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Which Soccer Commentators And Co-Commentators Do You Dislike?

soccer commentators Which Soccer Commentators And Co Commentators Do You Dislike?

We all have our favorite soccer commentators or co-commentators, but many of us have ones that we dislike too — the ones that makes us groan whenever we find out they’re announcing our team.

You know the one(s). They’re the commentators that say the things that upset you — either by saying inaccurate statements or only seeing the negatives in your team.

I have one co-commentator that I dislike listening to. But before I share my opinion, feel free to let us know in the comments section below regarding which commentator or co-commentator you dislike the most, and why.

The color commentator I dislike is Barry Horne. He’s often a co-commentator on the weekend Premier League matches, but he seems to often be selected as the co-commentator for Everton, Swansea and Cardiff games. That’s probably because Horne used to play as a midfielder for Everton and Wales, so he’s well-versed on those teams. However, whenever he commentates Swansea City, he always gets under my skin because of the things he says.

This probably happens to most hardcore soccer fans, but we feel protective of our teams and sensitive to criticism. I understand that, but Horne seems particularly tougher on Swansea City than the opposition. For example, Swansea may miss a chance in front of goal, and he’ll criticize the player for a wasted opportunity. And then a similar chance happens at the other end of the pitch, but he praises the opposition for creating a good chance in front of goal instead of criticizing them for not scoring.

I’m not a fan of commentators stating the obvious after a missed opportunity. Horne and Trevor Francis are particularly guilty of this (as are dozens of other commentators and co-commentators), but I don’t like “in hindsight” commentating. I don’t want to hear what the player should have done after he missed an opportunity or made a poor cross. Of course, he should have scored or crossed the ball better. But he didn’t. There’s no point stating the obvious.

Share your opinion below regarding the commentators or co-commentators you dislike listening to. And tell us why.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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