Peter Crouch and Karen Carney join BBC Sport for new football season



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Former England internationals Peter Crouch, Micah Richards and Karen Carney have all joined the BBC Football group for the new season.

Crouch, 38, revealed his retirement last month while Carney, 31, retired after this summer’s Women’s World Cup.

Former Australia and Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is another new face as Match of the Day speaker Gary Lineker starts his 20 th season at the helm.

MOTD returns this Saturday at 22: 30 BST on BBC One and online.

Following on from the record-breaking audiences that tuned into the Women’s World Cup this summer, the BBC will continue to show a game every weekend from the Women’s Super League on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website starting with Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 8 September.

Likewise on the BBC, the Women’s Football Show returns, showcasing the best of the action from the WSL and the Women’s FA Cup, consisting of both semi-finals and last live, England games as the Lionesses build towards the Olympics and Euro 2021, plus other home countries internationals.

With over 50 major trophies in between them, going back to the studio for the new season and providing their professional football knowledge and experience are Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, Jermaine Jenas, Phil Neville, Alex Scott, Martin Keown, Mark Lawrenson, Danny Murphy, Dion Dublin, Garth Crooks, Kevin Kilbane, Leon Osman and Jon Walters.

Match of the Day, Match of the Day 2, Football Focus and Last Rating return from a brand-new fully 360- degree virtual studio using the most recent in real-time video game rendering technology. All programs will be based within a ‘BBC Sport football arena’.

Starting in September, MOTDx is a brand brand-new magazine programme concentrating on the way of life and culture of the Premier League. Chelcee Grimes, Craig Mitch, Reece Parkinson and Liv Cooke will sign up with regular host Jermaine Jenas and will dive into the world of music, style, culture and football occasions.

The BBC will once again be the home of the males’s FA Cup from the certifying rounds through to the last, beginning with Punjab United v Broadbridge Heath on 10 August. Over 27 million individuals tuned into the BBC’s FA Cup coverage last year and there will be 15 live free-to-air FA Cup matches on TELEVISION this season.

‘ More video games than anybody else’

BBC Radio 5 Live continues to bring listeners live commentary on more Premier League matches than any other UK broadcaster this season, with around 140 matches. The season gets under way this Friday with unique national radio commentary on Liverpool v Norwich at Anfield.

5 Live’s incomparable team of experts, including Jenas, Dublin, Ian Wright, Chris Sutton, Chris Waddle and Pat Nevin are back for the brand-new season, and are now signed up with by previous Chelsea and England international Carney.

Long-running football phone-in show 606 is back each weekend, provided by Sutton and Alistair Bruce-Ball on Saturdays and Robbie Savage on Sundays, while all radio coverage and podcasts are also readily available on BBC Sounds.

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