Nine to show World Cup

The Nine Network has secured the Australian free-to-air television rights for the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.

The Nine Network has secured the Australian free-to-air television rights for the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.

Nine will broadcast direct coverage of selected matches from preliminary group games and at least half of the round of 16 and quarter-final matches, as well as both semi-finals, the third place play-off and the final.

Any matches involving Australia, should the Socceroos successfully qualify, will also be shown live.

There will also be daily highlights of matches not being shown live, while FIFA?s television partner, International Sports and Leisure (ISL), intends to license the matches not screened by Nine to other broadcasters.

It is not yet clear whether SBS, soccer's established television partner in Australia, will pick up any of the matches that Nine does not broadcast live.

Australia, which last appeared in the FIFA World Cup finals in 1974, will shortly begins its bid to qualify for the prestigious tournament.

A record number of countries (195) have entered the preliminary qualifying stage of the competition with 29 to advance to join the host countries and world champion France.

Australia must win its regional qualifiers and then defeat the fifth placed South American nation to advance to the finals.
Source: Sportal