Guide to Telemundo’s World Cup commentators and talent

We’ve compiled a guide to Telemundo’s World Cup commentators, which also includes the studio analysts and presenters.

With Telemundo Deportes owning the exclusive Spanish-language rights to the 2018 FIFA World Cup on US television, the broadcaster aims to make this the most authentic World Cup experience ever — with all of their commentators based in Russia (and many of them at the stadiums).

Also don’t miss our guide entitled Everything you need to know about Telemundo’s World Cup coverage.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Telemundo commentators for World Cup games during Group Stage

 

Here’s our guide to Telemundo’s World Cup commentators:

 

Commentators:

ANDRÉS CANTOR:

Cantor, the preeminent voice of soccer on US television, has called thousands of matches all over the world, becoming a staple both of Telemundo and sports culture for his undeniable passion and legendary “GOL” call.

Since joining Telemundo in 2000, Cantor has become a part of the routine of every soccer fan. He currently serves as commentator for Telemundo Deportes’ broadcast of the Premier League and Rumbo al Mundial, the network’s coverage of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He has also been a staple of the network’s Olympic Games coverage since 2004 and will serve as lead commentator and anchor for Telemundo’s exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

MIGUEL GURWITZ:

Gurwitz is one of Telemundo Deportes’ leading on-air personalities. He currently serves as co-host of Titulares y Más and studio analyst for Telemundo’s coverage of all major FIFA events, including “Rumbo al Mundial” FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia the Premier League and the Olympic Games.

For the World Cup, he’ll be commentating many of the games from the International Broadcast Center in Moscow.

SAMMY SADOVNIK:

Sadovnik joined Telemundo Deportes in 2007. Since then, he has been an integral part of Telemundo Deportes as anchor of some of the network’s most popular shows, including Fútbol Estelar Liga Premier and Rumbo al Mundial. He served as commentator for Telemundo’s first major broadcast of FIFA tournaments that have included the Women’s World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

As a commentator, Sadovnik will play a key role in the network’s coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

MANUEL SOL:

Sol is an analyst and commentator for Telemundo Deportes and a former Chivas and Mexican National Team midfielder star who became a household name for Mexican soccer fans during his 15-year soccer career. He made his professional debut with Pumas in 1992, then played with several league teams and as part of the Mexico National Team roster for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the 1998 Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

CARLOS HERMOSILLO:

Hermosillo is a Mexican soccer legend who has gone on to a successful career in television sports. He is part of the Telemundo Deportes’ on-air team and one of the top all-time goal scorers for the Mexican National Team and Cruz Azul.

As a co-commentator, he doesn’t shy away from strong, honest opinions.

VIVIANA VILA:

Vila will be the first female soccer commentator to call a men’s World Cup game from the host country on US television.

Vila will serve as analyst for select matches during the tournament joining Telemundo Deportes’ renowned team of play-by-play commentators and analysts. The Argentine sports journalist has been covering soccer for radio and television in her native country since 1999. For the last 17 years, she has been working for Radio Continental de Buenos Aires, contributing to the coverage of local and international soccer. She debuted as a soccer analyst in 2004 alongside one of the most legendary sportscasters in Argentina, Victor Hugo Morales, and has since provided commentary for close to one thousand matches, including tournaments like Copa Argentina, Copa Libertadores and the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

ERASMO PROVENZA:

Currently serves as Telemundo’s KDEN sports anchor in Denver and has more than 12 years of experience as a soccer commentator for radio and television, including previous World Cups, such as Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014. Erasmo joins Telemundo Deportes team in Russia as play-by-play commentator for this 2018 FIFA World Cup.

COPAN ALVAREZ

Renowned sports journalist who’s part of Telemundo Deportes’ team of soccer commentators. Played a valuable role as play-by-play and studio commentator for Telemundo Deportes’ extensive soccer coverage.

 

Presenters:

ANA JURKA:

Jurka joined Telemundo Deportes in 2013 and currently serves as a co-host of Titulares y Más and studio host for a variety of special programming. She also contributes regularly as a correspondent for different sports events, and will be part of the team providing coverage for Telemundo’s exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

KARIM MENDIBURU:

Emmy Award winning host of Telemundo’s Titulares y Mas who also covers some of the top sporting events in the world for the network. He will also co-host the first-ever daily special primetime show exclusively dedicated to World Cup alongside renowned TV host and actress Jaqueline Bracamontes.

 

Studio analysts:

TAB RAMOS:

Former American soccer player who currently serves as head coach of the United States U-20 team and US Soccer Federation’s Youth Technical Director. Over his thirteen-year professional career he played as a midfielder in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Ramos participated in three FIFA World Cups with the USMNT and was the first player to sign with Major League Soccer where he spent seven years of his career with the MetroStars. He was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

EDUARDO BISCAYART:

Experienced sports commentator with four World Cups and nine Champions League finals under his belt, among several other international soccer tournaments. Biscayart joins Telemundo Deportes team in Russia as an analyst for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

JESUS “CHUCHO” RAMIREZ:

Former Mexican soccer player who, following his professional career took on the challenge of coaching. He served as manager of the Mexico National Team and won the U-17 World Cup in 2005, becoming the first coach of a Mexican team to achieve a world soccer championship. Ramírez also served as coach of Club América and currently lends his talent as a motivational speaker.

DIEGO FORLÁN:

Uruguayan professional soccer player who currently plays for Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee. Regarded as one of the greatest Uruguayan players of all time, Forlán has participated in three FIFA World Cups, including the 2010 tournament where Uruguay came in fourth place and he received the Golden Ball as the best player. Through his career he also played for some of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United, Villarreal, Atletico de Madrid and Inter Milan.

TEÓFILO CUBILLAS:

Former soccer star considered one of Peru’s greatest players and the country’s all-time leading scorer with 26 goals in 81 matches. He represented Peru in three FIFA World Cups, including the 1970 and 1978 tournaments where he helped the team reach the quarter finals. Cubillas is one of only three players to score five or more goals in two different World Cups, the other two being Miroslav Klose and Thomas Müller.

CLAUDIO BORGHI:

After a stellar performance as guest analyst for Telemundo’s coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup, the Chilean-Argentine manager and former soccer attacking midfielder returns to join the team for Russia 2018. Borghi is a World Cup champion having played alongside Maradona when the Argentina team won the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He also played for several clubs in Argentina and Chile and spent time in Italy with A.C. Milan. After retiring, Borghi has been coaching club teams in Argentina and Chile and served as head coach for the Chile National Team between 2011 and 2012.

SEBASTIÁN “EL LOCO” ABREU:

Former Uruguayan striker who represented his country in the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cup and several Copa Americas (1997, 2007 and 2011.) He also played in a number of clubs throughout Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.

ROLANDO FONSECA:

Costa Rica’s national team’s all-time top goal scorer who’s also widely known among Mexican soccer fans for ending Mexico’s 20-year undefeated streak at Azteca stadium in international play back in 2001, after scoring a penalty kick. He also played for Liga MX’s Pachuca.

JUAN PABLO ÁNGEL:

Ángel is retired soccer star from Colombia who spent most of his career playing with popular clubs around the world including Premier League’s Aston Villa, Atletico Nacional, River Plate and Red Bulls. He was also part of Colombia’s National Team during the qualifiers for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.

HORACIO ELIZONDO:

Former international football referee from Argentina who is best known for his officiation throughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup including the epic final where he gave Zidane a red card after he head-butted Materazzi in the chest following a verbal dispute.