World Cup 2018

World Cup 2018

Four years is a very long time in sport. The gap between World Cup tournaments, as with European Championships, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, is this period. So much can change in the interim. Managers gone, players retired, broadcasters overhauled. The fans will always have that hope, however small, however much we’ve seen it all before, however much logic dictates it won’t be ‘our year’. The excitement for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a personal level was never higher, it’s the first one I’ve attended. Links to my blog posts are below, as well as all the live UK television coverage details.

Blog #1: TV Preview ITV

Blog #2: TV Preview BBC

Blog #3: From Russia with England COMING SOON

Blog #4: England Review

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As has always been the case, BBC and ITV will broadcast the tournament for UK viewers. Long may this arrangement continue. Every kick of every match shown live and free. After the success of both broadcasters previous World Cup in Brazil, expectations are there for a similarly high standard this time round in Russia. ITV kick it all off again with the least glamorous opening match of any tournament; Russia v Saudi Arabia. Will I be tuning in? Yes. Will I be just as excited for every subsequent match? Yes. Is it time to stop these questions and get on with it? Yes. It starts here.

Day 1;Thursday 14th June
LIVE on itvRussia 5-0 Saudi Arabia, 4pm (2.30-6.15pm)
Moscow Studio; Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Lee Dixon, Ian Wright & Slaven Bilic. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Ryan Giggs & Eni Aluko. Studio referee comments; Mark Clattenburg. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle. Seema Jaswal reporting

Day 2; Friday 15th June

LIVE on BBC OneEgypt 0-1 Uruguay, 1pm (12.30-3.15pm)
Moscow Studio; Gary Lineker with Jermaine Jenas, Phil Neville & Matthew Upson. Commentary by Jonathan Pearce & Martin Keown

LIVE on itvMorocco 0-1 Iran, 4pm (3.30-6.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Slaven Bilic, Ryan Giggs & Eni Aluko. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Iain Dowie

LIVE on BBC OnePortugal 3-3 Spain, 7pm (6.20-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer & Cesc Fabregas. Stadium; Jason Mohammad with Danny Murphy. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Danny Murphy

Day 3; Saturday 16th June

LIVE on BBC OneFrance 2-1 Australia, 11am (10.30am-1.15pm)
Mark Chapman with Phil Neville, Alex Scott & Didier Drogba. Commentary by Steve Bower & Mark Lawrenson

LIVE on itvArgentina 1-1 Iceland, 2pm (1.30-4.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Henrik Larsson & Patrice Evra. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Glenn Hoddle. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Glenn Hoddle

LIVE on BBC OnePeru 0-1 Denmark, 5pm (4.30-7.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Cesc Fabregas & Jermaine Jenas. Commentary by Simon Brotherton & Kevin Kilbane

LIVE on itvCroatia 2-0 Nigeria, 8pm (7.30-10.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Slaven Bilic, Roy Keane & Lee Dixon. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

Day 4; Sunday 17th June

LIVE on itvCosta Rica 0-1 Serbia, 1pm (12.30-3.15pm)
Jacqui Oatley with Henrik Larsson, Patrice Evra & Eni Aluko. Commentary by Joe Speight & Iain Dowie

LIVE on BBC OneGermany 0-1 Mexico, 4pm (3.30-6.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Cesc Fabregas & Alan Shearer. Stadium; Alex Scott with Phil Neville. Commentary by Jonathan Pearce & Phil Neville

LIVE on itvBrazil 1-1 Switzerland, 7pm (6.30-9.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Slaven Bilic & Gary Neville. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Lee Dixon

Day 5; Monday 18th June

LIVE on itvSweden 1-0 South Korea, 1pm (12.30-3.15pm)
Jacqui Oatley with Henrik Larsson, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

LIVE on BBC OneBelgium 3-0 Panama, 4pm (3.30-6pm)
Gary Lineker with Danny Murphy, Cesc Fabregas & Phil Neville. Commentary by Steve Bower & Mark Lawrenson

LIVE on BBC OneENGLAND 2-1 Tunisia, 7pm (6.15-9.25pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand & Frank Lampard. Stadium; Gabby Logan with Jermaine Jenas. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Martin Keown. Additional stadium reporting from Jason Mohammad

