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Top 10 soccer analysts on television from around the world


After watching thousands of soccer games and listening to soccer analysts in studios around the world, we’ve compiled our list of our top 10 favorite soccer studio analysts.

When you think of soccer, who are the personalities in the studio that you tune in early to listen to, or to stick around for during half-time or post-match? Who are the men or women who add insight to the game?

To compile the list, both Kartik Krishnaiyer and I completed our lists of our top 10 favorites. For a more detailed explanation of why we picked the talent we did, listen to the World Soccer Talk Podcast below.

Here are our top 10 lists of our favorite soccer studio analysts from around the world:

Kartik Krishnaiyer’s top 10:

10. Brian McBride (ESPN)

9. Shaka Hislop (ESPN)

8. Jamie Carragher (Sky Sports)

7. Julie Foudy (ESPN

6. Gary Neville (Sky Sports)

5. Eric Wynalda (FOX Sports)

4. Taylor Twellman (ESPN)

3. Stewart Robson (ESPN)

2. Kyle Martino (NBC Sports)

1. Craig Burley (ESPN)



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Christopher Harris’ top 10:

10. Julie Foudy (ESPN)

9. Robbie Mustoe (NBC Sports)

8. Robbie Earle (NBC Sports)

7. Eric Wynalda (FOX Sports)

6. Michael Ballack (ESPN)

5. Craig Burley (ESPN)

4. Kyle Martino (NBC Sports)

3. Taylor Twellman (ESPN)

2. Stewart Robson (ESPN)

1. Gary Neville (Sky Sports)


Who’s on your top 10 list of favorite soccer analysts on television? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Miguel

    May 16, 2022 at 11:20 am

    I really recommend Julio Maldonado (Maldini) from Movistar+, Marca, Cadena Cope… for Spanish speakers. Hands down the best football analyst in the Spanish speaking world. Just as an example: He boasts about his 150TB of football videos!!!

  2. Fab

    August 12, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Gab Marcotti is definitely number 1. He is by far better than Craig Burley. I watch ESPN on a regular basis, and Marcotti is the best out of everyone.

  3. Darryl

    January 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Martino over Earle and Mustoe hmm. Agree Gary Bailey is good. Burley and Robson give strong opinions which I love, they don’t give non-answers like most. Right or wrong I like people who voice their beliefs. Shaka Hislop is great on some topics, seems a deep thinker but I’d say he seems too measured in his comments sometimes.

  4. Dirgayana Wijaya

    January 2, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Mine will be :
    10. Glenn Hoddle
    9. Michael Owen
    8. Gary Neville
    7. Phil Neville
    6. Robbie Savage
    5. Rio Ferdinand
    4. Thierry Henry
    3. Jamie Carragher
    2. Jermaine Jenas
    1. Alan Shearer

  5. George D. Metellus

    December 28, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Good list but missing from the studio analyst list is Gary Bailey on BeIN Sports. He’s a former Manchester United goalkeeper that is comfortable and smooth on camera, can breakdown the plays and the game in a way that is easy to understand and entertaining.

  6. USA

    December 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Small world where only English is spoken!

  7. Kevon Robinson

    December 24, 2016 at 4:12 am

    We get to watch them sitting in one place…. at the same time get to know more of soccer fields…. its amazing!!!

  8. Garyque

    December 24, 2016 at 4:07 am

    From around the world but you have all U.S. and a couple on sky? You guys should really watch world football or just say you are U.S. Site, Craig Burley and Julie Foudy? FFS

  9. Blue Bru

    December 24, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Ray Hudson is always an entertaining education commentator

    • Earle Stephens

      December 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Rae Hudson is a destroyer of the english language, and should be on comedy central and banish from any soccer coverage.

  10. NaBUru38

    December 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    In Spanish, I like Quique Wolf and Vito de Palma.

  11. Phil Goetz

    December 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    No Phil Schoen?

    I kid, I kid

  12. Robert Hay Jr.

    December 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I feel like Derek Rae is a very underrated commentator, especially because he doesn;t get the Fox shiny assignments. I was watching his Darmstadt-Hamburg call the other day and it reminded me that he is a steady, professional commentator.

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