Spanish sports journalist Sara Carbonero started her career as an intern with Radio Marca. She has since moved on to bigger and better things, working as a presenter for Telecinco until 2015. Carbonero is also the wife of FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
As the daughter of retired German footballer Dieter Huppenkothen, Venessa Huppenkothen was born with soccer in her blood. Growing up, she often traveled back and forth between her mother’s hometown of Mexico City and Duisberg, Germany. Eventually, Huppenkothen settled down in Mexico, where she studied International Relations and earned a living as a model. The winner of the 2007 Miss Mexico National, Huppenkothen found herself a job as a sports journalist and worked her way into a job presenting for ESPN in 2016.
A Colombia native, the beautiful Alejandra Buitrago studied Administration and Finance prior to taking part in an acting workshop. While enrolled in the acting classes, an instructor suggested she try out for a variety show on RCN Television in Colombia. Buitrago ended up getting the part, and from there was able to launch a career in entertainment. Soon enough, she was modeling as well. These days, Buitrago serves as a personality on Colombia Television and presenter for the World Cup.
Maria Komandnaya, a journalist from Russia who has been involved with TV and radio for close to a decade, made a name for herself during Fox’s coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. So much so that Fox decided to bring her onto the 2018 World Cup roster as a reporter. In the past, she has also worked for Moscow FM and Match TV. In December 2017, Komandnaya co-hosted the World Cup Draw alongside Gary Lineker in a live broadcast from State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
A native of Middlesbrough, England, Kay Murray grew up surrounded by soccer. As the time approached for Murray to decide on a career, she was unsure if she wanted to pursue sports management or journalism. Murray eventually settled on soccer journalism, and there was no turning back. After spending years studying and climbing her way to the top of the football broadcasting food-chain, she was offered her dream opportunity with beINSports in 2014, when she traveled to Brazil to cover the World Cup.
Not only is Grant Wahl a Princeton graduate and successful sports journalist, but he’s also an accomplished writer, having authored the New York Times Best Seller, The Beckham Experiment, in addition to his many segments for Sports Illustrated and the Miami Herald. Wahl became a part of the Fox Sports team in October 2012 after taking part in their coverage of the UEFA Euro 2012. For the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Wahl will serve as a reporter-at-large for the Fox network.
Roberta Setimi is a Brazilian-born sports journalist. Setimi got her first taste of freelance journalism and digital content at the age of 19 when she landed an internship with Globo.com. After spending a decade working and learning about the industry from Brazil’s finest talent, Setimi made her way to London to study Digital Media. In 2014, Setimi covered the World Cup for Fox Sports. Even though she now spends most of her time working in Canada, Setimi will always be loyal to her home country of Brazil!
While many soccer fans are familiar with Kate Abdo from her previous work with Sky Sports between the years of 2014 and 2016, Abdo has officially joined the Fox Sports family in a full-time gig for the 2018 World Cup. Back in 2015, she served as a guest host for the network’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The executives at Fox must have liked what they saw because they were quick to add Abdo to this year’s roster.
As the daughter of BBC News Presenter Chris Lowe, Rebecca Lowe was destined for greatness. Lowe was born and raised in England, and that’s where she found her passion for sports reporting. She was interested in becoming an actress at first, but fate had other plans. She began sportscasting to keep busy while she found an agent, but ended up reporting for the BBC. Lowe has now worked for Setanta Sports, ESPN, and NBC. She’s even crossed over to the American audience!
An Argentina native, Andres Cantor has made a name for himself throughout the entire world of soccer and has become one of the most beloved commentators for his signature “¡Goooooool!” shout following a score. Even though he only provides commentary in Spanish, Cantor is well known in the United States because he currently works for Telemundo, the Spanish-language division of NBC Sports. If you want to hear some over-the-top and entertaining football commentary, be sure to tune in to Telemundo’s coverage of the 2018 World Cup!
