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Fernando Palomo is the lead play-by-play commentator covering European football in Spanish. He is also the English-language play-by-play voice for ESPN’s coverage of the Mexico National Football Team. He is the host of Fuera de Juego, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International’s highest-rated international football program since 2006.
Palomo joined ESPN in 2000 as a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN in Latin America. He also served as an anchor for SportsCenter for ESPN Deportes from 2004 – 2006.
Palomo started his broadcasting career in 1999 with Channel 4 TV in San Salvador as a sports commentator covering a variety of events including the Olympics and the Pan American Games. In his native El Salvador, Palomo also showed his journalistic range as a correspondent for Radio Cadena YSU and as a columnist for El Diario De Hoy.
Throughout his career, Palomo has covered hundreds of matches including the Euro’s, FIFA friendlies, the Italian League, Spanish League, and the UEFA Champions League, among many others. He has called more than ten UEFA Champions League Finals, and in 2010 served as one of ESPN’s English-language play-by-play commentators during the FIFA World Cup.
Outside of his work as a sports broadcaster, Palomo was a member of the National Track and Field team of El Salvador and is the country’s record-holder in the javelin throw.
John Carlin is a journalist and author who writes about both sports and politics.
Carlin was born to a Scottish father and Spanish mother, and spent his early years in north London, before moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he began his journalism career at the Buenos Aires Herald, in 1981, writing about film, football and politics.
Since then, he has had a long career writing for different newspapers covering a range of Latin American and Spanish issues working as correspondent for, among others, The Times and Sunday Times, The Toronto Star, BBC, CBC, and ABC (US), The Independent - for which he worked as South Africa bureau chief between 1989 and 1995 - and, since 1998 for El País.
His book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, about former South African president Nelson Mandela, is the basis for the 2009 film Invictus.
Several of his articles, such as A Farewell to Arms for Wired magazine about a cyber warfare attack, were used as the base for the film Live Free or Die Hard. An article by Carlin was also the basis for the script of the documentary Maradona – Kicking the Habit.
In 2014, Carlin published Rafa (written with Rafael Nadal) and Chase Your Shadow: the Trials of Oscar Pistorius. Carlin has won numerous journalism prizes during his career.