It was twenty five years ago this month, in April 1994, that I left the staff of the BBC to go freelance. I didn't know where it would end up, or have too much in the way of long term plans.
John Roder is one of the UK's leading freelance football commentators, and has worked for broadcasters all over the world, having been freelance since 1994. He has commentated on the Premier League for the prestigious and world famous BBC programme Match of the Day since 2004; for BT Sport since the launch in 2013; and is a regular voice on TV stations all around the world. John was at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar for FIFA, the 2022 FIFA Women's Under 17 World Cup in India, the Toulon Tournament in the south of France and the 2022 Club World Cup in the UAE. In late 2021 he was at the Arab Cup in Qatar providing world feed commentary and provided commentary for UEFA on the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. In recent years John was at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup for world feed commentary for FIFA, at the Club World Cup in Qatar and was used by UEFA as a world feed commentator for Euro 2020 qualifiers. In 2018 he was at the World Cup in Russia for FIFA, the Toulon Under 20 Tournament in France for Pitch International, and the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, also for FIFA. 2017 saw John at the Club World Cup in the UAE and the Under 20 World Cup in South Korea. He was also used by UEFA as one of the world feed commentators for qualifying fixtures for the 2018 World Cup. In 2016 he was at the Copa America Centenario in the United States, and the Toulon Under 20 event in France, commentating on the final at both tournaments. In 2015 John commentated on the Women's World Cup in Canada for FIFA, including the final; and was one of the world feed commentators used by UEFA on Euro 2016 qualifying. The previous year in 2014 he was one of the world feed commentators for FIFA at the World Cup in Brazil. Follow on twitter @johnrodercomm