Date:Monday July 12 2010
Last night Holland and Spain battled for the right to be crowned champions for the first time in their World Cup history. Soccer City was electric as this 2010 FIFA World Cup drew to a close. It was also a huge day for several of the match commentators across several networks.
Depending on where you are in the world there will be many familiar, experienced commentators at hand, but there's also a new generation of bright talent making their mark on football's grandest game.
As mentioned in a previous article Martin Tyler commentated on Sunday's game on ABC in the United States. It was his 6th Final and his 1st for a North American network. At 64 he shows no signs of slowing down and has already been hired by ESPN/ABC for 2014 in Brazil. Tyler's co-commentator was former Nigerian international and Norwich City striker Efan Ekoku.
In England, ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley worked on his 3rd consecutive World Cup Final for the network. Craig Burley joined him as co-commentator with Jim Beglin still ill from an ear infection.
The 56-year-old is known throughout the world as the commentator for the FIFA Video Game series on select consoles. His exuberance and passion for the game has made him one of the top commentators in the UK today.
For viewers overseas John Helm was the world feed commentator for the 3rd and perhaps final time in his career. He's been one of the most recognizable voices in countries such as Canada, who broadcast the world feed.
Helm's notable work in the UK was with ITV, Five, and Granada. In 1985 he was present for ITV for the Bradford City Disaster, in which 56 fans were killed when a fire engulfed a section of the stadium during a league match which was supposed to be Bradford City's day to lift the Division Three trophy, having already clinched promotion.
In recent years he's been heard more on the world feed for international tournaments, and was the lead commentator for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and Euro 2008. At age 68 however he's entering the twilight of his career and is well past his prime. This game was possibly the last World Cup for a man with a distinguished but largely overlooked career. For every commentator like Helm winding down his commentary days, new ground is broken.
BBC viewers were tuned in to their first World Cup Final without John Moston or Barry Davies. Guy Mowbray, aged 38, was be alongside co-commentator Mark Lawrenson for his first final on terrestrial television.
This is not Mowbray's first World Cup Final, as he did the 1998 match for Eurosport at just 26, making him the youngest ever to commentate on a WC Final for television.
Having just been appointed as Motty's successor earlier this year, it will be a tough challenge trying to follow in a legend's footsteps.
Mowbray is not the only young star out there. Sky Sports' Daniel Mann had the pleasure of covering the Final for the 3D broadcast, shown in select UK theatres as well as ESPN 3D in the USA. It was only 4 years ago that the former Radio City news presenter and football commentator had made his Sky debut on Football First, covering Newcastle vs. Wigan on the opening day of the 2006-07 Premier League Season.
Today he is now the chief commentator for Sky Sports 3D as well as Football First, and does the occasional Football League or Carling Cup match on 2D.
Back in May 2010 the 32-year-old was with Dean Saunders at Wembley for the Conference Play-off Final between Oxford Utd and York City. His rapid rise amongst television executives could make him a commentator to watch beyond the Final.
Article by SSReporters
Date:Monday July 12 2010
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