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Brazil to open 2014 World Cup against Croatia

2014 World Cup finals group fixtures

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Host nation Brazil will kick off next year's soccer World Cup against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12, while holders Spain and 2010 runners-up Netherlands will meet again in the group stages following the draw on Friday.

Brazil were grouped with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon while Spain and the Dutch have a tough Group B which also contains Chile and Australia.

The complicated draw procedure also put England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica together in Group D, but most of the big soccer nations will be happy with the outcome.

Bosnia, the only one of the 32 teams taking part in their first World Cup finals, face Argentina, Iran and Nigeria.

2014 World Cup finals group fixtures


Group A



June 12
Brazil v Croatia, Sao Paulo
June 13
Mexico v Cameroon, Natal
June 17
Brazil v Mexico, Fortaleza
June 18
Cameroon v Croatia, Manaus
June 23
Cameroon v Brazil, Brasilia
Croatia v Mexico, Recife
- -

Group B

June 13
Spain v Netherlands, Salvador
Chile v Australia, Cuiaba
June 18
Spain v Chile, Rio De Janeiro
Australia v Netherlands, Porto Alegre
June 23
Australia v Spain, Curitiba
Netherlands v Chile, Sao Paulo
- -

Group C

June 14
Colombia v Greece, Belo Horizonte
Ivory Coast v Japan, Recife
June 19
Colombia v Ivory Coast, Brasilia
Japan v Greece, Natal
June 24
Japan v Colombia, Cuiaba
Greece v Ivory Coast, Fortaleza
- -

Group D


June 14
Uruguay v Costa Rica, Fortaleza
June 15
England v Italy, Manaus
June 19
Uruguay v England, Sao Paulo
June 20
Italy v Costa Rica, Recife
June 24
Italy v Uruguay, Natal
Costa Rica v England, Belo Horizonte
- -

Group E


June 15
Switzerland v Ecuador, Brasilia
France v Honduras, Porto Alegre
June 20
Switzerland v France, Salvador
Honduras v Ecuador, Curitiba
June 25
Honduras v Switzerland, Manaus
Ecuador v France, Rio De Janeiro
- -

Group F


June 15
Argentina v Bosnia, Rio De Janeiro
June 16
Iran v Nigeria, Curitiba
June 21
Argentina v Iran, Belo Horizonte
Nigeria v Bosnia, Cuiaba
June 25
Nigeria v Argentina, Porto Alegre
Bosnia v Iran, Salvador
- -

Group G


June 16
Germany v Portugal, Salvador
Ghana v United States, Natal
June 21
Germany v Ghana, Fortaleza
June 22
United States v Portugal, Manaus
June 26
United States v Germany, Recife
Portugal v Ghana, Brasilia
- -

Group H


June 17
Belgium v Algeria, Belo Horizonte
Russia v South Korea, Cuiaba
June 22
Belgium v Russia, Rio De Janeiro
South Korea v Algeria, Porto Alegre
June 26
South Korea v Belgium, Sao Paulo
Algeria v Russia, Curitiba