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CBS adds Matteo Bonetti and Dre Cordero to coverage

CBS Sports today announced that Matteo Bonetti will serve as the Network’s lead Serie A analyst and match commentator, providing both studio and match analysis throughout the season, while Andres Cordero will serve as lead play-by-play announcer for coverage across CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. Bonetti and Cordero will call matches on a weekly basis beginning Sunday, Sept. 12.

Bonetti, Jo Ankier, Marco Messina and Fabrizio Romano will contribute to CBS Sports HQ’s pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage from Stamford, Conn. through Weeks 1 and 2, starting on Saturday, August 21.

Additional details on CBS Sports’ Serie A announcer lineup and schedule will be revealed at a later date, with CBS Sports’ full Serie A studio coverage from New York beginning on Sunday, Sept. 12, airing on CBS Sports Network and streaming on Paramount+.

Bonetti joins CBS Sports from ESPN where he served as a soccer commentator and analyst for international soccer leagues and marquee international tournaments since 2018. He has also contributed to soccer coverage on ESPN.com and ESPN FC, in addition to working as an announcer for beIN Sport and TNT. This will be Bonetti’s 10th season covering Serie A. Born in Milan, Italy and raised in Miami, Fla., Bonetti is a bilingual Italian-American.

Cordero has called play-by-play for international competitions at the highest levels of the game, including La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa Libertadores, World Cup Qualifiers and Africa Cup of Nations. He is currently the play-by-play voice of Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami CF and is also a member of CBS Sports’ Concacaf coverage.

READ MORE: Schedule of Serie A games on US TV and streaming

Ankier is a sports reporter and anchor from London. She has contributed to networks and organizations including ESPN, BT Sport, Premier League, The Tennis Channel, Fox Sports, TRT World News, Chelsea FC TV, Liverpool FC TV, Major League Soccer and European Athletics.

Messina is a sports personality and soccer analyst from Brooklyn, N.Y. He is the founder of Italian Football TV, a digital platform with Serie A highlights and analysis.

Romano is an Italian journalist and CBS Sports’ Soccer Insider, acting as the leading journalist in the world specializing in global football transfers. Romano currently is a journalist for Sky Sports Italy and a reporter for The Guardian. He is based in Milan.

Through the first two weeks of Serie A action, CBS Sports HQ’s pre-match coverage will begin 30 minutes before each match of the day with coverage continuing through the conclusion of the day’s action. Coverage will be available on Paramount+, as well as CBS Sports Network on select days.

Paramount+, a leading destination for U.S. soccer fans, will deliver more than 400 club matches live each season through 2024, featuring all 380 Serie A matches, at least 25 Coppa Italia matches including all contests from the fourth knockout round on, and the Supercoppa Italiana match each year between the winners of Serie A and Coppa Italia. Select matches will be televised each year on CBS Sports linear platforms, including CBS Sports Network.

Paramount+ features more than 2,000 live matches each year. The extensive portfolio of soccer properties includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League; NWSL; The Women’s Cup; Concacaf national team competitions (Men’s World Cup Qualifiers, Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, Men’s Nations League, and Women’s Nations League); Italy’s Serie A; Argentina’s Liga Profesional de Fútbol; Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileirão Série A; and AFC competitions (AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar, AFC Champions League, AFC Women’s Asian Cup and AFC Asian Cup). Every Serie A match is streaming live on Paramount+. Try it free with a 7-day trial.

READ MORE: Paramount+ FAQ for Serie A: All the details

CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports’ 24-hour cable channel which televises live sports programming throughout the year as well as a full slate of original programming and studio coverage, is available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, DirecTV and Hulu. Additionally, a live CBS Sports Network stream is available through CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports App with select providers.

Italy’s Serie A features some of the sport’s biggest stars including Cristiano Ronaldo, Weston McKennie, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Leonardo Bonucci and many more. Stream every match from Italy’s top soccer league live on Paramount+ and watch world-renowned clubs like Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, AS Roma and Napoli.

 

Serie A TV schedule

All times Eastern.

