FIFA World Cup 2018: We’ll be speaking to the stars of the World Cup in Russia: Dan Walker

Renowned BBC sports journalist, Dan Walker chatted exclusively with exchange4media on what’s in store for viewers, the big names that he will be interviewing and more at the ongoing World Cup in Russia

by Misbaah Mansuri
Published - Jun 15, 2018 8:52 AM Updated: Jun 15, 2018 8:52 AM
“Every four years, those of us who love football – and a few who don’t – get excited about the World Cup,” rightly says Dan Walker, world-renowned English journalist and television presenter as we start chatting. Best known for presenting the BBC television programme Football Focus, Walker will be making the trip to what is his seventh major football tournament. He will be hosting 10 Football Focus Specials direct from the heart of Moscow where BBC World News will have interviews and features on the biggest names out there. Walker chatted exclusively with exchange4media on what’s in store for viewers, the big names that he will be interviewing and more.

On the content plan, Walker says, “We have a series of shows on BBC World News, which will deliver first-class analysis and insight over the course of the tournament. There are 10 Football Focus Specials which feature a number of our BBC pundits, big interviews and fan reaction. Soccer Stories looks at the personal stories behind some of the World Cup’s biggest stars and Sport Today will be on location in Russia with reporters from both the UK and the Moscow bureau, bringing for the audience, a wealth of coverage."

Walker says that BBC.com will provide breaking news, interactive features and digital content to keep building up the excitement. “You can share in all the excitement at BBC.com/world-cup and through the BBC Sport website and app for mobiles and tablets from catching up on the day’s events and joining in the match-day build-up to following the live text commentary,” he adds.

“I’m fortunate enough to be making the trip to my seventh major football tournament and delighted to be hosting 10 Football Focus Specials direct from the heart of Moscow. Alex Scott, the former England international with over 100 caps to her name, will be joining us for every one of those shows," says an elated Walker.

When we quiz Walker about what’s in the show for football fans, he reveals, “Alongside Alex we’ll draft in a number of former global stars who have played the game to the very highest level. For the first time ever, we are looking forward to hearing regularly from the supporters too. We’ve set up a “Fan Network” representing every country taking part in Russia and throughout the tournament we’ll be getting some insight, wisdom, seeing plenty of passion and we’ll try and answer some of their questions. We’ll also have interviews and features on the biggest names in Russia. We’ll be speaking to the stars of the World Cup in Russia.”

"Luis Suarez is on our first show and alongside Alex Scott we’ll hear from some of our BBC pundit panel in the studio. We have two World Cup winners in Jurgen Klinsmann and Cesc Fabregas, and Pablo Zabaletta played in the last final in Brazil for Argentina. If you’re looking for those who know the game inside out and have played at the highest level, you won’t be disappointed.”

He reminisces travelling 5,000 miles around South Africa in 2010. “Covering their ultimately unsuccessful quarter final meeting with Uruguay in Johannesburg remains one of my career highlights. I still get shivers down my spine when I think about the emotion of that night,” he says.

Walker feels that as for this summer, we should get a cracker. “It’s likely to be the final World Cup for Messi, Ronaldo and Iniesta, so we should make the most of watching some of the games of great exponents. I hope England has a positive tournament under Gareth Southgate, I’d like to see the Belgian side show their ability on the world stage and, outside of the really big World Cup hitters, I quite fancy France to have a good tournament," he lets out. For more updates, be socially connected with us on
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