Wednesday 15 August 2018

USA Women’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hope Solo to act as pundit for RTE's World Cup coverage

Hope Solo
Hope Solo

Sean O'Grady

RTE have announced details of its 2018 FIFA World Cup coverage across television, radio, online and mobile. RTÉ will provide live coverage of all 64 games across RTÉ2, RTÉ News Now and RTÉ Player

56 live games will be broadcast from the Cup in Russia, totaling over 180 hours of television.

Darragh Maloney, Jacqui Hurley and Peter Collins will present the live coverage alongside panellists Eamon Dunphy, Liam Brady, Damien Duff, Didi Hamann, Richie Sadlier, Keith Andrews, Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Michael O’Neill, Keith Andrews and USA Women’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hope Solo. 

RTÉ Sport’s commentary team of George Hamilton, Ger Canning, Adrian Eames, John Kenny, Hugh Cahill and Stephen Alkin will be joined by co-commentators Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton, Jim Beglin and Brian Kerr. 

The World Cup will also see the return of Apres Match who are going to be celebrating 20 years of the comedy trio's punditry and analysis.

RTÉ Player and RTÉ Sport are producing a special preview show The Sport Show: Countdown to Russia, as Johnny Ward and a panel of special guests preview the action.

"It crept up on us. You start into the summer doing the GAA and then it's here. I've never done a World Cup and it's a good thing to be involved in," said RTE sports broadcaster Jacqui Hurley. 

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