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Match of the Day

  • 1964
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"Match of the Day" shows highlights of the day's matches from English football's top division. It also features interviews with managers and players, and analysis by studio pundits. It premiered on BBC Two in 1964 and served primarily as a training exercise for cameramen and technicians to ensure the BBC was ready to film every match of the 1966 World Cup in England. The "Match of the Day" brand has also been used in the BBC's coverage of live domestic and international matches. The highlights show made the switch to BBC One in 1983. Former England player Gary Lineker has presented the show since 1995. He succeeded Des Lynam. Previous presenters have included Kenneth Wolstenholme, David Coleman, Jimmy Hill and Ray Stubbs. Lineker is joined each week by a panel of pundits that include former players Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Shearer and Martin Keown. The series has traditionally featured a "Goal of the Month" contest and a "Save of the Season" competition was introduced in 2005. It has also made household names of the people who commentate on matches. The current line-up includes Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton and long-running commentator John Motson, who began with the show in 1971. Previous commentators have included Barry Davies, Stuart Hall, Alan Parry, Gerald Sinstadt and Harry Carpenter. Spin-off series "Match of the Day 2" is usually shown on a Sunday evening and features highlights from the day's Premier League matches and recaps of Saturday's action and main talking points. Adrian Chiles was the original presenter in 2004 and he was replaced in 2010 by Colin Murray. The spin-off series started life on BBC Two and made the switch to BBC One in 2012. The "Match of the Day" theme tune was written in 1970 by Barry Stoller and is synonymous with the show and football in general.



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