Match of the Day

WATCH: Match Of The Day's Report On The Hillsborough Disaster (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Sport

Unlike Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest, Marc-Vivien Foé's death and other unbelievably traumatic events at a football match, the Hillsborough disaste...

Is Nothing Sacred? Brand To Appear On Match Of The Day

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Sport

Is nothing sacred any more? In its 50th year, Match of the Day will feature Russell Brand as a pundit. Jack Wilshere, Michael Dawson And Scott Park...

'Match of the Day Is Too White'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Sport

'Match of the Day' has too many white men on its lineup and needs to become more diverse. That is the criticism of the BBC's director of televisio...

The World Cup Draw: The Epitome of Football Hyperbole

Tristan Cross | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Sport
Tristan Cross

I have read reams of comment pieces and watched hours of footage dedicated to the celebration of this wondrous occurrence, this life-altering experience, this brief encounter with the sublime, with each anecdote compounding my crushing sense of regret at having failed to watch the World Cup 2014 group draw live. And then I had an epiphany: perhaps, just maybe, perhaps I didn't actually miss much at all?

Match Of The Day Legend Hill Suffering From Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Sport

English football pioneer Jimmy Hill is suffering from Alzheimer's amid simmering tensions in his family over his treatment and care. Hill, 85, went...

Lineker Wants Beckham On Match Of The Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Sport

Gary Lineker says he would love David Beckham to replace Alan Hansen as the new Match of the Day pundit. Hansen will leave the BBC after 22 years f...

Alan Hansen To Leave BBC Match Of The Day

The Daily Telegraph | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Sport

Alan Hansen will end his 22-year association with Match of the Day next summer after revealing his intention to retire as the BBC's leading pundit fol...

What's A Gary Worth?

Nick Abbot | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Sport
Nick Abbot

Gary Lineker thinks that criticism of his £2million salary at the BBC is the downside to working there and that he could get more elsewhere. Yes, THAT Gary Lineker, the one that sits opposite the Scottish one on a show that would not miss him if he were gone.

Unpredictability Still Leads to Predictability

Mark Chapman | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Sport
Mark Chapman

I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.

Dropped To The Bench

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Sport

The maligned Mark Lawrenson has been handed a "reduced role" by the BBC in a bid to revive their flagging flagship programme, Match of the Day. Alt...

Match Of The Day Is Broken, and It's in Desperate Need of Being Fixed

Raj Bains | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Sport
Raj Bains

The likes of Alan Shearer, Alan Hanson, Mark Lawrenson, Garth Crooks and Martin Keown do little to help the dwindling cause, providing about as much entertaining and well balanced analysis as you'd expect from a John Terry lecture in to the merits of celibacy.

Adrian's Lucky Escape

PA | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

TV star Adrian Chiles has told how he struggled to get out of a river "torrent" hours before covering an England game. The football presenter and p...

A Step In The Right Direction?

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Sport

Colin Murray has been axed by the BBC as Match of the Day 2 presenter in favour of Radio Five Live's Mark Chapman. Chapman is regarded as a more su...

Four Things Match of the Day Must Do to Avoid Becoming Extinct

Stephen Hull | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Sport
Stephen Hull

MOTD is a programme with no unique selling point. The biggest issues generally boil down to how bad and overpaid the presenters are or Lawro's hideous choice of shirt. MOTD does little more than lull me into sleep - and that's a terrible failing by the BBC.

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Jen Offord | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Sport
Jen Offord

I'm really not qualified to go into any real detail on the match in which I have participated. Though I did rip off a few choice phrases from Alan Hansen's Match of the Day punditry, in my youth, and I still wheel them out from time to time.

Samuel Luckhurst

Match Of The Day's Demise: Alan Partridge-Inspired Buffoonery

HuffingtonPost.com | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Sport

Alan Partridge's TV show suggestions in 1997 are now a case of life imitating art. "Cooking in Prison," Alan suggested, so Channel 4 gave us Gordon Ra...

Samuel Luckhurst

Manic Monday Musings: Premier League Talking Points

HuffingtonPost.com | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Sport

Manchester City's 5-0 win over Aston Villa felt a helluva lot better as United surrendered with an anaemic defeat at Norwich City after Chelsea had su...

Match of the Day Vs Media Plurality

Henry Cooke | Posted 02.01.2013 | UK Sport
Henry Cooke

It feels disrespectful to criticise an institution, but when you consider Alan Shearer's mumblings are publically funded, it's worthwhile questioning the established order. Why is Match of the Day allowed to consistently underperform?

'So-Called Pundits Don't Know The Dynamics Of A Team' - Rodgers Slates Shearer Over Allen

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer's analysis of midfielder Joe Allen in the team. Shearer sugge...

Cole Hits Back At Shearer After MOTD Preach

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Sport

Ashley Cole has become embroiled in another Twitter row after the Chelsea full-back endorsed a tweet criticising Alan Shearer for his comments on Matc...

BBC v Sky: Battle of the Pointless Pundits

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Sport
Iddo Goldfarb

We've swapped urbane, well-briefed and articulate interlocutors like Clare Balding, John Inverdale and Michael Johnson for slack-jawed rubes who struggle to recall the number of players fielded by a team and say things like "for me, it's a game of two halves and at the end of the day the lad give 'undred and ten percent in and araand the box."

Redknapp To Join MOTD

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 10.10.2012 | UK Sport

The overwhelming consensus among football fans is the BBC's Match of the Day, with its old boys club back-slapping and severe lack of insight, is in m...

Redknapp Appointed... As A BBC Pundit For The Euros

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Sport

Harry Redknapp, snubbed by the Football Association in favour of Roy Hodgson for the new England manager's job, will act as a BBC pundit at the Europe...

Hansen Apologises For Describing Black Players As 'Coloured' On Match Of The Day

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Entertainment

Former Liverpool footballer Alan Hansen has apologised after describing black players as "coloured" during a debate on Match of the Day. Hansen ang...

Race Row Takes Another Twist

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 06.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Former Liverpool footballer Alan Hansen has angered viewers of Match Of The Day after he twice referred to black players as "coloured" when discussing...