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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK
Premiership back on the BBC
Gary Lineker will present Saturday's Match of the Day
Premiership football is back on the BBC after a break of three years.

Match of the Day returns with highlights of the weekend's action every Saturday and Sunday.

Gary Lineker hosts the Saturday evening programme, with expert analysis from the likes of Alan Hansen, Peter Schmeichel and Mark Lawrenson.

Viewers can also look forward to Match of the Day 2 on Sunday nights, a re-vamped Football Focus, and Score Interactive, a brand new service available to digital viewers every Saturday.


Match of the Day celebrates its 40th year with a return to Saturday nights.

Gary Lineker presents comprehensive highlights and analysis of the English Premiership, with regular guests including Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Peter Schmeichel.

For the first time, Match of the Day is sending a commentator to every match, and will include highlights of every game - not just the goals.

As well as the Premiership, Match of the Day will also have live coverage of all England home World Cup qualifiers, England friendlies, plus three live FA Cup games per round from the third round onwards.

Match of the Day will be screened live at 2230 BST every Saturday on BBC One from 14 August.


Adrian Chiles presents Match of the Day 2, a new programme for Sunday evenings on BBC Two at 2230 BST.

As well as comprehensive highlights from Sunday's games, Match of the Day 2 will wrap up all the weekend's Premiership games, taking in all the incidents, talking points and controversy.

Joining Adrian in the studio will be Gordon Strachan plus a range of pundits from the world of football, with analysis of the weekend's action.


Presented by Ray Stubbs, Final Score returns on 7 August.

And from September, Ray presents Score Interactive, a new live scores and results service on BBCi - available to all digital television viewers.

Score i will run throughout the afternoon on BBCi, returning to BBC One for half-time scores and Final Score at 1630 BST, and then continuing on BBCi until 1800 BST for further analysis of the results.

Ray will be joined by guests including Gary Pallister and Gavin Peacock.

Digital viewers can access Score Interactive by pressing the red button on their remote control on any BBC channel and selecting Score i.


Football Focus returns for the new football season on Saturday 7 August, 1210 BST on BBC One.

Hosted by new presenter Manish Bhasin, with guests including Mark Lawrenson and Gordon Strachan, Football Focus previews the weekend's games across the English and Scottish leagues.

As well as the usual news, features and analysis, viewers can look forward to regular new features including 'Cult Heroes', a search for the nation's favourite football icons.

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