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Who are your top 5 favorite soccer commentators ranked from 1 through 5?


Depending on how busy your life is, you may listen to soccer commentators more in one week than you do with your partner or parents in the same timeframe. Consider how many games per week you watch and how many hours you rack up listening to commentators, both good and bad.

So, speaking of the good commentators, who are the top 5 that are your favorites?

And how would you rank them from?

Share your top 5 with us in the comments section below or on World Soccer Talk’s social media accounts. We look forward to reading your responses!

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    August 19, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Here is commentators ranking

    8. DAN O’HAGAN

  2. R.O

    November 15, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    1. Derek Rae
    2. Andres Cantor
    3. Martin Tyler
    4. Ian Drake
    5. Arlo White

  3. Gian Camere

    October 26, 2015 at 12:39 pm


    Would prefer to listen to the stadium crowd noise than be bother by the incessant talk. Once the game starts, it pretty easy to follow who has the ball, made the pass, or scored. The crowd noise is sufficient but every so often, tid-bits such as what happened to a coach or player, e.g. Mourinho this past weekend, provides some necessary insight.

  4. SilverRey

    October 21, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    1. Dave Johnson (DC United)
    2. Neil Sika (Crew)
    3. Bob Ley (US) used to call games
    4. JP Delacamra (Union)
    5. Shepp Messing (NYRB) who isn’t entertained?

  5. Flyvanescence

    October 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Just not a huge Martin Tyler fan. Hes top 5 but i think he’s past it. And if you think people’s beliefs that he is pro-MUFC are absurd, listen to his goal calls in MUFC-LFC match recently.

    Darke (unless paired with Twellman)
    Daniel Mann pretty new to the scene but excellent.
    Derek Rae
    Martin Tyler

    Not sure who id put 5. Commentators i dislike would get a better opinion out of me.

    • Oliver Tse

      October 22, 2015 at 11:14 am

      >> Commentators i dislike would get a better opinion out of me.

      I will take the bait.

      I am watching the Qabala vs Dortmund UEFA Europa League on FOX Sports 1 (USA) as I write this.

      Because this match kicks off 2 hours before the usual “early” time slot (read: practically no one is watching), FS1 (soccer executive producer Jonty Whitehead) has chosen to save a little bit of money by taking the world feed from Input Media in London instead of using Los Angeles-based announcers (i.e. Keith Costigan, Mark Rogondino, and occasionally John Strong if he is needed.)

      Most of the Input Media world feed announcers for the UEFA Europa League are of the “junior varsity” variety, including Dan Eyre, who is calling the Qabala vs Dortmund match.

      To say that the likes of Dan Eyre is “bloody awful” would be an understatement.

      I could not stomach more than two minutes of Dan Eyre, who managed to mispronounce the name of Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa at his first opportunity.

      Needless to say, I reached for the mute button…

  6. mark williamson

    October 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    1 Martin Tyler
    2 Ian Darke
    3 Steve Bowers
    4 Peter Drury
    5 Guy Mowbray

    There are a lot of good ones not listed and couls certainly fit in to the top 5.

  7. jtm351

    October 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    1. Martin Tyler
    2. Ian Darke
    3. JP Dellacamera
    4. John Strong
    5. Arlo White

  8. Oliver Tse

    October 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    My “Top 5” soccer play-by-play announcers, based on 21 years of observations:

    1. Marcelo Araujo (Fútbol Para Todos – Argentina)

    2a. Ian Darke (BT Sport – UK & ESPN Networks – USA)
    2b. Jon Champion (Premier League Productions/IMG Media – UK)
    2c. Derek Rae (BT Sport – UK & ESPN Networks – USA)

    5. John Strong (FOX Sports – USA)

    I put Darke, Champion, and Rae all ahead of Martin Tyler, who just doesn’t have high enough energy level for my taste.

    Try to distinguish among Darke, Champion, and Rae would be like splitting hairs. I will not attempt that particular exercise.

    If you don’t know who Marcelo Araujo is, go watch broadcasts of Boca Juniors vs River Plate Superclásico from 2013 and earlier on YouTube. (From May 7, 2013)

    I first came across Araujo in 1996 when I was watching Fútbol Argentino – Clásico del Domingo on what was then known as FOX Sports Américas (now FOX Deportes). I haven’t found anyone who can top him in the past 20 years, regardless of language.

  9. Josh

    October 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    1. Martin Tyler
    2. Ian Darke
    3. Arlo White
    4. Phil Bonney
    5. John Strong

    There aren’t really any great American commentators. There are great ANALYSTS (Bob Ley, Lallas, Wynalda, Martino, etc), but they usually are no good at commentary.

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