BBC Sport to broadcast classic World Cup matches ‘live’ online

With the end of the football season drawing near, this is a great way to bring fans together again and to start getting excited about this year’s World Cup.Ben Gallop, Head, BBC Sport Interactive
Date: 02.05.2014     Last updated: 02.05.2014 at 09.21
BBC Sport has today announced BBC World Cup Rewind, which will deliver full ‘live’ digital coverage of the home nations’ greatest World Cup matches to audiences in the run-up to this summer’s tournament.

Using the BBC’s innovative live technology, audiences will be able to watch or relive classic moments as though they’re unfolding for the first time, including the 1966 World Cup final, Archie Gemmill’s wonder goal in 1978, the ‘Hand of God’ in 1986, Gazza’s tears in 1990, and Gerry Armstrong stunning Spain in 1982.

These matches will be replayed in full and will be given the BBC’s full live treatment, including ‘live’ video, text commentary and contributions from special guests with unique perspectives on the action, such as Gary Lineker.

All matches will be available to watch across four screens – PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV – from bbc.co.uk/worldcup or through the BBC Sport apps for mobiles, tablets and connected TVs.

The full schedule includes: 

  • Friday 30 May, 12pm: England v West Germany, 1966 final
  • Saturday 31 May, 3pm: Scotland v The Netherlands, 1978 group match
  • Wednesday 4 June, 12pm: England v Argentina, 1986 quarter-final
  • Saturday 7 June, 3pm: England v Germany, 1990 semi-final
  • Sunday 8 June, 3pm: Spain v Northern Ireland, 1982 group match 

The BBC’s live offering builds on that used to deliver London 2012 and a range of events, audience data and feedback since then. This enables the BBC to bring audiences closer to the live events they love across mobile, tablet, laptop and connected TV, with a seamless live experience, the best content from across the BBC and innovative new features. 

Ben Gallop, Head of BBC Sport Interactive, says: “With the end of the football season drawing near, this is a great way to bring fans together again and to start getting excited about this year’s World Cup. We’ve had some fantastic moments over the years, as well as some painful ones, and we’re looking forward to giving the country a way of experience those highs and lows like never before - with full, modern, digital coverage.”

DT