The Art of Football Commentary


“Roma have risen from their ruins! Manolas, the Greek God in Rome! The unthinkable unfolds before our eyes. This was not meant to happen, this could not happen… this is happening!”

This was Peter Drury’s commentary on the epic night Roma masterminded a historic comeback in the Champions League against Barcelona in-front of their home fans! A night where Drury trended for the beautiful piece of commentary and eventually ranked as one of the best in the business. At that moment as a football fan these words give you goosebumps and you appreciate the art. At times you just smile and say I wouldn’t have said it any better!

Football commentators be it on TV or Radio bring the events on the pitch closer to the fan, it makes one feel as part of the crowd in the stadium! Who can forget ”Agueroooooooooooo….”  on the final day of the Premier League 2011-12 when Manchester City beat QPR 3-2 in the final minutes to win their first EPL in 44 years leaving United fans in dismay and City fans over the moon! Through commentary as a fan watching is where we get more information about a team and its players and more importantly some statistics which can go way back when.

Each commentator has his own typical characteristic style when it comes to commentating, from Martin Tyler’s ability to combine basic narration with boyish charm and the enthusiasm of a teenager to Peter Drury flow of eloquence and word play. Commentaries are poles apart in different regions, but the emotion and the passion is the same. It is telling a compelling story for 90+ minutes.

Who can forget the commentary on one of the best comebacks in recent times ”….corner taken quickly Origi!!!!!!..” by LFC commentators when Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to get into the Champions League final after earlier losing 3-0 in Barcelona!

Football commentary is a constantly evolving art form, one that is often ignored or taken for granted by audiences. The men and women behind the mics deserve a lot more credit, for it is an art that does not come from skill, it is an art that comes from love and passion. The art of commentary is underrated, even undermined in today’s world where digital content is being consumed at a rate where everything, from commentary to good writing is taken for granted. We are used to hearing a voice describe the events on screen that we often forget the skill that comes with it or the effort that is put into it.

So the next time you watch a football match on TV or listen on radio, just smile and appreciate the art that is football commentary!

Well I can’t wait for Peter Drury and Jim Beglin commentary on Liverpool vs Manchester City on Sunday!!

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  1. K. R

    November 8, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Surely without commentators in football watching or listening alone would be too boring and tasteless.

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