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World Cup 2014 Schedule

The 2014 World Cup tournament will get underway in Brazil on June 12th. You can follow all the action in the international football tournament with the World Cup 2014 schedule. Whether you want to follow your favorite team or your bitter rivals, the instantly-downloadable World Cup 2014 schedule tracks all the action.

With the World Cup 2014 schedule table, you can also monitor the standings through the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final match. The 2014 World Cup schedule template is available as a free download here on this page. Download, save and print the World Cup 2014 schedule from PrintableBrackets.net today!

About the World Cup 2014 Schedule

Group stage play for the 2014 World Cup will begin when host nation Brazil battles Croatia on Thursday, June 12th. Group play continues the next day with three matches on the World Cup 2014 schedule and runs through June 26th.

The starting dates for the knockout stage are:

  • Round of 16 – June 28th
  • Quarterfinals – July 4th
  • Semifinals – July 8th

The third-place match will take place on July 12th, while the championship match in Rio de Janeiro will be on July 13th.

World Cup History

Brazil enters to the World Cup 2014 tournament with more overall success in the tournament than any other nation. The Brazilians have won the football spectacle a record five times while also placing second twice and third three additional times. Brazil is also the only country that has played in every World Cup since the tournaments inception in 1930.

Italy prepares for the World Cup 2014 schedule second on the all-time title list with four. Italy last won the event in 2006. Germany is alone in third on the all-time list with three titles.

Spain comes into the 2014 tournament as the defending champion. The Spaniards beat the Netherlands, 1-0, in the 2010 final match.

The United States hasn’t fared very well in previous World Cups. The Americans’ highest finish in the event was third place in 1930. Team USA hasn’t finished in the top-4 since.

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Download: World Cup 2014 Schedule

2014 World Cup Draw

The 2014 World Cup tournament will begin on June 12th in Brazil. The World Cup draw features some very interesting groupings for the 20th installment of the international football tournament. The World Cup event will run until a champion is crowned on July 13th.

You can download and print the 2014 World Cup draw sheet instantly by clicking on the link located on this page. You can also find the World Cup 2014 knockout stage bracket. Both sheets are available for free courtesy of PrintableBrackets.net

Scouting the 2014 World Cup Draw

The 2014 World Cup draw is split up into eight groups. The groups are:

Group A

  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Mexico
  • Cameroon

Group B

  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Chile
  • Australia

Group C

  • Columbia
  • Greece
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Japan

Group D

  • Uruguay
  • Costa Rica
  • England
  • Italy

Group E

  • Switzerland
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Honduras

Group F

  • Argentina
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Iran
  • Nigeria

Group G

  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Ghana
  • United States

Group H

  • Belgium
  • Algeria
  • Russia
  • Korea

Spain enters the 2014 World Cup draw as the defending champion after notching a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the 2010 final.

Sites for the 2014 World Cup Draw

Brazil will serve as the host for the 2014 World Cup tournament. Brazil will become the fifth country to host the World Cup draw on two occasions, but the tournament is returning to South America for the first time since 1978.

Brazil has also had the most overall success in the World Cup tournament. The Brazilians have won the event a record high five times. In addition, Brazil has finished as runner-up twice and placed third on two other occasions. The only country that has qualified for every World Cup draw is Brazil.

A total of 12 different cities in Brazil will host World Cup matches, including Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal and Curitiba. Nearly four-billion dollars has been spent on building stadiums to host World Cup draw matches.

Download: World Cup Draw

MLS Playoffs Bracket

Soccer fans across North America get fired up for the MLS Playoffs every fall. You can follow your favorite club throughout the postseason with an MLS Playoffs bracket sheet. Track your favorite team’s run to the MLS Cup with the instantly downloadable and complimentary sheet.

MLS Playoffs Format

The top five clubs in each conference have secured a spot in the MLS Playoffs every year since 2012. The fourth and fifth place teams in each conference meet in a knockout match to open the postseason. The conference semifinals and finals employ an aggregate-goal, home-and-away format. The conference champions will then advance to the MLS Cup Final. The winner of the postseason tournament earns a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League tourney.

Screenshot of the MLS Playoffs bracket sheetHistory of the MLS Playoffs

The MLS Cup playoffs began in the inaugural year of the league in 1996. In the first ever MLS Cup final, D.C. United dropped the Los Angeles Galaxy in extra time, 3-2, in front of over 34,000 fans at Foxboro Stadium in New England. D.C. United went on to successfully defend its title by beating the Colorado Rapids in the 1997 MLS Cup final, 2-1. That match was played in in front of more than 57,000 fans at RFK Stadium.

D.C. United made a return trip to the final match in 1998, but suffered a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Fire. However, D.C. United bounced back in 1999, notching a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final match.

After the first two years of the league, there would not be a repeat MLS champion until the Houston Dynamo won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. The Dynamo beat the Revolution in both final matches and won their first title in a penalty kicks shootout.

After losing their first three final matches, the Galaxy ran through the MLS Playoffs and hoisted the cup for the first time in 2002. The Galaxy also won again in 2005 before capturing consecutive crowns in 2011 and 2012. The Galaxy defeated the Dynamo is both of those final matches.

While the Galaxy has collected an MLS-best four titles, the Revolution is 0-4 all-time in final matches.

