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Presenter faces barrage of abuse on Twitter for fronting opening ceremony less than a fortnight after his World Cup stint
The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony divided opinion, with some praising John Barrowmans kiss and the dancing Tunnocks teacakes, and others criticising the cringeworthy lyrics of the opening song. However, Twitter users seemed united in complaining about the BBCs choice of Gary Lineker, fresh from a month of fronting its World Cup coverage, as lead presenter of the Games. Scottish viewers in particular appeared to take umbrage at the fact that Lineker was fronting the opening night of the BBCs 11 days of coverage (alongside St Andrews-born Hazel Irvine).
Get that prick Lineker off my Country's Commonwealth Games. Are there no Scottish presenters ?
Why is Gary Lineker even going this programme?? #bbcglasgow2014 #Glasgow2014 #CommonwealthGames
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In accordance with a recent trend that has seen similar articles written about Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Celtic, let’s move on to another top British club.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have attracted some of the biggest names in world football to White Hart Lane over the years – Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa signed for the club fresh from winning the World Cup in 1978, 1990 World Cup stars Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker were plying their trade at Spurs when they helped England reached the semi finals of said tournament, German international striker and World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann joined in 1994 and the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have made their names at Spurs before going on to make the grade at Real Madrid.
But those are players who have played for Spurs – what »
- Kev Stewart
Despite uttering the infamous line "you can't win anything with kids", Alan Hansen went on to become one of the longest-running and most well-respected football pundits in the UK.
With a place to fill, Digital Spy has selected 11 potential candidates to replace Hansen as the next full-time pundit from the 2014/15 season onwards.
1. Gary Neville
The BBC may be tempted to sensationally poach arguably the best pundit working today in Gary Neville. Sky are highly unlikely to let the older Neville leave, but he would bring a modern, technology-filled touch to proceedings. Despite only working on TV for a couple of seasons, he has already built a reputation as an intelligent expert, rather than just an ex-player saying a few words on screen. »
On Sunday, many of Earths humans sat watching the World Cup Final. But a few million geeks knew that however Angela Merkel was going to react, the real big event last night was coming at half-time: the first proper-proper glimpse of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Gary Lineker talked sheepishly about something coming next month. And so it all began again.
Let's be honest: the recent six-month break from Doctor Who is the best thing that could have ever happened to the fandom. The pre- and post-50th anniversary tension made us all crazy. Six months of sanity has allowed us to recharge and dive headlong into internet speculation anew. We had Girls and Happy Valley and Looking and Fargo to enjoy. Life felt weirdly peaceful.
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- Dan Martin
Celebrity Masterchef has topped the primetime ratings for a second night running.
Watched by an average audience of 3.96 million (20.6%) at 8.30pm, BBC One's celebrity cooking show was Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps.
BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.58 million (16.6%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.36 million (16.9%) for The Great Property Race at 7.30pm.
Ahead of his final appearance as pundit at this year's World Cup final on Sunday, BBC One paid tribute to Alan Hansen with a look back at his career.
ITV delivered consistent ratings for its entertainment offerings outside of soaps, entertaining 3.1 million (16.5%) with The Cruise Ship at 8pm and 2.26 million (11.8%) with Doc Martin at 9pm.
The return of The Million Pound Drop on Channel 4 was seen by 830k (4.5%) at 8pm. The ratings picked »
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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club have boasted some wonderful players both in the distant past – with the likes of Dave Mackay, Jimmy Greaves, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker all having plied their trade at White Hart Lane – and in recent years – Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov, Teddy Sheringham and Ledley King to name but a few – and they’ve got quite a few on the books at the moment, with Hugh Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Sandro and Christian Eriksen being just a few of those that stand out.
The North London club have also had a number of players who, on paper, seemed like good signings, but who just didn’t work out – Sergei Rebrov and David Bentley spring to mind, while the likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho are yet to prove their worth having become Spurs’ three »
- Kev Stewart
The BBC is easily winning the battle of the pundits at the 2014 World Cup, according to poll results.
The survey reveals that - despite getting complaints over its commentary and mocked on social media at various points during the tournament - fans still prefer the BBC's team to ITV's offering from Brazil.
Digital Spy's poll of nearly 4,000 fans had an overwhelming 73.90% backing the BBC as their favourite, while ITV lagged behind with 17.64%.
8.46% said that they opted to stick the TV on mute to avoid TV pundits altogether.
In defence of ITV Sport's World Cup coverage
The BBC came under fire earlier in the tournament over Phil Neville's debut as a co-commentator in England's match against Italy and lead commentator Jonathan Pearce was also ridiculed for failing to get his head around the use of new goal-line technology.
