The Craziest Football Commentators
As incredibly popular as football is today and has been for many years, most of the fans don’t really go to the stadiums. The majority of fans listen or watch from home, at work, or at a bar.
And although you can watch and understand football without audio, listening to radio needs voices, and the TV also tremendously benefit from expert analysis and narration.
We rely on football commentators for that.
The importance of football commentators shouldn’t be underestimated. The commentators are our ears and eyes in the ground. The commentator’s spontaneous words and reactions can even be more memorable than the match itself. They provide the voice for our exquisite footballing memories.
Over the past few years, there have been some remarkable commentators. From the 70s where football matches were only broadcasted live on ITV and BBC, to today where ESPN and other channels show live matches.
Let’s check out the best commentators who bring joy to every football match we’ve seen!
Jim Beglin is a co-commentator for CBS Sports, Premier League Productions, and BT Sport and was a sports journalist and co-commentator on Granada Television and ITV. Beglin also commented for the RTE 2018 Fifa World Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has also been hired by Liverpool as the voice-over artist for their video and DVD releases. Beglin has also been a co-commentator for the pro Evolution Football video game along with Jon Champion and Peter Drury. On 4th May 2021, when commentating on the champions league semi-final, Jim said Di Marias was red-carded because of his “Latino temperament “for which Beglin later apologized.
Currently, Peter Drury is, without a doubt, the premier league’s best football commentator. Since 1998, Peter Drury has been working as a football commentator for ITV Sport. He has also worked with BT Sport for their coverage of the European fixtures, FA Cup, and the Premier League.
Drury has, over the years, been praised for his outstanding ability to analyze situations in game plans, strategies, and matches. Showering praises with his great lyrical poetry words, Peter has the ability to improve a viewer’s experience to establish a connection with the game.
Having worked alongside other renowned commentators like Martin Tyler and Jim Beglin, Drury is definitely the best when it comes to narrating the beautiful game.
As one of the most renowned English football commentators, Martin Tyler has, over the years, worked for Fox Australia, Sky Sports, and reputed Premier League Productions throughout his extensive career. Back in 2003, Martin Tyler has voted the best FA Premier League Commentator of a decade.
Tyler’s career as a commentator began in 1974, and has grown to become a great football commentator and anchored hundreds of games in the premier league. He has, over the years, covered many commentaries on world cup matches and the champion’s league. Martin Tyler is the in-house commentator for the FIFA video game series.
Next on our list is Derek Rae, one of the best Scottish commentators; he must be on our list.
A very familiar voice for ESPN views across the globe; he is one of the most versatile and distinctive football commentators on TV. Derek has commentated on football for over 20 years and currently works with BT Sport in England as the lead voice as well as calling the Europa League, Ligue 1, Serie A, and the Bundesliga.
Having been once voted as the best British sports broadcaster, Derek is well known to soccer viewers in the US as the leading voice of the UEFA Champions league between 2003 and 2009. Also, Derek offered to play by play for ESPN/ABC’s coverage for the UEFA European Football Championship from 2008 to 2012.
After working for a few years at the ESPN headquarters, Derek moved to London, as a member of the team at ESPN UK, broadcasting the European, English, and Scottish football.
John Motson’s commentating career began when he started working with the BBC in 1968 as a presenter. His first football commentary was between derby and Everton in December 1969.
Since the year 2015, Motson has been providing narration and commentary to Footy Pups (CBeebies football program).
Motson holds a record of commentating on more than 2000 games for BBC, which to date remains unbeaten. From 1979, Motson has been BBC lead football commentator; he covered every FA Cup final match until 2008.
Motson’s comments were often filed with statistics and data, demonstrating the detailed analysis that should be done before every match.
After announcing his retirement back in 2008, Motson made a comeback after 11 years and started working with TalkSport.
Popularly known as the “Voice of Football” Brian Moore is one of the most renowned English football commentators in the UK. Moore is often praised as the man who played a major role in bringing professionalism into football commentary.
He has, over the years, covered nine FIFA World Cups including the final that England won back in 1966 at the Wembley Stadium.
Jon Champion is one of the UK’s most respected and acclaimed football commentators. Jon started working for ESPN back in 2009 in England, but only joined ESPN full time in 2019 and relocated to the US as the leading play-by-play voice for Major League Football.
Jon was ESPN England’s lead football commentator between 2009 and 2013, covering the 4 FA Cup Finals, the UEFA Europa League, and the Barclays premier league. ESPN loaned Champion back to the ITV in 2010, where he announced the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Champion’s first assignment working with ESPN’s US domestic network was in 2014’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Champion has since called the International Champions Cup (ICC), the UEFA European Championship 2016, and other international events.
The last on our list of the craziest football commentators is Andy Gray. Although his commentating career has been filled with many controversies, we all love Grays’s quality commentating on football matches, with the best being his explanations and logic for soccer events.
Monday night football all-time commentators (1970-present). (2020, August 17). ESPN Press Room U.S. https://espnpressroom.com/us/monday-night-football-all-time-commentators-1970-present/
The full list of BBC pundits and commentators at euro 2020 including lineker and Ferdinand. (2021, July 11). inews.co.uk. https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/bbc-euro-2020-commentators-line-up-full-euros-presenters-pundits-list-gary-lineker-alex-scott-1043148
Gardner, S., & TODAY, U. (2021, January 6). Sports announcer power rankings: Joe buck starts 2021 at No. 1. USA TODAY. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/media/2021/01/06/joe-buck-tops-2021-usa-today-sports-announcer-power-rankings/6555647002/
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