I was never very familiar with BBC's well-known soccer/football show. You see, I grew up with the Serie A and its intensely passionate highlight shows which consistently feature an immense variety of journalists, ex-players, coaches, tacticians, and even comedians all together with a live-studio audience.
Here's a fun game. Next time you go watch a soccer match in a bar, pub or somewhere else in public, just spend a moment and try and catch some of the conversation flying around. Not the endless droves of ‘banter' thrown between groups of hardened males but specifically the talk concerning all things soccer.
One of the highlights of every new season is waiting to find out what the BBC have done with the new opening to their famousMatch Of The Dayprogram that airs every Saturday night on British television.
Almost every season they change the opening credits to include the newly promoted teams as well as some of the stars and faces of the Premier League.
Robbie Fowler has been forced to apologise on live TV after comparing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen to "a pair of girls". The Liverpool legend was working as a pundit on the BBC's Final Score programme. In his analysis of the on-going squabbles between the two players, Fowler said: "They were [.
The BBC have been criticized for forcing pundit Robbie Fowler to apologise to viewers live on air after comparing Fernando Torres and Jan Vertonghen to girls! Fowler's comments came in the wake of Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday. During the match Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen and Blues striker Fernando [.
A judge has told Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine that he is "very likely" to be jailed after being found guilty of two separate assaults. The BBC reports that the Owls star hit Daniel Beresford in the Paris Bar in February 2012, and attacked Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms a month later. The jury [.
Actress Jennifer Aniston has become a Watford fan after an interview with Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1′s Scott Mills show. Hornets fan Chris presented the former Friends star with a personalised shirt. And she seemed genuinely pleased to receive it. Then again, she is a professional actress. Aniston had these words of reassurance for [.
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian playmaker Willian for £30m, subject to the player being given a work permit and passing a medical. The 25-year-old has already passed a medical at Spurs, but the Blues have swooped to pip their London rivals to the signing. The BBC reports that Chelsea made their move [.
Derby manager Nigel Clough has dismissed reports linking midfielder Will Hughes with a move to the Premier League. Liverpool are the latest club to be linked with the England Under-21 player. But Clough told BBC Radio Derby that there has been no interest in or bids for the 18-year-old. Media reports had linked the Reds [.
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao could be back on the transfer market again after just a couple of games for his new club. The £51m signing from Atletico Madrid is on a huge tax-free salary in the principality. This has not impressed Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals who cannot compete on those terms. The French Football Federation [.
Pardew also said: "I don't see a lot of late business for us, but I do think we need to get another striker in." #NUFC juliette ferrington (@juliette_grace) August 16, 2013 Alan Pardew says he isn't expecting Newcastle to make many more signings before the end of the transfer window but he is [...]
Understand #afc did not make offer for Higuain. Agreed personal terms but put deal on hold to prioritise Suarez, Napoli pounced #bbcfootball David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 8, 2013 Arsenal reportedly missed out on the signing of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain because they favoured a move for Luis Suarez.
New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has asked supporters for patience as he attempts to get the team playing a different style of football. The brand of football deployed by previous boss Tony Pulis was criticised by opposition managers, most notably Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and often by the Britannia Stadium faithful, too.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is considering taking the club to court for blocking his transfer to Arsenal. The Uruguay international might take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, just as he did to ensure his transfer from Groningen to Ajax in 2007, sources close to Suarez told the BBC. The parallels with [.
Ian Wright says he cannot understand why Luis Suarez would leave Liverpool for Arsenal. The 26-year-old Uruguayan striker wants Champions League football this season, but ex-England international Wright has echoed the comments of others who think that leaving Anfield for the Emirates is a sideways move.
Ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he has heard from more than one source that Gareth Bale wants to join Real Madrid this summer. The 24-year-old is said to have told current manager Andre Villas Boas that he wants to leave during a meeting earlier this week, but he has not officially requested a transfer.
Former Spurs manager and director of football David Pleat says Gareth Bale is too young to play his football overseas. He reckons the 24-year-old would be making a big mistake if he choose to play his football abroad with Real Madrid. Pleat told BBC Sport: "I think he's a little bit young to go abroad.
Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is on the verge of completing a £6 million move to Swansea. The Reds have accepted a bid from the Swans, and Shelvey will now travel to south Wales to discuss personal terms, the BBC reports. Shelvey had seemed set to flourish under Brendan Rodgers, at first playing a key role [.
@bbc5live When will my washing be done? We have a game tomorrow I need my slips!!! Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) August 23, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere found a roundabout way of checking on the progress of his laundry by getting the BBC to ask his parents when his washing would be done. Wilshere's folks [.
I'm not going to mess about. I will call a spade a spade. If you don't like, I will not apologise. I've been a loyal Gooner since 1978. When the shorts were tight and the players got drunk. Does this give me any more right than you? Nah.
Mark Chamberlain, dad of England star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, missed his son's excellent goal against Brazil after falling asleep during the game. The former England international blamed an early morning airport run for his dozing, but we reckon the first-half of the match should also shoulder some of the blame.
Everton manager David Moyes appeared to hint that he's ready to become increasingly intimate with Sunderland counterpart Paolo Di Canio. Moyes was caught off-guard by some surprise physical contact from the Italian ahead of Saturday's match at the Stadium of Light. The Toffees boss appeared to hint that he was impressed by Di Canio's hugging [.
