ESPN Soccernet overview
ESPNsoccernet is among the world’s leading English-language football news and information sites. With more than four million unique users a month, it covers the world’s game by bringing fans live scores and coverage of every major league and competition.
More fans than ever in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa are visiting ESPNsoccernet and spending more time on the site. Over the past 12 months the site has increased its monthly unique users in the region by 35% (to 1.7 million) and has more than doubled its average minutes per user over the same period (to 54.3).
In the 16 years since its launch, ESPNsoccernet has grown from offering text-based news, scores and football information into a leading multi-media destination for millions of football fans offering news, analysis, live scores and gamecast applications, podcasts, fantasy games and original video (including interviews, clips from ESPN shows and ESPN PressPass, the original the weekly studio show that appears on ESPNsoccernet and ESPN TV networks around the world), as well as a network of club-specific blogs, statistics, profiles, polls, social media integration, photos.
Under managing editor Martin Williamson and senior editor John Brewin, the site delivers news and reaction on a daily basis, as well as opinion and analysis from writers and contributors such as Kevin Keegan, Harry Harris, Phill Ball, Richard Jolly, Jon Carter, Dale Johnson, Robin Hackett, Uli Hesse, Norman Hubbard, John Duerden, Andy Brassell and more.
A pioneering site, ESPNsoccernet first launched as Soccernet in the early days of the commercial internet (1995), as one of the first websites dedicated to football. ESPN acquired a 60% stake in 1999, taking full control in 2000.
Martin Williamson: Martin Williamson is group managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining ESPNcricinfo in 2001, Williamson was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch Sky News Online.
John Brewin: UK editor of the site since 2004, he has covered every major international tournament since Euro 2000. He was ESPNsoccernet’s roving reporter at the Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
Jon Carter: Joining the team after the 2006 World Cup, he worked for the Extreme Sports Channel before ESPNsoccernet and contributes regular features on European and global issues.
Dale Johnson: An ESPNsoccernet veteran, he has worked for the Yorkshire Post, Hull Daily Mail and Teamtalk and is also a fantasy football guru.
Dom Raynor: He worked for Teletext before joining the ESPNsoccernet site prior to Euro 2000 and writes the weekly Off the Ball column.
Robin Hackett: Previously working for the likes of Sky Sports, Setanta and Goal.com, he writes the weekly First XI column and contributes regular reviews to the site.
Mark Lomas: He joined ESPNsoccernet in 2009 and conducts regular interviews and contributes reviews to the site.
Rob Brooks: Based in Australia, he provides insight into the A-League, writes a weekly round-up feature and also works for ESPNscrum and ESPN.co.uk.
Harry Harris: A veteran former Daily Express, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror journalist who has won numerous awards during his career, including the Sports Journalists’ Association’s “Scoop of the Year Award” for breaking the story of Roy Keane leaving Ireland’s 2002 World Cup squad.
Richard Jolly: A Greater Manchester-based journalist who works for the Guardian, Daily Mail and Daily Express, among others, he also sub-edits the Daily Star and provides on-site match reports, interviews and features on the Barclays Premier League for ESPNsoccernet.
Kevin Palmer: One of ESPNsoccernet’s regular men on location at the weekend, he also works for the Irish Sunday World, having co-written the Official History of Wembley Stadium and provides content for the likes of World Soccer Magazine, interviewing some of the biggest names in the game.
Phil Ball: An acclaimed published author, he has written: An Englishman Abroad, Beckham’s Spanish Adventure, White Storm (on the history and culture of Real Madrid) and his excellent story of Spanish football, Morbo. Based in Spain, he provides a weekly column on La Liga.
Uli Hesse: A highly respected German author, he has written a seminal history of German football, Tor!, Flutlicht und Schatten and Wie Osterreich Weltmeister wurde. He provides a bi-weekly column on German football.
Roberto Gotta: An Italian-based journalist, who also covers basketball, he writes for When Saturday Comes and provides a bi-weekly feature on the Serie A. He has also written Le reti di Wembley – a nostalgic memory of football in London.
Ernst Bouwes: A Netherlands-based journalist, he writes for When Saturday Comes and provides a bi-weekly column on the Dutch Eredivisie.
Paul Marshall: An expert on the French game, he provides a bi-weekly column on Ligue 1 and is based in France.
Andy Moir: A Scottish-based journalist, he also writes for STV and provides regular comment and opinion features about the Scottish Premier League. He is also a DJ on the community radio station Leith FM.
Eduardo Alvarez: Starting off life on ESPNsoccernet as Spain’s correspondent at Euro 2008, he lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil, writes features on La Liga and provides the weekly Quiniela feature.
Andy Brassell: A journalist who also counts BBC Radio, Goal.com and Soccerlens among his employers, he is an expert on the European game and has written the book All Or Nothing: A year in the life of the Champions League.
Norman Hubbard: A statistical genius, he writes a bi-weekly column on the Premier League and answers readers’ questions in our regular feature Ask Norman.
John Duerden: An East Asia resident for a decade, he has been called ‘The Voice of Asian Football’ by BBC Radio and covers football on the continent for the Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Four Four Two, MSN, AP, as well as a number of newspapers and sites around Asia.
Sam Kelly: A Buenos Aires based journalist, he provides South American content for When Saturday Comes and In Bed With Maradona among others.
Firdose Moonda: A South African based journalist who covered the 2010 World Cup for ESPNsoccernet, she also writes for ESPNcricinfo.