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Top 10 soccer presenters

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In our series ranking the best commentators, co-commentators and studio analysts, we turn now to the best soccer presenters — the talent that host your favorite soccer programs or matches.

Both Kartik Krishnaiyer and I have watched thousands of soccer programs and matches in our lifetimes, so we’ve certainly seen our fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to soccer coverage. From the United States to the United Kingdom and overseas, we’ve compiled who we think are the best of the best.

Here are our top 10 lists of our favorite soccer presenters in the industry:

Kartik Krishnaiyer’s top 10 presenters:

10. Rob Stone (FOX Sports)

9. Adrian Healey (ESPN)

8. Terri Leigh (beIN SPORTS)

7. Kay Murray (beIN SPORTS)

6. Alexis Nunes (ESPN)

5. Arlo White (NBC Sports)

4. Ian Joy (FOX Sports)

3. Jeremy St. Louis (beIN SPORTS)

2. Rebecca Lowe (NBC Sports)

1. Dan Thomas (ESPN)

 

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Christopher Harris’s top 10 presenters:

10. John Dykes (Premier League Productions)

9. Dan Thomas (ESPN)

8. Mike Tirico (formerly ESPN)

7. David Jones (Sky Sports)

6. Terri Leigh (beIN SPORTS)

5. Steve Bower (NBC Sports)

4. James Richardson (BT Sport)

3. Ian Joy (FOX Sports)

2. Rebecca Lowe (NBC Sports)

1. Gary Lineker (BBC)

 

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

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Martin

    January 21, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Rebecca Lowe all day and night long, the best, should be number one in any list. Dont care for St. Louis or Terri Leigh, for the simple reason you can see their political views on a sport show.

  2. Nosferatu

    January 8, 2017 at 5:10 am

    As mentioned above: No Bob Ley?

    His colleague at the Euros, Steve Bower, really impressed as a studio host during the summer on ESPN and in the spring while filling in for Rebecca Lowe, so I’m glad to see him on here. If NBC ever decided to put together their own nightly show, I’d love to see them make Bower the presenter.

  3. Des

    January 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    I do like Dan Thomas from ESPN FC. He’s hilarious on that show. I would agree with him being named. James Richardson is a good call too. I love watching the European Football Show on certain websites and listening to his podcast Football Weekly. If both lists could be joined together, that would be great.

  4. TheTruth

    January 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Kartik put Rob Stone on his list. How the hell Rob Stone is in the top 10 is beyond me. I am surprised that Bob Lee wasn’t on any of the lists. Especially if Rob Stone made it.

  5. Darryl

    January 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Kartik’s list was great until number 1. I’d have Dan Thomas somewhere like 8. Rebecca Lowe is numerous uno by a mile.
    I’m also a big Ian Joy, Kay Murray, and Alexis Nunes fan. Kay allows her panel time to present their thoughts but also knows when to reign then in, Ms Nunes brings a vibrancy in her brief appearance and let’s Nicol Mariner et al share their expertise.

    • Des

      January 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Dan Thomas is awesome. What are you on about? He actually brings a comedic factor to the show. It can’t always be serious. Lighten up.

  6. Luci

    January 3, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    I absolutely love Rebecca Lowe, I could listen to that women cover just about anything and I gladly get up early on the weekends just to see her and co. in the studio. I’m also happy to see that Alexis Nunes made a list. She’s just fun and I think she’s an underutilized change-up at ESPN at least on the TV side.

    And I would love to see La Liga on ESPN, but I wonder how much they would think of investing because of how much of the season would directly compete with college football which they tend to have 4-5 channels dedicated to at the same time when so many of the games are on.

  7. Tony

    January 3, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    bein does good work. However, what’s the long term strategy for them once Fox inevitably bids away La Liga?

    • Mad About ManU Mourinho

      January 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Right, cause they’re doing soooooo well with Bundesliga coverage.

      La Liga to ESPN, if anything, or a shared bid. You heard it here first.

  8. R.O

    January 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Rebecca Lowe should be #1, at least for the US viewers as we don’t get to see much of Gary Lineker. Ms. Lowe is refreshing in what she brings to studio presenters. Her understanding of the game, issues and events. Glad NBCSN have her for EPL.

    Now if only NBCSN could pry the CL games away from Fox. Maybe a co-showing with ESPN an NBCSN.

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