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U2 set to play on Match of the Day

Posted on Monday, April 23 @ 06:17:45 CEST by Macphisto

(Sunday Times) -- Richard Brooks

THE Irish rock band U2 is set to be chosen to adapt its recent single, Beautiful Day, as the signature tune for Match of the Day. The British football programme will move to ITV in August after more than 35 years with the BBC.

The band is expected to be given final approval this week after a meeting of ITV sports executives and the presenter, Des Lynam.

Last autumn ITV, which was awarded a three-year deal for the highlights of Premiership matches, invited record producers and groups to pitch for the programme's signature tune.

The new show, to be screened at about 6.30pm on Saturdays, will be fronted by Lynam with, it is expected, Terry Venables and Ally McCoist as the two regular studio guests. Gabby Yorath will present a Sunday show of highlights.

About 10 groups or musicians were shortlisted, including U2, Robbie Williams, Moby, Michael Nyman and Badly Drawn Boy. Three - U2, Moby and Badly Drawn Boy - made it onto the final list, and ITV insiders confirmed that U2 were clear favourites: "They are international stars and not a flash-in-the-pan group. They appeal to all ages."

Larry Mullen, U2's drummer, is by far the keenest football fan of the group. He is a Manchester United supporter and friend of Roy Keane, the team's Irish captain, who was invited by Mullen to U2's recent show in London.

The band's lead singer, Bono, attended the 1998 World Cup final in Paris between France and Brazil.

ITV decided it did not want to use Offside, the familiar signature tune composed for the BBC's Match of the Day by Barry Stoller.

Some of the lines in the upbeat Beautiful Day will be changed. The line "Reach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case" will, for example, be altered. It is also not certain whether the words "See the world in green and blue" will stay.

"I can't offhand think of any teams who wear both green and blue," said John Peel, the DJ, radio presenter and football fan. "Celtic are in green and quite a few are blue."

One of the blue teams is Ipswich, which Peel supports, along with Liverpool. He is surprised a tune with lyrics has been chosen. "I'd have thought some stirring tune without lyrics might have been best."

Like Peel, the former Match of the Day pundit Jimmy Hill will miss the catchy Offside. He said: "It's like Rule Britannia. You can't create that sort of emotion immediately with a new piece of music."

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