FIFA World Cup 2010

The folks over at have put together the graphic below summarising the way we’ve watched the World Cup over the years.

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The World Cup is so close that you can almost taste the drinks promotions and the resultant crushing hangover that makes your brain feel three sizes too big for your skull.

And yes indeed, your TV will be riddled with men kicking a football or chasing people kicking a football and men endlessly talking about other men kicking and chasing a football. Are you ready?

The World Cup must be hell of the sport-hating TV fan. Coronation Street gets shunted off to daft times because some inconsequential match went into extra-time and then penalties.

In some cases, your favourite shows will be ditched altogether because the news is more important and, infuriatingly for you, topical sniggerthons featuring James Corden will be deemed more relevant, leaving people running out into the street in tears into the arms of men in England shirts… their cars draped in St George’s crosses with JJB logos on them.

Essentially, you will not be able to escape it for a month.

Auntie BBC and ITV will be rammed with live matches, the worst/best fervour coming along for England matches with every single aspect analysed to the point of plucking every single blade of grass from the pitch with tweezers and gently laying each one down on a psychiatrists couch.

Yet, should you decide that you’ll run away to the relative sanctuary of BBC Two and Channel 4, don’t think that football will leave you alone there…

Pretty much 100% of the world’s advertisers will be shoving spherical leather down your neck while they peddle cameras, chocolate bars and burgers.

So how are you preparing for this footballing onslaught? Of course, people like me (aka idiot football fan who will watch and whoop at absolutely any game, regardless of importance, relevance and quality) will be happier than a pig with two arses… but for those of you who want to slit your neck at the footballing festival will have to come up with a plan or simply silently suffer.

One thing we’ll endeavour to do is to keep you in the loop for decent shows that aren’t football based so keep an eye on the front page. Otherwise, may I advise doing some David Blaine style isolation stunt where you live in a box up a pole for a month because it is the only feasible way of dodging the footballs.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan will front a new documentary focussing on the role of football in South Africa.

The main focus of the ITV1 documentary will be the way the country has united around the beautiful game which is set to descend on the African nation later this month for the FIFA World Cup.

Morgan travelled to the host nation to examine how the country is faring in the build-up to the tournament. He took in the brand new Soccer City stadium in Soweto as well as chatting to South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar and Dan Moyo who spent eight years in jail alongside Nelson Mandela.

The documentary, Piers Morgan’s World Cup South Africa, screens on ITV1 at 10pm on June 6.

Source: Digital Spy

Danielle Lineker has been confirmed to present a series of behind-the-scenes specials offering a “unique guide” to the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

The 30-year-old model wife of ex-English great Gary Lineker will host the two-part special for GMTV about what goes on during the build-up to the South African tournament.

“It’s funny the Linekers are presenting coverage for rival channels,” a source told The Sun. “Danielle will look at fashion – from the squad’s suits to what a footballer packs in his suitcase – and what goes on behind the scenes.”

Gary Lineker, meanwhile, will be covering the June tournament for the BBC.

Source: Digital Spy

The BBC has confirmed its squad for the 2010 Fifa World Cup across TV, radio and online.

Joining the team for the 2010 World Cup are:

Jurgen Klinsmann was a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990. He also captained Germany to the Euro 1996 title in England. His glittering career saw him win 108 caps for Germany scoring 11 goals in 17 World Cup matches. As coach, he led his national side to third place on home soil at the 2006 World Cup.

Clarence Seedorf is the only player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs. Seedorf has played under several coaches who will be leading countries at the World Cup, including England’s Fabio Capello, Ivory Coast’s Sven-Goran Eriksson and Italy’s Marcelo Lippi.

Emmanuel Adebayor is a former African Footballer of the Year who has played at the highest level of international football with Togo at the 2006 World Cup. Adebayor made his international debut aged 16 in July 2000. He was the top scorer in the African qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup with 11 goals and played in all three of Togo’s matches at the finals in Germany.

Match Of The Day presenter and former England captain Gary Lineker leads the BBC TV team. He will present coverage of 2010 World Cup matches live from the BBC’s studio in Cape Town. Joining Gary in the studio will be Alan Hansen and former England internationals Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon. Gordon Strachan also returns as part of the World Cup TV team to give his unique take on the tournament’s main talking points.

Match commentators are Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson, Simon Brotherton and Steve Bower, with co-commentary from Mark Lawrenson, Mark Bright, Mick McCarthy and Martin Keown.

Colin Murray will present the BBC Two World Cup highlights show at 10pm and has also been announced as the new presenter of Match Of The Day 2. An avid sports fan, Colin currently presents the sports-based BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk.

Bringing viewers all the latest news from the England camp will be Gabby Logan. As well as relaying regular updates from the England base, she will also report pitch-side from all of their games.

