One hundred days away from the 2022 World Cup, Telemundo Deportes have announced its impressive lineup of studio talent.
As the exclusive Spanish-language World Cup broadcaster in the United States, every game is available live across Telemundo, Universo and Peacock TV. It’s going to be what the network is calling the “most ambitious coverage in Spanish-language history with all 64 matches live, including all four games on Thanksgiving Day.”
Star-studded studio talent from Telemundo
Center stage in Qatar is Telemundo’s award-winning commentary team of Andrés Cantor, Manuel Sol, Copán Álvarez, Sammy Sadovnik, Jorge Calvo and Eduardo Biscayart.
Adding to the announcers, Telemundo have announced the experts that will appear in the studio. One, in particular, stands out as someone who will be a must-watch on TV.
“The beauty of the comprehensive team that we put together is that we, as announcers like myself [and my colleagues], can turn around and ask [them questions],” World Cup lead commentator Andrés Cantor explained to World Soccer Talk via telephone. “[For example, we can ask] a World Cup coach like Miguel Herrera who has the experience of coaching Mexico at the highest level, not only in the Gold Cups but in Brazil 2014.
“We can [also] ask all of the incredible talent with World Cup experience — players, coaches, referees that we have — for their opinions. I think that gives the audience such a rich, comprehensive experience.”
Herrera is just one of many stars appearing on Telemundo’s coverage of the World Cup. The complete list of studio talent comprises:
Costa Rica | Coach
As the current head coach of the Costa Rica Women’s National Team, Valverde will bring her expertise to Telemundo Deportes for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. She has previously contributed as game and studio analyst for the Tokyo Olympics women soccer coverage and expert commentator for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France.
Ecuador | Forward
Former Ecuadorian player represented his nation in two FIFA World Cups. Tenorio’s club career began with LDU Quito and later joined Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr FC for one season, scoring 15 goals in 16 appearances. From 2003 to 2009, Tenorio played in Qatar for Al Sadd, winning three Qatar Stars League titles, before moving to Al-Nasr SC in the United Arab Emirates and later returning to South America and finishing his career with the Ecuadorian club Atlético Saquisilí.
Argentina-Chile | Midfielder
World Cup champion played alongside Maradona when Argentina won the 1986 FIFA World Cup™. The Argentine-Chilean manager and former attacking midfielder returns to Telemundo Deportes after serving as guest analyst in Russia.
Uruguay | Forward
Regarded as one of the greatest Uruguayan players of all time, Forlán has participated in three FIFA World Cups, including the 2010 tournament where Uruguay came in fourth place, and he received the Golden Ball as the best player. Through his career he also played for some of Europe’s top clubs including Manchester United, Villarreal, Atletico de Madrid, and Inter Milan. He returns to Telemundo Deportes after serving as analyst for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Spain | Center Back & Defensive Midfielder
Decorated Spanish player regarded as one of the best defenders in the history of the Real Madrid. Hierro won La Liga five times and the Champions League in three occasions. Representing his National Team, he played in three FIFA World Cups and was a member of the FIFA All-Star World Cup Team in Korea/Japan 2002. As a coach, he managed the Spain National Team during 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia™.
Argentina | Referee
Former international football referee who’s best known for being the first ever to officiate both the opening and Final Match in a World Cup (2006). Elizondo has analyzed calls for Telemundo Deportes’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will rejoin our team in Qatar.
JAIME HERRERA GARDUÑO
Mexico | Referee
With a five-year career in Mexico’s First Division, Jaime Herrera Garduño is recognized for being the first Mexican referee to officiate in the Major League Soccer. During his 19-year career he officiated international tournaments such as Copa Libertadores among others. He retired in 2016 and will join Telemundo Deportes for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
Brazil | Defensive Midfielder
World Cup champion and standout figure of Deportivo de La Coruña. Silva won La Liga title once, Copa del Rey twice and the Supercopa de España on three occasions with the Galician team. He represented Brazil in the nation’s victorious 1994 World Cup where he played in all of Brazil´s seven matches.
Argentina | Midfielder
Former Argentine footballer nicknamed “La Fiera” left his mark in Spain playing for Espanyol and Atlético Madrid for the bulk of his career, spent two years with Liverpool in England, and returned to Newell’s Old Boys where he began and ended his career. Rodríguez represented his country in three World Cups, finishing second in 2014. One of his career highlights occurred in Germany 2006 when he scored the goal that eliminated Mexico during the extra time of the Round of 16 match played in Leipzig.
MIGUEL “PIOJO” HERRERA
Mexico | Midfielder
Former Mexican player, and current manager for Liga MX club Tigres UANL. “El Piojo” is best known for his coaching career with Club America, where he won his first title at the 2013 Clausura Tournament, and with the Mexican National team when he led “El Tri” to a playoff victory over New Zealand securing the last qualifying spot and final ticket for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
USA | Coach
Recently appointed new head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, Astrain returns to Telemundo Deportes for 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ after her contribution as soccer analyst for the Tokyo Olympics women soccer coverage. She is a well-respected and experienced soccer coach previously serving as an assistant coach with NWSL Kansas City after a long run in Spain with FC Barcelona, Atletico de Madrid, and the Spanish Federation.
ÓSCAR “CONEJO” PÉREZ
Mexico | Goalkeeper
Goalkeeping legend nicknamed “El Conejo” is considered one of the best in Mexican history. While representing Mexican teams Cruz Azul and Pachuca, Pérez achieved three CONCACAF Champions League titles, two Mexican leagues and one Mexican Cup. He represented his country in 55 matches including three World Cups. Additionally, he won three CONCACAF Gold Cup titles along with the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.
SEBASTIÁN ABREU “EL LOCO”
Uruguay | Forward
Commonly known as “El Loco” for his unpredictable shows of skill and technique, Abreu is a former Uruguayan player who gave “La Celeste” a ticket to the 2010 World Cup semifinal scoring a “Panenka style” penalty in the controversial victory over Ghana. He´s also recognized for his record of playing in 32 teams from 11 different countries.
USA | Midfielder
Former American soccer player returns to Telemundo Deportes after serving as analyst for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Over his thirteen-year professional career he played as a midfielder in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Ramos participated in three FIFA World Cups with the USMNT. He was inducted to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.
Coverage of the World Cup begins in late November. While games will be across Telemundo and Universo, Peacock will also have every game in Spanish on a 24/7 World Cup channel.
Our complete interview with Andrés will appear on the podcast stream.
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