Pundits and the commentary line-ups have been revealed by BBC and ITV for the upcoming Qatar World Cup starting late November.
The competition gets underway in Qatar on Sunday the 20th of November and you can follow all the drama and excitement throughout the tournament on the BBC and ITV.
The BBC is the main destination for coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week – with 33 matches televised live as well as live commentary on all 64 games on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Wales v England be shown exclusively live on the BBC, with England’s opening game against Iran and Wales’ crucial tie against Carlos Queiroz’s side.
The BBC say: “Jurgen Klinsmann and Gilberto Silva will bring their international expertise to the BBC’s coverage alongside the likes of Vincent Kompany, Didier Drogba, Laura Georges, Pablo Zabaleta and Mark Schwarzer.
“Ex-England players include Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas, Micah Richards and Alex Scott, with Danny Gabbidon, Ian Rush and Ashley Williams representing Wales.
“The BBC will air 33 live matches on TV and iPlayer across the tournament, while BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds will provide coverage of all 64 matches in Qatar. BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru will also cover all of Wales’ games.
“With live video streaming of BBC Sport’s games and live commentary of every match on the BBC Sounds app, fans can follow the drama across any device.
“BBC TV and iPlayer coverage kicks off with a mouth-watering week of games, after our exclusive live coverage of the opener between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday, November 20.
“Fans can watch the majority of the BBC’s games live in Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range via BBC iPlayer by using a compatible UHD TV and a high-speed internet connection.
“Highlights of non-live games and selected replayed matches will be available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
“Fans can watch highlights of every match and all the goals on TV, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
“Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Mark Chapman and Kelly Cates will lead coverage across TV, iPlayer and radio, alongside a host of great former players who will provide analysis.
“5 Live’s football team includes Karen Bardsley, Izzy Christiansen, James Collins, Dion Dublin, Rob Green, Jayne Ludlow, Pat Nevin, Micah Richards, Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, Matthew Upson and Stephen Warnock.
“Guillem Balague, Julien Laurens and Tim Vickery will provide expert voices on South America, Europe and the rest of the world.”
ITV say: “Viewers will be guided through the tournament by the stellar team, providing comprehensive coverage, expert analysis and the very best action on ITV.
“Live games and highlights will be broadcast on ITV, providing a comprehensive coverage package and content across ITV Football’s social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, ensuring fans will not miss a single minute of the action.
“Led by main presenters Mark Pougatch, Laura Woods and Seema Jaswal, ITV’s World Cup squad will offer incredible insight, expertise, opinion and analysis from Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Karen Carney, Graeme Souness, Joe Cole, Eniola Aluko, Nigel De Jong, Nadia Nadim and Hal Robson-Kanu.
“Commentary will come from Sam Matterface, Clive Tyldesley, Jon Champion, Seb Hutchinson, Joe Speight and Tom Gayle supported by co-commentators Lee Dixon, Ally McCoist, John Hartson and Andros Townsend. Reporting on the tournament will be Gabriel Clarke, Michelle Owen and Celina Hinchcliffe.
“ITV’s coverage will be complemented with a referee analyst to break down and explain all of the key on-field decisions, with Peter Walton taking up that role.”
Twitter users gave their thoughts with the pundits and commentary line-ups revealed by BBC and ITV for the upcoming Qatar World Cup…
@Thedogwalker172: rio ferdinand ffs
@_Jr247365: Just please NO-ONE wants jenas as the main presenter of any of these matches!
@ianhunter121: No matter how many legends of the game you put in front of us for this one, the 2022 Qatar World Cup is still tainted and steeped in blood money. I couldn’t be less interested in this World Cup.
@joshthehuman23: A strong line up of world class former players, expert pundits and Jermaine Jenas
@andycorneys: This is one World Cup I can’t watch. I still can’t believe that FIFA have said nothing about the 6500 workers who have died building the stadiums in Qatar. This World Cup is tainted with their blood & I’ll have nothing to do with it because it’s unacceptable!
@BenNFFC2002: You know it’s an international tournament when Klinsmann is back!
@christs_chins: Jenas’s agent is the greatest worker of modern civilisation.
@ml1802: Will you be doing pieces on human rights abuse and homophobia in Qatar during the tournament?
@fleet29: Glad to see your boycotting the world Cup gary. You’re constantly going on about it but prepared to put money above principles just like @GNev2
@Long_LiveConnor: Souness here to make sure no one’s actually having fun I take it.
@RivetStuart: Haha @GNev2 you my son are the biggest hypocrite apart from @GaryLineker of course!
@PaulCottle: John champion should be the lead commentator much missed voice on football commentary
@podoleeds: BBC all the way then 😳
@Hegster1973: It’s a shame they couldn’t get more players who’ve actually played at a proper world cup therefore know what they’re talking about
@TomHarr26858942: 3/10 [ITV] pundits played in a men’s WC 😂
@MJOS_1997: A very mixed bag of pundits as usual, I have no idea how some of these repeatedly get work when they show no signs of improvement year after year. Getting Neville and Keane in again is huge though, although the dead itv coverage they always have even weakens their brilliance
@Harryhamilton97: Poor from you @GNev2. Slated the whole World Cup making documentaries showing how the workers have been treated. Soon as a brown envelope gets waved in your face you’re happy to go and work on it and promote it. Piss poor