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‘He Reminds Me Of A Toilet’ – Garth Crooks Reserves Special Praise For Sead Kolasinac As Part Of ‘Team Of The Week’ Selection

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It's Monday morning, which can only mean one thing: Garth Crooks has delivered his weekly selection of 'XI players who scored at the weekend' known alternatively as his 'Team of the Week' for BBC Sport.

Oddly, Crooks has opted to pick a non-scoring player or two this time round, with Sead Kolasinac finding his way into the line-up following a sturdy outing in Arsenal's stoic 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

Classic Moments: John Motson Gets His Backside Handed To Him By Brian Clough In Prickly BBC Interview, 1979 (Video)

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After 50 years plugging away on the gantry, John Motson has announced he's retiring from his BBC commentary gig at the end of the season.

Now aged 72, Motson has cemented his place as one of the foremost voices in English football lore, with 20 major international tournaments and 29 FA Cup Finals listed on his CV.

BBC Stalwart John Motson To Retire After 50 Years In The Football Commentary Racket

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The BBC have announced that, after half a century behind the microphone, John Motson is retiring from the commentary game at the end of the current season.

Motson reduced his workload when he stopped doing live broadcasts a season or three ago, and will now commentate on 18 further Premier League matches for Match of the Day before calling it quits with the FA Cup Final coverage next May.

Comedy Classics: Mitchell & Webb’s Timeless Sky Sports Parody Advert – ‘Watch The Football’ (Video)

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As prescient now as it ever was, the following sketch succinctly crystallises what televised football has become an endless, mindless assault of HUGE gladiatorial matches abutted by HUGE honking opinions, regardless of the fact that you're actually sat watching Tony Cascarino stumble his way through Norwich City's goalless draw with Preston.

The Sun Call For Gary Lineker To Be Sacked By BBC For ‘Peddling Lies’ About Child Refugees In Calais

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The Sun have gone and made Gary Lineker the focus of their opprobrium this morning after the Match of the Day host hadthe temerity to show the slightest whiff of compassion for the people caught up in the current refugee crisis.

Earlier in the week, Lineker made the grievous error of emitting a Tweet that expressed his concern over the nature of the language and rhetoric being used to describe immigrants and refugees particularly the unaccompanied children in the 'Jungle' camp in Calais.

The BBC Euro 2016 Closing Montage Was A Work Of Nigh-On Perfection (Video)

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With the tournament done and dusted, the BBC once again delivered with the final montage they cobbled together, somehow managing to make a slightly duff tournament seem like a slow-motion, high-resolution theatre of fraught lowsand operatic highs.

The choice of song was perhaps a little predictable, 'Heroes' by David Bowie, but at least the Beeb opted to use the 'chantéen Francais' version to give it that littleje ne sais quoi.

Wales Fans Launch Crowdfunding Appeal To Help Pay Off Dean Saunders’ Euro 2016 Parking Fine

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Acrowdfunding drive has been launched to help Dean Saunders pay off a parking ticket that is increasing by £100 a day while Wales remain involved at Euro 2016.

So convinced was Saunders that Wales would exit the tournament at the group stage that he parked his car in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport before flying out to France to join the BBC Sport punditry team.

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Retro Football: First Ever ‘Match Of The Day’ Opening Titles Of Premier League Era, 1992/93 (Video)

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Looking every single one of its 25-years-old, here are the opening titles that preceded the very first Match of the Day of the Premier League epoch.

Come for Des Lynam's velvety smoothness, stay for Gary Lineker looking like a nervous ex-public schoolboy appearing in small-claims court after being accused of fly-tipping a mattress on his father-in-law's estate.

Jorge Mendes believes clubs would pay £300 million for Cristiano Ronaldo [VIDEO]

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During an interview withBBC News,super agent Jorge Mendes said he believes if Real Madrid were to decide to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, today, for £300 million, there would be clubs willing to pay the fee.

Mendes also reiterated that although Ronaldo has great affection for Manchester United and its supporters, he believes the reigning Ballon d'Or winner will finish his career with Real Madrid.

Jorge Mendes believes clubs would pay £300 million for Cristiano Ronaldo [VIDEO]

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During an interview withBBC News,super agent Jorge Mendes said he believes if Real Madrid were to decide to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, today, for £300 million, there would be clubs willing to pay the fee.

Mendes also reiterated that although Ronaldo has great affection for Manchester United and its supporters, he believes the reigning Ballon d'Or winner will finish his career with Real Madrid.

Previewing The Eagerly-Anticipated Film ‘Marvellous’

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I wrote an article last season sparked by foreign ownership and community about a long standing Stoke City cult hero, Neil "Nello" Baldwin. Nello had just been awarded an honorary degree degree by Keele University in recognition of his positive impact on university life over fifty plus years in residence.

