New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry set to join star-studded BBC World Cup studio team in Brazil
We know what New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry will be doing on his World Cup break next summer.
The BBC announced that Henry will join their World Cup studio team from Brazil alongside Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf and Alan Shearer among others.
"I've enjoyed playing in World Cups, but to experience it as a fan and studio analyst will be a new, exciting challenge," Henry said in a statement. "I've been fortunate enough to play with and against many of the players taking part, so will look forward to watching their performances this summer."
The Red Bulls will only play two matches in June, sandwiched around the MLS break for the World Cup group stage. They play in New England on June 7 and return to action at Red Bull Arena against Toronto FC on June 27.
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The FIFA World Cup runs from June 12 through the final on July 13.
For those concerned the RBNY captain could potentially miss out on league action, the BBC write-up specifically says his participation would take place "during the break in the MLS season."
"Thierry is one of the best strikers to have graced the game and really resonates with the British audience after such a successful time at Arsenal," Lineker said in the statement. "He is full of charisma and brings with him tremendous insight from his career in France, Italy, Spain, England and the USA."
Henry is already tuning up for his debut as a studio expert: He was scheduled to be on the BBC's Saturday edition of the popular Match of the Day program.
But is a permanent move to broadcast punditry around the corner? Not if Red Bulls brass have anything to say about it. They are already thinking about bringing Henry back when his contract expires at the end of 2014.
"This is the last year of this particular contract," sporting director Andy Roxburgh told reporters during his end-of-the-year roundtable discussion. "But there’s no reason why he couldn’t extend it.”