SBS Australia Reveals Team for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
The countdown is well and truly on for one of the biggest sporting events in the world – the 21st FIFA World Cup, and Australia’s SBS has again secured world exclusive commentary from the iconic international ‘voice of football’, Martin Tyler, who will join SBS Chief Football Analyst Craig Foster hosting his fifth FIFA World Cup and The World Game’s Lucy Zelic live in Russia (both pictured).
As football fans prepare to see legends of the game Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Salah play for their countries, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil and Egypt respectively, in a once in a lifetime parade of FIFA World Cup superstars, SBS has also revealed its creative campaign, We All Speak Football, alongside the expert broadcast team.
SBS’s coverage of the tournament will feature in-depth analysis of every team by former Socceroo Captain Foster, who will co-host SBS’s match of the day coverage together with Zelic live from the studio in Red Square, free and in HD on SBS, the FIFA World Cup app and online via The World Game. The pair will also host a daily live highlights show that will cover all 64 games and feature special guests hailing from all over the world to share a range of perspectives on each day’s events.
Sports journalist David Basheer and former Australian footballer Craig Moore will join Zelic, Foster and Tyler, taking pride of place in the SBS commentary box to call every Socceroos match.
Pitch-side tournament coverage and the best access on the ground will come from David Zdrilic, returning to Australian television especially for this year’s competition, and a number of SBS reporters will round out the roving reporting team in Russia.
SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp, said, “We’re extremely proud of our football heritage at SBS and we are pleased to again be offering Australians the most experienced group of football broadcasting professionals presenting the comprehensive trusted analysis we are known for, live from Russia.
“It’s SBS’s first World Cup without our beloved Les Murray, a.k.a. Mr Football, and we’re committed to doing Les and the broader football community who will miss him proud. The campaign, We All Speak Football, taps into the unifying nature of the sport that bonds the world’s diverse communities, and the fact that the World Cup is the absolute representation of this spirit.”
SBS will broadcast the match of the day, every day of the tournament, live, free and in HD on television including all Socceroos matches, semi-finals and finals, totalling 25 matches across the month. SBS’s coverage will begin with a blockbuster weekend of football featuring the opening match, Russia v Saudi Arabia, on June 14, and Australia taking on France at the family friendly time of 8pm on Saturday 16 June AEST.
SBS Radio will bring Australians all 64 matches live from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in English and in the languages of the teams competing. SBS Radio English coverage will feature expert analysis by former Matilda striker Kate Gill, former Socceroos goalkeeper Clint Bolton and current Melbourne City FC defender Scott Jamieson. Audiences will experience the passion of commentary in their language for free in the 2018 FIFA World Cup app, SBS Radio app and nationwide on SBS 1, SBS 2, SBS 3, SBS Arabic24, on digital TV and online.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia kicks off on June 14 live, free and in HD on SBS.
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