Warren Barton serves as a soccer studio analyst for FOX Sports including UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League programming. The London native first made an impressive name for himself on the pitch as he quickly rose through the English professional ranks, and now brings his knowledge and passion for the sport to FOX Sports’ soccer commentator desk. In May 2012, he called the first-ever all German UEFA Champions League Final, live from Wembley Stadium.
OUT IN FRONT
Barton began his career at Maidstone United in Kent, but he soon transferred to Wimbledon, playing defense and midfield during his 180 appearances for the team. With Wimbledon, Warren played on the English National Team, making his debut during the infamous 1995 friendly between England and the Republic of Ireland which was canceled after only 27 minutes. He also played internationally against Sweden and Brazil.
He later moved to Premier League side Newcastle United as a defender with the elite group of players known as “The Entertainers,” assembled by manager Kevin Keegan. During his 164 games with the Magpies, Warren helped the club record second-place Premiership finishes in both 1995-96 and 1996-97, and reach the FA Cup final in 1998 and 1999. He served as team captain during the 2000-01 campaign and participated in every major European cup competition, including the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where Newcastle faced off against European heavyweight FC Barcelona. Barton continued to play professionally until his retirement in 2004, with his career spanning more than a decade. A respected leader off the pitch, Warren was elected by his peers as chairman of England’s Professional Footballer’s Association in 2002-03, and was actively involved in the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign.
FOLLOWING THE PATH
Since retiring, Barton has kept busy, on the field and off. He coached London-based club Dagenham & Redbridge, ran a travel agency and became a soccer pundit. He combined his knowledge of travel and the game for Warren Barton: Travel Agent during ITV4’s 2006 World Cup coverage. In addition to being a part of the network’s team of commentators, the segment saw Barton provide comical analysis of the countries vying for the World Cup. Barton even came out of retirement to represent Newcastle United for Sky One’s Premier League All-Stars in 2007.
In 2008, Barton and his family relocated to the U.S. and currently reside in the San Diego area. In March 2010, he was named as president, head coach and director of player development for the San Diego Flash Soccer Club, which competes in the National Premier Soccer League.