BBC confirm Match of the Day return details.
The BBC have confirmed Match of the Day will return to BBC One on Saturday 12 August.
Gary Lineker returns to host the most-watched football show in the UK on Saturday night which saw more than 25m people tuning in last season, for the expert insight and analysis the show has become so famous for.
MOTD is one of seven regular football programmes on BBC TV. Other shows returning this weekend are MOTD2 (Sundays, 10.30pm on BBC One) and MOTD2 Extra (Sundays, 12.15pm on BBC Two) presented by Mark Chapman, Football Focus (Saturdays, midday on BBC One) with Dan Walker, Final Score (Saturdays, 4.30pm on BBC One) with Jason Mohammed, The Premier League Show (beginning on Wednesday 16 August, then every Thursday, 10pm on BBC Two) with Gabby Logan joined by Lineker and, for young viewers, MOTD Kickabout (Fridays, 7.35am on CBBC). All football programming will feature the new-look BBC Sport brand identity, with the addition of a new touchscreen appearing in many shows.
The BBC also welcomes back its highly experienced and knowledgeable punditry team which includes the Premier League’s record goal-scorer Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Phil Neville, Ruud Gullit, and Martin Keown. They’ll be joined by the likes of Kevin Kilbane, Trevor Sinclair, Mark Lawrenson, John Hartson, Dion Dublin, Garth Crooks and Danny Mills, with the full roster of pundits having scored 711 Premier League goals and lifted 64 major trophies between them. The talented line-up of commentators for the season again includes Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce, Simon Brotherton, Steve Bower and John Motson, in his 50th year of commentary for the BBC.
BBC coverage of the new FA Cup season launched last weekend when, in a broadcasting first, a preliminary match was broadcast live on the BBC Sport website and app. One match from each of the qualifying rounds will be broadcast shown live each fortnight, in the lead-up to the first round proper on Saturday 4 November. Across the season there’ll be up to 16 live FA Cup matches on BBC TV and highlights of every round ending in May when the BBC will again bring wall-to-wall coverage of the FA Cup final throughout the day - a match watched by more than 10m viewers last year.