Sky TV secures 2014 football World Cup rights

Last updated 12:41 19/07/2013

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Sky Television will screen all 64 games live at next year's Football World Cup in Brazil.

Football fans will be able to watch every game of the 32-team tournament live, as well as full replays and highlights of the matches.

Free-to-air viewers will get 11 live matches on TV One.

Director of sport Richard Last said Sky was excited to be involved with the tournament again.

"Without doubt, the football World Cup is one of the biggest and most popular sporting events in the world, and I know sports fans around the country will be delighted that we'll be showing every match live of this incredible and colourful tournament," he said.

TVNZ's head of TV One and TV2, Jeff Latch, said the World Cup would be the premier sporting event of 2014.

"The football World Cup is a tremendous event and one which TVNZ is proud to join with Sky Sport in bringing to New Zealand audiences," he said.

"We look forward to sharing the action, colour and excitement of the football World Cup with Kiwis via our on-air and online live match and highlights coverage."

The All Whites are in the qualifying stages for the World Cup, and Sky Sport has live coverage of their home and away CONCACAF games to be played in November against the fourth-ranked North and Central American qualifying team.

It will be the 20th football World Cup and the fourth to be held in South America. Brazil also hosted the 1950 World Cup.

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