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Telemundo will have ‘all positions covered’ in Qatar

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Telemundo claims to have “all positions covered” for its coverage of the Qatar World Cup.

The official Spanish-language network for the United States of the tournament, which will start in just under three months, announced on Thursday its cast of experts who will complement the commentators to cover the World Cup on the Telemundo, Universo and Peacock platforms.

The group includes Miguel Herrera and Fernando Hierro, coaches of teams that competed in recent World Cups. The “Piojo” Herrera was in charge of Mexico in Brazil 2014 and Hierro directed Spain in Russia 2018.

There are also multiple former World Cup players, standing out the Argentine Maxi Rodríguez, the Brazilian Mauro Silva, the Uruguayans Diego Forlán and Sebastián Abreu, the Mexican Carlos Hermosillo and the Ecuadorian Carlos Tenorio.

For the analysis of the work of the referees, Telemundo will once again have Horacio Elizondo, the Argentine who was the first referee to officiate both the opening match and the final of a World Cup, in Germany 2006.

“No analytical detail is going to escape us,” said Andrés Cantor, Telemundo’s lead commentator. “It is a group with a very wide diversity.”

“We have representatives from our community and our audience that will add richness to the coverage without precedent,” he added in an interview with The Associated Press.

Telemundo highlighted that it will have the largest on-site coverage in history, with a presence from the stadiums by broadcasting all 64 matches of the tournament between November 21 and December 18.

It will be the second World Cup for the network, which also has the rights to the 2026 tournament, which will be played in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

“This is a year that will completely change the rules of the game for the biggest sporting event in the world,” said Ray Warren, president of Telemundo Deportes.

In Qatar, Cantor pointed to three stories to follow with particular emphasis.

The first is the possible last attempt by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be crowned world champions with Argentina and Portugal, respectively. There is also Mexico’s undying ambition to reach the quarterfinals and see the evolution of a talented generation of United States players, looking ahead to 2026.

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