World Cup TV Pundits Review: The Newbies

In their second review of the pundits and co-commentators working in this World Cup, John Nicholson and Alan Tyers look at some of the less familiar faces...

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jackstumps says...

As if it needs it, an example of BBC excess in the numbers covering the World Cup from news 24 ... Anchor at desk introduces, hands over to the sports news presenter at Wimbledon, who hands over to World Cup presenter overlooking beach in Brazil. He then hands on to correspondent elsewhere at a venue who then conducts an interview with another BBC presenter, That's 5 BBC people, four in Brazil and I couldn't name one of them. This on top of the so called football people.

Posted 9:09am 30th June 2014

scrumpylungs (Arsenal) says...

The best new-ish face (made a couple of appearances during the 2010 World Cup but that was it) for me this year has been Ossie Ardiles on RTE. Absolute pro and fits in wonderfully when he was partnered with Bill, John and Liam; came across as if they were old pals. Wish he did more punditry work. Of course at least 50% of what he said was completely unintelligible, but that's part of the fun when it comes to Ossie!

Posted 2:22am 28th June 2014

rednwhite (Arsenal) says...

Be thankful even for Shearer and Hansen. In Australia I currently have to listen to the under punditry and over pronunciation of Ned Zelic, the equivalent of Robbie Savage only with worse style.

Posted 11:51pm 27th June 2014

redjari (Liverpool) says...

The Thierry Henry love-in continues.Will always be a World Cup cheat.... glad France imploded after.

Posted 8:05pm 27th June 2014

dr soccer (Arsenal) says...

In the States we have Roberto Martinez on ESPN along with Ruud and Ballack. Ballack doesn't offer much, Ruud a little more, however Martinez is excellent.

Posted 6:32am 27th June 2014

thomspur (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

Having listened to much of the world cup on R5L while driving, I can safely say that Brad Friedel is the best co-commentator I've ever heard. He actually offers more than one opinion every 10 minutes and they're all tactically astute and interesting. Get this man on the telly more, he deserves it.

Posted 4:13pm 26th June 2014

hincey (Arsenal) says...

@el pollo yeah I agree

Posted 3:44pm 26th June 2014

carrick4f*ksake (Manchester United) says...

When I heard Clark Carlisle I could have sworn it was Gary Barlow commentating for a moment.

Posted 3:13pm 26th June 2014

carrick4f*ksake (Manchester United) says...

Juninho is like Frankie Dettori's unloved brother but without the charisma.

Posted 3:12pm 26th June 2014

el_pollo_loco says...

Gab1965 - maybe it's just me but I don't like the guy. I've never found him particularly interesting and I've never understood why he has the media profile he has. Underwhelming footballer and very bland, underwhelming pundit. He's apparently done good work in the PFA and spoken openly about mental health, that's to be commended. Not the fact he can string words into sentences and appeared on Countdown once. Plus as someone much funnier than me once pointed out - if he's so smart then why was he such a shit footballer?

Posted 2:55pm 26th June 2014

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