Football galore all around the clock

2018-05-30 06:00
At SuperSport’s launch of the 24-hour World Cup channel on Thursday (24/05) in Johannesburg are from the left SuperSport presenter Neil Andrews, Dwight Yorke and Matthew Booth. Photo: Supplied

At SuperSport’s launch of the 24-hour World Cup channel on Thursday (24/05) in Johannesburg are from the left SuperSport presenter Neil Andrews, Dwight Yorke and Matthew Booth. Photo: Supplied

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Some of the biggest names in the game of football have been secured by SuperSport to underpin this year’s broadcast of the Fifa World Cup in Russia, beginning on 14 June.

These greats in their own right have achieved at diffe­rent levels around the globe.

SuperSport announced the panel at the launch of the 24-hour World Cup channel on Thursday (24/05) in Johannesburg.

These greats include Yaya Toure, one of the most celebrated African players of the past decade. He will be joined by straight-talking Jay-Jay Okocha, Dwight Yorke – one half of the deadly duo which spearheaded Manchester United’s charge to a historical treble in 1999 – plus former Manchester United and Everton fullback Phil Neville and Italian maestro Gianfranco Zola, one of Chelsea’s greatest players.

Other local and African guests doing SuperSport duty include Samson Siasia, Shaun Bartlett, Gavin Hunt, Andre Arendse and Benni McCarthy.

The presenters will be made up of the experienced foursome of Robert Marawa, Carol Tshabalala, Neil Andrews and Andy Townsend.

With a 24-hour World Cup channel already on air, the broadcast offering will be supplemented on Friday (01/06) with the launch of another 24-hour high definition World Cup channel (SS3) that will run until 15 July. It will include pre-World Cup friendlies.

There will be build-ups for all matches with top analysis and insights from some of the sharpest minds in the game, plus world class graphics and technology to enhance coverage in the brand-new high definition studio that launches in June. Post-match wraps will also feature, guaranteeing the most in-depth coverage.

Language options will be English, Portuguese, pidgin English, Swahili, Zulu and Sotho.

The global spectacle kicks off on 14 June with the opening ceremony at 15:00 and the first match (Russia vs Saudi Arabia) at 17:00.

Supplementary programming will include From Russia With Love, a lifestyle magazine show to air on weekends and designed to capture the sights and sounds of the World Cup in Russia and transport it back home to Africa. The show will be anchored by Minnie Dlamini with Thato Moeng and Charles Anazodo providing inserts from other regions.

There will be a daily one-hour news special on SuperSport Blitz during week days (07:00 to 08:00), anchored by Julia Stuart and Crystal Arnold with former Russian club players Matthew Booth and Stanton Fredericks, plus Lucas Radebe on hand to add ballast to the broadcasts.

Bulletins will include updates and news stories, plus updates from the Nigeria camp.

FanFest, a show that has supporters at its core, will broadcast every Saturday at 10:00 on SS3, simulcast on Mzansi Magic. Stuart will be the main host with two celebrity guest presenters.

In addition, Nigeria FanFest will be broadcast at the same time in Nigeria with Mozez Praiz hosting.

For fans with more acute interests, Master Plan – to broadcast twice weekly on SS3 – will focus on strategic and tactical analysis with former Republic of Ireland World Cup player Andy Townsend in the driving seat.

He will have a range of digital toys to help him, including the telestrator, touch screen and player tracking data.

Completing the broadcast experience is Insights, a preview and review show set against the backdrop of different destinations hosted by Phil Neville. It will include in-depth chats with ex-football players focusing on tactics, injuries and goals.

In the digital space, SuperSport.com will have a dedicated section (www.supersport.com/football/fifa-world-cup-2018) with video content and editorial around the tournament, as well as direct links to DStv Now to stream and Catch Up on all the action.

SuperSport’s social media platforms will be on top of all Fifa World Cup content, publishing real-time updates and proactive pieces to keep audiences engaged.

SuperSport’s first-ever live-streamed soccer show on Facebook, On The Ball, will also be available. This is a fan-focused show with a fun feel that will tap into the drama of the Fifa World Cup.

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