World Cup 2014

Details of BBC coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup across TV, radio and online

The 2014 FIFA World Cup on BBC Television

Date: 07.05.2014     Last updated: 07.05.2014 at 10.37
Presenting from the FIFA studio with a backdrop of Rio de Janiero’s famous Copacabana Beach, Gary Lineker leads a stellar team of pundits, commentators and reporters who will take audiences to the heart of all the action, with 31 live games on 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.

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Presenters/Pundits

Presenters

Gary Lineker

Dan Walker

Mark Chapman

England Camp presenter

Gabby Logan

Roving Reporter

Jason Mohammad

Studio Experts

Alan Shearer

Alan Hansen

Rio Ferdinand

Thierry Henry

Clarence Seedorf

Danny Murphy

Phil Neville

Neil Lennon

Robbie Savage

Commentators

Guy Mowbray

Steve Wilson

Jonathan Pearce

Simon Brotherton

Steve Bower

Co-commentary

Mark Lawrenson

Martin Keown

Kevin Kilbane

Phil Neville

Danny Murphy

Robbie Savage

UK

John Motson

Group matches

Date

Time

 

Match

 Date

 Time

 

 Match

12 June

9pm

ITV

Brazil v Croatia

21 June

8pm

BBC

Germany v Ghana

13 June

5pm

ITV

Mexico v Cameroon

 

5pm

ITV

Argentina v Iran

 

8pm

BBC

Spain v Netherlands

 

11pm

BBC

Nigeria v Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

11pm

ITV

Chile v Australia

22 June

5pm

BBC

Belgium v Russia

14 June

5pm

BBC

Colombia v Greece

 

11pm

BBC

USA v Portugal

 

8pm

ITV

Uruguay v Costa Rica

 

8pm

ITV

South Korea v Algeria

 

11pm

BBC

England v Italy

23 June

9pm

ITV

Cameroon v Brazil

 

2am

ITV

Ivory Coast v Japan

 

9pm

ITV

Croatia v Mexico

15 June

5pm

ITV

Switzerland v Ecuador

 

5pm

ITV

Australia v Spain

 

8pm

BBC

France v Honduras

 

5pm

ITV

Holland v Chile

 

11pm

BBC

Argentina v Bosnia

& Herzegovina

24 June

9pm

BBC

Japan v Colombia

16 June

5pm

ITV

Germany v Portugal

 

9pm

BBC

Greece v Ivory Coast

 

8pm

BBC

Iran v Nigeria

 

5pm

ITV

England v Costa Rica

 

11pm

BBC

Ghana v USA

 

5pm

ITV

Italy v Uruguay

17 June

8pm

BBC

Brazil v Mexico

25 June

9pm

BBC

Ecuador v France

 

5pm

ITV

Belgium v Algeria

 

9pm

BBC

Honduras v Switzerland

 

11pm

BBC

Russia v South Korea

 

5pm

ITV

Nigeria v Argentina

18 June

11pm

ITV

Cameroon v Croatia

 

5pm

ITV

Bosnia & Herzegovina v Iran

 

5pm

ITV

Australia v Holland

26 June

9pm

ITV

South Korea v Belgium

 

8pm

BBC

Spain v Chile

 

9pm

ITV

Algeria v Russia

19 June

5pm

BBC

Columbia v Ivory Coast

 

5pm

BBC

USA v Germany

 

11pm

BBC

Japan v Greece

 

5pm

BBC

Portugal v Ghana

 

8pm

ITV

England v Uruguay

 

 

 

 

20 June

8pm

ITV

France v Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

5pm

BBC

Italy v Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

11pm

ITV

Honduras v Ecuador

 

 

 

 

Matches in the group stages are split with ITV. During the knockout stages the split of the games will depend on England’s progression. In all scenarios the BBC will take the first pick of the round of 16, ITV the first pick of the quarter-final matches and the BBC will take first pick of the semi-finals. Both the BBC and ITV will show the World Cup final live.

All broadcast details are subject to change.