Day 6; Tuesday 19th June

LIVE on BBC OneColombia 1-2 Japan, 1pm (12.30-3.15pm)
Dan Walker with Phil Neville, Alex Scott & Matt Upson. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Kevin Kilbane

LIVE on itvPoland 1-2 Senegal, 4pm (3.25-6.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Henrik Larsson, Patrice Evra & Slaven Bilic. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

LIVE on BBC OneRussia 3-1 Egypt, 7pm (6.30-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Cesc Fabregas & Jermaine Jenas. Stadium; Jason Mohammad with Danny Murphy. Commentary by Jonathan Pearce & Danny Murphy

Day 7; Wednesday 20th June

LIVE on BBC OnePortugal 1-0 Morocco, 1pm (12.30-3.10pm)
Mark Chapman with Jermaine Jenas, Matt Upson & Kevin Kilbane. Commentary by Vicki Sparks & Martin Keown

LIVE on BBC OneUruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia, 4pm (3.40-6.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas & Rio Ferdinand. Commentary by Steve Bower & Phil Neville

LIVE on itvIran 0-1 Spain, 7pm (6.30-9.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Roy Keane, Ian Wright, Slaven Bilic & Patrice Evra. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle

Day 8; Thursday 21st June

LIVE on itvDenmark 1-1 Australia, 1pm (12.30-3.15pm)
Jacqui Oatley with Slaven Bilic, Martin O’Neill & Eni Aluko. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

LIVE on itvFrance 1-0 Peru, 4pm (3.15-6.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs & Patrice Evra. Stadium; Seema Jaswal with Lee Dixon. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Lee Dixon

LIVE on BBC OneArgentina 0-3 Croatia, 7pm (6.30-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Pablo Zabaleta, Alan Shearer & Jermaine Jenas. Stadium; Jason Mohammad with fans. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Mark Lawrenson

Day 9; Friday 22nd June

LIVE on itvBrazil 2-0 Costa Rica, 1pm (12.30-3.20pm)
Mark Pougatch with Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane & Patrice Evra. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle

LIVE on BBC OneNigeria 2-0 Iceland, 4pm (3.30-6.05pm)
Dan Walker with Didier Drogba, Jermaine Jenas & Danny Murphy. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Martin Keown

LIVE on BBC OneSerbia 1-2 Switzerland, 7pm (6.30-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard & Pablo Zabaleta. Commentary by Simon Brotherton & Kevin Kilbane

Day 10; Saturday 23rd June

LIVE on BBC OneBelgium 5-2 Tunisia, 1pm (12.15-3.20pm)
Gary Lineker with Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard & Pablo Zabaleta. Stadium; Dan Walker with Alex Scott. Commentary by Steve Bower & Phil Neville

LIVE on itvSouth Korea 1-2 Mexico, 4pm (3.25-6.15pm)
Jacqui Oatley with Eni Aluko, Martin O’Neill & Slaven Bilic. Commentary by Joe Speight & Iain Dowie

LIVE on itvGermany 2-1 Sweden, 7pm (6.30-9.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Henrik Larsson & Patrice Evra. Stadium; Seema Jaswal with Lee Dixon. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Lee Dixon

Day 11; Sunday 24th June

LIVE on BBC OneENGLAND 6-1 Panama, 1pm (12.10-3.30pm)
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard & Alan Shearer. Stadium; Gabby Logan with Jermaine Jenas. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Danny Murphy

LIVE on BBC OneJapan 2-2 Senegal, 4pm (3.30-6.10pm)
Mark Chapman with Didier Drogba, Phil Neville & Pablo Zabaleta. Commentary by Simon Brotherton & Kevin Kilbane

LIVE on itvPoland 0-3 Colombia, 7pm (6.15-9.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Slaven Bilic & Roy Keane. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

Day 12; Monday 25th June

LIVE on itvUruguay 3-0 Russia, 3pm (2.30-5.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill & Slaven Bilic. Stadium; Seema Jaswal with Lee Dixon. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Lee Dixon

LIVE on itv4Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt, 3pm (2.30-5pm)
Mark Pougatch with Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill & Slaven Bilic. Commentary by Joe Speight & Iain Dowie

BBC FourSpain 2-2 Morocco, 7pm (7-9.10pm)
Reshmin Chowdhury from Salford with Leon Osman & Joleon Lescott. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Martin Keown

