Jon Champion, one of the United Kingdom’s most acclaimed and respected televised football announcers, joined ESPN in March 2014 as a play-by-play commentator for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil – his first soccer event for the U.S. based sports media company.
Beginning in 2019, Champion was named ESPN’s English-language play-by-play voice for Major League Soccer. This led to the relocation of the U.K.-based commentator to the United States with his family for the new assignment. Champion’s first season commentating on Major League Soccer matches, alongside co-commentator Taylor Twellman, quickly garnered critical acclaim and delivered audience increases culminating in a record 36 percent increase in the playoffs.
Over the past twenty years, Champion’s voice has become synonymous with English football around the world. He is heard on a weekly basis commentating on the top matches in the English Premier League – which he has worked on since its inception – and he has provided the soundtrack to some of the sport’s most memorable moments.
He began his broadcasting career with BBC Radio in the 1980’s, covering his first World Cup in Italy at the age of just 25. In 1995, he was invited to join the commentary team on the iconic BBC TV show ‘ Match of the Day’, then in 2001 he transferred across to ITV, where he called games in the Barclays Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in addition to seven League Cup Finals.
In 2007, Champion was appointed as Senior Commentator by Setanta Sports and received widespread critical acclaim as the voice of the Premier League and the England National Team.
Champion was ESPN UK’s lead football commentator from 2009-2013, covering the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Europa League and the last four FA Cup Finals. In 2010, ESPN loaned the in-demand Champion back to ITV, where he called the FIFA World Cup in South Africa alongside former Scotland international Craig Burley, now an ESPN FC analyst.
In addition to his football work, Champion has been behind the microphone at three Olympic Games and World Cups in both rugby and cricket. Since 2008, he has been the main commentator for one of the world’s most popular football video games, ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’.
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