Football speaker, manager and public personality, Chris Kamara has worked in the football industry since the early 1970’s; spending more than twenty years as a player for a number of British teams including Leeds United, Sheffield United and Portsmouth. Best known for his work as football presenter and analyst, Chris Kamara is an integral member of the Soccer Saturday panel and much loved TV personality amongst fans across the nation.
As a player, Kamara was known as a tough-tackling midfielder, joining the Royal Navy at the age of 16, Chris was signed up by Portsmouth in November 1974. Spending three years at the club before being sold on to Swindon Town for £14,000, it was not long before he returned to Portsmouth. Kamara’s return did not last long however as he was traded to Brentford in October 1981. Chris went on to spend four years with the “Bees” before leaving the club after picking up a runners-up medal in the Football League Trophy in 1985.
Kamara re-signed with Swindon Town in August 1985 and was a vital part of the team helping the club to two successive promotions into the Second Division. A further transfer followed in 1988 when he moved to Stoke City where he continued to excel and impress earning Kamara a move to Leeds United in 1990. Making an immediate impact, Chris helped the club to the Second Division title in his first year at the club before before being sold to Luton Town in 1991. Kamara also had loan spells with Premier League clubs Sheffield United and Middlesbrough, before joining Sheffield United on a permanent basis in 1993. The following year he joined Bradford City as a player-coach.
An incredibly extensive and varied career as a player in professional football allows Kamara to provide a unique insight into the life and requirements to play and perform at the highest level, a topic he covers in his work as a football speaker. Kamara’s short career as a manager in which he took Bradford City from a relegation scrap to promotion out of the Second Division via the play-offs in 1996, his highlight as a manager along with a short spell in charge at Stoke City.
Since leaving professional football, Kamara has established himself as a football speaker and pundit; working as both a radio and TV presenter for Sky Sports and Soccer AM along with well taking part in a pioneering commentary technique where Kamara and a camera crew broadcast over a live video link.
As a football speaker, TV presenter and pundit Chris Kamara became known for his unusual and often comedic personality; whilst working as a football speaker for Sky Sports, Kamara is known to often use bizarre and as yet unheard of phrases to describe players, tactics and behaviour. Synonymous amongst viewers for his wit and frequent blunders, Kamara has famously missed vital points during games including yellow cards and send offs mistaking them for mere substitutions!
Kamara brings an effortlessly humorous aspect to his presentation in his work as a football speaker, whether commentating on a football match or presenting to a live audience as a football speaker, Kamara is unique and memorable, his personality and sense of humour bringing light and excitement to all his work.
Chris Kamara is also a committed supporter of a number of charities, inducted into the Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame in 2004, Kamara himself received his fair share of racial abuse as a player and often discuss the adversity of such abuse in his work as a football speaker. In December 2011, Kamara was awarded ‘The Above & Beyond in Memory of Sir Bill Cotton award’ for his contributions to Marie Curie Cancer Care along with being the an ambassador for the Special Olympics Great Britain.
Kamara’s knowledge of the sport, coupled with his enigmatic personality and ferocious personal playing technique made him an insightful and inspirational coach and incredibly well respected analyst and pundit. Kamara’s strength has always laid in his public presentation skills however and his work as a football speaker on the after dinner speaker circuit has been incredibly successful.
An incredibly popular footballing personality who holds a place in the hearts of fans across the nation, Chris Kamara has a truly infectious and charismatic persona. Kamara wonderful career within football has allowed him to experience the game in all of its forms allowing him to possess and provide a holistic approach and overview of the beautiful game. An idyllic and copiously entertaining addition to any event or function, Chris Kamara is available to hire as a football speaker.