Let the Drama Begin

As we approach the biggest event of the year in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, here is a closer look at all the eight groups comprising 32 of the best teams from around the world that will vie for the ultimate prize.

updated: June 12, 2014 18:39 IST
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The top players are here (mostly), the stadiums are ready (sort of) and preparation time is up: The 2014 World Cup begins Thursday.

After Brazil takes center stage in Sao Paulo (yes, Croatia will be there, too, but all eyes will be on the host), the two biggest heavyweight fights of the first round arrive in short order: Spain versus the Netherlands on Friday and England versus Italy on Saturday. On Monday, the United States plays its first match, against Ghana.

So settle in for the next month and enjoy.

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