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Chris Kamara
Personal information
Full name Christopher Kamara
Date of birth 25 December 1957 (1957-12-25) (age 52)
Place of birth    Middlesbrough, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender/midfielder
Youth career
1973–1975 Royal Navy
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990 –1991
Swindon Town
Swindon Town
Stoke City
Leeds United
Luton Town
Sheffield United (loan)
Middlesbrough (loan)
Sheffield United
Bradford City
063 0(7)
147 (21)
011 0(0)
152 (28)
087 0(6)
060 0(5)
020 0(1)
049 0(0)
008 0(0)
005 0(0)
016 0(0)
023 0(3)
641 (71)   
Teams managed
Bradford City
Stoke City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Chris Kamara (born 25 December 1957 in Middlesbrough) is a retired English footballer. He ended his playing career in 1995 and last managed a club in 1998. He is now best known for being a presenter and football analyst on Sky Sports.


Playing career

Kamara was born in Middlesbrough to a father of Sierra Leone roots. After serving with the British Royal Navy, Kamara joined Portsmouth in 1975, beginning a professional footballing career that saw him move between nine clubs, scoring 71 goals in 641 league appearances.

After acquiring a reputation as a hard man as a player, this continued into his forays as a manager, resulting with him being censured for his conduct. Kamara spent short spells as manager of Stoke City and Bradford City, nearly relegating the former and the latter being the club he ended his playing career with. He steered the Bantams to promotion in the 1995-96 season through the play-offs, and is very highly thought of at Valley Parade.

Chris is a great friend of Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson who he grew up with on Middlesbrough's Park End council estate.[1]

Commentator and presenter

Kamara presents Sky Sports' Goals On Sunday show and provides additional commentary on some of Sky's televised matches. Perhaps he is most renowned for the Soccer Saturday programme, where he usually appears over live video link providing brief updates on the match he is watching. He also guests on Soccer AM where he brings live link ups hours before games from various stadia and inevitably gives away both teams' line ups and tactics. He is often known for his amusing live commentaries and becoming overexcited and exclaiming "Unbelievable, Jeff!" to host Jeff Stelling, a phrase which has become his trademark catchphrase. The pair own a racehorse with the same name.[2]

On 1 April 2007, as an April Fools joke, Kamara announced that his time as presenter of Goals on Sunday had come to an end, and that he had signed a contract to become first-team manager at Bradford City - while not earning as much money as he did with Sky, he claimed that he was doing it for the love, not the money.

After a continued spell on both Goals on Sunday and Soccer Saturday, Chris Kamara declared his interest in the vacant Sheffield Wednesday managerial post, while asking for time to mull his options, which includes a player/manager deal at the Sheffield club.


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