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Top 10 best football commentators of all time

The profession of football commentary has progressed significantly over time. Here are ten of the greatest football commentators of all time.

Last updated: 08.08.2021
best football commentators of all time

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The profession of football commentary has progressed significantly over time. All football enthusiasts dream of watching a game from the stands with tens of thousands of people. However, we never get to see every game we enjoy in person. The majority of us only have the opportunity to sit in front of the television or congregate around a public giant screen. 

Commentators have referred to certain crucial occasions that have aided us in both augmenting and describing the action on the field. The representation of the action on the field by a commentator aids laymen in understanding the game and contributes to their enjoyment of watching and listening to it. With that in mind, here are ten of the greatest football commentators of all time.



10. Brian Moore

Brian was an English football commentator and television personality who covered nine World Cups and over 20 Cup finals during his career. The man is renowned as "the Father of English Football Commentary" and is considered one of the best English football pundits of all time. He also had the distinction of being in charge of the microphone when England defeated West Germany in the 1966 FIFA World Cup final at Wembley Stadium, led by Bobby Moore. Moore will be regarded as the first professional commentator in English football history, even though he died in 2001 at the age of 69.

9. Ian Darke

Ian Darke is a football commentator for ESPN and BT Sport in the United Kingdom. Along with Martin Tyler, Alan Parry, and Rob Hawthorne, Darke was originally one of Sky's "Big Four" football commentators. Darke has a wealth of expertise, having covered major events like the FIFA World Cup final three times, as well as regular games in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Darke has formerly worked on BBC Radio and Sky Sports, although he has also worked for ESPN.


8. Ray Hudson

Ray Hudson is a retired professional footballer from England who now works as an English-language football analyst for beIN Sports and a SiriusXM FC 157 radio show. On weekdays, Hudson hosts The Football Show with Charlie Stillitano, Neil Barnett, and Phil Schoen. Hudson's Howlers, a monthly segment that highlights his most outrageous comments, is dedicated to him. Ray Hudson has been associated with La Liga in the United States for nearly a decade. If a big match was on, you knew his inimitable voice would be broadcasting from your television to promote the Spanish league.


7. Jon Champion

The services of experienced commentator Jon Champion, who went to the United States of America ahead of the 2019-20 season, would be severely missed by Premier League fans. In his career, Champion has covered three World Cups. In addition, he has provided commentary for various versions of the video game Pro Evolution Soccer. Champion has spent the last 20 years working for the BBC and ITV. For ESPN, Champion presently covers international soccer and Major League Soccer.


6. Clive Tyldesley

Since Brian Moore's retirement following the 1998 World Cup final, Clive has been ITV's main football analyst. He has led the ITV commentary crew for the next four World Cups and four European Championships, as well as being the lead commentator on the last 17 UEFA Champions League finals and nine FA Cup finals for ITV. Tyldesley has also won four times the Royal Television Society Sports Commentator of the Year award.


5. John Motson

John Motson is a football commentator from England. He began his career as a BBC television analyst in 1971 and has since commented on over 2000 games on television and radio. He announced his full retirement from BBC commentary in September 2017, after commentating on ten FIFA World Cups, ten UEFA European Championships, and 29 FA Cup finals. He revealed in 2017 that he will be returning from retirement to work for TalkSport.


4. Martin Tyler

Martin Tyler has been a Sky Sports commentator since 1990, covering the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and other domestic and international games. Tyler had previously worked as an ITV commentator in the 1970s and 1980s. From 2005 to 2019, he was the voice of FIFA, a football video game franchise. His ability as a commentator is unrivaled, and we get chills every time we hear him. He was named FA Premier League Commentator of the Decade in 2003.


3. Jim Beglin

Jim Beglin is an RTÉ, CBS Sports, BT Sport, and Premier League Productions co-commentator. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he worked as a commentator for RTÉ. Since Pro Evolution Soccer 2011, he has been a co-commentator alongside Jon Champion and later Peter Drury in the Pro Evolution Soccer video game series. Beglin is without a doubt one of the top commentators in the game's history.


2. Andy Gray

Throughout his tenure as a commentator, Gray has been famous for a variety of reasons, but he has always presented the game in a fair and instructive manner. Millions of fans throughout the world respect his viewpoints. Clive Tyldesley's commentary partner in the EA Sports FIFA football game series was Andy Gray until 2012 when he was replaced by Alan Smith. His methods of teaching the game won over even non-football fans, and it is for this reason that he will be remembered.


1. Peter Drury

For those who have followed football for a while, Peter Drury is a known name with a familiar voice. There aren't enough words to describe what Peter Drury symbolizes in the world of football commentary. He and his teammates Jim Beglin and Martin Tyler have commented on most Manchester derbies in recent years, and he has shown to be one of the best when it comes to telling or narrating exquisite circumstances. Drury is currently employed by Premier League Productions, BT Sport (UK) for English Premier League and FA Cup programming, and CBS Sports (USA) for UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage.

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