Fabulous Football Announcing

The World Cup of Football is one of the most exciting and impressive sporting events that most sports fans look forward to every four years. There are many things to look forward to when this tournament comes around each time: Passionate fans, amazing football players, acrobatic diving and acting. But the one thing I most look forward to during the tournament is the announcing work done by the british announcers. Their ability to create sayings and phrases that you would never hear in other sports but when put into the context of a football match so aptly describe the play that is happening on the pitch. They don’t have a colour commentator like other major sports, it is just them talking to the audience for a full 90+ minutes of action.

This is my list of favourite sayings from football announcers that I always enjoy hearing. Some of them I have heard for the first time at South Africa 2010, and some of them I have heard from past tournaments but at still as good today as the first time I heard them.

Disposessed – When a player has the ball taken away from him by a player on the opposing team either through a slide tackle or by being checked. When an announcer says it in his british accent it practically drools of haughtiness and it is as if he is telling the player that was “dispossessed” that he should be thoroughly ashamed.

Enterprising run – I’ve heard this for the first time this year and it quickly has jumped up to being one of my favourites. It is brought out by the announcers when a team or an individual starts pressing forward and making a move for the other teams net. This is kind of a kicking off point for the announcer to start getting himself worked up at the possibility of a goal.

Optimistic effort – When a player who doesn’t really have the talent to score from 50 yards out decides he will try to put one on goal anyways. The announcer clearly has done his research on this player as is pretty confident the shot will not end up anywhere near the net If it is on net it will most likely be an easy save for the keeper. Most “optimistic efforts” fly approximately 30 feet high or wide of goal.


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