With her professional history on the U.S. Women’s National Team, Aly Wagner has plenty of expertise and soccer knowledge. For this year’s World Cup, Wagner will be featured alongside Derek Rae to commentate on the games for Fox Sports. In 2017, after she had offered commentary for the FIFA Confederations Cup, World Soccer Talk stated that “Wagner… has given sharp analysis and seems unafraid to be critical when warranted. If this is an audition for her to be on a commentary team next summer, she passed.”
Jenny Taft first joined Fox Sports in 2012, where she was featured in on-air promos and in-game segments in addition to her involvement in production behind the scenes. Since joining Fox, Taft has reported for a wide variety of sports including football, baseball, hockey, and even Supercross. In recent years, she has shifted her focus to both men’s and women’s soccer, working the sidelines of MLS games as well as the 2015 Women’s World Cup. This year, she’ll serve as a reporter for Fox once again.
Throughout his career, which spans over two and a half decades, Steve Bower has become one of the most recognizable voices in all of soccer. He has served as a football commentator, reporter, presenter, and analyst for a variety of major networks and radio stations including Radio City (Liverpool), Piccadilly Radio, Manchester United Television, talkSPORT, Setanta Sports, Sky Sports, BBC, ESPN, ITV, BT Sport, and NBC Sports. For the 2018 World Cup, you can catch Bower providing commentary for the BBC network.
A relative newcomer, Rachel Bonnetta didn’t join Fox Sports until 2016. Prior to landing a job on the Fox crew, Bonnetta worked for the MLS. In her short time on Fox, Bonnetta has made quite the name for herself thanks to her creativity, personality, and useful insights. This year, Bonnetta will be hosting her very own Twitter live show from the Red Square in Moscow, where she will provide matchup previews, game recaps, Twitter reactions, as well as original segments.
Retired professional footballer Alex Scott made a total of 140 international appearances for England throughout her successful career. She also won the Champions League, two Community Shields, eight league titles, three WSL Cups, and seven FA Cups. These days, she’s still involved in the game she loves, but from a different perspective. Scott now works as a pundit for both the BBC and Sky networks, offering quality commentary from her many years of football experience. This year, you can catch Scott broadcasting with BBC.
Gabby Logan’s big break came in 1996 when she was offered a job presenting for Sky Sports. Logan stayed there for two years until she found her way to the ITV TV network. On ITV, Logan became one of the first female sports presenters to make it to terrestrial television. Logan began presenting for BBC in 2007, a job she still holds to this day. Without a doubt, she’ll play a big role in the BBC’s coverage of this year’s World Cup!
Alexi Lalas is a retired American soccer player best known for his part in the United States men’s national team’s participation in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Lalas was one of the first players to join the newly-established MLS in 1996. After working as a general manager for several years, Lalas began a career in sports broadcasting with ESPN. He now works as a commentator for Fox Sports. For the 2018 World Cup, Lalas will be serving as a studio analyst.
A Scotland native, Kelly Cates has been a soccer presenter for Sky Sports News since 2007. Throughout her long career as a presenter, Cates has also worked on Radio 5 Live, ESPN, GMTV, ITV, Channel 5, and talkSPORT. In a recent interview, Cates described why she enjoys being a soccer broadcaster so much by saying, “I love football, I love working in football, I’m passionate about the media and so it was just me finding something I absolutely enjoyed doing.”
Ana Jurka started her career in her native country of Honduras, co-hosting a popular car show called Sobre Ruedas. She has been with Telemundo Deportes since 2013. She is the current co-host of Titulares y Más, Telemundo’s late-night talk and variety show. She also hosts many other special programs for Telemundo. Jurka is a regular contributor to Telemundo’s broadcasts of various sporting events and will be serving as one of the Spanish-language presenters for the network’s broadcast of the 2018 World Cup.
Back in his football prime, Gary Lineker played for the English national team, where he netted an impressive total of 48 goals on the international level, including ten goals in FIFA World Cup finals. To this day, that remains an English record. The English Football Hall-of-Famer has since hung up his cleats and become a successful sports broadcaster and commentator. Linekar will be leading the BBC’s coverage of the 2018 World Cup, alongside Theirry Henry, Rio Ferdinand, and Clarence Seedorf.
