Footballs not so much coming home but into the home with the most technologically advanced World Cup coverage in history.
The 2010 finals will be watched in millions of homes on a vast array of high-definition, 3D and flatscreen digital-age sets that would not be amiss on a Nasa spaceship.
While armchair fans will be able to freeze frame and ‘slo mo’ the most exciting action with just a touch of a remote control button, when it comes to the line-up of presenters and pundits being wheeled out by both the main channels we are almost going back to the days of black and white .
As one of the sport’s so-called jewels in the crown, the South Africa event remains the property of the two major terrestrial broadcasters rather than satellite rival Sky, which has been hailed for taking coverage into a new dimension with its revolutionary innovations.
Although both the BBC and ITV are extolling their own ‘red button’ technology, it’s the channels’ respective line-up of the same old faces in the studios that will have viewers reaching for the off button
Both sides are championing their line-up of big names and big reputations as if they were World Cup coaches preening over their Galactico-filled squads.
How much of our licence fee has gone into recruiting former World Cup favourites from overseas will remain a closely guarded secret but, in this guide taken from the Sunday Express you can decide if it’s good value for money:
- Gary Lineker
- Jurgen Klinsmann
- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Gordon Strachan
- Martin Keown
- Alan Hansen
- Alan Shearer
- Lee Dixon
- Adrian Chiles
- Edgar Davids
- Kevin Keegan
- Francois Pienaar
- Jim Beglin
- Andy Townsend
- Robbie Earle
- Gareth Southgate
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