Gus Johnson To Commentate UEFA Champions League Game On April Fools’ Day

Gus Johnson, “one of the best soccer commentators in the world” according to a FOX Sports pundit, is scheduled to make his return to the soccer airwaves on April 1 to announce the UEFA Champions League game between Bayern Munich and Manchester United. And no, it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke.

It’s been over 8 months since Johnson has announced a soccer game on television, but FOX Sports will once again throw him in the deep end despite his very limited experience, this time for the high-profile UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Bayern and United, which will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:45pm ET on Tuesday.

Johnson will be joined by Eric Wynalda, who will co-commenate alongside announcer Johnson at Old Trafford.

Rob Stone will host the pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with pundits Warren Barton and Brian McBride. On Tuesday’s show, Mikael Silvestre will be in the studio, while Mario Melchiot will be in the studio on Wednesday.

What’s everyone’s reaction to the news? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

72 thoughts on “Gus Johnson To Commentate UEFA Champions League Game On April Fools’ Day”

  1. Fox does not take soccer seriously. Learn from ESPN and NBC- both doing an excellent job. How can you have an announcer not call a soccer game for 8 months and then assign him a massive game- dumb and dumber.

  2. Wow, what a dream team of atrocious commentating! At last, we have Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda together. I can take Wynalda in small doses, but often he makes me cringe and I want the other analysts to start talking, there will be no reprieve with Johnson in the booth with him. Mute button it is.

    1. Gus’s past soccer announcing experience (before Fox) was for the San Jose Earthquakes (poor then too). Fox has bling studio but a armature league when it comes to delivering studio and game commentary. I’m not looking forward to when they get Bundesliga. Wish ESPN would have gotten Bundesliga rights for the USA.

      Wynalda has an excellent eye for finding talent and knows the game, understands tactics, and spots game play problems (superior to Twellman and/or Lalas), he’s just good at TV play by play or color commentator.

      He can definitely rub people the wrong way. He’s knows and understand the game, just doesn’t communicate well for the TV watcher.

      1. opps – finger typing issue – lol. That should have read “he’s just NOT good at TV play by play or …..”


  3. Fitting day for this “FOOL” to return.

    Twitter is already blowing up…

    I’m sure he has been studying hard for 8momtjs since his last football match.

    Even he so called “Gus Johnson” fans know he is a terrible footy announcer.

    Fox are idiots


  4. Really??!!! I mean not only we will get battered by Bayern but I have to listen to those two douchebags.

    Hopefully they will have other commentators on foxsoccer2go.

  5. Sorry to say I will be watching the game but through some other avenue. The game is not the same with Gus. Sorry, Gus. No disrespect.

  6. The rest of fox EPL crew are 100x worse than any commenting error or flub Gus could make. I’ll take his enthuisasm over any of the stupidity from martino and twellman. Fox guys said on air Arsenal would allow 4 or more goals against Bayern in the second leg, that was stupid like 90% of the other biased s**t they say.

    1. Why is it these days that any sort of criticism at how bad something is, is taken as hate. Hes a terrible commentator and the demographic he is commentating for thinks hes terrible. That is not hating to be a hater, its hating because its something you simply dislike because it is bad and there are better options. Do you eat food you hate and not say anything or do anything to not be a “hater”…NO you eat something else.

        1. I dropped it for 8 months but Fox Soccer decided to make it an issue again.

          Also, the analogy of hating a particular food is not accurate. That would assume that “hating” Gus is an opinion. It’s more like disliking dirt on a sandwich. It’s not “hate” it’s just not intended for human consumption.

        1. They’re listening, but they’re refusing to do anything about it. They’ve signed Gus Johnson to a mega contract and I’m sure there’s a hefty termination clause in there, so FOX and Gus don’t care what we think.

          1. Nothing to do with any term clause in his contract. They LIKE Gus and are determined to develope him as a first team soccer commentator.

  7. Well since ill likely be at work, ill have to watch the comedy show on replay, where likely the sky commentators will be on the foxsoccer2go stream.

  8. Breaking News!
    The Alternate Sports Streaming Media Association has just named Fox Sports 1’s GUS JOHNSON their Man of the Year! “Volumes are tremendous! Thanks Gus!”


  9. Well, I need to watch, but I don’t have to listen. The first idiotic comment will activate the mute. I doubt it will take long.

    1. So you’re hitting mute right after David Moyes suggest we can win the champions league in his pre game interview.

        1. If I thought it was going to be a long term fall from grace I’d be miserable.I’m confident we will be back in contention next season but until then all I can do is laugh at our current comical situation.

  10. Pairing this idiot with Wynalda really is taking the p*ss! It’s like Fox doesn’t care anymore. The only way they could top this would be to have a big F*** YOU running across that banner at the bottom of the screen.

    I will not watch these clowns.

  11. It’s Fox, what do you expect. I demand Joe Buck for the Champions League!! hahah at least the game will be worthless anyway

  12. It’s like FOX is trying to make this as miserable as possible for soccer fans.

    I was really looking forward to this game but now I’m not even gonna watch it on FOX. Will just find some foreign stream.

  13. Oh please be an April fools joke. Who the heck is going to commentate for them in the world cups. This Johnson experiment needs to end. I honestly don’t mind any soccer commentators. Until this guy, he had to be so bad that even I who don’t care much for them am disgusted by Fox not even caring for soccer fans to have this idiot commentate the sport we love.

