A comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators and co-commentators

 

ALAN SMITH

The former Arsenal striker can often be heard co-commentating UEFA Champions League games for Sky Sports (which FOX Sports often uses instead of the world feed). Smith is calm, cool and collected, and has a very recognizable voice. 

 

DEAN STURRIDGE

Dean Sturridge is another one of those former footballers who has transitioned into the role as a co-commentator. He can often be found co-commentating Premier League matches via the international feed each weekend for IMG.

 

DAN THOMAS

The former Real Madrid TV man is the host of ESPN FC, the daily soccer news and analysis show out of the US. Born and bred in England, Thomas can be heard commentating games now and again —whether it’s European qualifiers or Liga MX matches. 

 

ANDY TOWNSEND

It’s surprising how much work the former Republic of Ireland footballer gets given how cliche-ridden and annoying his co-commentary can be, at times. However, he’s often co-commentating Champions League games and international games for the UK broadcasters, and can be heard on US television from time to time. While he played for Ireland, he’s English through-and-through. But to me, is an example of an overrated co-commentator. I’m not sure what people see in him. Even readers in the UK agree with us in the US of A. 

 

CHRIS WADDLE

There’s no mistaking the Geordie accent of former Newcastle United and England winger Chris Waddle. In his commentary, he’s more likely to romanticize about the past than modern football, discussing the glorious days of 4-4-2 and players dribbling past defenders. Never short of opinions, when he does commentate, he often ends up doing Newcastle games for the world commentary feed. 

 

PAUL WALSH

Walsh is one of the hardest men working in commentating and football punditry. He can be heard every weekend when he co-commentates a Premier League match (often on Mondays when he’s teamed with Martin Tyler). But he can also be seen and heard on Sky Sports where he provides analysis on other weekend matches. Walsh has a heavy London accent, which can often be mistaken with Tony Gale’s voice.

 

RAY WILKINS

The former England and Manchester United footballer seems to rely on co-commentating and pundit opportunities when he isn’t coaching Chelsea (as an assistant) or national teams abroad. As a co-commentator, he’s inconsistent. He’s had some woeful UEFA Champions League co-commentaries, but he can be astute at times when reading the game and sharing observations that viewers may not see.

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