Who are the BBC commentators for Qatar vs Ecuador at the World Cup 2022?

Fans at Qatar vs Ecuador at the World Cup 2022
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If you're watching the World Cup 2022 opening game between Qatar and Ecuador and are wondering who the BBC commentators are, we've got you covered.

Steve Bower is the main commentator for the Qatar vs Ecuador live stream, with Dion Dublin joining him on co-commentary.

Steve Bower is the lead presenter on Premier League Productions around the world and and presents Premier League football for Amazon Prime Video. He is one of the main voices for BBC's Match of the Day and is on BT Sport and ESPN.

Dion Dublin is a beloved pundit and co-commentator who played for the likes of Aston Villa and Coventry City in an esteemed Premier League career. Dublin is a regular on Match of the Day, a presenter of property show Homes Under The Hammer and the inventor of the musical instrument, the Dube. 

In the studio for the opening game are Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Alex Scott and Ashley Williams.

The big man is back in the anchor seat for a sixth time. Gary Lineker is now a legend of broadcasting as well as football, with 48 goals for England putting him fourth on the all-time list, behind Sir Bobby Charlton, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane. He's England's top scorer in World Cup football with 10 goals, with small part of him no doubt hoping that Harry Kane (on six) doesn't quite break that record this time around.

With 260 goals, Alan Shearer has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else. The former striker scooped the Golden Boot at Euro 96 on home turf and netted 30 goals in just 63 appearances for England before turning to punditry from the 2006 World Cup onwards. Shearer exclusively works on the BBC.

Alex Scott appeared 140 times for England, represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics and won five titles in English football with Arsenal. When she covered the 2018 FIFA World Cup, she became the first female football pundit at a World Cup for the BBC and has since presented Football Focus, coverage of women's football on the BBC and the 2020 Olympic Games alongside Clare Balding.

Ashley Williams managed over 300 appearances for Swansea City, leading the club to two promotions and the 2013 League Cup before stints at Everton, Stoke and Bristol City. Williams made 86 appearances for Wales, captaining the Dragons at Euro 2016 before turning to punditry in retirement. He is an occasional pundit on Match of the Day

The broadcasting of the World Cup fixtures are being split between BBC and ITV in the UK, with Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Graeme Souness among the ITV pundits.

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