As reported by SBN on June 13, 2014, Spain and the Netherlands meet in today’s 2014 World Cup live stream and TV scheduled matches on ESPN’s family of networks. Opening kickoff for this rematch of the 2010 World Cup is slated for 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) from Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
ESPN’s TV coverage gets underway at the top of the hour, following the network’s Round 2 presentation of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Online viewing will also commence at 3 p.m. ET, and World Cup fans around the world can click on the ESPN3 link to launch the free online live stream.
For Spain’s national football team, the defending World Cup champs find themselves in a very peculiar position at the start of this year’s tournament, as reported by Washington Post on June 13. With so much hoopla about Brazil and their chances to win a sixth title at home, everyone has forgotten that España is not only the defending World Cup champion, but that this squad has also won the last two European championships – something that no team in history has been able to accomplish.
For the Netherlands, today’s match is the first chance the Dutch side will have to avenge a 1-0 loss at the hands of La Roja at the last World Cup. As reported by Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports, this is the first time in history that the champ and the runner-up from the previous World Cup have met in the fist round of the tournament.
“We don’t have any fear,” said longtime Spain manager Vicente del Bosque. “But we do have respect. They are runner-up from the last World Cup so we have full respect for [the Netherlands]. We are very optimistic. We are confident heading into the World Cup.”
Can the Netherlands enact revenge on Spain four years after the fact, or will the Spaniards’ six-year dominance over the soccer world carry over to Brazil in 2014? Soccer fans simply cannot afford to miss what is sure to be an instant classic between España and the Netherlands.
Luckily, ESPN’s family of networks has made it so that no one has to miss a minute of the action. Tune to big ESPN (DirecTV channel 206) following the U.S. Open at 3 p.m. ET or click on the ESPN3 link listed above to launch the free 2014 World Cup live stream.