Off to terrific starts to their 2014 World Cup (FIFA Copa Mundial) campaigns, Costa Rica and Italy (Italia) collide for first place in Group D, as they set the tone for Friday’s TV schedule and live stream feed on Univision (en vivo), ESPN and CBC (Canada). As reported by MLS Soccer on June 19, opening kickoff is scheduled for just after 12 p.m. Eastern Time (11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT) from Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, and there are a number of ways to watch the action live.
For Latin TV viewers, Univision’s family of networks will broadcast every minute of the action live with Spanish commentary (En Español), including Univision Deportes and UniMas. For English-speaking TV viewers in the United States, ESPN will handle broadcasting duties, while Canadian soccer (football) fans can tune to CBC to witness the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Much like it has been for the duration of the tournament, because there’s a bit more flexibility with (Internet) live streams, the online viewing experience is perfect for the hardcore fan base. Courtesy of the WatchESPN app, soccer, football and futbol fans can stream all the action live straight into their desktops, tablets, smartphone and a number of other mobile devices.
In the case of this intercontinental showdown between Costa Rica and Italia (Italy), fans of both of these countries can kickoff the pre-game festivities as early as 10 a.m. on ESPN3. The Pre-Match (Live Stream) Coverage of Italy vs. Costa Rica can be seem by simply clicking on the link, it’s 100 percent free, and no subscriptions are required. Following the pre-game festivities, soccer fans will have the following (ESPN3) live streaming options to choose from (All Eastern Times):
Italy vs. Costa Rica (Group D) (2014 FIFA World Cup) - Closed captioning available
Portuguese Audio - Italy vs. Costa Rica (2014 FIFA World Cup)
Highlight Reel - Italy vs. Costa Rica (2014 FIFA World Cup)
Tactical Cam - Italy vs. Costa Rica (2014 FIFA World Cup)
For the Costa Rican side, a FIFA report indicates that Los Ticos are determined to make their mark in this year’s Copa Mundial 2014. In particular, midfielder Celso Borges, son of Alexandre Borges, hopes to follow on his father’s footsteps and lead his country to the Round of 16.
“I was two years old, it's hard for me to remember but I've seen the videos and over time I've realised how important that pass, that goal, was and I'm hugely proud that my father played his part in such a sporting moment," he said.
For the Italian side, they too look to the past in order to find the perfect blend between today’s playing styles versus those who came before them. As FIFA reports, this year’s Italia squad depends on one of his veterans to provide the kind of leadership and experience that Daniele De Rossi brings to the table. In an in-depth interview, the 30-year-old Roman explains his role on the team, the philosophy and many of the other factors that have influenced the hybrid-style of play this team displayed in the opener.
Who will win in what is sure to be a very physically demanding showdown between Costa Rica and Italia? Tune to ESPN, Univision or CBC to see what happens when two sides who refuse to lose collide for first place in Group D.
Also keep in mind that live streaming the 2014 World Cup is the best option for soccer fans who cannot get enough football. Click on the links and follow the instructions above to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup on TV or via free online live streaming.