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Knockout games on BBC

LONDON - We have agreed with ITV which of the knockout games will be shown on which TV channel:

Saturday 24 June
1600 BST: Germany v Sweden BBC
2000 BST: Argentina v Mexico BBC
Sunday 25 June
1600 BST: England v Ecuador BBC
2000 BST: Holland v Portugal ITV
Monday 26 June
1600 BST: winner gp E runner up gp F ITV
2000 BST: winner gp G runner up gp H BBC
Tuesday 27 June
1600 BST: winner gp F runner up gp E ITV
2000 BST: winner gp G runner up gp H ITV

Further info on future games when available.

The BBC TV games will also be streamed in broadband (UK only) on this website. And you can get commentary on all the games on Radio Five Live, also streamed via this website (UK only).

Incidentally in case you missed them, next season's domestic fixtures are out today. The chap who oversees the publication on our website/Ceefax (a mammoth job believe me) will hopefully be blogging later, once the steam stops coming out of his ears.

Claire S, blog editor

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  • 1.
  • At 12:56 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • groovy wrote:

Great job Beeb- both for getting the pick of the matches and the season's fixture list- hope he's got his fingers in ice now!!!

Are the England boys playing in white on Sunday- i'm not sure if I've seen- or even if they have- the Ecuadorean away kit....

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  • 2.
  • At 01:09 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Rob wrote:

Does anyone know what colour shirt England will be wearing on Sunday?

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  • 3.
  • At 01:12 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Peter wrote:

Maybe the commentators at the BBC will have a large enough vocabulary to prevent my ears being offended by references to "back stick", "far stick", "left peg" etc. or do commentators in general feel this creates for them an "insider persona"

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  • At 01:13 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Peter wrote:

Maybe the commentators at the BBC will have a large enough vocabulary to prevent my ears being offended by references to "back stick", "far stick", "left peg" etc. or do commentators in general feel this creates for them an "insider persona"

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  • At 01:14 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Peter wrote:

Maybe the commentators at the BBC will have a large enough vocabulary to prevent my ears being offended by references to "back stick", "far stick", "left peg" etc. or do commentators in general feel this creates for them an "insider persona"

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  • 6.
  • At 01:16 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Claire Stocks, assistant editor wrote:

I spoke to the FA this morning and England are playing in white (blue shorts, white socks) on Sunday (shame).
I am trying to find out more about the rules which govern kit selection -one colleague suggests the colours alternate between international fixtures of the two teams in question (hence if we played Argentina we would also play in white as we wore red last time).
But as we've not played Ecuador before I'm trying to find out how the decision was reached.
Anyone have any more info?

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  • 7.
  • At 01:27 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • mr slick wrote:

I must admit England havent made the best possible start but hey I've been impressed with the team overall. Sven is never going to win over the british media although his track records have proved he is statistically really good at his job.But he does need more passion,needs to take a few risks and make substitutions that are going to win games!!How does everybody feel about the England squad,somebody give me some confidence boosters!!
oh since i've grabbed this oppurtunity to ask a question,just want to ask a question which has totally nothing to do with the World Cup or England for that matter....Where can i get hold of Bangladesh Test Cricket Shirt,I've been searching for years now as my nephew has always wanted a collection of all cricket shirts from every counrty and hasn't been able to get that for his collection.

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  • 8.
  • At 01:27 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • 08rooney08 wrote:

has any one this weeks transfere codes

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Surprise, surprise, Chelsea have got a relatively kind fixture list following Mourinho's outburst at the fixtures computer last week.

Christmas fixtures against Wigan (a), Reading (h), Fulham (h) and Aston Villa (a) look about as fearsome as Postman Pat.

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I am surprised that the Beeb and ITV don't have an agreement in place before the tournament as to who will show what (with all the various permutations covered as well).

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  • 11.
  • At 01:40 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Jim wrote:

Perhaps I might get an answer (at last!) to a question which has been bugging me rotten.........

I live in Sweden but am English and if there's one thing that bugs the hell out of me it's Swedish TV 'commentating', and I use the term very loosely. It's diabolical! I used to be able to tune out (haha) but now I speak the language, I can understand the utter banality of what these people say.

