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      09.02.2013 23:41
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      Match days would not be the same without it.

      I can't remember a time when Match of The Day was not on the television as it was first aired when I was just 2. There were a few presenters before Jimmy Hill, but he is the one I remember as a child. It was the highlight of the week being able to stay up late and watch the games. I did have a bit of a problem throughout the 1970s as an Evertonian in a house full of Liverpool supporters as we were not as successful, but it was still a way to see the game in the years before I got my season ticket.

      They have always had a bias towards the teams that were doing well and while that irked me a lot it does not seem to have changed. I can't see why some teams should be on more than others - if the fans want to see them, then surely they should go to the game. After all it is the smaller or less successful clubs that need promoting in order to give them the chance of a better fan base.

      All of the games will be shown but sometimes they are edited really badly. There have been really one sided games that I have watched and found that Match of The Day has made it seem quite equal and even as if the other team were better.

      The presenter now is Gary Linekar and normally he has two guests- usually a choice between Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer. Between them they really can be quite dull and there are few times when they have an original remark to make. They praise the top level players and ignore the lesser known ones. It seems quite lazy as if they cannot bother to research up and coming players and just stick with the well known ones. One of the most memorable failings was Alan Hansen's inability to see the talent in a young Manchester United side claiming that they could not win the title with kids.

      There is another annoying trait and that is happening just now. Man City and Southampton were the late televised kick off tonight and this is the match that millions of people will have already seen yet they are focusing on it as the main one.

      I quite miss the Goal of the Month competition and there being a prize - that went by the board when the BBC had problems with their competitions being judged unfair and clais they were fixed. It was not the case that I entered but just liked to pick which one I thought was best and liked to think that someone had won something for entering.

      The current presenters have been around for years now and hopefully in the near future they will bring in some new people. There are plenty of players who have retired in the last few years who can give a more up to date opinion then the current ones.

      Whatever fault I find with it, I still enjoy Match of the Day. I can think of few things nicer then getting home around 10pm on a cold winters night after a good home win for Everton and a few drinks afterwards, and settling down with a coffee and something to eat to watch our victory all over again.

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        25.06.2010 12:30
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        Too many 'pessimismistic charactres with crab apple faces!'

        It's here again ... the world cup ... and we're (England) still in it, hoorah! Yes, but for how much longer? I hear you all ask, (well, maybe not you, I'm speaking figuratively here!) Everywhere I look I see/hear- comments about the uselessness of the team. The papers are full of it, so is the: telly, radio, inn keeper, taxi driver, hairdresser, postman, window cleaner, plasterer, vet, mechanic, cashier, just about everyone/thing I've had the misfortune to: watch, listen to, read or converse with, have had something deprecating to say!

        Well I've heard/seen enough of this pessimism! How is Gerrard and co, ever going to do well with the negative views of a whole nation being sent their way? I do agree, that it's not been the most exciting of campaigns, but I bet France and Italy wish they had played as badly as us, because if they had, they'd still be in it (and you've got to be in it to win it) but they aint - boo! But we are - hoorah!

        So let's stop bemoaning the teams lack of enthusiasm and berating the managers decisions (mind you, I couldn't believe it when he dropped Walcott and Bent ... one being the fastest thing on a football pitch the other one of the premiere leagues top scorers ... does kind of make you wonder?) Let's get behind them on Sunday, think nothing, but encouraging thoughts, send out nothing, but positive vibes, shout/scream nothing, but encouraging statements, drink enough to make you merry, eat enough to fill the gap and last but by no means least be proud of your country and enjoy the day ... Come on England!

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          04.06.2010 08:19
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          A GREAT PROGRAM WHICH SHOULD ALWAYS BE ON OUR SCREENS

          Match of The Day or MOTD as it is very often displayed is a long running sports highlights program that focuses on English footballs top division.

          It belongs to the BBC and has been a regular and successful feature since it was first aired way back in 1964.

          It is probably the most popular sports show ever in the history of television in the UK.

