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World Cup 2014: June 17, Napoli-Style

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Dries! Dries! Dries!

In truth, the end of the first round of Group Games (and the beginning of the next, for Group A) doesn't look terribly exciting. Particularly the closing match, featuring the artistic stylings of Fabio Capello's Russia up against a Korea side that can make Greece look fun.

So if you're in Europe, staying up until 2 a.m. probably isn't the wisest move. Then again, this World Cup has already thrown up quite a few surprises, so you could very well be in for a treat. Plus, Belgium are likely to be fun and Brazil vs. Mexico throws up the possibility of another fantastically biased refereeing call.

Which match are you most looking forward to tonight?

The matches

Group Location Time (CET)
Belgium vs. Algeria H Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte 6 p.m.
Brazil vs. Mexico A Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza 9 p.m.
Russia vs. South Korea H Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá midnight

Any Napoli players involved?

Dries! Dries! Dries!

Ghoulam! Ghoulam! Ghoulam!

Henrique...oh. Well, maybe he has fun sitting on the bench.

Any transfer targets or rival players I'm probably interested in?

Pretty sure Napoli have been connected to Thomas Vermaelen's eventual move away from Arsenal, because journalists love writing about Arsenal almost as much as Liverpool. Belgium's back line is a bunch of centerbacks, with some of them pretending to be full-backs, but that doesn't mean any of them would necessarily be a great fit in Naples.

Then again, this World Cup hasn't exactly been a great stage for defense, the position Napoli are most in need of. Perhaps the entire sport will concentrate solely on attack, and then Napoli can rule the world.

How do I watch these games?

In Italy? You're on SkyGO or Sky Mondiale. In the US it's ESPN in English and Univision in Spanish, and both have online streaming platforms, while Canadians friends have CBC and the CBC Sports player. In the UK you can watch  ITV for the first match and BBC One for the rest of the day, or use the ITV or BBC players online. If you live elsewhere, check LiveSoccerTV for listings in your country.