Football Pundits on TV
A soccer pundit is an expert that comments
publicly about football. Television football pundits attempt to enhance
the TV audiences experience when they tune in to watch a soccer match.
In some cases the soccer pundits have become as big an attraction as the
match itself. Certainly a lot of Irish soccer fans tune into RTE to hear
John Giles and Eamon Dunphy's prognostications, diagnoses, and post mortems
on matches - especially those involving the Irish national team.
RTE Soccer Pundits
John Giles - RTE Soccer TV Pundit
Giles is a former Irish international footballer and was an
important midfield cog in the mighty Leeds United team managed by
Don Revie. Giles also went on to become player / manager of the
Republic of Ireland senior soccer team. He has been a TV soccer
pundit on RTE television since the mid-1980's and is the calm and
more reasoned half of the Giles / Dunphy pundit duo.
Eamon Dunphy - RTE Football TV Pundit
Dunphy earned 23 caps for the Ireland. A self-professed journeyman
he spent most of his soccer career playing in the lower English
divisions for Millwall FC. While still playing he began his writing
career and he now works as a journalist, author and broadcaster.
He has built his TV soccer pundit persona on RTE television via
a string of public and controversial outbursts. Also see
Eamon Dunphy quotes
Kenny Cunningham - RTE Football TV
Kenny Cunningham was a very accomplished
centre half that spent most of his football career at Wimbledon
FC. He also won 70 caps playing for the Irish senior national team
and played for Ireland in the 2002 World Cup Finals. He mainly offers
analysis on RTE's Premiership highlights show on Saturday evenings.
He has also covered Irish international matches on Sky television.
Ronnie Whelan - RTE Soccer TV Pundit
Whelan was a skilful midfield footballer that played in the
hugely successful Liverpool team during the 1980's and into the
mid-1990's. He also played for the Republic of Ireland 53 times
and he is best remembered for a spectacular goal against the former
USSR during the Euro 1988 finals. Whelan is an occasional pundit
with RTE sometimes covering Irish international matches.
Trevor Steven - RTE Football TV Pundit
Trevor Steven is a former English
international footballer and he won 36 caps. He spent most of his
club career wearing the blue of Everton and Rangers in Scotland.
He has league winners medals from England, Scotland and France.
Steven is a co-commentator for RTE as well as offering studio analysis
on international football matches and the Saturday Premiership highlights