[SOCCER ON THE AIR]
ESPN has added former Brazilian World Cup champion Gilberto Silva
and former Dutch star Ruud van Nistelrooy
as studio analysts for its World Cup coverage.
They will appear on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows and other ESPN programs
throughout the quadrennial tournament, joining a crew of World Cup analysts that includes Michael Ballack
(USA), Steve McManaman
(England), Santiago Solari
(Argentina) and Taylor
Gilberto Silva, who played 16 games for Brazil in three World Cups, spent six seasons in England with Arsenal. In a career that spanned 19 years, van Nistelrooy won
at least one league title in three different leagues -- Dutch Eredivisie (PSV), English Premier League (with Manchester United) and Spain’s La Liga (Real Madrid). He currently ranks fourth
all-time in goals in the Champions League.