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Top 5 best Peter Drury goal calls

Peter Drury's top 5 goal calls

Peter Drury’s top 5 goal calls are some of the most hallowed in the recent history of the sport.

He has history calling the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup and more. Frankly, he is always in the conversation for the best soccer commentator for English-language broadcasts. For American fans of soccer, he is now the voice of the Premier League on NBC Sports, taking over for Arlo White.

Therefore, it could be a challenge to nail down some of his best calls. So much of it circles around the moment than the goal itself.

Any goal called by Drury is special. Olivier Giroud scored a circus header against Leicester City in the 2017/18 season opener. The goal was the last one in a 4-3 thriller. Peter Drury called it as “a game of margins, a game of thrills.” That just about sums up the sport, especially when it comes down to the best players scoring the best goals. Drury was right, it was drama from day one.

However, the poetic mastermind that is Peter Drury pulls out his best content when the biggest moment is at stake. Previously, he called games in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup. Certainly there are breathless and dramatic moments in each of those competitions each season.

Fortunately for soccer fans, Drury finds himself calling seemingly every major moment.

Here are Peter Drury’s top 5 goal calls during a vaunted career behind the microphone.

Peter Drury’s top 5 goal calls

5. Aguero! Staggering, just staggering.

For good reason, Sergio Aguero’s stoppage time winner against QPR is thought of as a Martin Tyler moment. The elongated Agueroooooo is perhaps the most famous goal call in the history of the Premier League.

However, Peter Drury’s voice also does wonders in laying out the significance of the Argentine’s goal. If anything, Drury, like so many other fans and pundits, could not believe what they were seeing from Manchester City. As Peter Drury put it, the moment was simply staggering. Not only was it Manchester City’s first top flight title since 1968, but the Citizens unseated their rival with one of the most dramatic finishes to a league season in history.

4. England win on penalties! History in itself.

Something about England and penalties just does not add up. When Colombia pushed the English to the brink in the round of 16 during the 2018 World Cup, many assumed the worst.

However, Peter Drury summed it up. For this new team, new territory. It was an incredibly young England squad that eventually finished fourth at the World Cup. Peter Drury’s call of surprise likely followed the sentiment back home in England. The nation simply does not win penalty shootouts.

In many ways, the win cast aside the demons of Euro 2004, Euro 96 and especially the 1990 World Cup. Those fears reappeared in Euro 2020. However, Peter Drury’s call of England’s win over Colombia welcomed a new generation of hope for England during international tournaments.

3. What a goal! And, what a time, what a place, what a player!

The other goals on this list have massive implications on the line. Titles, advancing, trophies, many are tournaments where each game matters. Derbies are much the same way, as the passion drives intensity for 90 minutes.

Consequently, there was no better time and no better place to score a goal as miraculous as Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City in 2011. This goal deserves to be in the top 5 best Peter Drury goal calls simply due to the quality of the strike. Peter Drury, like millions of fans watching worldwide, could not believe the Englishman got his right boot up that high. Plus, he struck it so sweetly into the top corner that Old Trafford entered a frenzy.

Drury’s call adds to the moment in which Nani lifts up Rooney who stands among the great players to wear Manchester United’s famous red kit.

2. Goal for South Africa, goal for ALL Africa!

African nations always produce some of the best fan atmospheres at the World Cup. For countries like Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon or the Ivory Coast, the World Cup is less a tournament as it is a celebration.

Therefore, when the 2010 World Cup became Africa’s first time hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, the opener between South Africa and Mexico held a special importance. Not only was it South Africa’s party, but it was a chance for all of Africa to show itself to the world.

In the 55th minute of that opener, Siphiwe Tshabalala scored an absolute gem to send Soccer City into pandemonium. Peter Drury captured the moment from Africa’s perspective in such a way that allowed fans to understand what it meant for the continent. Plus, the quality of the goal made it one of the best goals at the entire tournament.

1. Manolas, a Greek god in Rome!

There are seldom moments in the sport as shocking as FC Barcelona’s collapse against Roma. In the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League, Barcelona defeated the Italian side 4-1 in Spain before traveling to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Capping off Roma’s remarkable 3-0 comeback win was Kostas Manolas, a man who immortalized himself in Italian and European soccer.

For that moment, Manolas’ header truly turned him into “a Greek god in Rome.” It remains one of the biggest comebacks over a two-legged tie in the history of the Champions League. Plus, to do it as an underdog to one of the competition’s favorites made it one of the best moments in recent Champions League memory.

Peter Drury could not describe it in a better way. In a moment where people could not put words together as to what was happening in Rome, Drury simply said the unthinkable unfolded before our eyes. Roma, battered in the first leg, rose from its ruins as Drury proclaimed, to reach the Champions League semifinals.

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  1. cmasia

    June 13, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I will die before my one footy commentary request is granted…

    After a goal is scored, let the director show us what it’s like to be at the match. Pictures and natural sound.

    If you were sitting at a match next to someone who went into an Arlogasm when a goal is scored, you’d never sit next to that person again.

    Drury, and others, are guilty as well.

    10 to 15 seconds of silence to watch the celebration of the players and fans.

    It takes that long for the replay director to package the 5 views we’re about to see, anyway.


  2. Michael

    June 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    As a Sounder fan I love Arlo, but everything you say about his commentary tactics are true. Seattle radio would stream tv commentary
    for sounders matches, so when Arlo came on, listening to him on radio was great.

    His commentary is for blind people and I prefer those who are quiet and let the match flow. Commentators job is too make you feel as if they are on a couch with you shooting **** and watching the match. Arlo never allowed match to breathe, flow, let the sound of the match come to our homes. For whatever reason, he always wanted to describe what we are seeing “De Bruyne is running with the ball, to his right is Aguero and in front of him Coutinho…” well no **** Arlo, I am not blind!

    • Dale P.

      June 9, 2022 at 10:22 pm

      Exactly. Perfectly stated.

  3. Dale P.

    June 9, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Screaming calls following scores is a poor measure of an association football announcer. It’s what they do the 99.9% of the time when a goal is NOT being scored that is the true measure. Announcers screaming following scores is such an American thing anyway. And you can usually spot the basketball announcers who obviously practice their calls. It makes it all sound so phony, more like a performance instead of an honest reaction on the spur of the moment.

    • Chris

      June 12, 2022 at 10:08 am

      Screaming following a score is an American thing? I guess you haven’t heard Latin American commentators screaming “goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool” for the last several decades. And sports commentators talking incessantly is hardly an American thing. That problem is more of a generational thing rather than national. Most English football commentators, including Drury, are just as guilty of it as anyone else. For some reason, the younger sports generation seems to want more talking, boring stats and other distractions than the older generations do. As for me, I would just as soon view a match with no commentating at all and still enjoy it just as much.

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