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Everything You Need to Know About New Sky Sports News Signing Kate Abdo

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

Everything You Need to Know About New Sky Sports News Signing Kate Abdo

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    With the exception of Chelsea paying nearly £21 million for a player they got rid of three years ago, and Nikica Jelavic moving to Hull, it's been a relatively quiet January transfer window thus far.  

    The best transfer of the winter window might actually prove to be Kate Abdo's move to Sky Sports News from its sister channel in Germany.

    The 32-year-old presenter debuted on British screens this week and is already proving a worthy addition to a Sky Sports squad that also includes the likes of Natalie Sawyer and Hayley McQueen.

    And, er, Jim White. 

    Here's everything you need to know about the new face of football news.

She Is a Very Talented Linguist

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    (Twitter/@Kate_Abdo)

    Abdo, born in Manchester under maiden name Giles, has a tremendous gift for languages. She speaks fluent French, Spanish and German as a result of her studies.

    She has a first-class degree in European languages from the University of Salford, and she studied translating and interpreting at the University of Malaga for two years. She also completed work experience programmes in Paris and Munich.

    Abdo's linguistic flair has been quite evident in her pronunciation of player names on Sky Sports News—an asset that might put her in good stead for a prominent role in the channel's hilariously hyperbolic deadline-day coverage.

She Is Well Known in Germany

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    Abdo arrives in the UK from Sky Sport News in Munich, where she was head anchor for two years.

    She worked on the channel at its launch in December 2011 right up until 24 November 2013, when she made her final broadcast for the channel. 

    In Germany, she has also worked as a sports anchor for Deutsche Welle TV, presenting their Sportblock2 section in English.

    More recently, she was a presenter on Shooting Stars (in German). Disappointingly, this is not a remake of the Reeves and Mortimer gameshow, but a talent show for young people on RTL.

She Used to Work for CNN

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    Abdo is no stranger to English-speaking audiences as she also worked for CNN between 2009 and 2011, broadcasting from their offices in London and Atlanta.

    She presented the World Sport Show and even did some work for the network in Spanish.

She Has Presented the Europa League Draw Three Times

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    If you have watched a recent Europa League draw broadcast from Monaco, chances are you have seen Abdo doing it. 

    She presented the glitzy ceremony in 2010, 2011 and 2013, managing to navigate successfully around co-hosts who make lewd comments about her "handling balls."

She Has Intervewed Many Famous People in World Sport

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    In her broadcast career, Abdo has sat down with the likes of Pep Guardiola, David Ginola, Sir Jackie Stewart and Lawrence Dallaglio.

    She is interviewing new Milan manager Clarence Seedorf in the clip above.

She Has Already Sworn on SSN

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    Freudian slip, anyone?

    See more of Ms. Abdo on her Twitter feed, where she once posted a banter-iffic picture of a colleague pretending to strangle her.   

     

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