Once again BBC Radio 5 Live will have comprehensive coverage of the World Cup with over 250 hours of programming across the 2010 tournament.

In addition to extensive live commentary across 5 Live and its sister station, 5 Live Sports Extra, there are a host of special programmes coming live from South Africa, plus news and reports throughout the day and night on all the latest events and stories from the tournament. Mark Pougatch will present commentary of the matches from venues throughout South Africa with 5 Live’s award-winning commentators guiding listeners through each match whilst a top team of pundits, including Graham Taylor, Robbie Savage, Chris Waddle, David Moyes and Danny Mills, provide expert analysis.

To capture the full effect of the 2010 World Cup on the people of South Africa, the BBC is getting out and about across the length and breadth of the country, travelling from Cape Town at the start of the tournament to Johannesburg for the final in a double-decker bus.

Reporting from onboard the bus will be TV’s Dan Walker and Rob Walker and 5 Live’s Colin Paterson, who will bring viewers in the UK a real flavour of South Africa as a country and the impact the World Cup has had on it. The bus will visit a diverse selection of places along its 6,000km journey – from townships and social projects to sites of cultural and historic significance.

In a technology first for the BBC’s World Cup coverage, Libero, a 3D matrix-style device, will be used to enhance their analysis. Libero is an advanced and sophisticated analysis system that can generate virtual camera images allowing unprecedented insight into the game’s talking points.

BBC Sport’s dedicated World Cup website – – will provide a one-stop shop for the live World Cup experience this summer, covering every kick of the tournament in South Africa.

For the first time on the BBC Sport website, football action will be available in high-quality video. All the BBC’s televised matches will be available to stream live in high-quality video, with a choice of alternative commentary options including Radio 5 Live (Note: audio and video available to UK users only). Video highlights of non-BBC broadcast matches will also be available.

It will also be packed full of news, features, reports, highlights, information, blogs, video diaries, podcasts, archive video, statistics and an innovative interactive wall-chart.

Football fans can also put across their views with the popular live text commentary that allows them to contribute to proceedings with their thoughts and messages via email, text and social media.

And there’s more opportunity for interaction through the blogs on the site by the BBC’s reporters and experts. Users will also be encouraged to send in photos of themselves with World Cup footballers to try to make a picture squad of all the players.

Viewers with BBC Red Button will have access to 100 hours coverage including live games, rolling highlights and alternative commentary options. End-of-group matches will be streamed concurrently on BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website.

There’ll also be access to all the latest news and a dedicated England channel, updated daily, with reports and information on Fabio Capello’s men in Rustenberg. In addition, viewers can whet their appetite with preview content, including virtually every nation’s qualifying campaign and classic archive from previous World Cups.

Full replays of all BBC games will be available on BBC iPlayer for seven days after the game. In addition, the BBC HD Channel will show extensive coverage of the 2010 World Cup, bringing stunning high definition images of all the action from South Africa.

The FIFA World Cup is nearly upon us and football fans will be dribbling down their chins in delight. However, where are the matches being played? Which channels will they be shown on? Which days should you already be trying to blag off work? Well, over the jump we’ve got some highlights (although, in fairness, it’s rather England based) for you to look over, plus a link to the full TV timetable.


Okay England fans (or indeed, those wanting to tune-in in the hope we’ll lose). Here’s the dates, times and places most important to you:

On Saturday 12/6/10, it’s an evening kick-off (which means you should be able to get home from work in decent time for England’s game against the USA. As will the Friday match against Algeria. Both of these games will be shown on ITV. The final group match against Slovenia will be shown at 3pm on BBC on Wednesday 23rd. Here’s them in bold.

12/6/10 England v USA ITV Rustenburg 1930

18/6/10 England v Algeria ITV Cape Town

1930 23/6/10 Slovenia v England BBC Port Elizabeth 1500

In the knockout phases, the BBC will have first pick of the round of 16 and quarter-final matches. If England reach the semi-final the tie will be simulcast live by both broadcasters. ITV and the BBC will also both show the final live.

ITV controller of sport Niall Sloane said: “We’re delighted that ITV will kick off coverage of this summer’s World Cup and that England’s two opening games will be shown live on ITV1 in peak time.

“There is no bigger event on UK television or online than the World Cup and ITV will be at the heart of the action from the first kick through to the final whistle.”

BBC head of TV sport Philip Bernie added: “The BBC are very happy with how the TV split of matches for the World Cup has been resolved.

“The BBC has some of the most appetising of the group fixtures, and will be showing live every England match from their final group game onwards, so we hope to be with them for a long and successful campaign.

“The BBC will aim again to capture the very best of the biggest event of the year across all its outlets, on TV, on radio and online.”

Click here to see The Guardian’s complete table

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1