 

Saturday, May 21

11:15 am EDT
Genoa vs. Bologna
Paramount+
02:45 pm EDT
Fiorentina vs. Juventus
Paramount+
02:45 pm EDT
Atalanta vs. Empoli
Paramount+
02:45 pm EDT
Lazio vs. Hellas Verona
Paramount+

Sunday, May 22

06:30 am EDT
Spezia vs. Napoli
Paramount+
12:00 pm EDT
Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria
Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream
12:00 pm EDT
Sassuolo vs. AC Milan
Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream
03:00 pm EDT
Venezia vs. Cagliari
Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream
03:00 pm EDT
Salernitana vs. Udinese
Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, fubo TV, DirecTV Stream

 

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Michelangelo

    August 26, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Only 3 matches with the Italian SAP option. Oh my I really miss Rai Italia and their coverage of La Giostra Del Goal. Why can’t Paramount Plus capitalize on this and make the Italian SAP option available for more games and on all devices. I really hope that they fix this issue immediately. Paramount Plus pre-half-post coverage is excellent and is the best feature they created for the Serie A. The SAP option is excellent however only for 3 games is not good enough since Rai lost the rights. We also need the replays to have the Italian SAP option as well. A highlights show would be nice to add in the specials sections for each week. FORZA NAPOLI. Please also put more games on CBSSN as well.

  2. JP

    August 24, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    @Miguel, Verona/Sassulo, Bologna/Salernitana, and Cagliari/Spezia had Italian commentary available.

  3. Miguel Tenorio

    August 24, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Ok, I did that none of the games had SAP for Italian so far, at least the ones I was able to catch live

  4. Ra

    August 23, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    @ Chris Do you know if Paramount plans to do something similar to ESPNFC? It would be great to have a similar show covering Serie A, and the South American Leagues. Paramount should do something similar focused on their properties. Now they have the talent to pull it off.

  5. JP

    August 23, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Jo Ankier seems a bit uncomfortable but improving (pronunciation better Sunday than Saturday….Genoa was noticeable).

    Andres Cordero great as usual yesterday. Marco Messina as expected, enthusiastic if a bit unpolished but that’s not a bad thing. Like having one of your pals on TV talking Serie A.

    Chemistry still has room for improvement, since it’s just been one weekend expect that will get better naturally.

    I’m not one for pregame/HT/Postgame shows but was nice to have them for HT instead of the loop of commercials and live feed of the field being watered before 2nd half.

  6. Ra

    August 22, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    @Miguel You have to swipe down. Same with other apps on AppleTv. But most matches still don’t have it.

  7. Miguel Tenorio

    August 22, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    I checked all games I have apple tv and no option for Italian
    If someone was able to do it? how did you

  8. Michelangelo

    August 22, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    No Italian SAP option for phone

  9. JFH

    August 22, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Watching through Roku and the Italian commentary is available for Bologna match but not for Juve.

  10. Michelangelo

    August 22, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Does anyone have an issue with the Italian SAP option? I couldn’t find it on any of my devices. Thank you so much and please post your comments if you can thank you. I really hope Napoli-Venezia has an Italian SAP option. Any thoughts anyone?

  11. Michelangelo

    August 22, 2021 at 8:55 am

    @Ra- I tried for all four matches on my phone and I couldn’t find it.

  12. Ra

    August 22, 2021 at 8:54 am

    @Michelangelo The live Sassuolo game did have it. I was able to change in my AppleTV. It is not available in the replay however. If you are using GoogleTV you will find language options in a top right icon while watching it.

  13. Michelangelo

    August 22, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I didn’t see an Italian SAP option for any of the games yesterday. I’ve also noticed during the Sassulo-Verona game the stream was glitching and freezing at times especially during Raspadori’s goal. We need an Italian SAP option since it was promised to us. So far I love the coverage from Matteo and Marco during the Pre-Half-Post game coverage. The chemistry between the two is incredible and I’m very proud of them both. Their coverage so far is excellent and they can definitely do a Golazo zone time show as well when multiple matches are being played at the same time. Hopefully we have a Italian SAP option due to the fact that some of these commentators are horrendous. Overall excellent so far. Thank you so much everyone. Forza Napoli!!!

  14. SPFC

    August 21, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Who is that attractive lady in the pre-show?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 21, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      Jo Aniker, a former British athlete.

  15. Giacomo

    August 21, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Where do you see that option to put in Italian commentary ? I am watching on iPhone and don’t see anything.

  16. Ra

    August 21, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    You can also access the games through CBS Sports app.

  17. Ra

    August 21, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    The Sassuolo game is also available in Italian for a more authentic atmosphere.

  18. JP

    August 21, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    P+ seems to have corrected the choppiness issues for 2nd half of Sassuolo. If I’m going to complain also have to give credit when resolved.

  19. JP

    August 21, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Stream is fine for Inter but the Sassuolo match is choppy video and audio. So strange! There is the Italian language option though.

