Jockeying for third place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil and the Netherlands meet in a consolation match that will be televised live on Univision Networks under the title “Brasil vs. Holanda en vivo” (Click here for TV schedule & start time). as reported by MLS on July 11, Estádio Nacional de Brasilia in Brasília, Brazil will be the site for this pivotal clash between intercontinental rivals.
Opening kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Univision (Miami-23) following an hour-and-a-half edition of Republic Deportiva at 2 p.m. ET. The official “Brasil vs. Holanda” pre-match show gets underway at 3:30 p.m. ET with commentary provided by: Enrique ‘El Perro’ Bermúdez, Luis Omar Tapia, Pablo “La Torre de Jalisco” Ramírez, Diego Balado, Javier Zanetti and Jesús “El Profe” Bracamontes.
According to a July 12 FIFA.com report, today’s match gives Brazil a chance at a new start and somewhat of a consolation prize. With the memory of the 7-1 rout at the hands of Germany in the semifinals still fresh in everyone’s mind, head coach Luis Felipe Scolari spoke to media members about his change in philosophy for the host country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup finale.
As for the Dutch side, Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal also met with media members this week to discuss the possibilities that this year’s squad can still make history. With a draw this evening against Brazil, the 2014 Oranje side would become the first Dutch squad ever to go undefeated in a World Cup tournament.
“Now we have to focus on the goal of coming third,” Van Gaal said. “We know that even a win won’t take away the disappointment, but we have to have objectives. We couldn’t achieve our aim of reaching the final, so now we have to play for a smaller dream.”
As it’s been well documented throughout the past month, Univision Networks has set viewing-audience records for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With the third-place clash between Brazil and Netherlands (“Brasil vs. Holanda en vivo”) and the grand finale between Argentina and Germany still on the docket, the Spanish network could continue to build on its recent success.
Spanish-speaking fans in the South Florida/Miami area can simply tune to channel 23 at the aforementioned TV schedule start times to watch the action. Who will prevail in what is sure to be a battle of wills: Will Brazil give the locals something to celebrate, or will the Netherlands spoil any hopes for a happy ending for the host country and its inhabitants?