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Fox Soccer Channel Welcomes Andy Houlihan

andy houlihan Fox Soccer Channel Welcomes Andy Houlihan

If you watched the Reading v Liverpool match today on Fox Soccer Channel, you may have noticed a different voice than usual announcing the intro, half-time and wrap-up from the Fox studios in Los Angeles.

For the Saturday 10am ET kickoffs, it’s usually Mark Rogondino, the San Diego native. But today, it was Andy Houlihan with his English accent making his debut for Fox Soccer Channel.

His smooth English voice sounds very professional and on a par with the better English presenters and commentators. Let’s hope that Houlihan will become a permanent fixture at Fox.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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3 Responses to Fox Soccer Channel Welcomes Andy Houlihan

  1. Christopher says:

    While his accent may be nice, he repeatedly mispronounced the players’ names (Kuyt, Sissoko, etc.). It amazes me that somebody that is a professional broadcaster can’t even take the time to learn how to properly pronounce names.

  2. The Gaffer says:

    Good point. I did notice the mispronunciation of Dirk Kuyt’s name, but missed his attempt at Mohammed Sissoko.

    Yes, I agree that improvement is still needed, but it’s a step forward in the right direction by Fox, I believe.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  3. jpc38 says:

    come on, as an englishman, his english accent doesn’t impress me. his punditry is full of horrible cliches and is no where near insightful. I dont understand why English pundits try and give an American style presentation (talk to camera style, lots of statistics, etc.). If you have ever seen good punditry like on the BBC from ex-players, you’d realise that Fox Soccer’s coverage is awful. Just because someone is English doesnt give authenticity – like those two other muppets they had last season. Canada has great EPL coverage, presented in part by ex-pro Craig Forrest. Still it’s all we have. However, I think Christian Miles does an ok job in fairness.

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