World Cup 1994

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The biggest prize in world football came to the United States of America for the first time in 1994. The game of soccer had never really caught on over there to mass appeal, despite previous attempts with the likes of Pele and George Best playing in the NASL. A condition of FIFA awarding the World Cup to the USA was that they launched a new professional league; which came about in the shape of MLS in 1996. The ’94 tournament would be remembered for Roger Milla becoming the oldest goalscorer at the age of 42 for Cameroon. Diego Maradona was sent home in disgrace after failing a drugs test. Huge temperatures required water pouches to be thrown in during breaks in play. The tragic murder of Colombian Andres Escobar shortly after his team were knocked out. Brazil’s first triumph since the great 1970 side. Greater emphasis was placed on the win, going from two points to three points awarded in the group stage. And with no English representation thanks to a dismal qualification campaign, documented in The Impossible Job film with Graham Taylor, British attention turned to the Republic of Ireland managed by 1966 hero Jack Charlton. The enormous stadiums were full to the brim, gaining record attendances and averaging almost 70,000 spectators per match. Here, relive the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Click on the links for in-depth information about the broadcasters and see below for a full list of the matches.

Blog #1; World Cup 1994 on the BBC

Blog #2; World Cup 1994 on ITV

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BBC and ITV shared Live coverage of the tournament, with the BBC’s efforts coming from Television Centre in London (other than the Final), whilst ITV based themselves over at the International Broadcast Centre in Dallas for the duration. Not all matches were shown Live, with the majority of those not covered by the terrestrial channels picked up by satellite broadcaster Eurosport. Here are as many details about the personnel and programming involved as I have managed to obtain thus far. It starts here!

 

Day 1; Friday 17th June
Germany 1-0 Bolivia, 8pm – 7-9pm BBC One, switching to BBC Two 9-10pm BBC One Logo
Des Lynam presented from the studio in London with Jimmy Hill & Terry Venables. Commentary by Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking

ITV LogoSpain 2-2 South Korea, 12.30am – 11.10pm-2.30am
Matthew Lorenzo presented from the IBC in Dallas. Commentary by Alan Parry & Trevor Francis

Day 2; Saturday 18th June
BBC One LogoUSA 1-1 Switzerland, 4.30pm – 4.20-6.30pm
Bob Wilson presented in London as part of Grandstand with Alan Hansen & Steve Coppell. Commentary by John Motson & Chris Waddle

ITV LogoRepublic of Ireland 1-0 Italy, 9pm – 8.50-11.05pm
Matthew Lorenzo with Ray Wilkins & Denis Law. Commentary by Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson. Gary Newbon reported

BBC One LogoColombia 1-3 Romania, 12.30am – 11.45pm-2.30am
Bob Wilson with Alan Hansen & Steve Coppell. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & John Fashanu

Day 3; Sunday 19th June
Related imageBelgium 1-0 Morocco, 5.30pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV but was on Eurosport

Related imageNorway 1-0 Mexico, 9pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport did with commentary by Archie MacPherson & Ray Clemence

BBC One LogoCameroon 2-2 Sweden, 12.30am – 11.40pm-2.30am
Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & John Fashanu

Day 4; Monday 20th June
BBC One LogoBrazil 2-0 Russia, 9pm – 8.30-11pm on BBC Two
Bob Wilson with Jimmy Hill & Terry Venables. Commentary by John Motson & Trevor Brooking

ITV LogoNetherlands 2-1 Saudi Arabia, 12.30am – 11.40pm-2.30am
Matthew Lorenzo with Denis Law. Commentary by Brian Moore & Trevor Francis

Day 5; Tuesday 21st June
Related imageArgentina 4-0 Greece, 5.30pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport did with commentary by Archie MacPherson & Ray Clemence

ITV LogoGermany 1-1 Spain, 9pm – 8.30-11.15pm
Commentary by Alan Parry & Ron Atkinson

BBC One LogoNigeria 3-0 Bulgaria, 12.30am – 11.25pm-2.30am
Bob Wilson with David O’Leary & Steve Coppell. Commentary by Barry Davies & John Fashanu

Day 6; Wednesday 22nd June
Related imageSwitzerland 4-1 Romania, 9pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport did with commentary by Archie MacPherson & Ray Clemence