So I tried to get good ole Beeb R5 Live on the mac whilst watching the live TV pics. Sometimes this works and I can live with the 1-10 second difference in feeds too.

But in bigger games like the World Cup or even Premiership matches, I get the message that only UK listeners can access the live commentary.

Why?

Thanks in advance. /jim

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  • 12.
  • At 01:49 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Andrew wrote:

Brazil v Japan, why is this dead rubber of a game the featured game on both BBC1 and Radio 5. Surely the 'winner takes all' game between Australia and Croatia is a more important fixture. To the many areas of the UK still without digital coverage, this is a joke.

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  • 13.
  • At 01:59 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Bobby wrote:

I'm surprised BBC are only announcing the first four games. ITV's website are announcing the split for all eight of the games, which gives each broadcaster four games.

This means, whereas BBC get the England game and the Argentina game, and possibly Switzerland v Ukraine; ITV gets Portugal v Holland, a possible Italy/Czech Republic v Australia game, possible Brazil v Italy/Czech/Ghana and possibly Spain v France

The below is taken from www.itv.com/worldcup

ITV announce 2nd Round Games
ITV and BBC have agreed the division of the 2006 FIFA World Cup second round games, to be played from Saturday 24 June to Tuesday 27 June.


ITV's games include the clash between Portugal and Holland, the winner of which would face either England or Ecuador in the quarter-finals.

The division of games is as follows:


Saturday 24 June Germany v Sweden 1600 BST ko BBC


Saturday 24 June Argentina v Mexico 2000 BST ko BBC

Sunday 25 June England v Ecuador 1600 BST ko BBC

Sunday 25 June Portugal v Holland 2000 BST ko ITV

Monday 26 June Winner (E) v Runner-up (F) 1600 BST ko ITV

Monday 26 June Winner (G) v Runner-up (H) 2000 BST ko BBC

Tuesday 27 June Winner (F) v Runner-up (E) 1600 BST ko ITV


Tuesday 27 June Winner (H) v Runner-up (G) 2000 BST ko ITV

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  • 14.
  • At 02:04 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Nick Payne wrote:

I've recovered somewhat from the nerves, depression and angst of Tuesday night.

I'm thinking ahead to Sunday's game and have my own ideas about what should be done.... though it's contraversial:

I'd play a 4-5-1 for the first half. Back four unchanged from last match with Hargreaves in the holding position, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard and Cole in their usual roles and Crouch upfront (allowing Rooney to conserve himself for the second half when everyone else's legs will be tiring and he won't tire due to his for still returning.).

In the second half I'd be far more aggressive on the flanks and switch to the 4-4-2 midfield diamond. I'd pull the trick Sven used against Trinidad and Tobago and sub Carragher for Lennon, dropping Beckham to Right Back as amazingly that seemed to work. I'd bring on Rooney for Lampard and push Gerrard up a bit. The final substitution would depend on ouir performance and what we wanted to achieve. I'd either refresh Hargreaves tiring legs with Carrick or switch Crouch for Walcott as the opposition defence tire.

What do you guys think?

I'm still highly concerned about the ball! I believe if it is hit from ground level it has an uncontrollable urge to levitate wildly. How many shots have we seen drilled above the crossbar? My advice is to aim just a little bit lower than normal when shooting from range.

Regards

Nick

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  • 15.
  • At 02:05 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • keith wrote:

I agree that Australia v Crotia is more important than tonight's Brazil game. If the beeb don't want to show it, why not let ITV1?

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  • At 02:05 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Nick Payne wrote:

I've recovered somewhat from the nerves, depression and angst of Tuesday night.

I'm thinking ahead to Sunday's game and have my own ideas about what should be done.... though it's contraversial:

I'd play a 4-5-1 for the first half. Back four unchanged from last match with Hargreaves in the holding position, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard and Cole in their usual roles and Crouch upfront (allowing Rooney to conserve himself for the second half when everyone else's legs will be tiring and he won't tire due to his for still returning.).

In the second half I'd be far more aggressive on the flanks and switch to the 4-4-2 midfield diamond. I'd pull the trick Sven used against Trinidad and Tobago and sub Carragher for Lennon, dropping Beckham to Right Back as amazingly that seemed to work. I'd bring on Rooney for Lampard and push Gerrard up a bit. The final substitution would depend on ouir performance and what we wanted to achieve. I'd either refresh Hargreaves tiring legs with Carrick or switch Crouch for Walcott as the opposition defence tire.

