Fernando Fiore is no stranger to the Spanish-speaking sports world. With at least 7 FIFA World Cup Coverage’s under his belt, and an extraordinarily diverse background in TV broadcasting spanning over 25 years, “El Presidente” has become an iconic figure within the Spanish-speaking community in the U.S. It comes to no surprise that Fox Sports turns to the one man who can bring them exactly what they’re looking for – the energy and passion Fiore has for soccer.
Now as a Fox Sports Analyst and studio host for Copa Tonight, the 3 time Emmy award winning sportscaster is ready to share his vibrant personality with the rest of the world who has yet to see what Fiore can bring to the table. MY Lifestyle magazine had an exclusive interview with the sports analyst on his transition to Fox Sports, his work on Copa Tonight, and his thoughts on the Copa America tournament.
Copa Tonight Brings a Mix of Fun and Analysis to Copa America
Fiore describes his move to Fox Sports as a “great transition” where he is able to bring his passion and a different perspective to the broadcast. “They [Fox] seem to like it and they seem to be really receptive to a different point of view… I think it’s a good complement for their analysis” he expressed about hosting Copa Tonight. Fiore explains exactly what the broadcast was aiming for when they had offered him the opportunity to join the team. “It’s to have fun, to bring an analysis after each game and to show the highlights of the day. It’s a mix of everything” said Fiore. He also recognizes the talent of his co-hosts calling them “experts in their analysis” and how they try to really “express themselves” after each game. Fiore is having an amazing time working with his new colleagues,“for me it’s a great moment. It’s something I wasn’t looking for but now I’m so happy because I can bring my Spanish flavor to the broadcasting.”
“El Presidente” wants to make his Spanish community proud
Fiore isn’t here to show off. In fact, the one trait that really stands out is his humble personality. Many have described his move to the broadcast as the official “cross-over” into the English broadcasting medium but Fiore sees this change from another perspective saying, “I wasn’t looking for a crossover. I was comfortable with the Spanish broadcasting and I’ve worked their for 25 years. It’s a completely different approach. When you’re looking to do something else besides what you should be doing, you have a lot of expectations.” He makes it very clear that this was simply a great call from Fox and he’s really trying to make his Spanish community proud. He’s ready for more adventures and projects with Fox and we’re ready to see what he has in store for his fans and the entire sports medium.
Fiore and Alexi Lalas have become Copa America’s Favorite Duo
Since the beginning of Fiore’s appearance on Copa Tonight, fans were already asking for more and even suggesting for him and his partner-in-crime Alexi Lalas to create their very own show. Fiore shares exactly why he believes the audience loves their attitudes by saying, “it’s not staged and I think that’s the most important thing. Many times I usually don’t know what he’s going to say and he doesn’t know what I am going to say. We go in and we just do it… and it works out.” Before working on Fox Sports, Fiore already knew Lalas from having interviewed him years ago. There’s no secret to the chemistry the co-hosts share on Copa Tonight and Fiore describes it all as being very natural, “It just so happens that everyone has a different attitude, and a different charisma… if I think he’s right I agree with him and if I’m not agreeing with what he says, I’m not saying I do.” Fiore’s ability to be different is how both co-hosts really get along and he definitely doesn’t underestimate the audience’s way of knowing when something is completely rehearsed. “You have to give them credit… they know when something is staged. Sometimes our approach works and sometimes it doesn’t. There’s a lot of people on social media who give an opinion about it so it’s good for everybody.”
Copa America: “Right now, It’s win or go home”
Anything can happen with a tournament like Copa America and Fiore explained just that, “well, in a group stage, I don’t say it’s easy, but you can somehow make predictions and there’s still going to be a lot of surprises… at this moment it’s win or go home.” Copa America is now on to its quarterfinals and the more each match intensifies, the higher the chances are of any team reaching their highest potential but which team does he really believe can go far? He didn’t give his assurance but said he would, “hope to see the United States going far and for the rest of the teams to play great soccer.” Fiore believes the sport is finally gaining popularity here in the states and agrees with his colleagues at Fox, “I think soccer completely removed Ice Hockey from the top 4. I will say without a doubt that soccer is now in the big four with basketball, football, and baseball.” The Fox Sports Analyst explained how exciting the games are and how great it is to see the stadiums completely packed.
With All This Success… Fiore Remains Grateful
Fiore’s experience and energetic personality will certainly not disappoint with the continuation of the Copa America Tournament and his work on Fox Sports. While success doesn’t always come easy, he expresses himself as having a lot of luck but admitting that working on camera for so many years, is a very hard thing to do, “When you work in your own country, you know your community, their humor and culture but here I’ve had to be universal and it’s so difficult but I try to be [universal] in any part of the world.” Even with how difficult it can be, if there’s one thing he has learned from working in this business, is that faith is what really guides him along the way. Of course he couldn’t leave out an inspirational note, “I’m trying to be one of the people from the audience. I’m not trying to teach them or to be more knowledgeable than them… I think I’m completely the opposite. I wanted to be one of the fans.” Fiore expresses himself as a fan who enjoys watching the games and who only wants to feel part of the community where he can share the love he has for soccer.
Make sure to tune in for Copa America’s start of the Quarterfinals this week on Fox Sports