DS reader Hendo9 said: "The pundits who have been in place across both channels, »
The battle of the pundits between the BBC and ITV at recent major tournaments has been something of a one-sided competition.
Poor old ITV. A bit like watching England taking part in a penalty shoot-out - no matter who they tried giving the ball to, they always ended up fluffing it on the big occasion. However, in 2014, something seems to have changed.
In Defence of.... ITV Sport's World Cup coverage
Pundit Watch: Chiles and ITV get a frosty reception
Jonathan Pearce gets Twitter ridicule
Pundit Watch: Whispering Neville, Thierry's cardie and Pearce's bungle
Ever since Gary Lineker took the helm at the BBC, his mix of cheeky-one liners, cracking tan and affable charm have smoothed over the cracks of the occasionally stiff and one-dimensional coverage.
Danny Baker has criticised the amount of former footballers as pundits currently on TV.
The broadcaster described football punditry as a "bogus science", and said that the type of contributors on the BBC and ITV at this year's World Cup are not reflecting the interests of fans.
In Defence Of... ITV Sport's World Cup coverage
Baker - who presents a World Cup show on BT Sport - told Radio Times: "Anyone who takes football in any degree seriously and treats it like a science that we study - mainly the people who sit on sofas on mainstream television like [Us Presidential monument] Mount Rushmore and pore over this stuff like Nostradamus like you can predict it, are wrong.
"It's the same old thing. Football punditry is the most bogus science. You know, we [England] are not the best team in the world, but it is very hard to say consistently who is. Football's chaos. »
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The 2014 World Cup is well under way and while England may have been knocked out after two disappointing defeats, some of the world’s most exciting footballers are still strutting their stuff in the high temperatures of Brazil.
This year’s competition has seen goals galore as we near the end of the group stages, with twice as many at this point than there was in South Africa in 2010.
France and the Netherlands have already shown the free scoring nature against Switzerland and Spain, both scoring five goals and setting the standard for the rest of the tournament.
Some notable names have not made the list despite holding goal scoring pedigree.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa and Mario Ballotelli have not been included either because they failed to make it through to the knockout round or they are standout names in otherwise average looking teams. »
- Jamie Bassett
Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet follows the footballer from his beginnings in Portugal, breakthrough start with Manchester United and current career at Real Madrid.
Interviewees for the official documentary, directed by Tara Pirina, include David Beckham, Pele, Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Gary Lineker, Sir Bobby Charlton and Ronaldo himself.
The film is available to stream now through self-distribution platform Vimeo for $14.99 or $4.99 rental.
The description for the movie reads: "Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet takes us far beyond the coiffed hair, devastating good looks, and lavish lifestyle. Behind the fast cars, expensive threads, and model girlfriends stands a tremendous athlete, carved and sculpted by relentless dedication and God-given talent. He is the most polarising sports figure in the world.
"Ronaldo is the most discussed athlete on the planet and, »
England are, quite probably, on their way out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Following two defeats, they now not only need to beat Costa Rica in their last group game on Tuesday, they also need Italy to win their two remaining matches - against Costa Rica tonight (Friday, June 20) and Uruguay next week.
Mario Balotelli is already trying to extort a kiss from Her Majesty for an Italian Job to help us on our way. And now, the BBC's Gary Lineker has expressed his support for the boys in blue.
.@GaryLineker is supporting Italy today - what are you doing to support the Azzurri? Tweet using #bbcworldcup pic.twitter.com/sLXA7v2RNy
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 20, 2014England being England, we're fully expecting Italy to hold up their end of the bargain, only for Joel Campbell to break our hearts with a last-minute winner next week. Sigh. »
I never thought I'd ever say this, but ITV aren't as bad as everyone makes out when it comes to live football. Hear me out - it's not as crazy as it may first sound.
For years, I've been baffled that anyone would choose to watch ITV over BBC One if given the choice. However, as this year's World Cup has proved so far, both channels have had their fair share of gaffes and errors.
The BBC is pretty stellar when it comes to live tennis, snooker, athletics and many other sports, and Match of the Day is clearly light years ahead of ITV's The Premiership, but has ITV suddenly gained back some ground this year?
There's probably two words that you're thinking which throws out my argument: Adrian Chiles. The former BBC man has become the face of ITV football, possibly because they're stuck with him and don't know where to plonk him. »
The BBC's World Cup coverage launched in full over the weekend and despite having approximately 456 pundits flown out to Brazil, somebody, somewhere thought it was a smart idea to give Phil Neville his first big co-commentary gig in the England v Italy game.