It’s no surprise that Hall-of-Famer Julie Foudy joined the ESPN broadcast crew back in 2014 for their coverage of the last World Cup in Brazil, especially when you consider her illustrious career as a midfielder for Team USA. During her 17-year stint on the United States Women’s national soccer team, Foudy earned an Olympic gold medal and won the Women’s World Cup twice. You can surely expect to see more of her during ESPN’s broadcast of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
After playing soccer at the University of Florida, Heather Mitts moved on to a long career playing in the Women’s Professional Soccer league and on the U.S. women’s national team, where she won three Olympic gold medals. These days, Mitts serves as a soccer analyst for Fox Sports, where she works alongside presenters like Rob Stone, Kelly Smith, Alexi Lalas, Ariane Hingst, and Eric Wynalda. There is no doubt in our minds that she has an interesting perspective on the action!
Mariana Gonzalez is one World Cup presenter who is not shy to express her love for her home country’s football team. The Mexican beauty has posted several patriotic photos wearing the colors of the Mexican flag- green, white, and red. She even took the time out of her busy World Cup schedule to pose with several Mexican fans outside the stadium. Hopefully, her good cheer will make its way to the Mexican football team in time for their match against Germany!
A former English footballer in his own right, Steve McManaman won the FA Cup and League Cup during his 9-year stint at Liverpool. He then moved on to play for Real Madrid in 1999 and Manchester city in 2003. After retiring from the sport in 2005, McManaman began his career as a football pundit, working for Setanta Sports and ESPN. For the upcoming 2018 World Cup, McManaman will be serving as a football expert, offering his own unique insights for the BT Sport network.
Viviana Vila has been a sports broadcaster for over two decades. After spending years working her way to a respected position at Telemundo, Vila will be one of just two women presenting live commentary for the 2018 World Cup. Vila’s journey to the top was extremely difficult. In 2016, after she had become Argentina’s first-ever televised female sports analyst, Vila was fired because of her gender. Luckily, Vila never gave up and kept fighting. Now, she’s at the top, and no one can bring her down.
Costa Rica’s Jale Berahimi became a viral sensation at the last World Cup in Brazil after posting several eye-catching photos to her social media pages. “I see sports and try to learn every day. The channel is preparing, because I have two colleagues who will cover sports, and the World Cup is not only sports, it’s also about color notes and curiosities that catch the eye,” said Berahimi in an interview with La Nacion. Her fans are certainly excited to see what 2018 has in store!
Another former English footballer, Phil Neville played both defense and midfield throughout his 23-year career. He even played on the same team as his brother in the 1996 FA Cup. Following his retirement in 2013, Neville went on to manage the Salford City team, as well as the England Women’s national team. He was also hired by the BBC in 2014 to aid in their coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This year, Neville will be back, working yet again as a pundit for the BBC.
An accomplished sports reporter, Ines Sainz now works with her husband. The couple owns and operates their own Mexican production company. Sainz grew up with her family of three siblings in Mexico City. After earning a law degree in Mexico, Sainz decided to pursue a graduate degree in sports business administration. Since then, Sainz has reported for American football, swimming, volleyball, basketball, and tennis. For the 2018 World Cup, Sainz will join Mariana Gonzalez and Vanessa Huppenkothen on the Mexican broadcast team.
Jang Ye Won
Back in 2014, World Cup fans from all over the world instantly fell in love with Jang Ye Won. Clips of the bright-eyed South Korean newscaster reporting from the stands and conducting interviews while sporting a Spain jersey spread across the internet like wildfire. Soccer enthusiasts simply wanted more of Won’s adorable smile and bubbly personality. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to see a whole lot more of her in the stands or on the sidelines during this year’s World Cup!
A proud Chilean journalist, Jhendelyn Nunez is not afraid to show the world how much she supports her team. Back in 2014, Nunez became an internet sensation for her PG-13 rated celebration following Alexis Sanchez’s World Cup goal. Overcome with excitement after Sanchez put one away for her home country, Nunez revealed a whole lot of patriotism, and then some. Hopefully, Nunez’s unique style of in-depth reporting will continue to entertain us and offer insights during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.