Who are the BBC commentators for Spain vs Germany at World Cup 2022?

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If you're watching the World Cup 2022 game between Spain and Germany and are wondering who the BBC commentators are, we've got you covered.

Steve Bower and Alan Shearer are on duty for this one. 

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.

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.

In the studio, Gary Lineker is presenting, with Mauricio Pochettino, Rio Ferdinand and Jurgen Klinsmann on punditry duty.

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.

Mauricio Pochettino most recently managed French side Paris Saint-Germain, where he won the Ligue 1 title last season. Since departing the club in the summer, Pochettino has been enjoying some time out of football, waiting for the right managerial job to come his way. 

The 50-year-old played 20 times for Argentina in his career, including at the 2002 World Cup - he famously fouled Michael Owen for the penalty David Beckham dispatched.  

Rio Ferdinand is widely regarded as one of the greatest English defenders of all time, playing 81 times for England and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He also won six Premier League titles with Manchester United and captained the Red Devils to the 2008 Champions League. He is most commonly seen on BT Sport as a pundit these days but appears on the BBC during international tournaments. 

Jurgen Klinsmann has 108 caps for Germany and is one of the most revered players of the 90s, winning the World Cup in 1990 and European Championship in 1996. Klinsmann also managed Germany and the United States at World Cups, most recently taking charge of Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. The German is a regular on the BBC during World Cups and was a pundit during the 2018 final. 

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

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Ryan Dabbs
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Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.