Hello there! I have been squirrelling away for a while now trying to find a decent wall chart or something with which to plan my World Cup experience and to ascertain just how little sleep I will be getting during June and early July. Unfortunately, because I live in New Zealand and all the decent ones I’ve found have the match dates and kick-off times in either local or UTC+1 time, I’ve had to do it myself!
The good news though, is that I’m a kind and sharing person, and so will post it here so that you can all download it and use it too. All you have to do is pop the scores in as each game is played and the group stage tables and subsequent knockout fixtures will automatically update themselves, which means it also works as a handy predictor (England defeated Spain 8-0 in a classic final during my latest run through).
If you aren’t in New Zealand, it will be easy enough (if slightly time-consuming) to convert the dates/times to your own.
Update: some readers have had problems with the spreadseet calculating goal difference incorrectly. I’m not sure why this is – it might be because it was built in Excel 07 but I saved it in the compatibility format to make it more accessible, it might be a result of altering the dates, or it might be because I stuffed up the formulas when editing it – either way, I’ve prepared a stripped back version in the .xlsx (Excel ’07) format that you can try if you have trouble. The dates are in local times though – do let me know if there are any problems with it.