The World Cup is officially upon us as the 32 teams that qualified along with the host Nation Russia will be competing for that little golden trophy and become the World Champions of the International Soccer World.
For the very first time Fox Sports is Broadcasting the World Cup that will be hosted by Russia and they believe they have a big advantage of not only broadcasting from the country but of course they will have some talent back States side in their facility in Los Angeles.
Heading over inside their studios will be Studio Anchors Rob Stone, Fernando Fiore Kate Abdo and Ian Joy while they will have former US International Defender Alexi Lalas and former German International Lothar Matthaus, Ian Wright & Guus Hiddink during pre-game, halftime and post game in each and every World Cup broadcasting day.
Your broadcast teams who will be in Russia are John Strong & analyst Stu Holden while US veteran Broadcaster J.P. Della-Camera and former US International Goalkeeper Tony Meola will also be in Russia.
For the first time on a men’s world cup broadcast former US Women’s National Team player Aly Wagner will be apart of this group and she will be joined by Derek Rae who many know and respect as the Scottish broadcaster has done work with ESPN and a former MetroStars announcer as well.
Staying State side are veteran broadcaster Glenn Davis who hosts his own Soccer Talk Radio show on ESPN 97.5FM in Houston and the TV play-by-play voice of the Houston Dynamo.
Also joining Glenn Davis will be the TV play-by-play voice of FC Dallas & the Dallas Mavericks Mark Followill who has called several games involving the Copa America Centenario as well as some CONCACAF Gold Cup matches last summer.
There will be some culture on this World Cup Broadcast as Fox Sports hired National Geographic reporter Sergey Gordeev as he will take you to the most interesting places within the country and show what the locals do without the usage of politics.
This wonderful time to send these talented people to Russia was located in New York City’s famous Russian Tea Room along W. 57th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues and for this local kid from the Bronx, it was a fun evening to hob nob and mingle with the best in the business.
The swanky décor on the first floor and the third floor ballroom where the get togethers were was absolutely amazing and for myself personally, this was the very first time I have ever been inside this magical place as I use to drive up and down the street passing that famous red awning as a kid in the car with my parents.
Executive Producer Dave Neal assembled these great people who he has worked with during their coverage of MLS matches, US Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and of course their successful Women’s World Cup coverage in Canada back in 2015.
While there has been some criticism of Fox Sports sending half their crew to Russia and the other half remaining in the States, with the US Men’s National Team not qualifying for the World Cup I think you need to see what this group can do with some of the pressure coming off their shoulders.
But overall it was a fun evening back on Wednesday, May 30th and I wish Fox Sports to have a lot of success and the final questions I asked most of the talent that was there was who did they think was going to win the World Cup and who could be the dark horse.
Most of them felt Germany would win the World Cup again and their Dark Horse pick was Belgium. But if you ask Fernando Fiore, he wants to see Lionel Messi and Argentina win the World Cup and on a personal level, I would like to see Messi add a World Cup to his historical career.