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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK

Meet the BBC Team
BBC TV at the heart of France 98

The BBC is ensuring that their television coverage of the World Cup will be the most extensive ever.

In the first round all the England and Scotland matches will be broadcast live on BBC 1, plus all the key matches in the other groups.

The BBC also has first choice on television of the quarter-final matches and will screen live around half of all the games in France. Live commentary will be supplemented by analysis from the BBC's experienced team of presenters and experts lead by Desmond Lynam, with BBC reporters providing up to the minute news on developments throughout France.

Coverage will kick-off with the opening ceremony on 10th June, followed by the first game between Scotland and Brazil.

The BBC television presentation team will be based in a specially constructed studio overlooking the Place de la Concorde in the heart of Paris.

The familiar team of Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Jimmy Hill will join Desmond Lynam on World Cup 98 Live, with special guest presenter David Ginola.

The commentating team will be lead by John Motson, Barry Davies and Tony Gubba with Jon Champion making his debut in the commentators' box. Co-commentators Trevor Brooking, Chris Waddle and David Pleat will join them, giving their own inimitable expert analysis.

During the first round, the commentators will be broadcasting live from all the stadiums being used for the World Cup.

In addition, Ray Stubbs will be based in the England camp in Brittany and report on any developments, while Hazel Irvine will be reporting on the mood in the Scotland camp.

Highlights of the matches not shown live will be presented by Gary Lineker on World Cup Match of the Day, which will provide a round up of all the action.

BBC 1 France 98 Schedule of Live Matches

Wed 10th June


Brazil v Scotland

Thurs 11th June


Cameroon v Austria

Fri 12th June


Saudi Arabia v Denmark

Sat 13th June


Spain v Nigeria



Holland v Belgium

Sun 14th June


Yugoslavia v Iran

Mon 15th June


England v Tunisia



Germany v USA

Wed 17th June


Chile v Austria

Thurs 18th June


France v Saudi Arabia

Fri 19th June


Spain v Paraguay

Sat 20th June


Belgium v Mexico

Sun 21st June


Germany v Yugoslavia



USA v Iran

Mon 22nd June


Colombia v Tunisia

Tues 23rd June


Scotland v Morocco



Brazil v Norway

Wed 24th June


France v Denmark



South Africa v Saudi Arabia

Thurs 25th June


Belgium v South Korea



Holland v Mexico

Fri 26th June


Colombia v England



Romania v Tunisia

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