With more televised overseas football than ever before, the role of pundits is increasingly under the spotlight. Just as people like to see overseas football change, punditry has now become something of an art – with an emphasis on more personable and interactive analysis.
These five demonstrate this new world of the art of commentary beautifully.
The former Manchester United defender has enjoyed an effortless transition into broadcasting, earning an array of plaudits for his unique and insightful analysis of the game. He has enjoyed huge praise for his knowledge of modern football, especially in comparison to older pundits who sometimes seem out-dated and out-of-touch with the current generation of players.
The charismatic, sharp-suited host of YouTube animated show The Football Special is fast becoming an internet sensation (해외축구중계) with his witty, satirical observations on the current news and events in football. His rapport with a reluctant Arsene Wenger is one of the highlights of the show the combination of Yorkshire grit and Gallic sophistication promises comedy every time.
The Football Special is a weekly animated show that takes a topical and sidelong look at the beautiful game every Friday. Resident host, Malcolm Best, is joined on his cartoon TV set by some of the biggest names in football such as Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, and together they introduce a series of sketches, jokes, and songs.
Just as fearless and authoritative as he was a player, Souness has established himself as an integral part of Skys analysis team with his forthright and articulate opinions. Even more refreshingly, he tackles key issues and decisions head-on rather than avoiding them and is never afraid of upsetting someone. His vast experience both playing and managing at the highest level is always evident in his serious approach. Liverpool was able to capture not only the League championship but retained the League Cup. Not only that, Liverpool successfully defended the trophies in the 82-83 season.
An elder statesman as football pundits go, he may forever be remembered for his dismissive attitude towards a certain group of youngsters managed by Alex Ferguson, but he remains the benchmark for current broadcasters in terms of his ease in front of the camera and longevity. He’s known for remarking “you can’t win with the kids” after Manchester United’s defeat at Aston Villa on the first day of 95 Premier League season. He later credited that phrase for making him the pundit of football analysis world. Famed for his cynical attitude to modern defending, 2014 season was reportedly his last as a BBC pundit. Besides football, Hansen enjoys golfing and visiting his birthplace town.
Just as he was the leader for any side he played for during his career, Keane has quickly established himself as the commanding presence of the ITV broadcast team. His first foray into punditry led to his departure from Man Utd following an explosive interview with MUTV which really should have given us a clue about what we were in for! His stranglehold over Adrian Chiles, Lee Dixon, and Gareth Southgate is often a joy to behold.