And now to run the rule over the BBC team in Brazil:
Gary Lineker: World Cup golden boot winner of course. BBC’s main football presenter, he has it all charm, charisma, humour but he’s also asks very good questions, getting the best answers from the pundits.
Alan Shearer: Former England captain, MOTD regular, knows what he’s doing.
Rio Ferdinand: Another former England captain, never seen him as a pundit before this World Cup but he’s really impressed me, he’s very knowledgeable about the game, first hand experience of playing against or with most of the stars at this world cup, makes insightful comments, and very engaging when he talks you listen.
Thierry Henry: World Cup winner with France, one of the greatest strikers of all time, I’m sure he’s very popular with the female viewers. Thierry is very cool and calm but he’s also a very good pundit I think both him and Rio have a future in TV after they retire.
Clarence Seedorf: Clarence has done a few major tournaments with the Beeb and he always seems very intelligent and has interesting pts, there’s usually some good banter when Clarence is on as well.
Juninho: Brazillian, pretty famous over here for his time with Middlesbro he often provides Brazillian or S American perspective much Gus Poyet on ITV.
Neil Lennon: Why on earth the former Celtic manager is on the team I have no clue. I’m not interested in anything he has to say, never played or managed in the World Cup and NI are not at the World Cup.
Mark Lawrenson: BBC regular, tends to be a co-commentator for live games, deadpan and sarcastic would be the only way to describe his delivery but I like it.
Phil Neville: Apparently the Beeb recieved over 400 complaints about his commentary of the England game, maybe the Beeb should’ve given him his debut for a less important match but in the studio he’s fine, he’s done a couple of spots on MOTD before.
Robbie Savage: This man should not even be employed by the BBC, he’s stupid, his hair his stupid, he was a horrendous player and even worse pundit and him and Thierry arguing about the Pogba -Palacios kicking incident was really annoying cos as Thierry pointed out Savage used to do that all the time.
Gabby Logan: If I’m not mistaken the only woman on the TV coverage, but it seems a token gesture to me. Don’t get me wrong Gabby Logan is hugely experienced in live football coverage but that’s just my point in the past she’s been the anchor for ITV world Cup coverage, and she presented Final Score for a few years, but she left to become the anchor of BBC Athletics coverage, at this World Cup she does the interviews just seems a little bit beneath her.
Mark Chapman: Similar role to Gabby, interviews at the moment, but I think he may anchor the BBC3 games next week.