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‘Everybody Round Mine For A Parmo’ – Middlesbrough Unveil Wonderful Mural Tribute To Dearly Departed Commentator Ali Brownlee (Photos & Video)

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Middlesbrough have officially unveiled a lovely tribute to Ali Brownlee, the much-loved BBC Tees commentator and Boro TV stalwart who sadly passed away in February last year.

Brownlee was the voice of Boro's highs and lows for three decades, with his impassioned, ecstatic, sometimes delirious delivery earning him bona fide cult hero status.

Russian Commentator Quits Live On Air After Seeing Team Denied Two Blatant Penalties In Space Of 60 Seconds (Video)

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Handball in the area? No dice...

Russian commentatorVladimir Nikolsky became so enraged at seeing his team denied not one, but two blatant penalties in quick succession that he was left with no other option but to abandon his post live on air.

Nikolsky was covering the recent second-tier match betweenTekstilshchik Ivanovo andTorpedo Vladimir, the team who employ him as an in-house commentator as part of Russian league broadcasting rules.

BBC Stalwart John Motson To Retire After 50 Years In The Football Commentary Racket

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The BBC have announced that, after half a century behind the microphone, John Motson is retiring from the commentary game at the end of the current season.

Motson reduced his workload when he stopped doing live broadcasts a season or three ago, and will now commentate on 18 further Premier League matches for Match of the Day before calling it quits with the FA Cup Final coverage next May.

Video: Luis Suarez left biting his nails on the Liverpool bench

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Luis Suarez again started from the bench in today's pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Thailand. The Uruguayan striker was shown biting his nails during the match, allowing the commentator to draw comparisons with Liverpool fans who are nervously awaiting news on his future. Anything that stops him getting the urge to nibble on an opponent [.

Full highlights of Shinji Kagawa sitting on the bench (Yokohama 3-2 Manchester United)

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It's not unusual for a YouTube user to make a six-minute video of a player's individual highlights from the TV coverage of a match. It is a bit more unusual to be able to do that with footage of said player sitting on the bench. But that's exactly what someone has done with the array [...]

Cricket commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd asked Spurs centre-back Michael Dawson if he’s in a boyband

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Legendary cricket commentator David 'Bumble' Lloyd is renowned for his entertaining mid-match stories. During the second Ashes test between England an Australia, Bumble told a story of how he had seen a young man he knew he recognised at the stadium. He couldn't place the face and asked the fella if he was in a [.

Video: Robin Van Persie wrongly told he’s man of the match, forced to hand trophy to Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney

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Robin Van Persie ended his Manchester United goal drought from the penalty spot during today's victory against Stoke. He obviously thought his neat spot-kick had earned him some plaudits when Geoff Shreeves oversaw the presentation of the man of the match award during his post-game interview. The only problem being that Sky Sports viewers knew [.

Andy Townsend commentates as West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil “hand relieves all the pressure”

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Gary O'Neil does his best to ensure West Ham's FA Cup third round replay at Manchester United has a happy ending. At least in the world of ITV co-commentator Andy Townsend.

‘Chelsea take take the lead’ – side-netting makes Clive Tyldesley sound like an idiot

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Ordinarily, ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley doesn't need any help to sound like an idiot. But during last night's Champions League match between Juventus and Chelsea he was aided and abetted by the side-netting. Every weekend, fans 'on the other side of the ground' up and down the country are conned into believing their side has [.

Beckham Scores From Corner Kick

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Looks like Beckham's up to his old tricks again for LA Galaxy, this time scoring directly from a corner in a cup qualifying game. Poor defending/goalkeeping, as expected when you watch games from America, along with the stereotypical South American commentator shouting "Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal".

Mark Bright offers South American pronunciation tips

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We are costantly spoonfed the concept that Team GB are taking the Olympic football tournament seriously, but can we really believe that the BBC are doing the same by using Mark Bright as a co-commentator? Usually saved for minnow FA Cup games and Football Focus appearances, the BBC rolled out their B team for the [.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown compares Cristiano Ronaldo to “an NFL basketball player”

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BBC co-commentator Martin Keown found himself trending on Twitter last night and not for a good reason. The ex-Arsenal centre-back became a figure of fun after getting his American sports muddled during his commentary on Czech Republic vs Portugal. Keown said Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo was "like an NFL basketball player" with the height [.

Euro 2012: Group C: Spain use Ireland for target practice, 4-0

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szólj hozzá: Spain vs Ireland 4:0 MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Spain at their ridiculous best. Fernando Torres looking like the old Torres, eating up real estate with each huge gallop and flourishing a trenchant finish. Can we anoint Andres Iniesta? And did David Silva's eye popping goal bring a tear to your peepers?

Jonathan Pearce

Robin van Persie: Pirlo doesn’t do left-footed finishes

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The Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce, perhaps guilty of not getting close enough to Sir Killalot during his Robot Wars days, watched Robin van Persie's failed penalty kick in Sunday's 3-2 win over Southampton and exclaimed: "he went for the Pirlo!". (Ignoring his buffoonery for a moment .

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Medal Matches

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Only a few souls got into Newcastle's St. James's Park in time to see Mexico play South Korea in the two sides' men's Olympic football tournament group game. And their emotions now probably range between smug ("I saw the Gold and Bronze medalists playing each other") and disbelieving ("I saw the Gold and Bronze medalists playing each other?

