The FIFA World Cup is nearly upon us and football fans will be dribbling down their chins in delight. However, where are the matches being played? Which channels will they be shown on? Which days should you already be trying to blag off work? Well, over the jump we’ve got some highlights (although, in fairness, it’s rather England based) for you to look over, plus a link to the full TV timetable. SCORE!
Okay England fans (or indeed, those wanting to tune-in in the hope we’ll lose). Here’s the dates, times and places most important to you:
On Saturday 12/6/10, it’s an evening kick-off (which means you should be able to get home from work in decent time for England’s game against the USA. As will the Friday match against Algeria. Both of these games will be shown on ITV. The final group match against Slovenia will be shown at 3pm on BBC on Wednesday 23rd. Here’s them in bold.
12/6/10 England v USA ITV Rustenburg 1930
18/6/10 England v Algeria ITV Cape Town 1930
23/6/10 Slovenia v England BBC Port Elizabeth 1500
Elsewhere, ties of note involving interesting matches and big-guns are as follows:
11/6/10 South Africa v Mexico ITV Johannesburg Soccer City 1500 (Opening match)
15/6/10 Brazil v North Korea ITV Johannesburg Ellis Park 1930 (Potential goal-fest or, indeed, a monumental giant killing)
20/6/10 Brazil v Ivory Coast BBC Johannesburg Soccer City 1930 (The tip to do the best of the African teams, Drogba & Co take on the mighty Brazil)
In the knockout phases, the BBC will have first pick of the round of 16 and quarter-final matches. If England reach the semi-final the tie will be simulcast live by both broadcasters. ITV and the BBC will also both show the final live.
ITV controller of sport Niall Sloane said: “We’re delighted that ITV will kick off coverage of this summer’s World Cup and that England’s two opening games will be shown live on ITV1 in peak time.
“There is no bigger event on UK television or online than the World Cup and ITV will be at the heart of the action from the first kick through to the final whistle.”
BBC head of TV sport Philip Bernie added: “The BBC are very happy with how the TV split of matches for the World Cup has been resolved.
“The BBC has some of the most appetising of the group fixtures, and will be showing live every England match from their final group game onwards, so we hope to be with them for a long and successful campaign.
“The BBC will aim again to capture the very best of the biggest event of the year across all its outlets, on TV, on radio and online.”