Costa Rica 1, Greece 1 (Costa Rica 5-3 on penalties)
June 30: France 2, Nigeria 0
June 30: Germany 2, Algeria 1 (extra time)
July 1: Argentina 1, Switzerland 0 (extra time)
July 1: Belgium 2, United States 1 (extra time)
July 4: Brazil vs. Colombia Fortaleza (Match 57)
July 4: Germany 1, France 0
July 5: Netherlands vs. Costa Rica Salvador (Match 59)
July 5: Argentina vs. Belgium Brasília (Match 60)
July 8: Winner, Match 57 vs. Germany Belo Horizonte
July 9: Winner, Match 59 vs. Winner, Match 60 São Paulo
Third Place match:
July 12 Brasília
July 13 Rio de Janeiro