The World Game
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|The World Game|
|Presented by||Lucy Zelic|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||17|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||2001 – present|
The World Game is an Australian football media outlet, operated by SBS Australia. Initially it was a television based production, but has now grown to comprise a popular website as well as other digital content. The media outlet focuses on both football news and issues within Australia as well as around the world. Lucy Zelic is the most prominent presenter on The World Game, while ex-Socceroo Craig Foster is the chief football analyst. Les Murray was the face of The World Game for over 30 years, before his retirement in 2014.
Current presenters and panelists
Former presenters and panelists
- Scott McIntyre (since sacked by SBS)
- Andrew Orsatti (since moved to ESPN)
- Simon Hill (since moved to Fox Sports)
- Tim Vickery
- Liz Deep-Jones
- Mieke Buchan
- Stephanie Brantz
- Francis Awaritefe
- Anthony Peridis
- Tony Palumbo
- Rale Rasic
- Branko Culina
- Paul Okon
- Željko Kalac
- Ned Zelić
- Les Murray
From August 2013, a half-hour weekly Monday night show has been aired on SBS One. The show focuses on a wide coverage of Australian and international football events from the week prior.
The show first aired in 2001, and started out as a live 6-hour show, airing on Sunday afternoons. It was then shortened to a 3-hour show a few years later.
From 2 August 2010, the show was moved to Monday nights, on SBS Two live at 9.30pm AEST, and is repeated soon after on SBS One at 11.00pm AEST. This allowed for wider coverage of the football events from the weekend prior. The show was also shortened to one-hour episodes.
Tony Palumbo, a seasoned journalist with the Italian migrant press in Australia, assists in providing some insights on major European leagues, primarily the English Premier League and Italian Serie A. Some footage is provided from Spain's La Liga, France's Ligue 1, Scotland's Scottish Premier League, South America's Copa Libertadores and Germany's Bundesliga. UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, other cup games and internationals (European Championship) also get game footage; mainly the Champions League. Former Sydney FC coach Branko Culina is a regular contributor on discussion relating to Australian football. On 1 November 2012 SBS bought the rights to show one live A-League game per week, with the remainder going to pay TV provider Fox Sports. They will also broadcast the Socceroos' World Cup qualifiers on one-hour delay with Fox Sports showing them live.
After a brief hiatus in 2014–15, the show was revived for the 2015–16 season as a one-hour talk show edition on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
The World Game team responsible for the weekly regular show present major football events including the FIFA Club World Cup, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and major European Cup finals including The FA Cup, DFB Pokal and Copa del Rey. A pre-match preview, half time and post-match review is typically given by the various presenters.
In other media
The World Game website is a popular football news website run as an adjunct to the TV program. It used to include a forum called The World Game Forum, which has since ceased activity. Commonly referred to by the abbreviation TWGF, the forum was one of the more popular football forums in Australia. It had over 18,000 members, who have contributed to over 800,000 articles. It was first established in July 2002.
The World Game Podcast started 6 June 2011. The podcast sees a variety of guests talk the week in Australian and international football.
The World Game app, available from the iTunes Store, was SBS’s first mobile application. It received more than 25,000 downloads in its first week of release. The app provides a live score and result service with the addition of video highlights, news and content from The World Game team.