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The Best Football Pundits

Updated on July 12, 2012
Roy Keane
Roy Keane
Gordon Strachan
Gordon Strachan
Martin Keown
Martin Keown
Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy
Jurgen Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann
Gianluca Vialli
Gianluca Vialli
Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez
Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate
Manish Bhasin
Manish Bhasin
Matt Smith
Matt Smith
Clarence Seedorf
Clarence Seedorf
Jim Beglin
Jim Beglin
Lee Dixon
Lee Dixon
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher

Everybody seems to have different opinions on footballers and football teams and, it seems, football pundits. There are those that some can’t stand yet others think the same person might be a genius when it comes to all things tactics and formations.

This is a look at some of the pundits from the recent European Championships in Ukraine and Poland including commentators, co-commentators, presenters and studio experts.

Roy Keane At the start he seemed to want to be the Mr Angry as a pundit that he was as a player until you realise he was talking a lot of sense and some of the others he was with were just content to not rock the boat.

Gordon Strachan Good at pointing out things from his time as manager. Always good for an anecdote or a funny line. Doesn’t just say things to toe the party line.

Martin Keown Has been a good co- commentar and occasional studio guest. Keen to point things out that he’s noticed about teams. Gives the impression that he does his homework on games and doesn’t just turn up without a clue.

Mick McCarthy Doesn’t overdo it trying to be too smart on games. Comes across as likeable in the co-commentator role. Will talk up a game if it’s good but he’ll also say if it’s dull if it has been.

Jurgen Klinsmann Not seen too often but talks well about teams. Wanted Germany to win but will praise and criticise the teams that deserve it.

Gianluca Vialli Just seen occasionally. Was okay. Likeable presence in the BBC studio. Would be interesting to see what he was like over a longer period.

Roberto Martinez Likeable guy. Came across here as he does in interviews as Wigan manager- that he knows what he’s talking about and he won’t get carried away with things. Talks common sense.

Gareth Southgate A difficult one. A close thing as to whether he would make this list but he is another who has the likeability factor and you sense he thinks about the game a lot. At times a bit bland but always the one to point something out and include other, more inexperienced pundits in a discussion.

Manish Bhasin A straightforward presenter who does his job well in a confident manner on some BBC shows.

Matt Smith Seems to be the reserve presenter for ITV. Always seems very confident and friendly and has a good rapport with the other pundits.

Clarence Seedorf A good presence as a studio pundit. Talks sense and doesn’t get carried away even when others around him are trying to get him to think a certain way or make rash predictions.

Jim Beglin A relaxed presence as a co-commentator. Comes across as a likeable, knowledgeable presence. Will mention something of his playing days with Liverpool only to highlight certain points and not just for effect.

Lee Dixon Another that was a close thing as to whether he would make this list. When he is in with a large experienced panel he seems to lose his way and just go along with them. But when given more time he’s good at pointing out tactics and especially defensive positioning.

Jamie Carragher At times it was difficult to make him out because of his strong scouse accent but you could hear enough to think that he could be a really good pundit. Made good points and had a friendly manner.


You can vote below if there are any of these pundits that you particularly like. You could also use the comments below to say what other pundits you prefer or even if you do not like any on this page.

Are there any of these pundits you particularly like?

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    • James Vernon profile imageAUTHOR

      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting S.Graveson. Yes i think Beglins okay. I was unsure with Carragher. I was able to make out more of what he was saying later on but at the start i would have definitely had him in the worst pundits. Yes it was more just people from BBC and ITV from during the Euros.

    • James Vernon profile imageAUTHOR

      James Vernon 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting CCahill. Yes i included him in the worst pundits list! It's funny how people can have that effect. There are certain pundits where people either like or hate them. There's no middele ground.

    • S.Graveson profile image

      S.Graveson 

      6 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Can't stand Beglin or Carragher (mostly because I can't understand a bloody word he says). Shame you've not mentioned Gary Neville who is genuinely excellent on Sky Sports but then again he didn't do anything at the Euro's for TV.

    • CCahill profile image

      CCahill 

      6 years ago from England

      Alan Hanson is my favorite.

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