Barry Davies to Return to Match Of The Day As Part of 50 Year Anniversary

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August 22nd, 1964. Anfield. Liverpool, lining up with the legendary Roger Hunt up front, defeated Arsenal in a thrilling 3-2 match where both sides were separated by a last minute Don Howe own-goal.

It was another strong showing from the defending champions in front of their home supporters who were growing used to their team delivering full points in their own patch.

James Alexander Gordon, the Voice of English Football Results, Dies, Aged 78

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James Alexander Gordon, the voice synonymous with the reading of classified football results on BBC Radio, has died, aged 78.

Forty years after getting the job he was at first "terrified of" on BBC Radio to read out soccer results, James Alexander Gordon was forced to step down. The then 77-year-old was forced to retire from his beloved role due to an illness that affected the very part of his body that made him so famous.

Watch BBC’s Match of the Day Opening Titles For 2014/15 Season [VIDEO]

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BBC's Match of the Day program celebrates 50 years of broadcasting this month. The weekly English top flight highlights show is an institution in Britain.

One of the endearing aspects of the program is that they update the opening title sequence of the show every season. Here's the one from the 2013-14 season.

How to Use a VPN to Watch BBC’s Match of the Day

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If you want to watch BBC's popular television show Match of the Day to see the highlights of the Barclays Premier League games every Saturday during the season, you can securely (and legally) gain access to the British TV show by using a VPN.

Howstuffworks.com describes a VPN (virtual private network) as "a private network that uses a public network (usually the Internet) to connect remote sites or users together.

BBC Announces New Pundits For Match of the Day

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A new Premier League season is upon us and that can only mean one thing...BBC's Match of the Day is back and this time round we are being treated to a fresh new line-up of pundits. Liverpool legend and MOTD veteran Alan Hansen will not be on the television screen of households and pubs all over the UK on Saturday nights.

BBC's Match of the Day Consistently Delivers What is Needed

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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.

BBC's Match of the Day Consistently Delivers What is Needed

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BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker
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.

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BBC and ITV’s coverage of Euro 2016 fails to impress viewers

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Soccer viewers are short changed by the quality of analysis and punditry they are forced to experience, of this there can be no doubt. The sport has a variety of excellent play-by-play men such as Martin Tyler, who does a great job calling the action and informing viewers about who is doing what. But there's a lack of decent color commentators who add to the action and offer insights that the viewers wouldn't notice otherwise.

BBC and ITV’s coverage of Euro 2016 fails to impress viewers

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Soccer viewers are short changed by the quality of analysis and punditry they are forced to experience, of this there can be no doubt. The sport has a variety of excellent play-by-play men such as Martin Tyler, who does a great job calling the action and informing viewers about who is doing what. But there's a lack of decent color commentators who add to the action and offer insights that the viewers wouldn't notice otherwise.

How to watch the BBC, ITV and other TV channels from around the world

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No matter where you live across the USA (or anywhere in the world), you can watch the BBC, ITV and other UK networks by signing up for a free 7-day trial to Unblockus, which is a smart DNS service that allows you to change your computer settings so the BBC and ITV websites think you're visiting from the UK.

How to watch the BBC, ITV and other TV channels from around the world

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No matter where you live across the USA (or anywhere in the world), you can watch the BBC, ITV and other UK networks by signing up for a free 7-day trial to Unblockus, which is a smart DNS service that allows you to change your computer settings so the BBC and ITV websites think you're visiting from the UK.

WATCH World Cup 2014 Closing Montages From ESPN, BBC, ITV, CBC and RTE [VIDEO]

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After the final whistle was blown and Germany was declared World Cup Champions, the major sports networks started to wrap up their coverage of the 2014 World Cup, and many of them closed their broadcasts with a montage of some of the special moments of the World Cup tournament.

The amount of attention to the World Cup in Brazil was unprecedented due to the large role social media played, where records for the most tweets per minute were broken during the final the game that also was most talked about event on Facebook ever.

Review of UK World Cup TV Coverage: BBC’s Effortless And Insightful Coverage Is Leaving ITV In The Dust

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In the UK, the World Cup matches are shared between two television stations: BBC and ITV. So as you might expect,comparisons between the duo arerife, aseach channelstrives to provide the best World Cup package for terrestrial viewers.

Both broadcasters have extremely impressive studios on the Copacabana beach.

BBC and ITV Will Win UK Broadcast Rights to World Cup 2018 and 2022, Says Report

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The BBC and ITV will split broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in the UK per a report in the Telegraph. The other contenders, including Sky Sports and BT Sport, have dropped out of the running.

For ITV, which recently lost rights to the UEFA Champions League but has shown every World Cup since 1966, the news will come as a relief helping to keep the broadcaster in the football business.

UK World Cup TV Schedule For BBC and ITV Subscribers

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Got your wall chart pinned up? Sticker book nearly finished? Sweepstake sorted?

The start of the 2014 World Cup is creeping ever closer. So if you've yet to sort out any of the aforementioned pre-World Cup rituals, here at World Soccer Talk we've made things a little easier for you, by providing a full schedule on where all of our UK readers can catch the games.

