Premiership football highlights
return to the BBC this August, and Match of the Day will be back
on BBC ONE on Saturday nights with the pick of the day's action.
As well as the return of Match of the Day, theres
also Match of the Day 2 new for Sunday nights on BBC TWO, a re-vamped
Football Focus, and a brand new interactive score service Score
Interactive throughout the afternoon for digital viewers.
Match of the Day
It's all about the football
Celebrating its 40th year on BBC Television, Match of
the Day will be live on Saturday nights from 14 August with comprehensive
highlights and analysis of the English Premiership.
Gary Lineker is joined by pundits Alan Hansen,
Mark Lawrenson and Peter Schmeichel and a range of special
guests within a brand new studio.
For the first time, Match of the Day is sending a commentator
to every match, and will include highlights of every match within the
programme not just the goals.
Match of the Day commentators for the new season include:
John Motson, Barry Davies, Steve Wilson, Jonathan
Pearce, Simon Brotherton, Guy Mowbray, John Roder,
Tony Gubba and Ian Gwyn Hughes.
As well as the Premiership, Match of the Day will also
have live coverage of all England home World Cup qualifiers as well
as England friendlies, and three live FA Cup games from the third round
Match of the Day is live at 10.30pm, BBC ONE, on Saturday
For younger football fans, the programme is repeated
every Sunday morning on BBC ONE with a special feature for children
Match of the Day 2
The last word on the Premiership weekend
Adrian Chiles presents Match of the Day 2, a
new programme for Sunday evenings on BBC TWO at 10.00pm.
As well as comprehensive highlights from Sunday's games
Match of the Day 2 will wrap up all the weekend's Premiership games,
taking in all the incidents, talking points and controversy.
Joining Adrian will be a range of pundits from the world
of football, including the likes of Gordon Strachan and Tony
Adams, to analyse the action.
Presented by Ray Stubbs, Final Score returns
to our screens on 7 August. And in addition, from September Ray Stubbs
presents Score Interactive.
All the scores from all the divisions, as they
Score Interactive is a new live scores and results service
on BBCi available to all digital television viewers.
Score Interactive will run throughout the afternoon
on BBCi, returning to BBC ONE for half-time scores and Final Score at
4.30pm and then continuing on BBCi until 6.00pm for further analysis
of the results.
Analysing the scores with Ray Stubbs will be
guests including Gary Pallister and Gavin Peacock.
Digital viewers* can access Score Interactive by pressing
the red button on their remote control on any BBC channel and selecting
Score i from the list of features.
*Digital television can be accessed through DSat (eg.
Sky, Freesat), DCable, or Freeview services.
Previewing the weekend's football action, and
Football Focus returns to BBC ONE for the new football
season, beginning Saturday 7 August at 12.10pm.
Hosted by new presenter Manish Bhasin, with guests
including Mark Lawrenson and Gordon Strachan, Football
Focus previews the weekend's games across the English and Scottish leagues.
Features for the new season include Cult Heroes,
a search for the nation's favourite footballing cult heroes whether
they had cheeky charisma or a certain sartorial style.
Full details are available at bbc.co.uk/footballfocus.
Match of the Day at 40
Celebrating 40 years of Match of the Day
Match of the Day celebrates 40 years as football's flagship
programme this year.
Combining classic action and cherished memories Match
of the Day at 40 (Sunday 8 August, BBC ONE, 10.15pm) discovers how Match
of the Day became a national treasure, and the country's main access
to the national sport.
In this celebration of the show, the great and good
from the football world, together with true fans, reminisce about the
programme's prominent place in British TV football.
Topics up for discussion include the famous theme tune,
how football managers used MOTD as a training tool, a look at the different
presenters, why comedians have always targeted MOTD, and much more.
Guests include Gary Lineker, Des Lynam,
Jimmy Hill, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Arsene
Wenger, George Best, Brian Clough, Ian Wright,
Sir Bobby Robson, Delia Smith and Noel Gallagher.
The nation's most popular sports website
From the latest transfer stories, to analysis of tactical
formations, it's all at bbc.co.uk/football.
The nation's favourite sport website includes homepages
for every English and Scottish club, as well as comprehensive coverage
of international and women's football.
In addition to all the latest news, scores and breaking
stories, highlights for the 2004/5 season include:
weekly columns written by Match of the Day experts Alan
Hansen and Mark Lawrenson;
an interactive 'squad selector' tool for all Premiership
clubs, allowing users to pick their favourite XI;
live Premiership commentary from Five Live;
the UK's biggest online football community at the 606
video masterclasses from the top Premiership players
on the BBC Sport Academy site bbc.co.uk/sportacademy.