ITV LogoUSA 2-1 Colombia, 12.30am – 10.40pm-3.30am
Part of a midweek night of sport including boxing highlights, presented by Matthew Lorenzo with Ray Wilkins. Commentary by John Helm & Denis Law

Day 7; Thursday 23rd June
BBC One LogoItaly 1-0 Norway, 9pm – 9-11pm on BBC Two
Bob Wilson with Gary Lineker & David O’Leary. Commentary by John Motson & Liam Brady. With studio appearances by David Baddiel & Frank Skinner

ITV LogoBolivia 0-0 South Korea, 12.30am – 11.55pm-2.30am
Commentary by Peter Brackley & Trevor Francis

Day 8; Friday 24th June
ITV LogoRepublic of Ireland 1-2 Mexico, 5.30pm – 5.15-7.30pm
Matthew Lorenzo with Don Howe. Commentary by Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson

BBC One LogoBrazil 3-0 Cameroon, 9pm – 8.30-11pm on BBC Two
Des Lynam with Terry Venables, David O’Leary & Jimmy Hill. Commentary by Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking

ITV LogoRussia 1-3 Sweden, 12.30am – 11.40pm-2.30am
Commentary by Peter Brackley & Trevor Francis

Day 9; Saturday 25th June
ITV LogoBelgium 1-0 Netherlands, 5.30pm – 5.15-7.45pm
Commentary by Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson

Related imageMorocco 1-2 Saudi Arabia, 5.30pm
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport had commentary by David Smith

BBC One LogoArgentina 2-1 Nigeria, 9pm – 8.40-11pm
Bob Wilson with Terry Venables & Alan Hansen. Commentary by John Motson & John Fashanu

Day 10; Sunday 26th June
Related imageGreece 0-4 Bulgaria, 5.30pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport did with commentary by Archie MacPherson & Ray Clemence

ITV LogoUSA 1-0 Romania, 9pm – 10-11pm
ITV only broadcast the 2nd half Live. Commentary by John Helm & Don Howe

Switzerland 0-2 Colombia, 9pm
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV

Day 11; Monday 27th June
BBC One LogoGermany 3-2 South Korea, 9pm – 8.30-11pm on BBC Two [Coverage actually joined at 9.30pm due to overrunning Live Tennis]
Bob Wilson with Gary Lineker & Alan Hansen. Commentary by Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking

Related imageBolivia 1-3 Spain, 9pm – 7.15-10.30pm (Also live on ITV Wales)
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport did with commentary by Archie MacPherson & Ray Clemence

Day 12; Tuesday 28th June
BBC One LogoRepublic of Ireland 0-0 Norway, 5.30pm – 5.25-7.35pm
Des Lynam with Terry Venables & David O’Leary. Commentary by John Motson & Liam Brady

Related imageItaly 1-1 Mexico, 5.30pm
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV but was on Eurosport

ITV LogoBrazil 1-1 Sweden, 9pm – 8.30-11.15pm
Commentary by Brian Moore & Trevor Francis

Related imageRussia 6-1 Cameroon, 9pm
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport had commentary by Angus Loughran. A highlights show was on BBC

Day 13; Wednesday 29th June
Related imageBelgium 0-1 Saudi Arabia, 5.30pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport had commentary by Archie MacPherson. A highlights show was on ITV

Morocco 1-2 Netherlands, 5.30pm
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV

Day 14; Thursday 30th June
BBC One LogoArgentina 0-2 Bulgaria, 12.30am – 12-2.30am
Bob Wilson with David O’Leary & Alan Hansen. Commentary by Barry Davies & John Fashanu. With studio appearances by David Baddiel & Frank Skinner

Related imageGreece 0-2 Nigeria, 12.30am
This clashing match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport had commentary by Angus Loughran

KNOCKOUT STAGES – LAST 16
Saturday 2nd July
BBC One LogoGermany 3-2 Belgium, 6pm – 5.55-8pm
Commentary by Barry Davies & Chris Waddle

ITV LogoSpain 3-0 Switzerland, 9.30pm – 9-11.30pm
Commentary by John Helm & Ron Atkinson

Sunday 3rd July
ITV LogoSweden 3-1 Saudi Arabia, 6pm – 5.30-8pm
Commentary by Alan Parry & Kevin Keegan

BBC One LogoRomania 3-2 Argentina, 9.30pm – 9.20-11.30pm
Commentary by John Motson & Trevor Brooking

