[SOCCER ON THE AIR]Univision named the team of sportscasters that will lead its coverage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Pablo Ramirez, who has been Univision's lead play-by-play announcer since 2002, will return.
Brazil 2014 will be the last World Cup Univision will cover as Telemundo will take over as the Spanish-language FIFA rights holder in 2015 for the next two World Cups.
The live play-by-play coverage and commentary from Brazil will be led by the following Univision Deportes talent:
Diego Balado --Born in Argentina, he has provided play-by-play coverage for the last four World Cups.
Enrique Bermudez –This distinguished Mexican sports announcer has covered nine World Cups.
Felix Fernandez -- The former Mexican national team keeper has almost two decades of experience as a sports columnist and commentator, working as co-host Univision’s “República Deportiva.”
Jesus Bracamontes -- Known as “El Profe” (the Professor) for his knowledge of the sport and work in Mexican soccer. He has covered four World Cups for Univision.
Jorge Perez Navarro -- For nine years, he co-hosted the nightly sportscast “Contacto Deportivo” on UniMas and continues to work on Univision Deportes Network. He has covered three world Cups for Univision.
Jose Luis Lopez Salido --The current host of Univision Deportes Network’s “Locura Deportiva” has covered three World Cups.
Luis Omar Tapia --The Chilean play-by-play announcer has narrated five World Cups and is known for giving players unique nicknames while he announces.
Pablo Ramirez --The voice of Univision's coverage at recent World Cups is nicknamed "La Torre de Jalisco" (the Tower of Jalisco) for his size (6-foot-5).
The expert group of analysts will include:
Carlos Pavon -- The Honduran national team's all-time leading scorer played for the Catrachos at the 2010 World Cup. In addition, he has played for clubs in Mexico, Italy and Spain, as well as the MLS.
Hristo Stoitchkov –Recently added to Univision Deportes’ full-time talent roster, Stoitchkov led Bulgaria to fourth place at the 1994 World Cup and received the Balon d’Or that same year. He also had a successful career with Barcelona and spent four seasons in MLS with Chicago and D.C. United.
Javier Castrilli – The Argentine referee's inflexible attitude and strict adherence to the rules earned him the moniker “the Sheriff.”
Marcelo Balboa –Balboa played for the USA at the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
Mauro Camoranesi – Born in Argentina of Italian descent, he was on the Italian national team that won the 2006 World Cup. He currently plays for Racing in Argentina.
Ramon Ramirez –The Mexican international is veteran of two World Cups, 1994 and 1998. He later played in MLS for Chivas USA.
Pre- and post-game coverage by Univision Deportes will also include other talent: Alejandro Berryand Jorge Calvo, co-hosts of “Contacto Deportivo”; Fernando Fiore, the Emmy-award winning host of the popular weekly show “Republica Deportiva”; Lindsay Casinelli, co-host of “Republica Deportiva” and “Contacto Deportivo”; Ivan Kasanzewand Edgar Martinez, co-hosts of “Futbol Club."
Such is the importance of the tournament to Univision that Univision News anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos will each be in Brazil to provide news-angled coverage of the opening ceremonies and the tournament’s last week of matches, respectively.