          Match of The Day has its very own theme music which was recently voted as the most recognised TV theme tune of all time.
          The genius behind the tune writing of it is a man called Barry Stoller.

          The program airs on a Saturday night usually starting between 10 and 10:30 and normally lasts for an hour and a half.
          Sometimes midweek specials will be aired when there is a full set of top division fixtures.
          It consists of a host and usually two football pundits who analyze the highlights of each game individually.
          Gary Linekar currently hosts the program and in the past the likes of Kenneth Wolstenholme, David Coleman, John Motson, Barry Davies, Jimmy Hill and Des Lynam have all has spells hosting it.
          The pundits are ex players and currently the likes of Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer are regulars to be on the program voice there expert footballing opinions.

          The program also has a Goal of The Month feature that it does every first week in a month and this has also been in the past a viewers competition.
          The last two seasons have been purely for fun.

          Back in the 00's the program lost its rights to ITV who had the top divisions (Premier Leagues) highlights for three years.
          BBC has since renewed its contract and re-taken the program which is rightfully theirs. Other than these three years they have had this program every year since 1964.

          Now days with there being several Sunday top division matches there is a Match of The Day 2 program as well on a Sunday night which is shorter but similar with a different presenter and usually different pundits.

          Overall the show is very varied in its highlights with every one of the top division teams being looked at but obviously the likes of Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal etc get a little bit more air time.

          Match of The Day is part of our screens and without it TV just wouldn't be the same.

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          16.05.2010 16:29
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          Great show for all football fans - young and old!!

          I am a great fan of Match of the Day and have been since I was a young lad. Although I don't go as far back as the first programme back in 1964, I do go back to the late 1970's when I remember my Dad letting me stay up late of a Saturday night, to watch the days football matches.

          Match of the day primarily concentrates its efforts in highlighting Premiership matches of the day. Back in the early years this would have been First Division games.

          As well as seeing some detailed footage of some of the more detailed games, you will also receive analysis from their presenters. This involves important incidents in a game, such as sendings off, penalties etc They try and show you as many different angles as possible. They also have after match interviews with the managers of the clubs. Occasionally they will also get interviews with the referees too.

          The shows main presenter is Gary Lineker and the present pundits Alan Hansen, Lee Dixon, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer. Only two pundits will be on each week, and they usually take it in turns. It is the pundits job to give their views on controversial issues that have occurred during the games. Most they tend to agree with each other, but on occasions their views will differ.

          One annoying aspect of Match of the Day, is the regular occurrence they show some of the clubs. This usually means that the top four clubs have more of their share of the top featured match. I find this quite annoying, that although my club Everton, appears quite frequently, they don't usually feature them simply because they are not contesting top honours.

          Although all teams don't have their matches shown in detail (there just isn't enough time), you will always get to see all the goals, and major incidents.

          In all it is a cracking show that is well worth watching. I enjoy staying up with a few cans, and watch the days play. For those really interested there is also Match of the Day 2. This is for the games on a Sunday, and is aired Sunday evening. The presenters are different but the format similar.

          Thanks for reading.

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          11.04.2010 17:34
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          Football highlights from one of the best leagues in the world.

          Match of the Day is a legendary television programme and despite occasional changes in scheduling, presenters or sometimes not being broadcast at all due to disputes or loss of rights it has remained ultimately the same format for over forty years. Those who have never watched the show would undoubtedly recognise the theme tune which famously goes DDD-DDDDD-DD-DDDD. When I was at school there was a popular joke circulating the playground which was "How many d's are there in Match of the Day" to which the answer was 1, however then the joke teller would sing the aforementioned tune, funny the first time you hear it I promise.

          Currently the show is hosted by England's second top goal scorer of all time (48 goals) Gary Lineker and I have seen it presented by Gabby Logan when he has not been there. He is joined by two pundits as it were, usually Alan Hansen, the Liverpool legend and then often Alan Shearer, Mark Lawrenson or Lee Dixon.

