FIFA World Cup 2018

24/7 World Cup action across TV, radio and digital

History will be made at this summer’s World Cup and the BBC is there every step of the way to make sure audiences don’t miss a thing.Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport
Date: 15.05.2018     Last updated: 15.05.2018 at 11.00
The BBC is the only destination for 24/7 coverage of football’s greatest tournament this summer as the best players from across the globe descend on Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
  • The BBC is your only destination for 24/7 World Cup action across TV, radio and digital
  • England’s opening two games and possible quarter-final will be live and exclusive on the BBC
  • Unrivalled line-up of England experts, featuring; Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas and Alex Scott
  • World Cup winners amongst international studio guests, including; Jurgen Klinsmann, Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta
  • Huge opening weekend, featuring Spain v Portugal and Germany v Mexico, will see world football’s biggest names on the BBC
  • Comprehensive coverage bringing unmissable World Cup 2018 action across TV, radio, BBC Sport online and BBC iPlayer
  • Live from every game - Mark Chapman and Kelly Cates lead Radio 5 live coverage

An enviable talent line-up, including World Cup winners and some of the most relevant and experienced players to have appeared in the international game will be on hand to deliver first-class analysis, insight, commentary, news and reports across all of the BBC’s platforms.

Leading the TV coverage is Gary Lineker who will be joined in the studio by former England stars Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Phil Neville, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Danny Murphy and Martin Keown. With over 600 appearances for their country and 125 goals between them, no one is better placed to offer expert opinion throughout the tournament.

A huge opening weekend on the BBC features Egypt v Uruguay, Spain v Portugal, Germany v Mexico and France v Australia. Audiences will get a first look at Mohammed Salah, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Paul Pogba and defending champions Germany as they set the tone for what is sure to be a thrilling tournament. All of this is before Monday, June 18 where group rivals Belgium take on Panama ahead of the game the nation will be waiting for: Tunisia v England.

Bringing international experience to the studio are some of the best players to have graced the world stage, including; former Germany striker and 1990 World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann, Ivory Coast’s all-time leading goal scorer Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta, who starred for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

Gabby Logan will deliver all of the updates, news and interviews from the England camp and games as the BBC’s dedicated Three Lions presenter during the competition. Dan Walker is also in Russia presenting at BBC’s live games, highlight shows and Football Focus specials.

BBC Sport’s digital service brings live HD video coverage of all BBC matches - featuring additional commentary and camera angles - news and analysis, as well as video highlights for every game and goal available at the final whistle. And viewers can go back ‘live’ with BBC Rewind to watch England face current group opponents Belgium and Tunisia in the 1990 and 1998 World Cups, respectively. Audiences can also personalise their experience - as well as rate the players’ performance in every match of the tournament - to receive all the latest news results and video highlights through My Sport - available online and on mobile devices.

Live from every single game, the Radio 5 live team, led by Mark Chapman and Kelly Cates, will cover the on-field action and bring tournament news as it happens. Robbie Savage presents a weekday World Cup Breakfast Show for the network and Caroline Barker follows England’s journey throughout the World Cup offering listeners’ insight into the Three Lions’ camp. Co-commentary is provided by former internationals Chris Waddle, Terry Butcher, Dion Dublin, Chris Sutton and Pat Nevin.

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says: “The BBC prides itself on being the home of big sporting events and we are committed to delivering the best all round coverage across TV, radio and digital of the World Cup 2018. This event deserves expert comment, analysis and insight and our unrivalled line up of presenters, pundits and commentators are sure to engage viewers and listeners as excitement builds throughout the tournament. The opening set of fixtures on the BBC brings an impressive cast of world talent as we head towards England’s first game. History will be made at this summer’s World Cup and the BBC is there every step of the way to make sure audiences don’t miss a thing.”

From the World Cup preview on June 14 through to the final on July 15, 33 games are live on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four and streamed on BBC Sport online and BBC iPlayer, including England’s opening two group games against Tunisia (June 18) and Panama (June 24) - a ground-breaking moment for the BBC who have never before shown England’s first two games in a World Cup exclusively live. Highlights of our non-live games will be available on BBC One and selected games will be replayed on BBC Two throughout the tournament. There will also be comprehensive live coverage from every World Cup game on Radio 5 live.

BBC Sport’s social media channels will keep our 30 million fans in touch with unmissable content, news and action. Throughout the tournament, in-match updates and breaking news will be available on Twitter, highlights from every game on YouTube, daily World Cup stories available on Snapchat, a mixture of news and video action on Facebook, plus former England star and Arsenal Women player Alex Scott will host a series of Instagram stories ensuring audiences never miss a moment of what’s happening both on and off the pitch.

On the eve of the Three Lions’ opening game, audiences can tune into BBC Two on Sunday, June 17 for Managing England: The Impossible Job and hear from England managers and decision makers who explain the unique role of being the manager - the pressures, prestige, glory and heartache that comes with having the hopes of the nation resting on their shoulders.

Guaranteed to whet appetites, the BBC’s marketing campaign launches at half time of the FA Cup final on Saturday, May 19 live on BBC One. Taking a look at some of the greatest historical moments of the World Cup the new trailer uses a unique animation technique which incorporates nearly 700 individual pieces of tapestry to create the final film.

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