  20. Bob

    August 21, 2021 at 8:19 am

    This is great, great news. Matteo Bonetti is excellent, I’m sure he’s a bit sad to leave ESPN where he did some great work, but at least CBS realized that it was key to get a good team together to grow the appeal of Serie A. Andres Cordero is fantastic on play by play. Win Win! Forza Roma!

  21. Futbol is Life

    August 20, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    @Lou, I understand but the measurement of “ratings” in the streaming world is a metric that is not standardized. Also, Paramount+ is an SVOD service, I would venture to say any success would be measured by the number of additional subscriptions due to this added league rather than any streamed minutes.

  22. Michelangelo

    August 20, 2021 at 9:47 am

    It all comes down to as well the picture quality, the stream, how many matches are going to be televised on CBSSN, and most importantly consistency. Paramount Plus has plenty of resources but their website is atrocious. They have no information of the Serie A and Coppa Italia on their site what so ever. Paramount Plus with adding Matteo, Marco, and Dre is just what they needed two analysts that love the game and a passionate Marco from his podcast IFTV. I wonder if the other members are going to join Marco for some matches such as Mike and Antonio. Italian SAP Option was an amazing step in the right direction since Rai Italia lost the Serie A and Coppa Italia rights so anyone that used to watch the games on Rai are forces to watch them on Paramount Plus. Amazing news for all football fans. Let’s hope Paramount Plus and CBSSN can deliver tomorrow on opening day of the Italian Serie A.

  23. Lou

    August 20, 2021 at 2:59 am

    @Futbol is Life, Ratings are a metric and used in decision making and planning. Don’t kid your self, ratings matter.

  24. Futbol is Life

    August 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    @Lou, the large majority of the games are on Paramount+ so ratings are for the most part irrelevant.

  25. Lou

    August 19, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Sure hope CBS has better luck with ratings for the Serie A matches then beIn and ESPN when they held the rights.

  26. Karl

    August 19, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I must admit CBS Sports is certainly doing a great job with their hires and just made me immediately more likely to make a point of tuning in for Serie A this year (though the app not having Picture-in-picture on mobile devices like ESPN and also P+ apparently not working with Chromecast for live games anymore certainly seems to make it a chore to watch at times).

    I for one am absolutely ecstatic to see Dre Cordero on PxP. While I must admit I don’t think I had listened to him call a game prior to June’s CONCACAF Nations League, I thought he might be the best “American accent” PxP voice for soccer in the US and hope he calls the six USMNT World Cup Qualifiers that Paramount+ has.

  27. Rich

    August 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    This is a natural fit, as Dre was already working with CBS and Mateo has been following Serie A around from network to network for years (and he wasn’t mentioned as a part of ESPN’s La Liga coverage). I love both of them doing games.

  28. Michelangelo

    August 19, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    This has to be the best news so far we’ve heard from Paramount. Will they only announce games on CBSSN or Paramount as well? It’s great to see a small podcast like IFTV be transformed to the big screen. Matteo Bonetti and Dre Cordero with years of experience excellent. We need more news on the Paramount Website though. We also need to know if their will be a SAP option in Italian, A Goalazo zone in Italian, a podcast show with this crew similar to ESPN FC does, Excellent news for these group of Men and women coming to the best league in the world the Italian Serie A. Thank you so much and if anyone knows more information on stream quality, goalazo zone, pre and post game coverage, podcasts, highlights show, predictions show, Italian SAP option, and any more information please comment it. Thank you so much everyone for your support and FORZA NAPOLI!!!

  29. mike

    August 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    that is great to have Matteo back where we can hear him and maybe see him.

  30. JP

    August 19, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Dre Cordero!!!!!!!!!!!! Great hire CBS. Matteo and Dre back together again, fantastic.
    When I was on Twitter a half decade ago do recall seeing a lot of content from Italian Football TV, nice to see him go big time now. At least we know someone very passionate about Serie A will be on pre/post coverage. That alone helps a lot, not just someone going through the motions.

  31. Michelangelo

    August 19, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Let’s go this is Huge congratulations to Matteo and Dre. Excellent commentators in the past for ESPN+ and Bein Sports. Let’s hope Paramount delivers with solid stream quality. OMG Marco Messina from IFTV that’s amazing congratulations amazing news for Paramount. All we need is Serie A Goalazo zone and Italian SAP option. This is amazing to see that dreams to come true. Show us boys that the Serie A is the best league in the world. Congrats to all the announcers going to Paramount Plus. Fantastic news for everyone. What would you guys like to see Paramount Plus do with their Serie A coverage? FORZA NAPOLI!!!

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