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FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 TV Broadcast Times

While all of England’s home qualifiers for Brazil 2014 have been shown on ITV, when the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12th next year coverage will be shared between ITV and BBC. The schedule will be agreed between the broadcasters closer to the start of the tournament, but both will show the final so there will be the traditional fight for viewers when the last match gets underway at Maracana on 13th July at 8pm.

Next year’s event is being campaigned over 12 cities each of which will get at least 4 matches. The tournament starts on a Thursday with hosts Brazil playing in front of 65,000 fans at the Itaquera in Sao Paulo. With England only guaranteed 3 matches there will be the usual bun fight between the two television networks for these matches. In the past, ITV have shown two of the group matches with BBC carrying one. In return, the BBC normally get rights to show England’s round of 16 knockout match, so the public broadcaster will probably take the same chance this time around.

Before any arguing over the schedule can begin, ITV and BBC have already engaged in a pundit war that could see Sir Alex Ferguson joining either channel. ITV has already announced the arrival of Clarke Carlisle, who retired in the summer after a career with Burnley, Leeds and QPR. But the biggest “signing” would be Ferguson, who some think is likely to go to ITV because of his spat with the BBC that saw him refuse interviews for Match of the Day between 2004 and 2011 after the broadcaster made remarks about his son in a documentary. Whoever Ferguson joins as a pundit he won’t be able to give his opinions on his own nation’s performance as Scotland haven't qualified for the competition.

Match times (adjusted for UK time)
  • Opening Match: 5pm
  • Group Stage matches: 5pm, 8pm, 11pm, 2am
  • Round of 16 and Quarter finals: 5pm, 9pm
  • Semi finals: 9pm
  • Third Place Playoff: 9pm
  • Final: 8pm

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