Headed by Jurgen Klinsmann, ESPN has added three more notables to its roster of studio analysts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Klinsmann, the striker who won the 1990 FIFA World Cup with Germany and returned to coach its national team to a third-place finish in 2006, will contribute to ESPN and ABC's studio coverage of the tournament in the United States, appearing on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows from South Africa, including the nightly World Cup Live news and information program and SportsCenter.
In addition to Klinsmann, former South African national team player Shaun Bartlett, who played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and Robbie Mustoe, Middlesbrough's longest-serving player, will both serve as television analysts for ESPN during the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off from June 11 through July 11.
With Klinsmann (1990, '94, '98) and Bartlett (1998), ESPN's English-language coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in the U.S. will feature analysts with combined experience of 11 FIFA World Cup tournaments: Efan Ekoku (1994), Ruud Gullit (1990), John Harkes (1990, '94), Alexi Lalas (1994, '98) and Steve McManaman (1998).
"Very few people in the world possess the first-hand knowledge and experience of playing and coaching in a FIFA World Cup match, and Jürgen is one of them" said Jed Drake, ESPN executive producer, 2010 FIFA World Cup, in announcing the hires. "The addition of Jürgen, Shaun and Robbie to our team will enhance our presentation of this seminal sports event to fans in the United States."
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