World Cup 2014 preview and games to watch

Coaches of the national soccer teams pose for a group photo after the draw for the 2014 World Cup...

Coaches of the national soccer teams pose for a group photo after the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals was made at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Sao Joao da Mata, Bahia state, December 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:01 AM ET

KANSAS CITY - We break down each of the eight World Cup groups:

GROUP A

  • June 12 Brazil v. Croatia
  • June 13 Mexico v. Cameroon
  • June 17 Brazil v. Mexico
  • June 18 Cameroon v. Croatia
  • June 23 Cameroon v. Brazil
  • June 23 Croatia v. Mexico

EARLY SKINNY: It's essentially three teams playing for No. 2 as Brazil will almost certainly walk through this foursome. Don't look too much into Mexico's poor qualifying run. In the end, they still have loads of talent and are best suited alongside Brazil to compete in a tropical setting. My early prediction is Mexico emerges from Group A behind the hosts.

HE SAID IT: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari to FIFA.com: "We open against a European team, which was my preference. It is good to play first against a European team, because they will not be so ready in our country."


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