FIFA World Cup 2018

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Date: 15.05.2018     Last updated: 15.05.2018 at 11.00
A team of correspondents, led by BBC Sport Editor Dan Roan, will be following England every step of the way, as well as bringing the whole tournament to tens of millions of viewers and listeners via BBC News’s domestic and international programmes.

They will be reporting around the clock from all over Russia, bringing the very latest from the managers, players and fans, from the first kick off until the final whistle.

Our World Service football reporters, Steve Crossman and John Bennett, will be in Russia, with Steve based in Moscow and John travelling to venue cities such as Kaliningrad, Samara and St Petersburg, focusing initially on the five African teams that have qualified. Mani Djazmi presents five editions of World Football from locations across Russia throughout the tournament. And Lee James hosts Sportsworld over the opening two weekends of the tournament, from our broadcast position in the lively heart of Moscow.

Olly Foster presents Sport Bulletins for the News Channel and BBC World News from our broadcast position in the centre of Moscow throughout the competition. He will bring the key stories, results and action to viewers in the UK and across the World.

Seven World Service language services are in Russia for the tournament - BBC Arabic; BBC Persian; BBC Africa (English); BBC Brasil; BBC Hausa; BBC Afrique and of course BBC Russian. There is not a host city that the language services won’t be in. Arabic, Persian and BBC Africa will be providing television coverage as well as radio and online, with daily TV updates and dedicated World Cup bulletins. But the language services won’t just be reporting on the players and coaches - the key to this World Cup is the stories around it - of the fans, of the spectacle, and of Russia itself - and those stories will be being told in more ways than ever before.

Soccer Stories discovers the personal stories behind some of the World Cup’s biggest stars. The programme will travel to Egypt, France and Argentina to uncover the football beginnings of this summer’s key players. Featuring interviews with the family, friends and coaches who know them best, tracing back to their roots and their early days as promising talents, this series looks at those players who continue to be the most talked about on the planet. Soccer Stories will air on BBC World News at 1.30am and 8.30am (GMT) on Saturday 2 June and Saturday 9 June, at 2.30am and 8.30pm (GMT) on Sundays 3 June and Sunday 10 June, and at 9.30am (GMT) on Tuesday 5 June and Tuesday 12 June.

Football Focus Special will be presented by Dan Walker and Alex Scott from the BBC studio in Red Square, Moscow. Join the fun and excitement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with a mixture of match analysis, fan reaction as well as player and team profiles.

Sport Today will be on location in Russia with reporters from both the UK and the Moscow bureau bringing audiences a wealth of coverage. This will include live reporting capturing the latest news, results and atmosphere, and interviews and analysis with pundits and former players, with a range of global perspectives to cover the fortunes of all nations in the competition. Sport Today will air on BBC World News at 7.30pm (GMT) Monday to Thursday, at 11.15am, 1.15pm and 6.15pm GMT on Saturdays and 1.15pm and 6.15pm (GMT) on Sundays.

World Sportsday will have a new fresh look and will be a longer show during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, going into more depth on stories with a range of guests, more features and a look at the way social media is covering the competition. World Sportsday will air on BBC World News at 6.30pm (GMT) on Fridays. will provide breaking news, interactive features and a wealth of digital content. Fans can share in all the excitement at, through the BBC Sport website and app for mobiles and tablets, from catching up on the day’s events and joining in the match-day build-up to following the live text commentary.