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Watch BBC Panorama’s documentary, ‘FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me’ [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, the BBC's investigative show Panorama aired a new episode entitled "FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me" that feature reporter and author Andrew Jennings traveling around the world in search of justice and putting an end to the power of corrupt FIFA officials.

Jennings has been investigating corruption in world football for the past 15 years.

Watch BBC Panorama’s documentary, ‘FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me’ [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, the BBC's investigative show Panorama aired a new episode entitled "FIFA, Sepp Blatter and Me" that feature reporter and author Andrew Jennings traveling around the world in search of justice and putting an end to the power of corrupt FIFA officials.

Jennings has been investigating corruption in world football for the past 15 years.

Sepp Blatter in FBI spotlight over $100M bribery case, BBC says

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US authorities are investigating evidence indicating that FIFA's suspended president Sepp Blatter knew about $100 million (92 million euros) in bribes paid to former members of the football body, a BBC report said Sunday.

The BBC investigation alleges that sports marketing company ISL paid a total of $100 million to officials including ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange and former FIFA executive Ricardo Teixeira.

Sepp Blatter in FBI spotlight over $100M bribery case, BBC says

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US authorities are investigating evidence indicating that FIFA's suspended president Sepp Blatter knew about $100 million (92 million euros) in bribes paid to former members of the football body, a BBC report said Sunday.

The BBC investigation alleges that sports marketing company ISL paid a total of $100 million to officials including ex-FIFA president Joao Havelange and former FIFA executive Ricardo Teixeira.

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All the world’s an armchair

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On Wednesday afternoon, the BBC announced their decision to televise Arsenal's F.A. Cup quarter-final tie at Manchester United on a Monday evening. Given that Arsenal fans are entitled to a sizeable allocation of 9,000 for the tie, this tinkering affected more people than television's indifference to the away fan usually does.

More proof that the media LOVE to HATE Arsenal

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It is something that has become so much the norm that Arsenal fans hardly bother to even moan about it any more, but for some reason the football media seems to take pleasure in poking fun and being disrespectful to Arsenal, much more than any club, never mind the big clubs that make their jobs [...]

The THREE Twitter accounts that Arsenal Fans should follow for transfer rumours

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Who to follow this summer for Arsenal transfer news? by AT The window has just opened and the rumours are heating up with Arsenal in advanced talks with both Barcelona and Newcastle for Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy respectively. However, how do you know who to trust? Well I'm going to list three twitter accounts [.

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WATCH BBC World Cup 2014 Title Sequence [VIDEO]

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Earlier during the World Cup 2014 tournament, we shared with you the World Cup 2014 title sequence from ITV. So, we wanted to be sure to share with you the one from BBC to make the World Cup 2014 complete.

BBC's opening title sequence features music performed by Stevie Wonder on a track entitled "Another Star.

WATCH ‘Brazil – In the Shadow of the Stadiums’; BBC Panorama Exposes Poverty Of World Cup Host

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This week, BBC's Panorama news program debuted a new episode entitled Brazil In The Shadow Of Stadiums, which examines the rampant prostitution and poverty that exists within view of the World Cup stadiums. It's no wonder there's a growing anger at Brazil for pouring billions of its money and resources into hosting the World Cup while the money could be better spent on the people, services and infrastructure of the country.

WATCH BBC’s Promos For World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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One of the traditions of every World Cup is when the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) releases its new advert, commercial or video for soccer's biggest tournament.

This time around, BBC Sport has done not one but two World Cup promos with parts I and II following the adventures of Flick Football figures traveling to Brazil to experience what the World Cup is like.

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‘I’m Thrilled To Become A Dragon’ – Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish To Join Next Series Of Dragons’ Den

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish isjoining the line-up of entrepreneurs on the BBC's investment jeopardy extravaganza Dragons' Den.

Yep. We had no idea it was still going either.

Any road up, it's been announced that Parish will be one of two new Dragons entering the Den for the show's 15th series, along with Jenny Campbell, who made her millions by founding a cash machine company.

BBC flex their broadcasting muscles at the expense of fans

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Morning all.

On last week's Arsecast, in the wake of the new TV deal which saw Sky and BT pay a bazillion pounds for the rights to the Premier League, the discussion turned to the influence television companies have over kick off times. Clubs are at the whim of the broadcasters who make decisions which suit them first and foremost.

BBC Presenter David Coleman Has Died At Age 87

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Legendary BBC presenter David Coleman has died at the age of 87 after a short illness, according to a member of his family.

Coleman, who covered six World Cup tournaments for BBC as a commentator —including the finals of 1974 and 1978 —and a seventh World Cup (1982) as a presenter, was a very familiar voice and face on BBC programs such as Grandstand, Sportsnight With Coleman and A Question Of Sport.

Video: Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler apologises for calling Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen ‘girls’

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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 [.