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.
• 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.