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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Arsenal

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 [.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere contacts BBC to ask his parents when his washing will be done

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@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 [.

Arsenal making mugs out of fans yet again?

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Rant; Arsenal transfers take too long by Neil

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.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s dad falls asleep, misses his goal against Brazil

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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.

OTP Rebounds: Lionel Messi’s defining moment, Rio’s new Man Utd contract and Arsenal boss’ eagle lookalikes

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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 [.

English Premier League

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.

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.

BBC’s Match Of The Day Dictates England’s Soccer Dialogue, For Better Or Worse

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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.

BBC’s Match Of The Day Opening for the 2013-14 Season [VIDEO]

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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.

Bizarre ‘Match Of The Day’ Opening From 1990-91 That Was Only Used Once [VIDEO]

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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.

Watch the Premier League 2012-13 Season Montage From BBC’s Match Of The Day [VIDEO]

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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.

Chelsea

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 [.

VIDEO: Robbie Fowler Compares Torres and Vertonghen to ‘Girls!’

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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 [.

OTP Rebounds: New Manchester United manager at the end of the road, Lampard’s Chelsea goals become an installation and Di Canio threatens to cut Sunderland holidays

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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 [.

OTP Rebounds: Man City star Carlos Tevez KO’d by Wembley step, Kendall backs Big Dunc for Everton job and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola re-creates a Lampard special

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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 [.

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine ‘very likely’ to go to jail

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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 [.

Video: Jennifer Aniston becomes a Watford fan

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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 [.

Transfer Talk

Chelsea beat Tottenham to £30m Willian, subject to work permit

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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 [.

Liverpool have shown no interest in Will Hughes, says Derby boss Nigel Clough

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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 [.

Chelsea target Radamel Falcao could be sold by Monaco

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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 [.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew doesn’t envisage much late transfer activity

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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 [...]

Arsenal missed out on Gonzalo Higuain to focus on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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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.

Mark Hughes asks for patience as he adapts Stoke’s playing style

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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.

Luis Suarez considers legal action against Liverpool to force Arsenal move

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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 [.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright advises Liverpool’s Luis Suarez not to join the club

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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.

Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale “really wants to go” to Real Madrid

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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.

Ex-Tottenham manager David Pleat says Gareth Bale is too young to move abroad

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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 accept bid from Swansea for Jonjo Shelvey

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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 [.

The Rest

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.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew reprimands Joe Kinnear over mispronounced names

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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 [.

BBC Lost Its Sense of Perspective When They Ambushed Gus Poyet

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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.

Mauricio Pochettino says he could leave Southampton, talks about himself in the third person

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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.

OTP Rebounds: Chelsea mugs, Bolton vs West Ham FA Cup final images and Liverpool legend’s managerial bow

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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 [.