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The 2014 FIFA World Cup on BBC Television

The 2014 FIFA World Cup on BBC Television

Live matches will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD and the BBC Sport website, with simultaneous games on BBC Three and BBC Three HD and the red button. BBC Two and BBC Two HD will host a morning catch up highlights programme and full match replays of the game of the day. The coverage across channels adds up to over 160 hours of domestic TV from Brazil, over 50% more than from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. There will also be four documentaries and a range of other World Cup related programmes on offer for viewers (see tab on additional programming for more information on these).BBC coverage starts with a huge opening week of programming on BBC One and BBC One HD that includes documentaries hosted by David Beckham and Gary Lineker, England’s opening game and a raft of great live matches scheduled at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm.Gary Lineker kicks off proceedings on Wednesday 11 June at 22.35 on BBC One and BBC One HD with a preview show of the very latest comment, analysis and predictions before the tournament starts the following day. Live football coverage starts on Friday 13 June with a repeat of the 2010 final as Spain take on the Netherlands, from 19.30 (KO 20.00). England’s long awaited opening World Cup match against Italy will be live on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 14 June from 22.20 (KO 23.00). And the climax of the opening week provides the first sight of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, as he attempts to light up the iconic Maracana Stadium on Sunday 15 June as Argentina play debutants Bosnia Herzegovinia (KO 23.00).Gary Lineker leads the TV team and he will be joined by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, France legend and World Cup winner Thierry Henry, former Dutch international and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf, and Celtic manager and former Northern Ireland midfielder Neil Lennon.They will work as expert pundits alongside MOTD regulars and former Internationals Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer, Robbie Savage, Danny Murphy and Phil Neville. Savage, Neville and Murphy are also on co commentary duties with Mark Lawrenson, Martin Keown and Kevin Kilbane.There will be a range of social media integrations in the BBC’s television coverage, including live voting to enable viewers to share their views on key incidents. There will also be regular curation of the best user generated content around the event into the broadcast and the opportunity for viewers to interact with presenters and pundits through social media question and answer sessions on platforms including Facebook and Twitter.Mark Chapman and Dan Walker will present a range of content and support programming, across TV and radio, including the daily highlights show at 07.30 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. The programme will repeat on the red button and be available on BBC iPlayer. Dan Walker will also present 10 episodes of Football Focus simulcast on the red button and to global audiences across BBC World News.In addition, every night after midnight, BBC Two and BBC Two HD will show a full match replay of the best game of the day (from both BBC and ITV live games). All content will be available to watch again for seven days on BBC iPlayer.Gabby Logan will be out and about with the England team, bringing all the news and reports from their camp in Rio. Jason Mohammad will be our roving reporter throughout the tournament with all the news, stories and atmosphere in Brazil.Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton and Steve Bower will form our highly experienced lead commentary team.Legendary commentator John Motson will be providing a range of content from the UK to audiences across TV, radio and online. Using his considerable insight and experience from 10 World Cup finals and four decades of covering major tournaments, Motty will deliver his unique take on events in Brazil.