Alison Bender

Broadcast journalist, Football presenter

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Alison Bender is an experienced freelance television and radio presenter specialising in football.

She is currently ESPN’s Premier League and European football presenter and reporter, and works freelance elsewhere.

With over 15 years of experience producing, presenting and reporting, Alison has built up an extensive book of contacts and is well connected in World Football.

Alison has worked for Chelsea TV, Real Madrid TV and a whole host of global sports channels including Sky Sports News, ITV, BBC and ESPN.

As a global football expert and presenter Alison has hosted live match-day shows, highlights programmes, debate shows and call-in shows focussing on Premier League, Champions League, European and World Football.

Alison breaks live team news and interviews players and mangers regularly at Premier League and Champions league games, as well as European Championships and World Cups.


Alison is ESPN’s Premier League and European football presenter, host and reporter. She covers all football’s stories from her base in London, but also travels to ESPN HQ in NY where she hosts their daily football chat show ESPNFC.

Previously to that, Alison was one of the main anchors for the Premier League’s global channel for five seasons. Within that role she’s hosted a global football phone-in show “Fanzone”, presented daily news shows and worked on Match-day Live, reporting live team news and post match interviews with players and managers at Premier League matches.

Alison is comfortable presenting live match-day shows and highlights programmes. She’s hosted World Cup, European Championships, Premier League, Confederations Cups, African Cup of Nations, and Europa League shows.

Alison has been a league and Champions League reporter since 2004, travelling across Europe reporting live team news and background pieces. She can package and edit.

Alison has a strong news background having spent 6 years producing news at CNBC Europe, before relocating to Madrid to set up the English version of Real Madrid TV where she was responsible for the channel output and a team of six presenters.

Alison took on a similar role at Chelsea TV working closely within the club to deliver news shows, training ground reports and long form interviews.

Alison has been a news anchor for Sky Sports News and Al Jazeera.

She regularly appears on the radio and podcasts speaking about Premier League and European football, as well as doing paper reviews on TalkSport.

Following her business television background Alison regularly speaks at business of football events and hosts live events, charity days and award ceremonies.