Thierry Henry Signs with BBC's World Cup Presentation Team

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2013

Oct 27, 2013; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry (14) celebrates a goal by New York Red Bulls midfielder Jonny Steele (not pictured) against the Chicago Fire during the second half of a game at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Thierry Henry will be going to Brazil for the World Cup. Calm down, French fans, as the former striker will be joining the BBC for its coverage of the tournament.

With the New York Red Bulls on a break during next summer's competition, the former French international won't have to worry about juggling his presenting duties with the MLS schedule.

In the BBC's press release, Henry said:

I am delighted to be joining Gary Lineker and the rest of the BBC team for the tournament in Brazil. I've enjoyed playing in World Cups, but to experience it as a fan and studio analyst will be a new, exciting challenge. 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.

Aside from Henry, the BBC will also have Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Phil Neville, Alan Hansen and Clarence Seedorf.

Playing in MLS this year hasn't stopped Henry from getting a little bit of experience presenting. He worked with Sky Sports during last week's Champions League play. That led to this entertaining encounter with Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the BBC was quick to scoop up Henry so quickly after his appearance with Sky. With both his accomplishments on the pitch and thoughtfulness off it, he seems the type of player who could seamlessly transfer into an on-screen role and offer intelligent analysis.

The 36-year-old has won multiple league titles with Barcelona and Arsenal and, more germane to his new job, has lifted the World Cup with France in 1998.

18 Jun 1998:  Thierry Henry of France scores despite the attention of Abdullah Zubromawi of Saudi Arabia during the World Cup group C game at the Stade de France in St Denis, France. Henry scored two as France won 4-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/
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Having been there before, Henry will have a unique perspective to bring to the table. In addition, he can speak more to what may be going on in the minds of hosts Brazil as France were hosts when they lifted the trophy 15 years ago.

Prior to working during the tournament, Henry will join the BBC for Match of the Day coverage on Dec. 14.