- John Helm will lead the commentary crew calling matches in Kyiv and Lyiv. Helm worked for ITV before turning to freelance in the late 1990s. He has called the last three World Cup finals, as well as the Euro 2008 final.
- Steve Bower will work matches in Poznan and Wroclaw. Bower calls Europa League for ITV, Match of the Day games for BBC and various leagues including Serie A and Bundesliga for ESPN UK.
- Tony Jones will call matches in Warsaw and Gdansk. Jones works for Sky Sports and is heard on the international feed of Premier League matches many Saturday mornings at 10am ET and on Champions League matches on Sportsnet.
- Dave Woods rounds out the list of commentators calling matches in Kharkiv and Donetsk. Woods calls matches for BBC Match of the Day as well as Five’s Europa League coverage. Woods was also part of the 201o World Cup coverage on CBC, even appearing on the public broadcaster for exclusive pre-match interviews.
In other Euro 2012 broadcasting news, TSN has announced that former Spurs player Darren Anderton will join Luke Wileman and Jason de Vos as part of their studio coverage. Here is the press release for that announcement.
TSN announced earlier today that former Spurs midfielder Darren Anderton will join Luke Wileman and Jason de Vos in TSN’s studio. Here is the press release for that announcement.
TSN welcomes a new recruit to the network, as former English Premier League and English national team midfielder Darren Anderton joins Canada’s Sports Leader’s broadcast team for UEFA EURO 2012.
Anderton, who represented England on the national stage, will work alongside TSN’s UEFA EURO 2012 host Luke Wileman and analyst Jason deVos in studio throughout the tournament. UEFA EURO 2012 takes place in Poland and Ukraine from June 8 to July 1.
“As a veteran of the English Premier League and English national team, Darren Anderton understands the nuances of the game and what it takes to be successful on the pitch at one of soccer’s biggest events,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “With his insight and extensive first-hand soccer experience, we’re thrilled to add someone of Darren’s pedigree to our broadcast team for UEFA EURO 2012.”
“I know how popular EURO has become for Canadian football fans and I’m looking forward to working with Luke and Jason to break down all of the action over the next month,” said Anderton. “This tournament is wide open, so fans can certainly expect some fantastic games and a few surprises.”
An accomplished midfielder, Anderton spent 12 years with Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League (1992-2004). A native of Southampton, Anderton has appeared 30 times for England, scoring seven times and highlighted by appearances at the 1998 World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996. Anderton’s impressive professional career also boasts stints with Portsmouth, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton and Bournemouth.
Here is a link to the complete Euro 2012 TV Canadian schedule. Check back thoughout the tournament as I will post more detailed schedules that will include Euro 2012 Tonight airtimes as well as when repeats are on TV in primetime. I will also include day-by-day commentators for TSN (Canada), ESPN (America), BBC and ITV (Britain) and RTE (Ireland).