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Yes, the Match of the Day, it's the only way
To spend your Saturday"
Genesis, "Match of the Day"

Match of the Day, also abbreviated as MOTD, is the BBC's primary football (soccer) television programme, usually shown late on Saturday evenings on BBC One throughout the duration of the English football season. It shows highlights of all the day's Premier League football matches followed by the presenter and pundits discussing their views and opinions on the games, teams and players. It is notable for being one of the BBC's longest-running shows; having been broadcast (although not always as a regular) since 1964. At present it is presented by the retired former England and Leicester City/Everton/Tottenham Hotspur player Gary Lineker with regular pundits, including Alan Hansen (known for his playing career for Liverpool), Martin Keown (Arsenal), Danny Murphy (Liverpool, Tottenham, Fulham), Mark Lawrenson (Liverpool) and Alan Shearer (Newcastle United). It's also much more straight faced and serious, relatively, than its nearest Sky TV equivalent; Soccer Saturday.


It also has a sister show, appropriately called Match of the Day 2 since it is shown on BBC Two every Sunday evening. This covers matches played on the Sunday as well as featuring all the goals from the previous day's games, has different presenters and pundits but retains the same format as the main programme; there is somewhat more jocular, irreverent tone however, including a concluding segment rounding up various amusing images caught on camera at the various grounds over the weekend. Once a month, it does a 'Goal of the Month' segment, in which the public vote for the best goal from a selection of the best goals that month. In one example, the public unanimously voted for terminally ill six year old Sunderland fan and de facto mascot Bradley Lowery's 'goal' (he got to take a pre-match penalty, and the goalkeeper theatrically dived the wrong way).


Between the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons, the main Saturday evening show was followed by a junior cousin, The Football League Show, which featured goals and analysis from the lower three divisions (below the Premier League) of the Football League.

There is also Match of the Day Live, which the show becomes when the BBC is showing a live match.

MOTD has been temporarily semi-retired on occasions when rival network ITV has outbid the BBC for the rights to top-division coverage, as between 1988-92 and 2001-04; the ITV version The Premiership covered the latter period but was regarded in many quarters as so poor (in particular watering down the tactical analysis in order to show adverts instead) that the BBC was able to regain the rights at the next opportunity and appears likely to keep them for the immediate future.


For the 2013-14 Premier League season, NBC Sports Group, who had taken the U.S. television rights to the Premier League from ESPN and Fox Sports, started its own Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2 programs to review Saturday and Sunday action in the league. This version is hosted by Rebecca Lowe, who once contributed to The BBC's versions of MOTD and MOTD2, with analysis from another pair of former Premier League players: Robbie Earle (Wimbledon) and Robbie Mustoe (Middlesbrough), plus former U.S. national Kyle Martino. Lineker contributed to this version, as well as serving as an on-site host for any big matches airing on NBC or NBCSN, until the 2015-16 season, when he added hosting BT Sport's coverage of the UEFA Champions League to his plate, leading him to giving up his American duties. Daily Mail columnist Neil Ashton also contributes to the show. The theme song for the American edition is a catchy rock version of the more orchestral Premier League on NBC theme that is used for live matches.


  • Astronomic Zoom: Match of the Day does this to introduce a game, zooming in from "geostationary orbit over Britain" to "Goodyear Blimp cruising over the stadium in question" in a second or so.
  • Long Runner: Match of the Day started in 1964, and it's been around in some form ever since.
  • The X of Y: It's about a football match that happened on each broadcast day.


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