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BBC Sport's World Cup coverage
The BBC will be the place to follow this year's World Cup, for live coverage and all the atmosphere around the biggest sporting event of 2006.

Whether you watch on TV and via your red button at home or on big screens, listen to the radio, log on to the internet, or catch up through your mobile phone, we'll be the place to do it when it comes to the World Cup.

With star pundits, technological innovation and other exciting features and programmes, BBC Sport will bring you the very best coverage.


Match of the Day presenter and former England captain Gary Lineker will host coverage live from Germany accompanied by an A-list of pundits.

Regular studio analyst Alan Hansen will be joined by former England internationals Alan Shearer, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.

World Cup winners Leonardo (victorious with Brazil in 1994) and Marcel Desailly (France in 1998) join the team, which also features Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Gordon Strachan among others.

John Motson and Jonathan Pearce lead the BBC's commentary team while Ray Stubbs and Adrian Chiles will front the highlights shows.


Viewers with digital TV will have access to a number of extra interactive options and pressing the red button will offer two main services - Live Match and Replay.

Live match coverage on interactive will be extended beyond BBC One transmission to allow for extra post-match analysis and there is the option to replay earlier matches in full.

Between match broadcasts there will be 15-minute match edits; an England channel, with interviews and news conferences and a round-up of the best goals.


BBC Radio Five Live and its digital sister station Five Live Sports Extra will have live match commentaries and analysis.

Programmes across the daily schedule, including Breakfast, Derbyshire, Mayo and Drive, will come from Germany.

Mark Pougatch and Mark Saggers will present coverage of the games with Five Live's award-winning commentators and a host of big-name analysts guiding listeners through each match.


There will be several new exciting features on our dedicated website for the tournament, as well as comprehensive news, live coverage and enhanced statistics.

UK users will be able to watch all the BBC's games live on the website, which will also feature audio streams from Radio Five Live and minute-by-minute written reports on all matches.

And website and mobile phone users along with TV viewers will be able to give their own Player ratings for each match, while the very popular Mini Motty, the desktop news pop-up of John Motson, returns.

Also returning, but improved for 2006, is Virtual Replay, the 3D-style recreations of key moments from every match and you can take part in World Cup Daq and win prizes.

There will also be a dedicated site on our WAP service for mobile phone users, and up-to-the-minute news and information on Ceefax and digital TV text.


The BBC will show the games it is covering at big screens across the United Kingdom, with venues including Birmingham, Hull, Leeds and Manchester.

Radio Five Live will also operate a number of mobile, truck-mounted screens travelling to a wide range of locations and communities.

And there will be a number of programmes with special World Cup features, including Blue Peter and the documentary series World Cup Stories.


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