The 2014 World Cup comes full force on Saturday with four games starting at 9 a.m. and taking you all the way into the late evening. The highlight of the day promises to be England vs. Italy at 3 p.m., but the way the tournament has bee going all the matches promise to be interesting.
The first two days of the quadrennial tournament have seen teams combine for nearly four goals per match, which puts it on pace for the highest scoring tournament since 1954. That pace will surely slow down, but they've made for plenty of excitement.
In case you haven't noticed, SB Nation has been doing exemplary work all tournament. The previews for each game are linked in the chart below:
|9:00 a.m.||WORLD CUP||Colombia vs. Greece||ABC|
|12:00 p.m.||WORLD CUP||Uruguay vs. Costa Rica||ABC|
|3:00 p.m.||WORLD CUP||England vs. Italy||ESPN
|6:00 p.m.||WORLD CUP||Ivory Coast vs. Japan||ESPN
You'll notice that some of the games have also moved to ABC, which should be a good test as to how much better these games are performing on television. The first day, as you may have heard, had extremely good ratings with about 9.5 million Americans watching on ESPN2 and Univision.
Another reminder: Sounder at Heart is hosting a viewing party on Monday.
Just to get you started, here are the lineups for today's opener:
Colombia starting lineup (4-4-2): David Ospina; Pablo Armero, Cristián Zapata, Mario Yepes, Juan Zúñiga; James Rodríguez, Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sánchez, Juan Cuadrado; Víctor Ibarbo, Teófilo Gutiérrez.
Greece starting lineup (4-3-3): Orestis Karnezis; José Holebas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kostas Manolas, Vasilis Torosidis; Giannis Maniatis, Kostas Katsouranis, Panagiotis Kone; Georgios Samaras, Theofanis Gekas, Dimitris Salpingidis.