Next year’s World Cup will be the last on ESPN for a while. Today the network announced five analysts who will work the tournament in Brazil.
Michael Ballack, Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman, and Santiago Solari will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs. Taylor Twellman will primarily serve as a co-commentator. McManaman will also co-commentate on select matches.
The analysts will be on hand this Friday at 11:30am as ESPN2 televises the final draw for the World Cup. Bob Ley will host.
“The quality and diversity of our analyst team was one of the keys to our 2010 World Cup success,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. “Michael, Alexi, Macca, Santiago, Taylor and others to come, will form what we expect to be one of the best collections of football minds available anywhere for this global sporting event.”