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Derek Rae interview: The art of being a soccer commentator

Derek Rae interview

In the NEW episode, number 257, Kyle Fansler talks with Derek Rae about the commentator’s time covering the beautiful game. This is an audio recording of Kyle and Derek’s chat during their ‘Show ‘n’ Tell’ video

Currently, Derek Rae is a freelance commentator frequently working with ESPN for its LaLiga coverage. Additionally, he is the voice of the Bundesliga world feed for English-language broadcasts. Rae, one of the most popular freelance commentators, talks about a variety of topics over his illustrious career in this week’s episode.

  • His thoughts on pronouncing player names
  • The advantages of being a freelance commentator
  • How a background in language helped him in his broadcast career
  • His memories of calling Champions League games on ESPN
  • What it was like calling the greatest Champions League final ever
  • Which World Cup has been the most memorable for him out of all of them since 1990
  • His thoughts on the biennial World Cup
  • Commentating the mother of all club derbies in the world

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Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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