The Groundsman’s Shed


The Euro 2008 Pundit’s League by groundsman
June 14, 2008, 6:15 pm
Filed under: BBC, Euro2008, football, Gary Lineker, ITV, pundits, Setanta Sports, TV

As a football-loving American, I’ve often gone to great lengths to see broadcasts of live matches.  Justin.tv, Sopcast, various dodgy looking sites from China- I’ve scoured them all for English-speaking footy commentary at one time or another.   Though the Euro2008 matches are shown on ESPN, I would rather listen to vigorous elephant-on-pig action than hear Tommy Smyth’s often offensively ill-informed opinions, so I come to work to watch European television, or simply bask in the warm glow of my laptop. 

ITV and BBC are splitting the Euros coverage between them, and as one Guardian MBM commenter noted- there should be a tournament to decide who will continue to cover the matches, and who will agree to never appear on television again.  As we all know, a good television pundit is hard to find- and of course the term “good” is incredibly subjective (my apologies to anyone who worships at the Altar of Smyth), so I’m interested to find out who would be on your TV Football Pundit Dream Team.

My team?

Commentators: David Pleat (ITV) , Barry Davies (BBC-retired) substitutes: John Motson (BBC- I love old people), Mark Bright (BBC- gets emotional)

Pundits/Presenters:  James Richardson (Setanta Sports), Gary Lineker (BBC), Martin O’Neill (BBC), Rob Stone (ESPN), Andy Townsend (ITV),

Color/Feature Reporters: Adrian Chiles (BBC), Kelly Dalglish (Setanta Sports)

Yes, most of the BBC Match of the Day team are painfully boring and smug, ITV’s pundits are tolerable- but the inclusion of Sam Allardyce and his gold chains and ill fitting pants is distracting.  The only thing ESPN ever had going for its football coverage is Rob Stone, and even Andy Gray can’t do more than look upset at being stuck in Bristol, CT as an effort to cut costs instead of actually experiencing tournament action overseas. 

All said, who’s on your top team?

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please tell me where you stream/download foreign broadcasts of euro 08! i want to shoot my tv with espn. my youtube account name is “endSTUPIDcomments” please send me a message/comment there… thanks

Comment by endstupidcomments

Ray Hudson from GolTV is my all-time favorite commentator – check out http://hudsonia.blogspot.com/ for some great quotes! The two English guys who do GolTV’s Bundesliga matches are right behind Ray.

Comment by Lu

Itv coverage is so bad it makes my teeth ache!

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You cant beat Gary, and the two Al’s :-)

Comment by Kelvin

Brilliant!

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