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

 

RAY HOUGHTON

The former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland footballer has a distinct accent that makes it easy to recognize his voice. Houghton is your no-nonsense, old-school, straight talking co-commentator. 

 

TIM HOWARD

The United States men’s national team and Everton goalkeeper recently signed on with NBC Sports to work up to 10 Premier League games in the booth during the upcoming season. Howard supplied commentary for seven Premier League matches last season for the American network, and while at first seemed a bit quiet during his first few matches above the field, the 35-year-old did start to loosen up after getting more experience with the microphone. 

 

RAY HUDSON

Love him or hate him, Ray Hudson is one of the most unique soccer commentators in the business. His love of prose can he heard in the way that he describes how the beautiful game unfolds in front of him. Hudson’s style can often mimic an open mic night, where he combines interesting turn of phrases to create what can be best described as his own flavor of English language. 

 

COBI JONES

Brian McBride and Cobi Jones are both in the category of fantastic footballers who have found it difficult to adapt to being as versatile as co-commentators. Both are improving in their new roles, although McBride has made more gains than Jones. It’s hard not to like Cobi, but he has a long way to go before he can be considered an expert in his field as a co-commentator.

 

IAN JOY

The former St Pauli and Kidderminster footballer is a familiar voice to people who listen to co-commentary on beIN SPORTS, where his Scottish accent sticks out like a sore thumb (in a good way).

 

KASEY KELLER

Keller is another in a long line of American goalkeepers who have decided to dip their toe in the water to co-commentate games (joining Brad Friedel and Tim Howard, just as two examples). Keller isn’t the most analytical of co-commentators, but when the topic comes to goalkeepers, he’s one of the best in that department.

 

MARTIN KEOWN

From time to time, you can hear the former Arsenal defender co-commentating Premier League games. He’s able to share his expertise as a former footballer to describe what players are feeling in high-pressure games. Since he doesn’t co-commentate games that often, it’s a pleasure to hear his work when he is on-air. 

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