Top 10 Best Football Commentators Of All Time

Top 10 Best Football Commentators Of All Time

Who are the best football commentators of all time? Well, there are quite a number of them and those are the people we will be taking a look at in this article.

Watching a football match from the stadium among thousands of others is what all football fans dream of. But we never get to watch every game we love directly.

Most of us only have the chance to sit in front of the TV,  gather around at a public large screen.

Or the majority of fans today choose to watch football live on streaming websites such as 

Have you ever imagined what it’s like to not have a commentator to cover these matches?

Half of the fantastic vibe would be gone!

Let’s check out the top 10 best commentators that bring joy to every match we saw.

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10 best football commentators of all time

10. Jim Beglin


Jim Beglin used to be a well-known footballer of Liverpool FC, Leed Utd and other clubs. He is one of very few Premier League commentators that played football professionally by himself.

He is known for the great ability to read the game, as well as technical analysis. Still, he never really is the main commentator and mainly works alongside Peter Drury (sometimes with Martin Tyler), which makes them a highly appreciated duo until now.

He is also praised for his professional style of work since he is unbiased when it comes to talking about his former teams.

Jim Beglin has had the honor to cover Premier League, UEFA Champions League and 2 World Cup tournaments in his career.

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9. Jon Champion 

One of the reputed Premier League commentators in the world, Jon Champion will surely be missed by a lot of fans since he moved to the US in the 2019-2020 season. 

He has broad experience throughout his halved career, working his time with BBC Sport, ITV Sport, Setalanta and ESPN.

He also has had the honor to cover the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, the 2010 FIFA World Cup for ITV and 2014 FIFA World Cup for ESPN.

He also gave his voice to the commentary segment of many versions of the Pro Evolution Soccer football game.

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8. Andy Gray


A notorious commentator who covered every game with a fair attitude and informative approach.

His techniques of describing the game were so simplified that those who didn't know much about football could catch up.His opinions are respected by millions of fans all over the world.

Andy Gray was also Clive Tyldesley's commentary partner in the EA Sports FIFA football game series until 2012 that he gave his place to Alan Smith.

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7. Alan Smith


Another former professional footballer that continues to stick with the football world in the commentary room.

Alan Smith was a talented player that played for Arsenal and Leicester City. He also capped for the England national football team a few times.

As a former pro player and commentator that regularly worked for SkySport TV, he has shown his knowledge at a very high level in comparison to his peers.

His style of narrating is quite a bit less dramatic, he likes to narrate situations as they unfold, without any exaggerating or dramatic tone. 

I bet many of the FIFA football video game players would know him already as he was Martin Tyler’s partner that covers many versions of the game.

6. Clive Tyldesley


Tyldesley covered the Champions League games (he has covered the last seventeen finals), as well as important FA Cup matches quite a lot.

He has also been part of the FIFA videogame series of EA Sports for a long time. Update the Champions League fixtures at tructiepbongda site to follow and accompany all the upcoming matches this season.

Tyldesley has received several awards for his microphone shows, including 4 times winner of the Royal Television Society Sports Commentator of the Year award.

He took the Brian Moore position at ITV after his retirement and since then he has been a stellar commentator there.

5. Martin Tyler


Martin Tyler is probably the most recognizable English football commentator of all.

He has worked for Premier League Productions, Sky Sports and Fox Australia throughout his long-standing career.

The special shout of “AGUEROOOOOOO! ” Then,” I swear, “you'll never see anything like this ever again” when Aguero scored his sensational goal against Queens Park Rangers in the 2011/12 season would surely be remembered in the heart of all Premier League fans.

His commentary talent is unparalleled and gives us goosebumps every time.

Together with Alan Smith, Andy Grey and Clive Tyldesley, he also gave his voice to the EA FIFA football game.

4. John Motson



The legend that holds the record of commenting on over 2000 games for the BBC, which is till now unbeaten.

John Motson from 1979 was BBC's main football commentator, covering every FA Cup final (with the exception of 1994 and 1995) until 2008.

His comments were frequently filled with data and statistics, demonstrating how much analysis he must have done before each match.

He announced his retirement in 2008 then surprisingly eleven years later he was back and worked with TalkSport. 

3. Brian Moore


The man, the legend known as “The voice of football” and is one of the greatest English football commentators of all time.

Brian Moore is sometimes praised as “Father of English football commentary”.

He is considered to be the first man who brought professional into the football commentary area.

Brian Moore covered 9 FIFA World Cup tournaments including the final that his country won the 1966 World Cup title at Wembley Stadium.

He also commented on over 20 Cup championship finals.Brian Moore passed away in 2001 at the age of 69.

He would always be remembered in the heart of fans around the world.

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2. Barry Davies


The one that has had the privilege of covering a whole lot of greatest goals of all time, from Maradona's famous strike against England in 1986 to Eric Cantona's FA Cup decisive score in 1996, and so many in between.

Barry Davies' commentating style was so interesting, using the “less is more” tactics to encourage the audience to enjoy the game in comfort.

You can catch up on him easily no matter what the match speed was.

Below is some of his legendary line:

”And Leeds will go mad! And they’ve every right to go mad!” – about Geoff Astle’s debatable goal against Leeds Utd in 1971“Lee… interesting… very interesting! Look at his face! Just look at his face!” – about Francis Lee celebration after scoring against his old club Man City in 1974.“You have to say that’s magnificent” – after Diego Maradona stunning solo goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

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1. Peter Drury


Peter Drury, a familiar name that has a familiar voice to those who love football for a while now.

You can hear him on Premier League, you can hear him on every version of Konami’s Pro Evolution Football game.

“Hello everyone, I'm Peter Drury, Jim Beglin alongside me” is probably the most anticipated line in every match.

Jim Beglin's brilliant technical analysis and Peter Drury's poetic, enthusiastic and exciting way of commentary have made them a perfect duo so far.

Drury provides the most impressive abstract representations of the beautiful game and the voice of a completely emotional football fan who interacts directly with the viewer.

Words cannot describe how great his comments are, I recommend you to Youtube his best now!

Still, here are some of his legendary lines: “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. Barcelona! Extraordinary! Eight minutes from elimination. Di Francesco does not know where to go. Iniesta does not know where to look. It is a Greek from mount Olympus who has come to the seven hills of Rome and pulled off a miracle.” – on the heroic Champions League knock-out comeback of AS Roma vs Barcelona.“It’s Tsabalalaaaaa! Goal Bafana Bafana! Goal for South Africa! Goal for all Africa!” – on the Tsabalala’s “Goal of the tournament” for South Africa host team at the 2010 World Cup opening match.

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That’s pretty much it about the best football commentators of all time.

Keep in mind that this list of best football commentators of all time is not a ranking to determine who is the best. It’s more like a celebration, to show our respect for those who breathe excitement into every game we can’t watch directly. Cheers.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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