Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony, Brazil and Croatia will set the tone for what will be one of the highest watched events in recent memory, and luckily, live stream online information, match schedule, and ESPN TV start times are now available. Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brasil, will be the site for the very first game of the most coveted soccer tournament in the globe.
According to a NY Times June 12 match preview, opening kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT) and it will be broadcast live on ESPN (national TV) and ESPN Deportes (En Español). For those looking to watch all the excitement of this match on a desktop or an Internet mobile device, simply launch ESPN3’s free live stream online (Watch free live stream of Mexico vs. Cameroon 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer match right here at 12 p.m. Eastern Time).
As reported by FOX News on June 11, 2014, the host country faces a Croatian side that’s not lacking any confidence heading into the opener. In fact, Niko Kovac’s squad is not only capable of shocking the soccer world, but also brings a history of first-match upsets at the World Cup stage.
After claiming the underdogs will deliver a “historic result”, the Croatian manager assured media members that his players aren’t intimidated by oddsmakers listing Brazil as a landslide favorite to emerge out of Group A. With Mexico and Cameroon also in their side of the bracket, the Croatians feel very confident about their chances of clinching the top seed.
“We are a tricky side and we will show that tomorrow,” Kovac told reporters.
For Brazil, a TIME Magazine report does a great job of describing the type of pressure the country’s new No.10 will carry on his shoulders throughout the 2014 World Cup. Dubbed the “Soccer Savior”, Neymar da Silva Santos Junior will have 200 million Brazilians expecting greatness out of the 22-year-old from Mogi das Cruzes, Sao Paulo.
“This is the first time in the history of Brazilian football that the team’s attack is dependent on just one player,” said soccer legend Pele.
“If Neymar isn’t playing well, Brazil might play well but they won’t win,” added former Brazilian soccer captain Rai Souza Vieira de Oliveira. “Neymar’s performances will be the deciding factor.”
According to 2014 World Cup soccer oddsmakers, the Brazil’s favorite son should be just fine in the country’s opening Group A match. The experts list Brazil as a -375 favorite to defeat a Croatian side with long +1000 odds of an upset. The OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 2½ goals, and the soccer odds of a draw are calculated at +450.
With high expectations and the hopes of an entire country hanging by a thread, can Neymar help Brazil clear the first hurdle at the 2014 FIFA World Cup this afternoon against Croatia? Tune to ESPN (English) and either ESPN-Deportes or Univision (En Español) to watch this match live on a television set, or simply click on the link provided above to launch the free 2014 World Cup live stream between Brazil and Croatia.