Who are the BBC commentators for South Korea vs Portugal at World Cup 2022?

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If you're watching the World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) game between South Korea and Portugal and are wondering who the BBC commentators (opens in new tab) are, we've got you covered.

Vicki Sparks and Danny Murphy are behind the mic for this one.

Vicki Sparks is a journalist and football commentator for BBC Sport and BT Sport. In 2018, she became the first woman to commentate on a live World Cup match on British television, when she worked on Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco. 

Danny Murphy is a regular analyst on the BBC programme Match of the Day and occasional guest on TalkSport. During his playing career, he played for Liverpool, Blackburn and Fulham among others, earning nine caps for England. 

In the studio, Gary Lineker is presenting, with Alan Shearer, Mauricio Pochettino and Rio Ferdinand providing their expert analysis and insight. 

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.

Linksy is the main presenter and will be present for all England games, plus the final (which may not be mutually exclusive). 

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.

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.  

Widely regarded as one of the greatest English defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand played 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. 

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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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.