World Cup Day Four: Open Thread

Julian Finney

The World Cup closes out the weekend with a few intriguing matchups, but none quite like Bosnia Herzegovina vs Argentina. Can Miralem Pjanic lead the Dragons to an upset victory in their first ever World Cup appearance?

Through the first three days of World Cup 2014, goals are up and Roma's representatives have fared quite well, contributing to their nations in manners both large and small. Miralem Pjanic may be the only member of the Giallorossi in action today, but with Argentina and France making their debuts, there is no shortage of talent for the neutral observer.

The Matches

Group

Venue

Time

Switzerland v Ecuador

E

Nacional, Brasilia

Noon (EDT)

France v Honduras

E

Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Allegre

15:00 (EDT)

Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina

F

Estadio Do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro

18:00 (EDT)

Any Romans, past or present, on duty?

Sunday is all about Miralem Pjanic, as he's set to lead BIH on the World Cup pitch for the first time as an independent nation; it doesn't get much better, more emotional, or more significant than that.

Beyond Pjanic, the only other man to ever punch a timecard at the Olimpico was Argentina's Fernando Gago. Gago, now with Boca Juniors, was a lynch pin in Luis Enrique's Roma, making 30 appearances in 2011-2012.

Any potential transfer targets or former adversaries to pique my interest?

While Roma have been connected to both French fullbacks, Mathieu Debuchy and Lucas Digne, tomorrow is all about Roma's current and former Serie A adversaries. There are almost too many to list, but some familiar faces include Gonzalo Higuain, Hugo Campagnaro, Paul Pogba and Stephan Lichsteiner.

I won't tell you how to react to those, but if nothing else, it will be nice to enjoy the talents of Pogba and Higuain without having to worry about Scudetto ramifications.

Where to watch

Once again, LiveSoccerTV is your one stop shop for international viewing options. In Los Estados Unidos, you can catch the first two tilts on ABC and the finale on ESPN.

Though if you live in a part of the world with a significant Balkan enclave, find out where they're gathering, because that might be the most engrossing viewing experience.

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