World Cup qualifying returns for a bumper stretch across June with significant action in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Scotland’s tricky away qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb is live on both BBC Two Scotland and ESPN on June 7, while Sky Sports will screen the Republic of Ireland’s qualifying encounter against the Faroe Islands in Dublin on the same night.
A host of other top international clashes will be shown on ESPN, British Eurosport and Premier Sports, plus UK users can watch a variety of European qualifying matches for FREE via the Qualifiers 2014 YouTube channel, including Portugal v Russia live on this site from 8.45pm.
June qualifiers preview by MIKE MARTIN – @thefootietweet
The action gets underway on Tuesday morning as Japan take on Australia in Saitama knowing that avoiding defeat will take them to the World Cup; and they may even qualify anyway should Iraq fail to win in Oman in the afternoon.
The Socceroos, meanwhile, are in trouble with just one win from their opening five matches. British Eurosport 2 will show the game, along with further matches as the Asian qualifiers reach a climax in June.
On Friday evening, Scotland’s trip to Croatia is live on BBC Two in Scotland (Sky & Freesat 970) and ESPN across the UK.
In truth, the match means more for the hosts, with Croatia battling Belgium for top spot in Group A.
Qualification for Brazil is now impossible for Scotland and theirsquad is seriously depleted due to injuries, illness and withdrawals and Gordon Strachan will have his work cut out to register his first competitive point as Scotland manager.
Rob Maclean introduces coverage on BBC Two Scotland alongside Pat Nevin and Craig Gordon, with commentary by Liam McLeod and Billy Dodds. Over on ESPN, Derek Rae and Tony Dorigo provide commentary.
Also on Friday night, Republic of Ireland follow up their encouraging friendlies against England and Georgia with what should be a home-banker against the lowly Faroe Islands, live on Sky Sports 1.
Three points for the Irish will keep them in competition with Sweden and Austria for a play-off berth behind the all-conquering Germans.
England are not in qualifying action in the summer but there are two key matches in their group on Friday evening, with Poland expecting to win in Moldova and a crunch match in Podgorica between group leaders Montenegro and an improving Ukraine.
Other European matches are live on the Qualifiers 2014 channel on YouTube, with highlights including Belgium v Serbia and Portugal v Russia.
Internet viewers can then enjoy South American action via the live streaming services on various bookmakers’ websites – including Bet365 and William Hill – including a mouth-watering clash between Argentina and Colombia, which is also shown on Premier Sports.
Saturday is a quieter day with only Switzerland vs Cyprus on Qualifiers 2014 available to UK viewers.
Qualifying action returns in earnest on Tuesday, June 11, with British Eurosport 2 screening Australia’s clash with Jordan followed by South Korea against Uzbekistan.
The dominant Japan aside, Asian qualifying has proven very competitive and Jordan, Qatar and Oman all continue to harbour realistic ambitions of qualifying for the first time.
South American qualifiers on live streaming services include a key fixture in the small hours of Wednesday morning as struggling Uruguay, without the suspended Luis Suárez, visit a Venezuela side who can take huge strides towards their first ever World Cup with a win.
Things are becoming clearer in South America’s all-in qualifying competition with the struggles of Uruguay set to be the main story of the remaining matchdays.
Without a qualifying win in a year, things have been going downhill for Óscar Tabárez’s side, who won the 2011 Copa América, since a comprehensive 4-0 defeat in Colombia last September.
With only Paraguay and Bolivia without any realistic hopes of qualifying, the 2010 semi-finalists are competing with Chile, Venezuela and Peru for the fourth automatic berth or fifth place and a play-off with a team from Asia.
Argentina, Colombia and Ecuador already have a considerable cushion beneath them and look strong bets to qualify.
Asian action returns a week later with three live games on Eurosport 2: a must-win game for Australia against Iraq in Sydney; a potentially decisive match between Uzbekistan and Qatar; and an Arabian ‘derby’ between Jordan and Oman.
Meanwhile, ESPN have live coverage of the Netherlands’ tour of Asia, which takes in matches against Indonesia (Friday, June 7) and China (Tuesday, June 11).
The Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Spain in New York’s Yankee Stadium is live on Premier Sports.
Tuesday 4th June Japan v Australia – World Cup Qualifier (Asia, Group B) Kick-off: 11:30 | LIVE: 11.30am-1.30pm – British Eurosport 2 Friday 7th June Indonesia v Netherlands – International Friendly Kick-off: 14:30 | LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm – ESPN Croatia v Scotland – World Cup Qualifier (Group A) Kick-off: 19:15 | LIVE: 7.00pm-9.30pm – BBC Two Scotland Kick-off: 19:15 | LIVE: 7.00pm-9.15pm – ESPN Rep. of Ireland v Faroe Islands – World Cup Qualifier (Group C) Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Argentina v Colombia – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 23:05 | LIVE: 11.00pm-1.00am – Premier Sports Tuesday 11th June Australia v Jordan – World Cup Qualifier (Asia, Group B) Kick-off: 10:00 | LIVE: 9.45am-12.00am – British Eurosport 2 South Korea v Uzbekistan – World Cup Qualifying (Asia, Group A) Kick-off: 12:00 | LIVE: 12.00pm-2.00pm – British Eurosport 2 China v Netherlands – International Friendly Kick-off: 13:00 | LIVE: 1.00pm-3.00pm – ESPN Spain v Republic of Ireland – International Friendly 01:00 (Wed) | LIVE: 1.00am-3.00am – Premier Sports Tuesday 18th June Australia v Iraq – World Cup Qualifying (Asia, Group B) Kick-off: 09:30 | LIVE: British Eurosport 2 Uzbekistan v Qatar – World Cup Qualifying (Asia, Group A) Kick-off: 13:00 | LIVE: British Eurosport 2 Jordan v Oman – World Cup Qualifying (Asia, Group B) Kick-off: 17:00 | LIVE: British Eurosport 2 . . .
A selection of live qualifiers that do not have UK rights holders from across Europe will be available to watch for free online via Qualifiers 2014 on YouTube or via selected UK betting websites.Friday 7th June Moldova v Poland – WATCH LIVE Group H | Kick-off: 19:15 Belgium v Serbia – WATCH LIVE Group A | Kick-off: 19:45 Czech Republic v Italy – WATCH LIVE Group B | Kick-off: 19:45 Portugal v Russia – WATCH LIVE Group F | Kick-off: 20:45 Bolivia v Venezuela – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 21:00 – Bet365 Live Streaming Argentina v Colombia – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 23:05 – Bet365 Live Streaming Paraguay v Chile – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 01:10 (Sat) – Bet365 Live Streaming Peru v Ecuador – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 03:10 (Sat) – Bet365 Live Streaming Saturday 8th June Switzerland vs Cyprus – WATCH LIVE Group E | Kick-off: 16:30 Tuesday 11th June Belarus v Finland – WATCH LIVE Group I | Kick-off: 19:00 Colombia v Peru – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 21:30 – Bet365 Live Streaming* Ecuador v Argentina – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 22:00 – Bet365 Live Streaming* Venezuela v Uruguay – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 01:00 (Wed) – Bet365 Live Streaming* Chile v Bolivia – World Cup Qualifier (South America) Kick-off: 01:30 (Wed) – Bet365 Live Streaming* . . .