Comedian Simon Brodkin was arrested after invading the Goodison Park pitch in full Manchester City training kit ahead of Saturday's match against Everton. Brodkin, best known for his BBC Three show in the guise of his comic creation Lee Nelson, joined City players for their warm-up ahead of the match dressed as his footballing alter [.
Earlier this week, we shared with you the Sky Sports montage of the 2012-13 Premier League season, which included some of the highlights of another glorious nine months. Not to be outdone, BBC's Match Of The Day program also produced their montage, which is included below.
Plus, here are the Goals of the Season according to BBC's Match of The Day.
Turn on your TV to watch a game anywhere in the world and the chances are that you will soon see the face of an ex-footballer attempting to share his knowledge of the game with you. Except that all too ... Continue reading →
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Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Lionel Messi talks about his defining moment: being given Barcelona's number 10 shirt [YouTube] Rio Ferdinand signs a new one-year deal at Manchester United [Man Utd] Titus Bramble set to leave Sunderland. Shocking that Paolo Di Canio doesn't want to keep him [BBC] Tony Pulis writes in the local newspaper [.
Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs What if David Moyes was an early-1990s R&B vocal group [IllustratedGame] David Beckham viral moments [101GG] Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio will shorten his players' summer holidays if they don't perform with dignity on Sunday [BBC] A distraught Benfica fan after last night's defeat [Feint Zebra] The trajectory of Frank [.
Carlos Tevez and a linesman both succumbed to a potentially lethal step at Wembley [101GG] Former Everton boss Howard Kendall has backed Duncan Ferguson to become the club's new manager [BBC] Wigan's Callum McManaman has won his first England under-21 call-up... and he's off to the European Championships [Guardian] Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola recreates a [.
Get your 'Chelsea Mugs of the Roman Empire' commemorative mug [101GG] Ever wanted to play 'Where's Wally?' with a slightly disturbing Phil Thompson twist? Here's your chance [Lurking Thommo] Great photos of the first FA Cup final, which took place between Bolton and West Ham 90 years ago [Dirty Tackle] Legendary Liverpool ball-crusher Phil [.
Lokeren goalkeeper Boubacar Barry knocks himself out on his goalpost [Pies] Liverpool are driving Anfield into decline by buying houses around their ground and leaving them empty [Guardian] Practice your lip-reading with Steven Gerrard [Feint Zebra] Rapper Jay Z is set to do what the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid would love to do [.
Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Self-styled 'Bad Mourinho' strikes back. 300 Brazilian prostitutes have signed up for English lessons ahead of next summer's World Cup [Global Post] Sir Alex Ferguson will aim to sign "one or two" new Manchester United players this summer [Guardian] Fernando Torres flashes his bits around [101GG] Mauricio Pochettino says he [.
Rosenborg striker Nicki Bille Nielsen responds to a very harsh red card by ripping off his shirt [Pies] A young Gareth Bale aka Frank the caretaker's son appears in a school newspaper [101GG] Mario Balotelli: "I will gamble on my girlfriend. If Madrid comes back and goes to the final on 25 May, [...]
Playing tiki-taka with the interwebs Antonio Nocerino not impressed at how long it takes AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli to get dressed [101GG] Matt Le Tissier makes his Guernsey debut [BBC] Get your custom-made Barnet coffin [Pies] Arsene Wenger's entirely fictional congrulations to Robin Van Persie on winning the title [Dirty Tackle] Liverpool [.
BBC's Match of The Day is one of the most famous soccer TV shows on the globe. The weekly highlights show on British television is renowned for its iconic opening with a familiar opening tune. But bizarrely, during the height of the acid-house craze in England in the early 90s, BBC premiered a new version of the opening to Match Of The Day that was completely remixed and different.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told the club's new director of football Joe Kinnear that he needs to show more respect to the players. The Magpies boss appeared less than impressed with Kinnear's dodgy pronunciations of some of the stars of his squad. He told BBC Radio Newcastle: "Some of the things Joe said he [.
Poor old Gus Poyet. The former Brighton boss must feel like somebody's been sneaking into his world and pulling threads with the way his career has been unravelling lately. Since his side blew their favorites tag to go crashing out of the Championship play-offs to a Crystal Palace team in wretched form on May 13,the Uruguayan has been the football media's number one fall guy, suspended from his job and panned by his club for failing to attend a disciplinary hearing into the undisclosed charges hanging over him.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave the club if executive chairman Nicola Cortese quits. Cortese is in dispute with Saints' owners, the Liebherr Trust, about the running of the club and is seeking assurances from them that he will continue to have the final say in major decisions.
In the week that Sunderland appoint a tin-pot manager FFS brings you the last Anton Ferdinand Turkish lesson, more In Play Betting with Ray Winstone, an over-respectful footballer, a banner protest and a song about Newcastle being more French than Gerard Depardieu. Look up and use the channels. Get in.
Tony Gubba, one of the most recognizable voices of British football, died today of a short illness, aged 69. The Match Of The Day commentator joined BBC Sport in 1972 replacing David Coleman as the presenter of the Sportsnight program. ......
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OTP dares say that QPR fans have called their defenders a fair few names this season. But the abuse being levelled at Clint Hill by the club programme is a bit harsh. Somebody at Loftus Road needed to pay a bit more attention to the character spacing before sending their match programme to the printers [.