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June 12, 2014 - 11:47 am

The 2014 World Cup kicks off this afternoon in Brazil. Brazil may or may not be ready to host the world’s biggest soccer event, but ABC and ESPN are. The Mouse networks will televise all 64 games. They’ve published the full schedule here.

It all starts this afternoon, with host Brazil taking on Croatia. If Brazil fails to win convincingly, expect riots. I’m not kidding.

Click on the link above for the rest of the schedule.

Thursday, June 12 (all times Eastern)

4 p.m.: Brazil vs. Croatia at Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo (ESPN)

Friday, June 13

12 p.m.: Mexico vs. Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (ESPN2)

3 p.m.: Spain vs. Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (ESPN)

6 p.m. Chile vs. Australia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba (ESPN2)

Saturday, June 14

12 p.m.: Colombia vs. Greece at Estádio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte (ABC)

3 p.m.: Uruguay vs. Costa Rica at Estádio Castelao, Fortaleza (ABC)

6 p.m.: England vs. Italy at Arena Amazonia, Manaus (ESPN)

9 p.m.: Ivory Coast vs. Japan at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (ESPN)

The U.S. won’t see action until Monday, when it takes on Ghana.

The U.S. is in a group of death, along with powerhouses Germany and Portugal, and our bogey team, Ghana. Ghana has eliminated the United States in the knockout rounds of the last two World Cups. The U.S. comes into the Cup playing as well as anyone right now and ranked in the top half, even without Landon Donovan, but getting out of that group will be a tall order. Honestly, I’d be surprised if anyone other than Germany and Portugal move on to the knockouts.

If the U.S. can’t get far, personally, I’m rooting for Germany. I like several of their players and the way they play. Spain will be tough, as always. I also like the way Japan has looked lately, but they’re probably too weak to get past the first knockout. England come in looking flat. If they don’t fix that, they may not get to the knockout rounds either, which will be a humiliation for the birthplace of the sport. All the pressure is on Brazil, who comes into the tournament playing well, ranked #3 and is expected to do nothing less than win it all. Anything else will be considered a failure. Neymar will have to turn up big. I’m hoping Hulk has a good tournament, mainly because he’s called “Hulk.” Argentina look strong. Uruguay will do well if Luis Suarez is healthy. France and Belgium could surprise a lot of people. Especially Belgium. They have looked very sharp for going on a year now.

By the way, if you’re on DirecTV, you’ll get some added bonuses to watch the World Cup. Those include some extra mix channels so you can watch up to eight games on screen at the same time, plus extra camera angles.

Update: I am so in.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"Spain will be tough, as always”

Oops. Maybe Spain will be tough in the next two games, but I hope not.
18 weeks ago
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My better than expected picks are the Netherlands, Japan, England, Ecuador, the U.S. and S. Korea. My worse than expected are Belgium, Nigeria, Switzerland, France, Uruguay, Ivory Coast and Chile.
18 weeks ago
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Wait, soccer, what's that?

Oh, yeah, that's where about 6 dozen grown men in short shorts run around a giant field aimlessly, until the ball happens to come near them, and then kick it in random directions until once each game, if at all, by sheer coincidence it happens to go in the goal.

But I do hear that all the major Hollywood talent agencies will be sending scouts there, to watch for those with the best acting chops:

YouTube: Soccer Injury Training [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b0GNwuNMDc&index=1&list=RD2b0GNwuNMDc]
19 weeks ago
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Never saw 4 garbage goals like that in one single WC game. An own goal, two Braz. goals the keeper should've saved. The penalty was 6 of one, half dozen of the other. The Braz. player felt the hand/pressure on his shoulder and dived. The ref. probably saw that but had no choice; you don't grab someone's shoulder in the penalty box. The penalty shot was lucky it went in. Weird game. Croatia needs a new keeper and Braz. better up their game.
19 weeks ago
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No offense but futbol? I just painted a new cornhole board in 50s flaming style. So I will watch with great excitement as my paint dries. Futbol?

What?

Who cares?
19 weeks ago
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Nobody wants to know about your painted cornholio.
19 weeks ago
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Your first soccer hater. Lots of them on this site as my 2010 WC posts show. I would say about 20% of the country loves the sport, 20% hate it, and 60% will probably tune in occasionally.

I am so in too.
19 weeks ago
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Soccer is evil

Consider this:
• No one understands the rules.
• Workers are prohibited from using the tools that would let them be more productive (hands).
• From time to time petty bureaucrats (officials) interfere with play in such a way as to limit production.
• Players, coaches, officials and fans are all fully involved (employed) and yet output is miniscule.
• Any production is met by celebration all out of proportion to its objective value.
• The referees wear red
• Followers are slavishly (religiously?) devoted to the system and their own brand of it and resort to violence at any criticism of either.

Clearly, Soccer is Communist football. It must be stopped.
19 weeks ago
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Better stick to political commentary. You seem to have no inkling as to what the Beautiful Game is all about. (Unless you are being facetious)

PS: The ref stank to High Heaven.

Argentina va a salir campeón!!
19 weeks ago
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Pretty much all of your points are invalid. The offside rule is difficult, but other than that, the rules are pretty straightforward. Goalies use their hands. Officials are much more prominent in basketball and football than soccer -- though red card rules are a bit harsh and should be changed. I've seen pro games have 10 or 12 goals. The refs don't always wear red. They wear whatever best contrasts with both teams. Soccer hooliganism is mostly gone, though not entirely. Yeah, some people are rubes. Like the ones who riot after the local college wins a trophy in something other than academics.
19 weeks ago
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The offside rule is nothing more than a moving hockey red line determined by which offensive player has the ball.
19 weeks ago
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Sorry, sometimes I copy and paste from a text editor and text was left out. I actually wrote "determined by the last defender, beyond which an offensive player cannot go unless an offensive player has the ball. The exception is receiving a pass beyond that line only if the pass is in transit before you cross that line. It's confusing because the line moves and sometimes defenders purposely move away from their own goal to create an offside trap where the offensive player without the ball can't then receive it. Sometimes they get burned doing that cuz if it doesn't work, they've left the offensive player undefended.
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