What do you guys think?

I'm still highly concerned about the ball! I believe if it is hit from ground level it has an uncontrollable urge to levitate wildly. How many shots have we seen drilled above the crossbar? My advice is to aim just a little bit lower than normal when shooting from range.

Regards

Nick

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  • 17.
  • At 02:05 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Charlie Farns-Barns wrote:

Awesome - but who gets the commentary - Motson or Pierce? For those who don't want to wait til Sunday to find out the score, England will win 3-0, and Rooney will be stretchered off after 66 minutes with a suspected broken metatarsal after a cynical foul by de la Cruz, who will therefore be booed at every Villa game until he leaves by mutual agreement in the January transfer window, leaving Crouch to partner Walcott in the QF against Holland. Remember, you read it here first!

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  • 18.
  • At 02:13 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • mike dignam wrote:

Our own highly overpaid bling bling football stars lack any fire or enthusiasm for the game. How refreshing to see some of the newcomers and smaller teams make a mockery of international football. The england squad have absolutely no sense of national pride. They are out of touch with reality and only worry about the kudos of being included in the national side. It doesn't help having the most uninspiring man on the planet as manager either.

Let's face it - England are crap and have somehow muddled their way to the top of the group. I look forward to a humiliating defeat at the hands of Equador

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  • 19.
  • At 02:14 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Jim wrote:

Oh yes - de la Cruz said, and I quote, "The fact he is not totally fit gives us a boost. Perhaps I can give his foot a kick to test it out."

Um........hello.........pre-meditated foul play?!

I hope the referee is made aware of that remark!

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  • 20.
  • At 02:22 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Paul wrote:

Re:Kit Selection

According to the offical world cup site we are the 'home' team, so maybe we had the choice of which kit to wear. When we played Argentina at France '98 I remember they were the 'home' team and decided to wear their away kit. In Japan they were also the 'home' but stuck to their traditional colours, so we wore read.

I remember commentators saying kit selection had to accomodate people viewing the match on black and white t.v. as recently as 1998. Is this still the case?

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  • 21.
  • At 02:23 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Paul wrote:

Re:Kit Selection

According to the offical world cup site we are the 'home' team, so maybe we had the choice of which kit to wear. When we played Argentina at France '98 I remember they were the 'home' team and decided to wear their away kit. In Japan they were also the 'home' but stuck to their traditional colours, so we played in our red strip.

I remember commentators saying kit selection had to accomodate people viewing the match on black and white t.v. as recently as 1998. Is this still the case?

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  • 22.
  • At 02:23 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Monkey wrote:

Excellent, this means ITV have finally posted the times for the Canadian Grand Prix coverage ;)

However, coverage starts at 5pm... do I feel patriotic enough to watch the england match all the way through or do I flick channels at half time? What a dilemma..

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  • 23.
  • At 02:24 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Andy wrote:

I agree that the Australia v Croatia gameis more crucial but it's on BBC3 and a freeview box is about £25 from a supermarket now so it's not too hard to give yourself the choice. Although our BBC3 reception is a bit iffy!


As for the 2nd round split of matches how have the BBC got away with it?! 3 weekend games and a weekday evening kick off leaving ITV with 2 afternoon kick offs in the week where whatever the matches are the viewing will be lower because a lot of people will be at work.

BBC definitely seem to have by far the best of these matches I'd say.

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  • 24.
  • At 02:45 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Joburg Andy wrote:

Every match live on Super Sport here in South Africa!!

Nifty use of the remote control and its all yours!!

Messed up last night when outside of South Africa, one channel showed Ivory Coast vs Serbia and Montenegro, whilst the other channel showed Ivory Costa vs Serbia and Monenegro.

Good job it wasn't the other way around or Africa would still be asleep!!

