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World Cup 2010 on the BBC: introduction

(L-R) Alan Hansen, Gary Linekar and Alan Shearer head the presenting team for the 2010 Fifa World Cup

The BBC has confirmed its squad for the 2010 Fifa World Cup across TV, radio and online.

Joining the team for the 2010 World Cup are:

Jurgen Klinsmann was a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990. He also captained Germany to the Euro 1996 title in England. His glittering career saw him win 108 caps for Germany scoring 11 goals in 17 World Cup matches. As coach, he led his national side to third place on home soil at the 2006 World Cup.

Clarence Seedorf is the only player to have won the Champions League with three different clubs. Seedorf has played under several coaches who will be leading countries at the World Cup, including England's Fabio Capello, Ivory Coast's Sven-Goran Eriksson and Italy's Marcelo Lippi.

Emmanuel Adebayor is a former African Footballer of the Year who has played at the highest level of international football with Togo at the 2006 World Cup. Adebayor made his international debut aged 16 in July 2000. He was the top scorer in the African qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup with 11 goals and played in all three of Togo's matches at the finals in Germany.

Match Of The Day presenter and former England captain Gary Lineker leads the BBC TV team. He will present coverage of 2010 World Cup matches live from the BBC's studio in Cape Town. Joining Gary in the studio will be Alan Hansen and former England internationals Alan Shearer and Lee Dixon. Gordon Strachan also returns as part of the World Cup TV team to give his unique take on the tournament's main talking points.

Match commentators are Guy Mowbray, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Wilson, Simon Brotherton and Steve Bower, with co-commentary from Mark Lawrenson, Mark Bright, Mick McCarthy and Martin Keown.

Colin Murray will present the BBC Two World Cup highlights show at 10pm and has also been announced as the new presenter of Match Of The Day 2. An avid sports fan, Colin currently presents the sports-based BBC Radio 5 Live show Fighting Talk.

Bringing viewers all the latest news from the England camp will be Gabby Logan. As well as relaying regular updates from the England base, she will also report pitch-side from all of their games.

Once again BBC Radio 5 Live will have comprehensive coverage of the World Cup with over 250 hours of programming across the 2010 tournament.

In addition to extensive live commentary across 5 Live and its sister station, 5 Live Sports Extra, there are a host of special programmes coming live from South Africa, plus news and reports throughout the day and night on all the latest events and stories from the tournament. Mark Pougatch will present commentary of the matches from venues throughout South Africa with 5 Live's award-winning commentators guiding listeners through each match whilst a top team of pundits, including Graham Taylor, Robbie Savage, Chris Waddle, David Moyes and Danny Mills, provide expert analysis.

To capture the full effect of the 2010 World Cup on the people of South Africa, the BBC is getting out and about across the length and breadth of the country, travelling from Cape Town at the start of the tournament to Johannesburg for the final in a double-decker bus.

Reporting from onboard the bus will be TV's Dan Walker and Rob Walker and 5 Live's Colin Paterson, who will bring viewers in the UK a real flavour of South Africa as a country and the impact the World Cup has had on it. The bus will visit a diverse selection of places along its 6,000km journey – from townships and social projects to sites of cultural and historic significance.

In a technology first for the BBC's World Cup coverage, Libero, a 3D matrix-style device, will be used to enhance their analysis. Libero is an advanced and sophisticated analysis system that can generate virtual camera images allowing unprecedented insight into the game's talking points.

BBC Sport's dedicated World Cup website – – will provide a one-stop shop for the live World Cup experience this summer, covering every kick of the tournament in South Africa.

For the first time on the BBC Sport website, football action will be available in high-quality video. All the BBC's televised matches will be available to stream live in high-quality video, with a choice of alternative commentary options including Radio 5 Live (Note: audio and video available to UK users only). Video highlights of non-BBC broadcast matches will also be available.

It will also be packed full of news, features, reports, highlights, information, blogs, video diaries, podcasts, archive video, statistics and an innovative interactive wall-chart.

Football fans can also put across their views with the popular live text commentary that allows them to contribute to proceedings with their thoughts and messages via email, text and social media.

And there's more opportunity for interaction through the blogs on the site by the BBC's reporters and experts. Users will also be encouraged to send in photos of themselves with World Cup footballers to try to make a picture squad of all the players.

Viewers with BBC Red Button will have access to 100 hours coverage including live games, rolling highlights and alternative commentary options. End-of-group matches will be streamed concurrently on BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website.

There'll also be access to all the latest news and a dedicated England channel, updated daily, with reports and information on Fabio Capello's men in Rustenberg. In addition, viewers can whet their appetite with preview content, including virtually every nation's qualifying campaign and classic archive from previous World Cups.

Full replays of all BBC games will be available on BBC iPlayer for seven days after the game. In addition, the BBC HD Channel will show extensive coverage of the 2010 World Cup, bringing stunning high definition images of all the action from South Africa.


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