LIVE on BBC OneIran 1-1 Portugal, 7pm (6.30-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer & Pablo Zabaleta. Commentary by Steve Bower & Mark Lawrenson

Day 13; Tuesday 26th June

LIVE on itvDenmark 0-0 France, 3pm (2.30-5.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill & Lee Dixon. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Eni Aluko. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle

LIVE on itv4Australia 0-2 Peru, 3pm (2.30-5pm)
Mark Pougatch with Henrik Larsson, Martin O’Neill & Lee Dixon. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

LIVE on BBC OneNigeria 1-2 Argentina, 7pm (6.30-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Pablo Zabaleta & Didier Drogba. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Jermaine Jenas

BBC FourIceland 1-2 Croatia, 7pm (7-9.10pm)
Reshmin Chowdhury from Salford with Leon Osman & Matt Upson. Commentary by Simon Brotherton & Danny Murphy

Day 14; Wednesday 27th June

LIVE on BBC OneSouth Korea 2-0 Germany, 3pm (2.45-5.15pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba & Jermaine Jenas. Commentary by Jonathan Pearce & Kevin Kilbane

bbc twoMexico 0-3 Sweden, 3pm (2.45-5pm)
Reshmin Chowdhury from Salford with Leon Osman & Matt Upson. Commentary by Steve Bower & Phil Neville

LIVE on itvSerbia 0-2 Brazil, 7pm (6.30-9.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Martin O’Neill & Slaven Bilic. Stadium; Seema Jaswal with Eni Aluko. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Lee Dixon

LIVE on itv4Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica, 7pm (6.30-9.05pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Martin O’Neill & Slaven Bilic. Commentary by Joe Speight & Iain Dowie

Day 15; Thursday 28th June

LIVE on BBC OneSenegal 0-1 Colombia, 3pm (2.30-5.15pm)
Gary Lineker with Phil Neville, Alex Scott & Didier Drogba. Commentary by Simon Brotherton & Danny Murphy

bbc twoJapan 0-1 Poland, 3pm (2.45-5pm)
Reshmin Chowdhury from Salford with Leon Osman & Michael O’Neill. Commentary by Steve Bower & Mark Lawrenson

LIVE on itvENGLAND 0-1 Belgium, 7pm (6.15-9.15pm) Plus extended post-match discussion 9-10pm on ITV4
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon & Ryan Giggs. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Glenn Hoddle. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle. Gabriel Clarke reporting

LIVE on itv4Panama 1-2 Tunisia, 7pm (6.15-9pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Lee Dixon & Ryan Giggs. Commentary by Joe Speight & Iain Dowie

KNOCKOUT STAGES – LAST 16

Saturday 30th June

LIVE on BBC OneFrance 4-3 Argentina, 3pm (2.30-5.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer & Jurgen Klinsmann. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Danny Murphy

LIVE on itvUruguay 2-1 Portugal, 7pm (6.30-9.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Slaven Bilic & Lee Dixon. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle

Sunday 1st July

LIVE on BBC OneRussia 1-1 Spain (AET, 4-3 on penalties), 3pm (2.30-5.10pm) [Extended to 6pm due to penalties]
Gary Lineker with Rio Ferdinand, Cesc Fabregas & Alan Shearer. Stadium; Jason Mohammad with Phil Neville & Luis Garcia. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Kevin Kilbane

LIVE on itvCroatia 1-1 Denmark (AET, 3-2 on penalties), 7pm (6.30-9.15pm) [Extended to 10.15pm due to penalties]
Mark Pougatch with Slaven Bilic, Martin O’Neill & Lee Dixon. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Gary Neville

Monday 2nd July

LIVE on itvBrazil 2-0 Mexico, 3pm (2.30-5.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Slaven Bilic, Martin O’Neill & Henrik Larsson. Stadium; Seema Jaswal with Eni Aluko. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

LIVE on BBC OneBelgium 3-2 Japan, 7pm (6.30-9.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand & Jurgen Klinsmann. Commentary by Steve Bower & Martin Keown

Tuesday 3rd July

LIVE on BBC OneSweden 1-0 Switzerland, 3pm (2.30-5.10pm)
Gary Lineker with Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott & Phil Neville. Commentary by Simon Brotherton & Mark Lawrenson

