Friedel, Ardiles and Lennon join RTÉ for World Cup
RTÉ has launched its coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup - with all 64 games to be broadcast live across television and online platforms from 12 June.
There will be a total of 180 hours of soccer coverage between 12 June and 13 July - 56 games will be live on TV and the remaining 8 games (simultaneous final group matches) will be live online and via the RTÉ Player app on mobile.
The panellists for the tournament will include regulars John Giles, Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady, Ronnie Whelan, Kenny Cunningham and Richie Sadlier.
Joining them will be former German international Didi Hamann, Argentine World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, ex-USA international Brad Friedel and Real Madrid coach Paul Clement.
Ray Houghton, Brian Kerr, Jim Beglin and Trevor Steven will be among the co-commentators in Brazil.
The World Cup final on 13 July will also see the curtain fall on one of Ireland’s most illustrious broadcasting careers as Bill O’Herlihy presents for the final time.
Après Match will again appear throughout the tournament and they will present the entire 3rd place play-off on Saturday 12 July.
Our new mobile-focused World Cup website – RTE.ie/worldcup – will bring you complete coverage of the event and host the live streaming of all 64 games.
Daily live blogs will carry video highlights of goals and match incidents as they occur - all video will be available on any platform.
For the first time, RTÉ will be providing live in-game statistics during every single game. A live feed featuring multiple categories of match statistics will run during play via any mobile device.
Each of the 64 games will be available to watch via the RTÉ Player app, on Samsung connected TV plus on-demand on desktop, mobile, UPC, connected TV and Xbox.
A comprehensive video section will feature highlights from every game, including full matches, video blogs from Brazil; the best of RTÉ’s punditry as well as all Aprés Match clips. You can also sign up to a daily World Cup email, which will keep you up to date on all the action in Brazil and bring together the highlights from games you may have missed.
Match reports, statistical analysis, features and galleries will be uploaded daily from our staff in Dublin and Brazil and there will be live updates via @rtesoccer on Twitter, the best discussion on the RTE Soccer Facebook page as well as the highlights of RTÉ’s post match analysis via the RTÉ Sport YouTube channel.