Deportes Telemundo Signes Mexican Soccer Legend Carlos Hermosillo to its Sportscasting Team
via press release:
DEPORTES TELEMUNDO SIGNS MEXICAN SOCCER LEGEND CARLOS HERMOSILLO TO ITS STELLAR SPORTSCASTING TEAM
MIAMI- March 6, 2014 – Deportes Telemundo has announced the addition of Mexican soccer legend Carlos Hermosillo to its team of sportscasters and analysts. Hermosillo will join a distinguished Deportes Telemundo lineup that already includes world-renowned narrator Andrés Cantor, soccer expert Sammy Sadovnik, and former player and commentator Manuel Sol. His first appearance on Telemundo will be on Wednesday, March 12 as a guest on “Titulares y Más” (11:30 PM/10:30 PM CST) and he will debut as a commentator on Saturday, March 22 (10 PM EST/9 CST/6 PST), when León confronts his former Liga MX teammates, Cruz Azul.
“We are proud to have Carlos Hermosillo, a living legend of Mexican soccer and a star of sports television, on the Deportes Telemundo team,” commented Jorge Hidalgo, Executive Vice President of Deportes Telemundo. “His experience both on and off the field as a player and sportscaster, coupled with his indisputable knowledge of the world’s most popular sport and special connection with the audience, make him one of the most well-rounded soccer commentators ever to appear on television.”
Hermosillo, who holds the record as the second top scorer in Mexican soccer history, is the latest addition to the soccer division of Deportes Telemundo, the unit of Telemundo Media that produces “Rumbo al Mundial,” “Fútbol Estelar,” “Fútbol Estelar León” and the Olympic Games. Starting in 2015, it will also be the new home of the FIFA World Cup.
Hermosillo got his start in professional soccer in 1984 as a forward with Club América, which he led to four league championships. He went on to play with a number of other Mexican teams, including Monterrey, Atlante and Guadalajara, and helped bring home league titles for Necaxa and Cruz Azul. He also starred on the field in Europe with Standard Liège (Belgium), and in the United States with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Also known as “the Giant from Cerro Azul,” Hermosillo was a key part of the Mexican national team’s performance in the Mexico 1986 and United States 1994 World Cups. He has a special place in the heart of fans of Cruz Azul, where he won three consecutive titles as top scorer and reached the high point of his career with a total of 168 goals scored.
Since retiring from the field, Hermosillo has pursued a successful career as a sports commentator and served as Director of Mexico’s National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE).
Deportes Telemundo, Telemundo Media’s sports division, is one of the leading providers of Spanish-language sports content in the United States. The “U.S. Home of the Olympics in Spanish,” and the U.S. home of the Barclays Premier League in Spanish as well, Deportes Telemundo also offers World Cup Qualifying matches played by the Mexican National Team; all Liga MX matches played at home by Club León; the leading boxing show in U.S. Spanish-language television, “Boxeo Telemundo,” and the U.S. broadcast and online rights in Spanish language to the biggest soccer tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup®, across all platforms (except radio), 2015 through 2022.
In addition to its biggest sporting events, Deportes Telemundo produces two leading sports entertainment shows, “Titulares y Más” and “Titulares Telemundo,” offering the latest sports news and analysis combined with entertainment and lifestyle segments. Deportes Telemundo’s award-winning broadcast team is led by internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andrés Cantor and also includes Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol, Leti Coo, Edgar López, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Rene Giraldo and Kaziro Aoyama.
About Telemundo Media:
Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 16 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; mun2, the preeminent voice for young Hispanics in the U.S. reaching TV households nationwide on digital and analog cable, and satellite; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices, www.telemundo.com and www.mun2.tv; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.