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Menace Fans' Guide to the World Cup

 

 

The 20th edition of the greatest sporting event in the world is upon us. Fans and players can rejoice: the 2014 FIFA World Cup is here!

 
Links
Get up to the minute details of tournament through the FIFA website.
 
Find the schedule and standings here.
 
Follow the United States with all of the details of the team’s travels and experiences in Brazil. You can also keep tabs on the Americans through their Twitter feed: @ussoccer.
 
 
 
Tournament Overview
The FIFA World Cup, the pinnacle of soccer tournaments, is played every four years. The World Cup comprises the top 32 teams from six different regions.
 
The teams play in a round-robin format during the group stage, with the top two teams from each of the eight groups advancing to the knockout stages. Once the 16 teams are decided, the teams play single-elimination games, whittling down the field until one team stands as the victor of the FIFA World Cup final.
 
2014 FIFA World Cup
This year’s tournament is being held in Brazil, which has the most World Cup trophies (five). In Brazil, there are 12 venues in 12 different host cities. The first game kicks off with Brazil taking on Croatia on Thursday, June 12 in Sao Paulo, and the tournament wraps up with the final on Sunday, July 13 in Rio De Janeiro.
 
Groups
Group A           Group B           Group C           Group D          
Brazil               Spain               Colombia         Uruguay
Mexico              Chile                 Ivory Coast        England
Croatia              Netherlands       Greece              Costa Rica
Cameroon         Australia           Japan                Italy     
 
Group E           Group F           Group G           Group H
Switzerland       Argentina          Germany          Belgium           
France              Iran                   Ghana              Russia
Ecuador            Bosnia-Herz.     Portugal            Algeria
Honduras          Nigeria             United States   Korea Republic 
 
Bold type denotes a 2014 Menace men’s or women’s player from that country
 
Check out the Menace’s website roster to see what countries players represent.
 
 
Watch Parties
Join Menace players and staff for the USMNT games!
 
 
Game                           Date                 Time         Location                          
World Cup final             July 13              2 p.m.        Des Moines Social Club
USA/Belgium                July 2                  3 p.m.      Jethro's BBQ 'n Jambalaya (Waukee)
USA/Germany               June 26             11 a.m.    Legends   
USA/Portugal                June 22             5 p.m.     Johnny’s Hall of Fame   
USA/Ghana                   June 16             5 p.m.     Legends                       
 
 
 
 
Videos
 
 

 
 
 
Team Favorites
We’ve asked our men’s squad players the teams they are rooting for in the World Cup:
 
USA – 15 (picked by five players to win the final)
Germany – 4 (8)
Argentina – 3 (3)
Spain – 3 (4)
Brazil – 2 (12)
Belgium – 2
Nigeria – 1
Colombia – 1 (1)


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