The first MLS Playoffs Most Valuable Player award went to D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry. The first goaltender to take home MVP honors was Tony Meola, who captured the honor while with the Kansas City Wizards in 2000. Entering the 2013 season, the only multiple time MVP winner is Landon Donovan, who first won the award while with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2003. Donovan won again with the Galaxy in 2011.

Download: MLS Playoffs

World Cup 2020

World Cup 2020 will mark the 20th edition of the international football tournament. 

World Cup: History

The first-ever World Cup was held in Uruguay in 1930. That year, the host nation knocked off Argentina, 4-2, in the inaugural final match. The United States finished in third place, while Yugoslavia came in fourth. The first tournament included 13 teams. The field was expanded to 16 in 1934, 24 in 1982 and eventually the current 32-team format in 1998.

No nation has had more overall success than Brazil, which has won the tournament an all-time high five times. Brazil has also finished second twice and third two more times. Brazil has finished inside the top four a total of 10 times. Brazil is also currently the only country that has played in every single World Cup.

Italy has the second-most overall titles with four, the last of which came in 2006. Italy and Brazil are the only nations to have ever won back-to-back titles. Germany sits alone in third place with three overall championships. In 2010, Spain blanked the Netherlands, 1-0, to capture its first title.

The United States has had very little success in World Cups past. The Americans’ best finish was the aforementioned third-place finish in 1930. In fact, that was also the only top-4 finish for the Americans in history.

A variety of awards are handed out for performance at the World Cup, including:

  • The Golden Ball – Best Player
  • The Golden Boot – Top Scorer
  • Golden Glove – Best Goalkeeper
  • Best Young Player Award
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy
  • Most Entertaining Team
  • All-Star Team (announced since 1998)

More than 800 qualifying matches will take place before the start of the 2020 World Cup tournament.

UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2016 will mark the 15th European Championship football tournament. Though the exact dates are still to be determined, Euro 2016 will take place in France during the summer of that year. There will be some format changes to the event, as the field will expand from 16 teams to 24 teams. A total of 52 teams will attempt to qualify for the tournament. France earns an automatic berth as the host site.

UEFA Euro 2016: Tournament History

The event was originally dubbed the “UEFA European Nations Cup” when it was created in 1960. The inaugural event was also held in France and 17 teams participated in a knockout format. Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, France and Yugoslavia advanced to the semifinals. The Soviet Union defeated Yugoslavia in extra time, 2-1, in the first-ever final match in Paris. England, West Germany and England were among the notable teams who refused to participate in the first tournament.UEFA Euro 2016

The event is held every four years and falls on the even-numbered year between the World Cup tournaments. Germany and Spain have come out on top an all-time high three times apiece. Germany’s last victory came in 1996, while Spain’s last championship came in the last event in 2012. Germany has also lost in the final match three times, while Spain has been runner-up on one occasion. Surprisingly, England has never finished better than third overall. That finish came in 1968 and England hasn’t advanced past the quarterfinals since 1996.

Michel Platini of France has scored the most goals in Euro Cup history with nine. Platini scored all nine of his goals in leading France to the championship in 1984. England’s Alan Shearer is second on the all-time list with seven goals. Portugal’s Cristiano Rondaldo is in a group of players who have racked up three goals.

Euro 2016 matches will take place in 10 different cities across France. The tournament winner will be eligible to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Due to fan violence during the UEFA Euro 2012, Russia will be forced to play three home games in the qualifying round without spectators.

Download: UEFA Euro 2016 Knockout Stage

UEFA Champions League 2013

The UEFA Champions League 2013 tournament marks the 58th annual edition of the most prestigious football event in Europe. Few sporting events in the world are played or enjoyed with more passion or pride. As a result, the event’s popularity has exploded worldwide in recent years. In 2011, the Champions League Final bested the NFL’s Super Bowl as the most-watched sporting event in the world.

UEFA Champions League 2013: Overview and History

What is now known as the Champions League was originally called the European Champion Clubs’ Cup. The annual tournament was organized UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) in 1955. The event was colloquially called the European Cup until officially being changed to the Champions League in 1992.

Real Madrid won the first five tournaments and has won the event a record nine times overall. Real has also appeared in an all-time high 12 Champions League finals. A.C. Milan has come out on top in seven of its 11 championship final appearances. Liverpool sits alone in third with five championships.UEFA Champions League 2013

Chelsea captured the championship in 2012 after knocking off Bayern Munich in penalty kicks. More than 62,000 people were in attendance for the 2012 final. Chelsea didn’t fare so well in 2013, however, becoming the first defending champion to be eliminated in the group stage.

The knockout phase of the tournament gets underway with the “Round of 16” beginning February 12th. The draw for the quarterfinals will be held on March 15th. The first leg of the quarters will take place on April 2nd and 3rd, with the second leg following on April 9th and 10th. The first leg of the semifinals will take place on April 23rd and 24th, with the second leg coming on April 30th and May 1st.

The 2013 UEFA Champions League Final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Many 25th. Wembley was chosen in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association. It will mark the seventh time Wembley Stadium will be the host site for the championship match. The winning club in 2013 will pocket over $16,000, 000. The loser in the final will receive just under $10,000,000.

Download: UEFA Champions League 2013 Knockout Phase Sheet

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