If you’re watching the 2022 World Cup match between Qatar and Senegal and wondering who the BBC commentators are, we’ve got you covered.
Jonathan Pearce and Dion Dublin are on duty for this one.
Jonathan Pearce has been commentating on the BBC since the 1990s and is also known as the voice of a cult show Robot Wars on the BBC. Pearce is also a leading voice in women’s football and commented frequently on women’s tournaments in her time on the Beeb.
Dion Dublin is a beloved pundit and co-commentator who played for Aston Villa and Coventry City in an esteemed Premier League career. Dublin is a regular at Game of the daya host of the real estate fair Houses under the hammer and the inventor of the musical instrument, the Dube.
In the studio, Gary Lineker presents, and is joined in the studio by experts Rio Ferdinand, Didier Drogba and Alex Scott.
Gary Lineker is now a legend in broadcasting as well as football, with 48 goals for England putting him fourth on the all-time list, behind Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. He is England’s top scorer in the FIFA World Cup with 10 goals, with a small part of him no doubt hoping that Harry Kane (on six) won’t quite break that record this time around.
Linksy is the main presenter and will be present for all England matches, as well as the final (which may not be mutually exclusive).
Widely regarded as one of the greatest England defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand played 81 times for England and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He also won six Premier League titles with Manchester United and captained the Red Devils in the 2008 Champions League. He is most commonly seen on BT Sport as a pundit these days, but appears on the BBC during international tournaments.
Didier Drogba is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team, with 105 caps. He also led Chelsea to the 2012 Champions League, among other trophies. He has appeared sporadically as a pundit for the BBC since retiring as a guest at the 2018 World Cup.
Alex Scott has played 140 times for England, represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and won five titles in English football with Arsenal. When she covered the 2018 FIFA World Cup, she became the first women’s football specialist at a World Cup for the BBC and has since presented Football Focus, the BBC’s coverage of women’s football and the Olympics. of 2020 alongside Clare Balding.
Broadcasting of World Cup matches is split between the BBC and ITV in the UK, with Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness among the ITV pundits.