LIVE on itvENGLAND 1-1 Colombia (AET, 4-3 on penalties), 7pm (6.15-9.30pm) [Extended to 10.35pm due to penalties]
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Lee Dixon & Ian Wright. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Ryan Giggs. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle. Gabriel Clarke reporting, with inserts from Seema Jaswal

QUARTER FINALS

Friday 6th July

LIVE on itvFrance 2-0 Uruguay, 3pm (2.30-5.15pm)
Mark Pougatch with Martin O’Neill, Ian Wright & Ryan Giggs. Stadium; Seema Jaswal with Gary Neville. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Gary Neville

LIVE on BBC OneBrazil 1-2 Belgium, 7pm (6.30-9.30pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand & Jurgen Klinsmann. Stadium; Jason Mohammad with Philippe Albert. Commentary by Jonathan Pearce & Danny Murphy

Saturday 7th July

LIVE on BBC OneENGLAND 2-0 Sweden, 3pm (2-5.30pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand & Jurgen Klinsmann. Stadium; Gabby Logan with Jermaine Jenas & Jesper Blomqvist. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Martin Keown

LIVE on itvRussia 1-1 Croatia (2-2 AET, 3-4 on penalties), 7pm (6-9.15pm) [Extended to 10.15pm due to penalties]
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Lee Dixon & Slaven Bilic. Commentary by Jon Champion & Ally McCoist

SEMI FINALS

Tuesday 10th July

LIVE on BBC OneFrance 1-0 Belgium, 7pm (6.30-9.30pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand & Jurgen Klinsmann. Stadium; Jason Mohammad with Christian Karembeu. Commentary by Steve Wilson & Danny Murphy

Wednesday 11th July

LIVE on itvCroatia 1-1 ENGLAND (2-1 AET), 7pm (6-10pm) [Extended to 10.35pm due to Extra Time]
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Lee Dixon, Ian Wright & Roy Keane. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Slaven Bilic & Ryan Giggs. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle. Gabriel Clarke reporting

THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF

Saturday 14th July

LIVE on itvBelgium 2-0 ENGLAND, 3pm (2.30-5.30pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Lee Dixon & Ian Wright. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Glenn Hoddle. Commentary by Sam Matterface & Glenn Hoddle. Gabriel Clarke reporting

THE FINAL

Sunday 15th July

LIVE on BBC OneFrance 4-2 Croatia, 4pm (3-6.40pm)
Gary Lineker with Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand & Jurgen Klinsmann. Stadium; Jason Mohammad. Commentary by Guy Mowbray & Martin Keown

LIVE on itvFrance 4-2 Croatia, 4pm (2.55-7pm)
Mark Pougatch with Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Roy Keane & Lee Dixon. Stadium; Jacqui Oatley with Ryan Giggs & Slaven Bilic. Commentary by Clive Tyldesley & Glenn Hoddle. Gabriel Clarke reporting

 

EnglandENGLAND SQUAD Manager; Gareth Southgate
Goalkeepers;
Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland, Nick Pope
Defenders; Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ashley Young
Midfielders; Jesse Lingard, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Forwards; Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck

BBC-SportBBC SQUAD
Presenters; Gary Lineker, Mark Chapman, Dan Walker, Reshmin Chowdhury
Pundits; Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Jurgen Klinsmann, Frank Lampard, Jermaine Jenas, Alex Scott, Phil Neville, Matt Upson, Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Pablo Zabaleta, Leon Osman, Joleon Lescott, Michael O’Neill
Commentators; Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Steve Bower, Simon Brotherton, Vicki Sparks, Martin Keown, Danny Murphy, Mark Lawrenson, Kevin Kilbane
Reporters; Gabby Logan (England), Jason Mohammad

itv-sport.jpegITV SQUAD
Presenters; Mark Pougatch, Jacqui Oatley
Pundits; Lee Dixon, Gary Neville, Ian Wright, Slaven Bilic, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill, Ryan Giggs, Eni Aluko, Patrice Evra, Henrik Larsson, Mark Clattenburg
Commentators; Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Jon Champion, Joe Speight, Glenn Hoddle, Ally McCoist, Iain Dowie
Reporters; Gabriel Clarke (England), Seema Jaswal, Richard Henwood (Highlights)

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