          Generally the host introduces the highlights of a Premiership match that took place that day, shown featuring commentary from someone like John Motson or Johnathan Pearce. After each featured game a discussion ensues often considering the efforts of individual players, how good a team were going forward and then what the panel think that club will achieve during the season. Alan Hansen often comments on the defensive abilities of teams, in my opinion he is well qualified to praise or criticise players in this area taking in to account the wheelbarrow of medals he won during his career.

          Since all the shenanigans with phone voting and texting broadcasters to take part in competitions, the goal of the month segment is now just for fun with no voting and no prizes.

          Once it's all done and dusted Gary Lineker looks at the camera often making one or two witty comments related to what has happened that day and then says goodbye.

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          23.03.2010 18:41
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          Overall, a great TV programme for all football fans

          As a great lover of football from all leagues across the world, but especially the Premiership in England I have always loved Match of the Day and to be honest with you is still my favourite highlights programme anywhere, including all the gadgets and everything else they have on sky now to compete. There reason it is so good is it because it follows a simple formula which is show as much football as possible with only a bit of chat in between as that's what I think we all want to see. If I'm watching my favourite team in the highlights I don't want to see 20 minutes of talking about it and only 5 minutes of action.

          The programme is at present being presented by Gary Lineker with regular guests Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson on it, and sometimes joined by a few new ones. It is aired on Saturday night on BBC1 and if I'm in I always tune in and sometimes if I can try to not find out the results that day to make if more fun. They did move it to ITV for a couple of years but that was a failure and it promptly returned to it's rightful spot. I think the adverts got in the way and spoiled the enjoyment of the whole thing.

          Match of the Day normally features 3 matches where they have extended highlights of say 15 minutes each game and then the rest of the games are short highlights of a minute or two with the goals and any other key action. The programme on Saturday night can run for about just over an hour to nearly 2 hours depending on how many games they have to get through and is then repeated with a shorter cut down version early on a Sunday morning.

          It is one of the longest running programmes in British TV history and it's not hard to see why as it's got the right mix of football and footall talk and I really think Gary Lineker is good so that helps too.

          Worth watching for anyone who is as passionate about their football as I am..

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          22.03.2010 00:07
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          Love football? Love Match of the day!

          Match of the day is brilliant, I was so pleased when the BBC started showing this again after taking over from 'The Premiership' on itv. That really was awful.

          For anyone who does not know what Match of the day is about, it is basically highlights of all the action and goals from the Premiership matches held that day. The show also has a panel of pundits who will comment on the game and the tactics after.

          Match of the day has some great commentators and pundits, John Motson and Gary Linekar have to be the best though in my opinion.

          What I think is good about the show is that the pundits don't dive into the tactics and talk about it too much, I think most will agree with me when I say that this doesn't really bother me and I just want to see the action.

          The show also briefly shows the press interviews held with the managers and certain players after the match, these are normally heavily cut down (which is a good thing) and are also quite good.

          The show also runs a competition at the end of each month, which is goal of the month. This is shown at the end of the months episode with their 10 selected top goals, you then rate which one is the best and if you match their decision have a chance of winning a prize. This is normally tickets for a match.

          Overall I think this is a must view for any football fan who is spending a Saturday night in, it's great for summing up all the action!

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          28.02.2010 00:05
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          A great programme!

          I love Match of the Day - I think it's one of the best shows on television. The reason I like it is because it gives me an overview of the day's football. I don't have Sky and it's impossible to listen to every Premiership game on the radio, so I enjoy a Saturday night roundup.

          Match of the Day shows highlights of the key football games that were played that day, the programme usually include top of the table and bottom of the table clashes. Once the highlights have been shown, the pundits discuss the game, any controversial decisions and the impact the result will have on the future. They go back to the highlights and freeze the screen to illustrate certain points.

