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BBC to air summer of sporting nostalgia

April 6, 2020

As most of the summer’s major sporting events have been cancelled the BBC is offering audiences a calendar of archive sporting events.

Viewers can relive some of the most epic sporting moments in recent history – including the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Opening Ceremony, a spectacle that celebrated all that is great about Great Britain will air once again this Spring on BBC One and BBC iPlayer along with a number of highlights programmes showcasing the key moments from the rest of London 2012.

For football fans there will be an abundance of content. Featuring in June and July, instead of Euro 2020 the BBC will air some of the most memorable recent international matches – including the best of Euro ‘96 when England hosted the prestigious tournament and Alan Shearer took home the Golden Boot.

Match Of Their Day joins the line up on Saturday nights, as the BBC’s football pundits choose their favourite Premier League matches and top moments from years gone by. These snippets of football content will air straight after the Match Of The Day: Top 10 podcast.

There will also be plenty of domestic football to indulge in with Football Focus continuing every week and classic matches every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. And with no football for fans to go and watch at 3pm on Saturdays, the BBC Sport website and iPlayer will instead keep them entertained by streaming in full some of the best matches from its archive, as part of a weekly Rewind series.

In early July some of the greatest ever moments from Wimbledon return to screens so audiences can watch some of the classic matches from over the decades – including Sir Andy Murray ending the UK’s 77 year wait for a men’s single champion.

In place of this year’s World Snooker Championships in April fans can tune into some of the best matches from Championships gone by, enjoying some of the sport’s best shots and most thrilling games.

And Test Match Special is delving into its rich archive to mark the 40th anniversary of its renowned View From The Boundary feature. Forty of the best episodes, including interviews with Sir Elton John, Malala Yousafzai and John Cleese will be available to listen on BBC Sounds.

Director of Sport, Barbara Slater, said: “In these unprecedented and difficult times we are delighted to bring some of the most incredible sporting events from years gone by to our audiences over the next few months. From glorious moments at the Olympics including the magic of London 2012, thrilling Euro ’96 matches, wonderful Wimbledon moments and the best of World Championship snooker, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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