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Jeff Stelling

Jeff Stelling

Jeff is a much-admired English sports journalist and one of the country’s best presenters. His presenting style is characterised by his great sense of humour and professional wit as seen on both Sky Sport’s Gillette Soccer Saturday and Countdown. Jeff Stelling’s first broadcasting position was as a reporter on Middlesbrough F.C. on Radio Tees. He was a sports presenter on London’s LBC Radio Sportswatch programme in the early 1980s before moving to BBC Radio 2’s weekend sports programme Sport On 2, covering the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympic games. He later spent time as a sports newsreader at TV-am, Channel 4, Eurosport and British Satellite Broadcasting before moving to Sky in 1992 to present coverage of horse racing, snooker and darts. In 1994 he became presenter of Sports Saturday, which became Gillette Soccer Saturday in 1998 and featured a panel of Continue Reading »

Jim Rosenthal

Jim Rosenthal

Jim is one of the most well-known, and most-respected, sports presenters on British television. He grew up in Oxford and attended Josca’s Preparatory School before going to Magdalen College School. He then joined the staff of the Oxford Mail went on to BBC local and national radio. In his radio career Rosenthal presented Sports Report on the then Radio 2 for several years. He was also the journalist on duty at BBC Radio Birmingham on the night of the Birmingham Pub Bombings. In his television career, which began when he joined ITV in August 1980, he has presented football, boxing and athletics, plus other minor sports. He has also been part of the teams covering the FIFA World Cup since 1982 and the Olympic Games. He was the presenter for Formula One (F1) on ITV for eight years and has presented over 150 Grands Continue Reading »

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy is a former Dutch footballer who played for clubs in the Netherlands, Portugal, England, and Spain–he was a prolific striker scoring 245 goals over 18 seasons. He was known for his strength and power, and he set the English Premier League ablaze when he joined Leeds United in 1997. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, but began his footballing career in the Netherlands, in the Eerste Divisie first with Telstar for whom he played until 1991. He scored 20 goals in 23 league appearances for the Portuguese side Boavista which attracted the attention of the then Leeds United manager George Graham, who signed Hasselbaink in the summer of 1997 for a fee in the region of £2million. In the 1998 season, Hasselbaink’s 18 goals in 36 appearances made him joint winner of the Premiership golden boot as Leeds Continue Reading »

John Inverdale

John Inverdale

John is one of Britain’s foremost sports presenters. As well as his principal role as BBC’s face of rugby, he has covered almost all the major sporting events for television and radio. He was educated at Clifton College, Southampton University and UWIC and began his career as a reporter on the Lincolnshire Echo before moving to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in 1982. His first job with network radio was in 1986 as a sports reporter for BBC Radio 2 and a news reporter for Radio 4 on ‘Today.’ In 1988 he became presenter of ‘Sport on 2’ which he hosted for six years until the advent of Radio 5 Live when he moved to a daily news programme. His illustrious television career began with BSB in 1990 as presenter of rugby and football, and on the BBC he fronted ‘Rugby Special’ Continue Reading »

John Motson OBE

John Motson OBE

John, fondly known as “Motty” began his career in the newspaper business as a reporter on the Barnet Press and the Sheffield Morning Telegraph, where he first covered football. It began to take off when the BBC hired him in 1968 as a sports presenter on Radio 2. Three years later, he replaced Kenneth Wolstenholme at Match of the Day. Since 1979 Motson has commentated on all the major championships: World Cups, FA Cups, and European Championships. Most recently, he was commentator for the 2008 European Championships Final. He was commentating on the FA Cup Semi-final of 1989 between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when the Hillsborough Disaster occurred. Motson has been the dominant football commentary figure at the BBC since the late 1970s. His first FA Cup Final as commentator was 1977 in the match between Manchester United and Liverpool. Continue Reading »

Jon Champion

Jon Champion

Jon is one of Britain’s leading sports commentators who has covered a wide variety of sports including football, rugby league, Test Cricket and swimming as well reporting on three Olympic Games. He is also one of Match of the Day‘s regular commentators, as well as, commentating on rugby league for BBC TV’s Grandstand, and covering football for BBC Radio 5 Live. He cut his footballing teeth as a commentator/reporter for BBC Radio Leeds before joining BBC Radio 2 network sport and, later, Radio 5 Live where he also has his own programme, Champion’s Sport. He also worked as a radio presenter on the 1990 World Cup Finals and as a presenter and commentator in 1994. Euro 96 was his first major championship as a TV commentator, and he also worked on the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. In 1995 Continue Reading »

Jonathan Edwards CBE

Jonathan Edwards CBE

Jonathan is a former triple jumper who made the record books in 1995 when he broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with an amazing jump of 18.29m in the second round; to date no one has even come close to this distance. His extraordinary achievements have earned him a place in history as one of the world’s greatest and most admired athletes. In his breakthrough year of 1995, Edwards produced a jump of 18.43 m (60 feet 5½ inches) at the European Cup. The leap was wind assisted and did not count for record purposes, but it was a sign of things to come as he capped an unbeaten year with a historic gold medal performance at the World Championships, in which he broke the world record twice in the same meet. During 1996 Edwards went Continue Reading »

Jonathan Pearce

Jonathan Pearce

Jonathan is a British football commentator for the BBC and is also well-known for commentating on all seven series of Robot Wars and both series of Robot Wars Extreme. He is admired for his exuberant approach to commentary, often displaying his excitement by raising his voice and becomming completely absorbed in what he is commentating on–a style that suited the more hectic Robot Wars scene. He has also worked for both Radio Five Live and Match of the Day, as well as participating in other lower key sports programmes. Pearce wanted to become a footballer, but his career was ended after breaking his leg in 1974. He started his career in broadcasting at BBC Radio Bristol before becoming a Sports Editor at the age of 23. In 1987 he moved to Capital Radio and he launched Capital Gold Sport a Continue Reading »

José Mourinho

José Mourinho

José is regarded by players, coaches, and critics as one of the best football coaches of all time. He has won domestic league titles in England, Portugal and Italy, and the UEFA Champions League twice. He has become a huge celebrity and has endorsed a number of products. José Mourinho worked with Bobby Robson at Sporting and Porto in Portugal, and Spanish club Barcelona. He went onto become manager of Porto in 2002 and won the Primeira Liga twice. In 2005, he became manager of Chelsea FC and from the moment he took over he was a big hit with the Stamford Bridge faithful. He guided Chelsea to champions in the Premier League in 2004-05, defending the title the following year by winning it again. Jose’s quirky comments in post-match interviews and at press conferences highlighted his big personality. As a Continue Reading »

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen is a German football manager and former player, with 108 caps and nearly 50 goals for his country, he is a legend of German football. Jurgen Klinsmann played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the West German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the German team that won the 1996 UEFA European Championship. 1988 was Jurgen’s first big year. He finished top goalscorer in the Bundesliga and was voted “German Player of the Year”. In the summer of 1989 Klinsmann went abroad to play for Italian giants Inter Milan. Klinsmann was a continental player, who easily adapted to the Italian game, and he went on to win the Serie A title with Inter Milan in his first season. Klinsmann became an instant hit with Totenham Hotspur fans after signing for the club Continue Reading »

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