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Match of the Day returning to BBC1 amid coronavirus with new format

Match of the Day

Story by Jack Foley

MATCH of the Day will return on Saturday (March 21, 2020) as part of a variety of football content on BBC One and BBC iPlayer this weekend.

Football in England has been suspended until at least 30 April because of the coronavirus outbreak. But the BBC will continue to provide programmes featuring interviews, debate and repeats of FA Cup classics.

Match of the Day will be presented in a new visualised version of its podcast, at 22:20 GMT on Saturday, and will feature presenters Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Ian Wright debating the greatest captains of the Premier League era.

Earlier in the day, at 12:00 GMT, Dan Walker will introduce some of the best interviews and features from the season so far on Football Focus.

While at 16:00 GMT, Guy Mowbray unearths some memorable games, including Watford v Arsenal from 1987 and the 1978 match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest, in the first part of his FA Cup quarter-final classics.

The second part, which features Everton v Ipswich in 1985, Derby v Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 and Manchester United v Portsmouth in 2008, is on BBC One on Sunday at 16:40 GMT.

In addition, BBC iPlayer is offering are a range of sport documentaries, as follows…

◾Football Going Vegan
◾Emiliano Sala: A family’s search for the truth
◾Shame In The Game: Racism in football
◾Football Stars in Bad Cars
◾Scotland’s Game
◾Shane Williams: Rugby, concussion and me
◾Hunt v Lauda: F1’s Greatest Racing Rivals
◾Doddie Weir: One more try
◾Inside The Cage: The rise of female fighters
◾John McEnroe: Still rockin’ at 60