Monday 4th July
BBC One LogoRepublic of Ireland 0-2 Netherlands, 5pm – 4.50-7pm
Des Lynam with Jimmy Hill & Terry Venables. Commentary by Barry Davies & Liam Brady

ITV LogoUSA 0-1 Brazil, 8.30pm – 8-10.30pm
Matthew Lorenzo with Ray Wilkins & Denis Law. Commentary by Alan Parry & Kevin Keegan. Gabriel Clarke reported

Tuesday 5th July
ITV LogoItaly 1-1 Nigeria (2-1 AET), 6pm – 5.50-8pm [Extended to approx 8.30pm due to Extra Time]
Commentary by Peter Brackley & Ron Atkinson

BBC One LogoBulgaria 1-1 Mexico (AET, 3-1 on pens), 9.30pm – 9.25-11.35pm [Extended to 12.25am due to penalties]
Commentary by John Motson & Trevor Brooking

QUARTER FINALS
Saturday 9th July
ITV LogoItaly 2-1 Spain, 5.05pm – 4.45-7pm
Matthew Lorenzo with Denis Law & Jack Charlton. Commentary by Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson. Gary Newbon reported

BBC One LogoBrazil 3-2 Netherlands, 8.30pm – 8.25-10.35pm
Des Lynam with Alan Hansen & Jimmy Hill. Commentary by Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking

Sunday 10th July
BBC One LogoBulgaria 2-1 Germany, 5pm – 4.50-7pm
Des Lynam with Alan Hansen & Terry Venables. Commentary by John Motson & Liam Brady. Highlights show appearances by David Baddiel & Frank Skinner

ITV LogoSweden 1-1 Romania (2-2 AET, 5-4 on pens), 8.30pm – 8-10.30pm [Extended to approx 11.15pm due to penalties]
Matthew Lorenzo with Jack Charlton & Ray Wilkins. Commentary by Brian Moore & Kevin Keegan

SEMI FINALS
Wednesday 13th July
BBC One LogoBulgaria 1-2 Italy, 9pm – 8.50-11.05pm
Commentary by John Motson & Trevor Brooking

ITV LogoSweden 0-1 Brazil, 12.30am – 11.40-2.30am
Commentary by Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson

THIRD PLACE PLAY OFF
Saturday 16th July
Related imageSweden 4-0 Bulgaria, 8.30pm
This match was not shown Live on BBC or ITV. Eurosport did with commentary by Archie MacPherson & Ray Clemence

THE FINAL
Sunday 17th July
BBC One LogoBrazil 0-0 Italy (0-0 AET, 3-2 on pens), 8.30pm – 8.15-10.35pm [Extended to 11.35pm due to penalties]
Des Lynam presented from the stadium with Jimmy Hill & Alan Hansen, with Terry Venables on the gantry. Commentary by Barry Davies & Trevor Brooking

ITV LogoBrazil 0-0 Italy (0-0 AET, 3-2 on pens), 8.30pm – 8pm-10.45pm [Extended to approx 11.30pm]
Matthew Lorenzo presented from the IBC with Jack Charlton, Don Howe, Ray Wilkins & Denis Law. Commentary by Brian Moore & Ron Atkinson

 

BBC SportPresenters; Des Lynam, Bob Wilson
Pundits;
 Jimmy Hill, Alan Hansen, Terry Venables, Gary Lineker, David O’Leary, Steve Coppell, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner
Commentators; Barry Davies, John Motson, Tony Gubba, Clive Tyldesley, Gerald Sinstadt
Co-Commentators; Trevor Brooking, Liam Brady, John Fashanu, Chris Waddle
Reporters; Ray Stubbs, Hazel Irvine, Garth Crooks

ITV Sport logoPresenters; Matthew Lorenzo, Tony Francis
Pundits; Denis Law, Ray Wilkins, Don Howe, Jack Charlton
Commentators; Brian Moore, Alan Parry, John Helm, Peter Brackley, Rob Palmer
Co-Commentators; Ron Atkinson, Kevin Keegan, Trevor Francis
Reporters; Gary Newbon, Gabriel Clarke, Phil Mepham

 

Sources; BBC Genome project, ITV Football 1983-98 website, YouTube, Tim Salmon’s Vimeo channel and Footy DVDs

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