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World Cup commentators Australia: Who is on the SBS commentary team for Qatar 2022 matches?

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Another FIFA World Cup will no doubt bring with it more iconic moments. 

From goals to glory, these scenes require the best commentators to step up and call the action. 

SBS will be providing broadcast coverage of the 2022 World Cup for fans in Australia and they’ve locked in some talented callers for the tournament. 

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Who is commentating World Cup matches for SBS in Australia?

SBS have confirmed Martin Tyler and David Basheer will be their main commentators for the 2022 World Cup.

Arguably the world’s best footballer commentator, Tyler is an iconic voice of the game having called Premier League matches for many years. 

Basheer, meanwhile, has been providing commentary for SBS since 1995 and has been their lead commentator across the past three World Cups. 

Both commentators will be calling matches on location in Qatar. 

Which matches will Martin Tyler be commentating?

Tyler is set to call all the big games from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 

SBS have confirmed the Englishman will be commentating the first and final match at the tournament. 

It’s also likely he will call England games considering his background and knowledge of those players. 

Who is commentating the Socceroos’ World Cup games?

David Basheer will be callling all of Australia’s matches from Qatar. 

The 56-year-old has spent most of his career covering football for SBS but did also briefly commentate A-League Men matches for Fox Sports. 

Why is Simon Hill not commentating the 2022 World Cup?

Simon Hill is recognised as the voice of Australian football but won’t be commentating 2022 World Cup matches. 

The 55-year-old famously called the Socceroos at the 2006 tournament as well as their playoff win against Uruguay in 2005. 

Hill is currently contracted to Network 10 and Paramount+ where he calls A-League Men matches and other games they have rights for. 

The veteran commentator did call Socceroos matches during their World Cup qualifying campaign with Network 10 boasting the rights for those games but not the World Cup itself. 

SBS World Cup talent

Along with their commentary team, SBS have signed up a number of past players to provide insight throughout the tournament. 

The following names have been locked in as talent: 

  • Harry Kewell
  • John Aloisi
  • Craig Foster
  • Mark Bosnich
  • Sarah Walsh
  • Robbie Cornthwaite
  • Thomas Sorensen
  • Kyah Simon

Richard Bayliss and Niav Owens will then take on presenting duties for SBS throughout their World Cup coverage. 

“FIFA World Cup 2022 is the event of a generation. SBS has assembled a world-class line up of experts and Australian football royalty to provide their extraordinary insights and knowledge to our premium coverage of the FIFA World Cup,” SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp said.

“We are thrilled to again deliver our award-winning and multilingual coverage live and free to all Australians.

“No one does football like SBS, and from pitch side to inside the locker rooms, we’ll bring our audiences all the best action and atmosphere from this unique World Cup.” 

Is Lucy Zelic covering the World Cup with SBS?

Previous World Cup coverage from SBS has often seen Lucy Zelic take the lead.

The TV presenter was renowned for her emphasis on making sure names were pronounced correctly but won’t be part of the 2022 World Cup lineup. 

Zelic left SBS in June 2021 after nearly eight years with the broadcaster. 

SBS World Cup Daily Show

SBS has also announced a ‘World Cup Daily’ Show, that will feature highlights, previews, analysis and exclusive interviews from the World Cup, airing everyday from November 22 to December 19.

The show will be hosted by presenter and social creator Claudio ‘Claudes’ Fabinho, and features a team of young presenters and content creators under the age of 30.

It is hoped that bringing in fresh new faces to Australian football will help present the World Cup from a different perspective.


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