Don't worry, Phil, there's only 15 million people watching. Nobody will notice if you get off to a shaky start. Oh, hang on.
Barely registering above a whisper, Neville sounded like he'd come straight off the set of Jamaica Inn. Throw in a staccato presentation manner, which meant that he barely broke into sentences longer than half a dozen lines long (Was he actually being really smart and speaking in Haikus?), and you've got a recipe for one the most simultaneously snooze-inducing »
We understand that not everybody loves football. However, there are some World Cup moments that transcend the sport.
Some of these moments are beautiful and emotional tales of triumph against adversity and heroism. But others are just really, really funny. The latter are our personal favourites.
Here are eight of the funniest World Cup moments, which can be enjoyed by even football haters.
1. The time Gary Lineker pooped himself
You know Gary Lineker. The silky smooth BBC host with the silver fox hair, the Ronseal tan and cheeky selection of one-liners? Yeah, him. He once pooped himself on the football pitch during World Cup 1990. Seriously.
You'll never be able to look at him the same way again.
2. Diana Ross and the greatest penalty kick of all time
No matter how many times you watch it, it's never not funny.
Diana Ross was a central part of the USA's spectacular opening »
Celebrity MasterChef's return was down slightly on last year's opener, according to overnight data.
The cooking competition served up 4.4 million (21.6%) at 9pm, which is down around 300,000 viewers from last August. Later, Gary Lineker's Brazil special scored 1.8m (16.6%) at 10.45pm.
ITV's repeat of Endeavour attracted 2.4m (11.8%) at 8pm (277k/1.5% on +1).
On Channel 4, Location, Location, Location interested 1.6m (7.9%) at 8pm (130k/0.6%), while The Complainers brought in 1.2m (5.9%) at 9pm (156k/1.0%). Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares entertained 922k (5.8%) at 10pm (142k/1.7%).
Channel 5's Dog Rescuers was seen by 1.2m (6.0%) at 8pm (142k/0.7%), while the latest CSI thrilled 1.3m (6.2%) at 9pm (123k/0.8%). Big Brother: Power Trip continued with 1.2m (7.5%) at 10pm (103k/1.2%).
On E4, New Girl tickled 529k (2.6%) at 9pm (171k/1.0%), followed by The Mindy Project with 147k »
There's nothing new about Gary Lineker's trawl through Brazil's World Cup highs and lows but it's still magic
I know, I did David Beckham's little Brazilian adventure yesterday. Now this: Lineker in Brazil: The Beautiful Game (BBC1). This is a column mainly about former England captains in Rio de Janeiro. The place must be crawling with them. Tomorrow we'll be focusing mainly on Bryan Robson's samba school, then capoeira with Tony Adams
Gary's not discovering himself, though, he's here to talk about football: understandably, given what's just about to happen. Talk football with Ronaldo original Ronaldo, Fat Ronaldo. Even Fatter Ronaldo now, he's the balloon d'or. Who ate all the empanadas?
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- Sam Wollaston
Celebrity Fifteen to One: Channel 4, 8pm
The success of a one-off episode last year has resulted in four more celebrity instalments of the general knowledge quiz, where contestants nominate each other to answer questions, until there is only one left.
The World Cup's 50 Greatest Moments: BBC Three, 8.35pm
World Cup winners Leonardo, Thierry Henry and Bobby Charlton and England goalscorers Gary Lineker and Michael Owen all contribute as well as Jls's Jb Gill, Lethal Bizzle, Trevor Nelson, Greg James and Russell Brand.
Emma Willis welcomes the second group of contestants to join last night's housemates »
The BBC are to stream England's 1966 World Cup match in full online today (May 30).
BBC Sport will present the classic match against West Germany as if it were a live match from 12 noon.
World Cup Rewind will include the BBC's modern treatment, including live updates, punditry comments and Twitter reactions.
The interactive programme will examine every single penalty ever taken at the World Cup, using video, graphics and text.
Lineker said: "Penalty shootouts: just the thought is enough to give any England fan a nightmare. England have the worst record in penalty shootouts at World Cups, losing on penalties three times and only scoring from seven of the 14 shoot-out penalties they've taken.
"Italy's Roberto Baggio said his penalty miss in the 1994 final affected him for years Often cruel, »
The comic and his dad Michael will host a World Cup edition of the chat show on Tuesday, June 3 at 10pm on BBC Three.
The pair will also return for a Father's Day special later in the month.
Backchat features games and quizzes with celebrity guests, while Jack's father Michael interjects with questions and observations.
Watch a clip from the first series below: »
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