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Univision Deportes Announces Talent Lineup for World Cup 2014 Coverage

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Univision has announced an impressive lineup of talent encompassing presenters, commentators, color commentators and pundits for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup. The Spanish-language network will broadcast every game of the tournament live to viewers in the United States.

Univision Deportes will provide 24-hour coverage for 31 days across all of its broadcast and digital platforms, including live telecasts and streaming of all 64 matches plus live pre- and post-game commentary and reporting from Brazil’s 12 tournament cities. All of the games will be shown live online without authentication required (until the quarter-finals and beyond).

Here is Univision’s line-up of talent for World Cup 2014:



• Diego Balado - Born in Argentina, he has provided play-by-play coverage for the last four World Cups.

• Enrique “El Perro” Bermúdez - This distinguished Mexican sports announcer has covered nine World Cups, more than any other sportscaster in the U.S.

• Felix “El Gato” Fernandez - One of the most celebrated goalkeepers in Mexican soccer, Fernández has almost two decades of experience as a sports columnist and commentator. He co-hosts Univision’s “Republica Deportiva” show.

• Jesus “El Profe” Bracamontes - Known as “El Profe” (the Professor) for his profound knowledge of the sport, Bracamontes is considered as soccer royalty as a former Liga MX player, head coach for Chivas de Guadalajara, and general manager of the Mexican National Team in 2003 and 2004. He has covered four World Cups for Univision.

• Jorge Pérez Navarro - For nine consecutive years, Navarro has co-hosted the nightly sportscast “Contacto Deportivo” show and continues to lend his expertise to several soccer shows and specials on Univision Deportes Network. He has covered three World Cups for Univision.

• José Luis López Salido – The current host of Univision Sports Network’s “Locura Deportiva” show has covered three World Cups.

• Luis Omar Tapia - This veteran play-by-play announcer, originally from Chile, has announced five World Cups and is known for giving players unique nicknames while he commentates.

• Paul “La Torre de Jalisco” Ramirez - With seven World Cups under his belt as commentator and with his past experience as a goalkeeper in Liga MX, Ramirez adds color to match every with his famous “Gooooooooal” call.

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• Carlos Pavón – Honduras’ all time national team goal scorer helped take his national team to the 2010 World Cup, where he also played. In addition, he has played for Mexican, Italian, and Spanish teams, as well as in MLS.

• Hristo Stoichkov – Recently added to Univision Deportes’ full-time talent roster, this gifted athlete was on the Bulgarian National Team in the 1994 World Cup, finishing in third place, and received the Balon d’Or that same year. He also had a successful career with the Spanish team FC Barcelona.

• Javier Castrilli – A referee for the 1998 World Cup in France, among many other international events, this Argentinian’s inflexible attitude and strict adherence to the rules earned him the moniker “the Sheriff.”

• Marcelo Balboa – A former MLS star and member of the U.S. National Team that played in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, Balboa has been a soccer commentator and analyst since retiring from the field.

• Mauro Camoranesi – Born in Argentina of Italian descent, he currently plays for the Argentinian team Racing Avellaneda and was on the Italian National Team that took home the 2006 World Cup trophy.

• Ramón Ramírez – This retired player is a veteran of two World Cups, 1994 and 1998, where he played in the Mexican National Team.



• Alejandro Berry and Jorge Calvo – co-hosts of “Contacto Deportivo”

• Fernando Fiore – the Emmy-award winning host of the popular weekly show “República Deportiva”

• Lindsay Casinelli – co-host of “República Deportiva” and “Contacto Deportivo”

• Iván “El Conde K” Kasanzew and Edgar Martínez – co-hosts of “Fútbol Club.”



• Raúl De Molina and Carlos Calderón – from “El Gordo y la Flaca”

• Tony Dandrades – from “Primer Impacto”

• Felix de Bedout – from “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana” show

• León Krauze – from the Fusion Network.


News anchors

• María Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos – will each be in Brazil to provide news-angled coverage of the opening ceremonies and the tournament’s last week of matches.


Morning show

• Alan Tacher, Maity Interiano, Orlando Segura, Sherlyn, and William Valdés – will cover the complete event for Univision’s morning show “Despierta América” show.


In addition to the TV coverage and online coverage, download the Univision Deportes app from the iTunes or Android store.

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8 Responses to Univision Deportes Announces Talent Lineup for World Cup 2014 Coverage

  1. R.O says:


    Thank you for posting this on WST. I like to see this kind of diverse reporting/posting.

    The only down side to Unvision WC TV, no Andres Cantor (since 2002). When NBC gets WC broadcast rights, he’ll be back

  2. Rick says:

    Univison and Telemundo were the only way to watch the world cup in the 1980′s and 1990′s until ESPN got the rights.

    • R.O says:

      Even when ESPN did get the rights, Univision was still the best way to watch the WC as ESPN was horrible. That changed for the 2010 WC, ESPN made dramatic improvements.

      Telemundo never had the rights to the WC.

  3. Smokey Bacon says:

    I’m liking their version of Rebecca there on the right. Just not sure they need FOUR in the booth. wtf.

  4. Pepe says:

    Please get off the air that short-loud- mouth you had narrating the GER vs FRA game. His constant use of hyperbole and gratuitous yelling only serves to disappoint the viewer! He narrates like every move is a game-changer… He does better in the studio where he seems to be medicated…

  5. harold says:

    Edgar Martinez , este no sabe narrar.

  6. zptekid says:

    Bueno, todo mundo está acusando a Robben de “tirarse” clavados cerca del área del contrario. peo nadie, incluyendo a los personajes de Univisión, dicen nada acerca de las sucias artimañas de argentina de “tirarse” para parar el ataque del equipo contrario, de tirarse cuando quedan en una posición en que el equipo contrario puede hacerles daño. Sí, si es que tienen valor civil en sus comentarios, digan que el equipo argentino es el más marrullero de todos los participantes en el torneo, como siempre, para tratar de ganar. Brasil ya se fue, y con justa razón, su fútbol es de tercera categoría, y el que sigue es argentina quienes están en la semfinal por pura suerte. Marrulleros y sucios, eso es lo que son. Ojalá y les toque un árbitro con criterio para que los ponga en su lugar, y no se trague las artimañas de un fútbol arcaíco que trata de ganar engañando a todo mundo

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