          I think that Gary Lineker is a great presenter - he links the matches really well and bounces off the other pundits really well. He links everybody together because although he has valid opinions, football's Mr. Nice Guy (he didn't get any yellow or a red card in his whole 17 year career), usually gets on with the other pundits - he is quite a placid character and he resolves any heated football debate quickly and effectively. He is also good at asking the questions that the audience want answers to - about particular teams, their form and the fate or certain players. Adrian Chiles also hosts the show and he takes on a similar role as Lineker, his friendly yet authoritative manner moves the show along nicely.

          There are a number of pundits that regularly appear on the MOTD couch. Being an ex-Liverpool player Alan Hansen is very anti-Manchester United and sometimes I find myself shouting at the television when he mocks my team. However, although I find some of his opinions controversial, I think he is a good pundit, he is articulate, he expresses his opinions well and he is a valued member of the MOTD team.

          Alan Shearer also regularly appears, he's had a long football career and I think he gives a valuable insight because he's had a long career and he's shown loyalty to one club for along time. I think Shearer is good because he is represents what football was about before money and Shakes became a part of it! He's also had a stint managing, so he understands the game from different angles.

          I hate to generalise, but some footballers do come across as thick, so articulate players may find themselves on the MOTD couch one their careers have ended. My tip for the football pundit of the future is Gary Neville, he had a stint discussing football matches when he was out of the last World Cup and I thought he was fantastic.

          I love Match of the Day and it is part of my Saturday night ritual. It provides fans with a great roundup of the day's matches.

          Five out of five stars.

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            16.02.2010 22:24
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            A great footie show

            In general you either love football or hate it, if you hate it, well, this program is not for you; so you can stop reading and go read a book (or some of my other reviews, arf arf).

            Ok. So it's for footie fans which is pretty obvious and as I am one (I won't mention what team I 'glory hunt' - hint) I thought I'd comment on how good a program it is from a football fans perspective.

            The show has been running now since 1964 and is shown on BBC1 on nearly every Saturday during the English football season (it's also occasionally on midweek on Wednesday, if there are some games played). The show is hosted by Gary Linekar (once the chinny legend Jimmy Hill) with regular guest analysts; Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Lee Dixon and Alan Shearer.
            It shows highlights of the English Barclays premier league fixtures. Also has a goal of the month competition which is now just for fun (after getting in trouble with their voting system a few years back)

            I basically love it but it has its flaws which keep it from being a 5 star program. One big problem is that its on so late, ok I know sky has rights and some of the games have just finished a few hours earlier but its still hard to stay a wake for those of us without sky plus. Its repeat show is also on way too early in the morning. How about showing it again at 11 in the morning bbc?
            It's not on the iplayer so if I'm away (not that I ever am!) I might not be able to watch it and therefore I can never catch up! Also some midweek games completely get lost and if I didn't have sky sports news I'd never get to see the goals at least.
            The next point is personal, Alan Shearer, I just can't stand the man (messiah haha).

            On the plus side great highlights of the day's games with the best games given extended time as it should be. So a great program but not a 5 star one and one just for football fans.

            Tony

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              07.02.2010 07:26
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              Football fans already know...

              Match of the Day is the definitive round up on Saturday's English Premier League action. It features every match played, including all the goals and important incidents. Of course, it can't cover the Sunday games (of which there are an ever increasing number), but Match of the Day 2 serves well for that.

              Usually on at around 10.35 on a Saturday, following the BBC World and National News, Match of the Day is ideally positioned as Saturday night viewing for those who haven't ventured out.

              Normally hosted by Gary Lineker, and featuring two pundits (often a mix up between Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Lee Dixon, or someone else), each game is shown in varying lengths, depending on the teams involved and the number of goals scored. Obviously a big match between Manchester United and Liverpool, even if it finishes 0-0, is going to be shown first, whereas a game like Wolves and Wigan, even if it finished 3-3, is probably not going to feature first. This is one negative point - but then they are trying to cater towards more viewers.

