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When Does The World Cup Start?

After nearly four years worth of waiting, the world's biggest sporting event is only three days away. The 2014 World Cup is right around the corner, with its first match taking place on Thursday, June 12, when the host country of Brazil will take on Croatia. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:30 p.m., but you'll want to turn it on a bit earlier than that, because few things are more awesome than when the Brazilian National Team plays on its home turf. Just listen to this performance of the country's national anthem from the finals of last year's Confederations Cup, which was also held in Brazil:

The bad news is there's only one match on Thursday. However, for the next few weeks, there will be soccer coming at you from all angles, with ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC broadcasting three or four matches every day. Some other notable matches during the World Cup's kickoff week include a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands on Friday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN, and the United States taking on the squad that has knocked it out of the last two World Cups, Ghana, on Monday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.

If you're a soccer fan, the next month is easily the best month of the year. Here's the entire World Cup television schedule, and here are a bunch of awesome commercials to get you excited, if you aren't already.