José Ramón Fernández
Commentator, ESPN Deportes & ESPN International
Long considered an institution in Mexican sports journalism, José Ramón Fernández joined ESPN in November 2007 for ESPN Deportes and ESPN in Latin America.
At ESPN Fernández is a regular contributor to various company platforms in the sports world including, television, radio and the Internet. On television he serves as host and commentator for Fútbol Picante, Cronómetro and Los Capitanes. In addition, he hosts special reports for the SportsCenter, appears on ESPN Radio Fórmula in Mexico and on ESPN Deportes Radio in the U.S. In addition to his work on television and radio, he has a column and a weekly chat session on ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com in Latin America.
With his admirable combination of genuine enthusiasm, direct and truthful style, Fernández has become one of the most highly respected sports journalists of all time.
Fernández began his career with the state television company, Channel 13, which subsequently became Imevisión and later on was privatized as TV Azteca. There, he worked for 34 uninterrupted years heading the popular sports programs DeporTV, Los Protagonistas and En Caliente as producer and anchor.
He has covered nine FIFA World Cups (Argentina 1978, Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, Italy 1990, United States 1994, France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010); nine Olympic Games (Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012) and has been the commentator for more than 3,500 national and international soccer matches.
Fernández was born in Puebla and has a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. His style has left its mark in the field of communications in Mexico, where there are several sports commentators who have followed in his footsteps on other television networks and radio stations.