              Another negative is how long they spend on analysis. I am all for a little bit of dissection of mistakes or brilliance, but this seems to be taking on an even more evolved status now, with sometimes very detailed critique of defensive or attacking performances, when all we really want to do is watch the next match.

              Overall though, if you don't have Sky, Match of the Day offers the best chance to see Saturday's action, within only a few hours of it happening.

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              16.01.2010 00:39
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              Football round up done brilliantly.

              Words cannot express how much this show means to me, so really I should be stopping here and shutting my big trap.

              Unfortunately though I'm going to try and do this show justice. Right from the start the theme music itself is extremely catchy and iconic. The basic premise is that it showcase football, particularly the English premiership on Saturday evening mostly, but sometimes it uses the MOTD label for feature legnth games like the FA cup for example.

              In every show, normally there are two or three feature legnth games shown with in depth analysis afterwards by a selection of "pundits" , ex footballers. Normally this is Alen Hansen and Mark Lawrenson, but the shift is normally shared with some others regulars too. It is normally presented by Gary Lineker but has some stand-ins on occasion like Gabby Logan. There are also other features like goal of the month to keep you entertained and sometimes they do a focus or review on another aspect to the game.

              What I love about it is the delivery and production. The BBC keep it simple and staightforward without gimmicks, the conversation is pure and strictly football mostly. Also there are no adverts which means you can relax and enjoy the experience of uninterupted broadcasting. They select their guests carefully and its more thoughtful about the game. In my opinionit captures the days football brilliantly and when you watch this you know you are not going to get a crude vulgar serialisation of the game. It even on occasion goes into the political side to the game with a careful thought and consideration.

              It is certainly not a heap of rubbish like the highlights when they where shown on a certain other station which I won't mention.

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                2/5

                As a big fan of football, it's obviously an highlight to catch up on all the goals and action from the best league in the World just a few hours after being played.

                Match of the Day is usually on BBC1 on a Saturday night, and shows the goals and action from all the games in the Barclay's Premier League on that day. If there are any games on the Sunday, then you can catch these highlights on Sunday night on Match of the Day 2 on BBC2. MOTD is presented by Gary Linekar, and his guests are usually former Liverpool players Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson.

                The host and pundits usually concentrate on the biggest games, involving the biggest teams more and then when near the end of the program try and get the rest of the action in, which they usually only show small clips of.

                They often have a goal of the month competition too, which allows the viewers to pick their goal of the month of a select few, and be in with a chance of winning tickets to a game of their choice.

                However, SkySports have now created a program called Football First, which shows extended highlights, (usually the full game of your choice), which is far superior than the BBC equivalent, and I'd rather watch that than watch MOTD. There are a few things that I dislike about MOTD, but it's mainly the presenters and pundits as I believe they are not the best and SkySports have much better one's and present the show better. I'd also rather watch a full game from my team, rather than watch a quick two minute highlight reel of the game.

                I'd only recommend MOTD to those who like to watch all the action from every single game, and those who do not have a SkySports subscription, as this may be your only outlet. I would give MOTD a 2/5.

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                23.11.2009 10:10
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                The legendary highlights show on the BBC

                Any football fan will agree this makes up a staple part of their diet. This is of course Match of the Day.

                Shown on BBC One every Saturday night during the Premier League football season, it's been broadcast for decades and is part of the culture of being a football fan. Simple as that.

                Nowadays hosted by ex-footballer Gary Lineker, it's had famous names such as Jimmy Hill and Des Lynam host it in the past as they broadcast to us through our television the wonders of the top league in English football.

                Of course, with this being the day and age of satellite broadcasting, there's no longer the ten games kicking of at 3pm on a Saturday, and rather just four or five usually and often there's three or four on a Sunday instead - hence the advent of Match of the Day 2 - but those games that are played on a Saturday will be shown each evening on the show.