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  • At 03:00 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Anonymous wrote:

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  • 26.
  • At 03:20 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Ben K wrote:

I have just been at 3 games in the world cup. The atmosphere was something I never imagined it could be. The iranians were almost inline with the english support, countries unified in celebration before and after each game. The photos I have taken convey what it was like, also managed to see Prince William ! See them at www.benspage.co.uk/worldcup

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  • 27.
  • At 03:49 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Andrew wrote:

Andy,

A freeview box where I live is as much use as a chocolate teapot, I believe digital reception is planned for about 2017 - this is my point - why is the Brazil/Japan game the feature on BOTH BBC1 and Radio 5. I will not be able to either watch or listen to the Aussie/Croatia game

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  • 28.
  • At 04:09 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Mike wrote:

Well done BBC at last I do not have to put up with ITV and their damn advert breaks and also rushing the pundits so they can go to some rubbish soap, make sure you get all the rest untill the final.

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  • 29.
  • At 04:15 PM on 22 Jun 2006,
  • Steve wrote:

Andrew - can you not watch the online streaming of the Aussie game, or listen to the sports extra coverage online.

Saying that, I'm sure they said on Radio 5 last night that they'd decided to put the Aussie game on the main channel as there was more riding on the game, and Brazil would be on sports extra.

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It is great news that you could make a schedule with ITV as it was a headache of the fans to watch the knock out matches uninterruptedly. BBC is still in its way to go with the football craze as it will be watching the matches in the website too and radio commentary is also still on Radio Five Live.

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  • 31.
  • At 12:13 AM on 23 Jun 2006,
  • Kenneth Vermudez wrote:

GO SOCCEROOS, WOOOOH!!!!

We made it. Watch out world, we're not finished yet, even though we can't proceed at least to the quarters, Australian Soccer will not give up. We will spearhead the sport and make sure that Australia, we'll be known and be a model for all teams around the globe, who's chances in the World Cup are very slim.

As Sir Winston Churchill said, "We will not surrender."

We will survive. We represent the underdogs of Football, and we will make our mark no matter what.

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  • 32.
  • At 09:40 AM on 23 Jun 2006,
  • Ben Gallop, Editor, BBC Sport Interactive wrote:

The answer to the question posed by Jim in Sweden (comment 11) is that the BBC does not have the rights to stream Five Live commentaries of the World Cup or Premiership overseas. For competitions like this, we sign complex rights agreements with the governing bodies which stipulate that we must only stream within the UK. Sorry about that.

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  • 33.
  • At 03:29 PM on 23 Jun 2006,
  • Andreas wrote:

German tabloid BILD-Zeitung claims Sven Göran Eriksson had threatened Beckham to remain on the bench on Sunday should he not finally start to perform as expected...

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  • 34.
  • At 10:00 PM on 24 Jun 2006,
  • Nick Fyfe wrote:

Come on England! Lets wear the white kit with pride and do it for all the boys (and girls) back home. Lets just hope it not too hot for the boys...

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  • 35.
  • At 11:35 AM on 25 Jun 2006,
  • sean wrote:

What colour kit are england wearing against Equador today???

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  • 36.
  • At 12:11 PM on 28 Jun 2006,
  • David wrote:

What colour will England be wearing against Portugal on Saturday? Can anyone help or tell me where I can find out?

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  • 37.
  • At 09:13 PM on 05 Jul 2006,
  • gary wrote:

Talking about the kits in the world cup, why are teams not wearing there famous kits?
Brazil only wore there full home kit once, i think as football fans we like to see the famous brazil in there traditional colours dont we?

And how many teams are wearing all one colour kits, how dull is that. And whats worse is that many of them are wearing all white, is this wimbledon or the world cup?

FiFA seem to have taken all the colour out of the world cup by making sure teams play in bland kits.

3 of the semi finalists have played in kits that are not there first choice, whats going on here?

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  • 38.
  • At 09:13 PM on 05 Jul 2006,
  • gary wrote:

Talking about the kits in the world cup, why are teams not wearing there famous kits?
Brazil only wore there full home kit once, i think as football fans we like to see the famous brazil in there traditional colours dont we?

And how many teams are wearing all one colour kits, how dull is that. And whats worse is that many of them are wearing all white, is this wimbledon or the world cup?

FiFA seem to have taken all the colour out of the world cup by making sure teams play in bland kits.

3 of the semi finalists have played in kits that are not there first choice, whats going on here?

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