  14. This is terrible news. I am really looking forward to the first leg, but can’t tolerate Gus in any shape….he ruins the game. Turning the volume off really distracts form the atmosphere. I know this has been mentioned before. How can I get commentary from another source that syncs with the game?

  15. Itv in the UK are showing the match… Those who can watch it live have “means” to do so….

    It’s not that difficult…

    I will watch the Fox broadcast later for sh!ts and giggles,but won’t let this plonker ruin the live match.

    Fox=No Credibility – joke


  16. Will be a trainwreck of epic proportions on two fronts.

    Maybe he has been watching more over the past year, though?

  17. Gaffer do you know anything about whats going to happen with fox soccer plus at the end of the year? will they be renewing Spl rights?

  18. Fox, it’s not even April Fools Day yet but you’ve already delivered a punchline galore: Gus Johnson commentating on the team who coach and some players have made a joke this season on April Fools Day!

    But in all seriousness, this is going to be the lead commentator for World Cups starting next year with the Women’s WC. Welcome to the World Cup on FOX people and get some beers ready, this is going to be a rocky ride…

  19. I wonder if we used reverse psychology on FoxSports they would get ride of the people they use now for people that actually know what they are talking about.

  20. Two things are certain: Man Utd will get thrashed and the commentary will be hilarious.

    Gus in one of his stupid hats and Wynalda looking his normal confused self.

  21. Eric Shanks is doubling down with Johnson.. He is alienating even more people with the polarizing choice of Eric Wynalda as co-commentator. They continue to think this stunt will get mainstream eyes to soccer. It won’t.

    Gus is now even seen by the mainstream as a bad soccer announcer..

    Hopefully this debacle will cost Shanks his job at some point and they get someone in who treats the sport with respect and not treat it like a televised high school district game

  22. When Gus is commentating on Fox I switch to Fox Deportes. This time Fox Deportes, and Fox Sports 2, is showing the Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid game which is a better game anyway. So I’ll watch the Barcelona game on Fox Deportes. Fox Deportes will show the United vs Bayern game at 5pm.

  23. I love Gus Johnson as a commentator, though at this point he is not a good soccer announcer. Hes not as terrible as you guy say and at least he has his own style. Theres nothing worse than Americans who try to emulate the british style that annoys the hell out of me ie john strong. Now does he have to get better,yes! He was not good last year in the Barca Milan(i think) game where he constantly mispronounced names. But guys anybody whose done anything knows you must keep practicing at anything to get better. The goal is for him to be ready for the 2018 cup not the champions league.

    1. There is a certain understanding of the game he just does not have. He screams when a routine ball is crossed in the box! He just doesn’t recognize the nuances of football because they are much more sublime than basketball, which I’m guessing is his #1 sport. Like I’ve said before, let Martin Tyler commentate the Superbowl and everyone would see why we’re furious.

      1. Again the goal is the 2018 cup not the champions league. If martin tyler commentated on several big regular season games with the goal of being the lead for super bowl 50 in a couple of years i would understand and im sure he would ultimately get better.

        1. I guess you really undervalue the Champions League compared to the World Cup. This is best skilled competition in the world… To use this as a training ground with an inferior announcer goes to show you Fox knows nothing about the soccer properties it owns and the lack of respect to soccer fans


          1. That’s the point, if Gus was commentating say the Skrill Premiership (the 5th division of english soccer) or even some Football League games – I wouldn’t have much of a problem since commentators work they way from the bottom up. Lower division games would allow FOX to see whether Gus would work as a soccer commentator in games where there isn’t the pressure or hype.

            The fact that FOX has and will throw Gus into the deep-end of the Champions League with less then impressive results is why there’s the criticism.

  24. He is that bad..

    How can you commentate on a sport when you don’t even know the rules?

    I bet I can count on one hand how many games he has actually sat and watched.

    You wouldn’t use the NBA playoffs as a commentating training course would you? So why is Fox doing it?

    Fox is a joke to soccer fans


  25. One of the joys of listening to commentators from the other side of the pond is that they have not only more experience in commentating on soccer but they are also more knowledgeable about the history of the sport and the teams involved.

    A couple of weeks ago while watching a Southampton game the commentator spoke about how this team reminded him of the 1976 team with Peter Osgood and Peter Rodrigues. This is the type of information that elevates the commentating and takes one back in time (if you’re old enough). Even though I’m not a Saints fan I do remember that 1976 team that won the FA Cup.

    Putting someone behind the mike that has a commanding voice does nothing to elevate the viewing experience if that person does not have knowledge of the sport to go with it.

  26. NBC has taught us a very good lesson this year. That lesson was how woeful, cheap, poor, boorish, vapid the Fox coverage has been for years. God help us when they have the World Cup hosted by Curt Menefee, Barton and Gus….

    1. Yup and I’ll be doing what I did when ESPN/ABC had poor World Cup announcing back in the 80’s 90’s and early 2000’s , watching the games on Univision. Of course Univision isn’t the same without Andres Cantor, but still better than Fox.

    2. Curt was hosting the Champions League final two years ago, I believe. He was lost, but decided to offer a comparison of the match to the ’86 Giants of throwball. The ensuing silence was both deafening and laughable. One can only hope for more banal inane moments from fox.

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