                Usually the show will differs it's length in coverage of each game - there'll tend to be a 'main game' - often the one of most importance regarding the league or most exciting if it can't be defined in terms of important league positions. This will get roughly ten to fifteen minutes of coverage, with highlights of all the matches action, and then post-match comments from managers or players. It'll then revert back to the studio where Lineker will be joined by two pundits - often selected from Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer - but there are exceptions to this rule of who joins him on the sofa.

                They'll mull over important points in the match and explain how and why it happened, or from a defensive point of view, why it shouldn't have happened. This formula will work on the next couple of games as gradually the amount of time given to each game shortens. That's not to say the last couple of games get thirty seconds each and nothing else, but items such as the teams coming onto the pitch and 'lesser' incidents won't be shown in comparison to the main games.

                Each game does of course have a commentator, some of which are household names, such as John Motson, and some who are coming through the commentary ranks at the BBC and can also be heard on other channels or radio stations.

                MOTD has become an institution - you know when it'll be on and you know what to expect - there was that time a few years back where it nearly disappeared from our screens for good when ITV got the rights to show the highlights each weekend, but thankfully the powers that be saw sense and paid the money to bring it back to the Beeb. Of course, those who despise football will see this show as nightmare. But they can have X-Factor, we'll have Match of the Day thanks!

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                  Unfortunately its impact is lessening

                  Match of the Day

                  Match of the Day is a football highlights programme that has been running for over 40 years on the BBC (apart from a short break a few years ago when ITV had the tv rights). Hosted now by Gary Lineker, it has been a part of every football fans life growing up and beyond.

                  The format of Match of the Day doesn't really change. The highlights of the biggest games of the day are shown first to give them most coverage and the lesser important games are shown later on. After each game, the pundits in the studio try to explain the main things that happened during the game. This can be showing how a defender was out of position for a goal or how a midfielder skill fully dissected the opposition with a perfectly timed pass.

                  Being able to see all the days games, and now Sundays highlights as well on Match of the Day 2, was always handy, especially for those people who don't have Sky. Unfortunately, those of us who are lucky enough to be able to see the games on Sky are treated to much better coverage than Match of the Day can provide. Not only are the big games shown live but the highlights programmes are a lot better as well. On a Saturday night Sky shows a whole game and then after it's over they show extended highlights of all the other games. These are on before Match of the Day starts which mean that if you have time it's better to go for the Sky option.

                  The other problem with Match of the Day in comparison to Sky's football programmes are the commentators. Unfortunately, the BBC ones just aren't very good. If you watch a game listening to Andy Gray and Martin Tyler you will never want to have to listen to Mark Lawrenson again. The in-studio pundits are also much better. The detail they go into and the way in which they explain everything makes watching the reviews of the games more interesting and also educational...well educational in a footballing sense anyway!

                  While Match of the Day will always be a programme we've all watched during our lives it seems that its impact is lessening. With more and more people having access to the live games the need for the programme isn't as great, especially when Sky have so much else on offer. Unless they are able to get better game analysis I think they'll struggle to keep viewer interest as much as they have previously. It's a good option for those who don't have Sky but for those that do, Match of the Day is close to the final whistle, or at least injury time.

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                  Match of the Day - MotD

                  Match of the Day is a footballing show broadcast on BBC 1 on a saturday night usually at 10.30pm. It shows all of the Barclays Premier league games from that day.

                  Match of the Day has been running since 1964, and is one the BBC's longest running shows, although not having been on continually since then.

                  Usually presented by Gary Linekar, he and two other guest present the highlights of the games, and anaylse them, their results and how it may impact the premiership season and each club's future.

                  Gary is usually joined by one of two from, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Lee Dixon and Alan Shearer.

                  Linekar is a great presenter and whom ever he is joined by there is always lots of friendly banter between the presenters.

                  The coverage is always of great quality, with unbiased commentary and analysis, and each team is usually given a fair share of air time, depending on the events of that week and in the game.

                  MotD is also avaliable to watch live on the bbc website, in the U.K, although it is not able to watch on the BBC iplayer, due to licensing laws.

                  Overall much better than any other channels coverage.

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