The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Semi-Finals

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South Korea dominated the early stages of their men's Olympic football semi-final against what Jonathan Pearce summed up perfectly as "a higgledy-piggledy mess" of a Brazil side. This led to the fleeting prospect of a South Korea v. Mexico final. And, as those two sides met at Newcastle in one of the tournament's direst games, it was just as well the prospect was only fleeting.

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Semi-Finals

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After one-and-a-half sensational semi-finals, I feel like a killjoy. Despite the wonderful football played – at least as much by the losers as the winners – my thoughts were of refereeing decisions at Old Trafford; of penalties given (to the United States) and not given (to Canada); of yellow cards not shown (to Abby Wambach).

The 2012 Olympic Games: Mens Football Day One

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After a dream of an opening round in the women's Olympic football, the men showed how international football tournaments SHOULD be done; three dismissals, plenty of playacting, a group of death, defensive mindsets...and a domestic team unable to keep the ball and, consequentially, a 1-0 lead.

A View From The Armchair: Our Final Word On Euro 2012

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During a fine European Championship finals tournament which had its shocks, the revelation that BBC co-commentator Martin Keown once captained England was possibly the most disturbing shock of all. Keown had as bad a tournament as Ashley Young, a player labelled an "international natural" last month by.

Brandi Chastain

"Hell Yeah" to Hope for Tush-Kicking Tweets to Chastain

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Looks like Hope Solo has written an epilogue that published this week with her new book, "Solo: A Memoir of Hope," (Christ on a crutch, this title....) explaining the fallout, or lack of fallout, from her Twitter attack ('Twittack"?) on ex-U.S. women's national team player turned NBC commentator, Brandi Chastain.

Hope Solo’s Angry Twitter Rant vs. Brandi Chastain

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If you don't' already follow U.S Goalkeeper Hope Solo's twitter stream, you really should.

Solo's twitter rant was in response to former WNT defender Brandi Chastain's remarks when the U.S. women's soccer team played Colombia on Saturday. During the first half, Chastain disparaged defender Rachel Buehler's ball control.

Solo thoughtz

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If you aren't following Hope Solo's twitter feed, do.
Today's tweets were in response to Brandi Chastain's remarks during the US game against Colombia. At about 18 minutes, Chastain disparaged defender Rachel Bheuler's ball control. She said that Bheuler gives the ball away too much, and "needs to work on an improve on" her trapping skills.

Brazil

What’s Friday without a bit of Disco?

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Its Monday 30th July 2012 4 days into the Olympics and the Spanish football team already going home, 1 more match then nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah hheeeeyyeeyyy goodbye!!! That actually ruined the beginning of this blog as I started writing yesterday that Spain lost their 1st match at the World 1-0 [.

Team GB Soccer: A Team And Country Divided

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Watching Brazil steamroll over Great Britain on ESPN3 Friday afternoon, it was all too apparent how quiet Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium was, but how detached the crowd – and probably TV viewers – were from this Team GB. ESPN co/commentator Tommy...

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Euro 2012

10 Things We Found Terribly Irritating About Euro 2012

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By Chris Wright

1. 'Fake' whistles in the crowd: Oh, just f**k off.

2. Seven Nation Army: 'Derrrr, der, der, der, der, derrrr, derr. Derrrr, der, der, der, der, derrrr, derr. Derrrr, der, der, der, der, derrrr, derr.

Nützlicher Wortschatz für das Spiel: Useful vocabulary for the game

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Watching Euro 2012 on a dodgy foreign satellite feed? We've got you covered. Tom Guest has taken it upon himself to make sure that if you're watching the big semi-final between die Mannschaft and Italy on German television, you too will be able to enjoy the wonders of football commentary.

Ashes to Ashes + focus now on Walcott’s contract

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Morning all and welcome to a brand new week. I'm beginning to think that Archer, the new dog, is part alarm clock. Every morning somewhere between 6 and 6.30am he gives a little 'yip' to say he's awake and needs to go out. Handy, for sure, but earlier than I'd like.

We'll start this morning at the Euros and it was penalty shoot-out heartbreak for England again last night as a double dose of Ashley cost England a place in the semi-finals.

Ashes to Ashes + focus now on Walcott’s contract

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Morning all and welcome to a brand new week. I'm beginning to think that Archer, the new dog, is part alarm clock. Every morning somewhere between 6 and 6.30am he gives a little 'yip' to say he's awake and needs to go out. Handy, for sure, but earlier than I'd like.

We'll start this morning at the Euros and it was penalty shoot-out heartbreak for England again last night as a double dose of Ashley cost England a place in the semi-finals.

Portuguese Commentator Goes Apoplectic Over Cristiano Ronaldo Goal (Audio Features Lasers!)

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By Chris Wright

Safe to say that Nuno Metas, the commentator for Portuguese radio station Antena 1, really enjoyed Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal against the Dutch the other night so much so, in fact, that at one point the only way he can accurately describe the immense joy coarsing through him is with LASERS!

Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions: Croatia 0-1 Spain

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1. Spain delivered the ultimate 'up yours' to us all. After 87 minutes of sniping about their lack of penetration and subsequent lack of a striker, they literally walked it into the net. 2. The reigning champions did look precarious at one point. Fortunately, they had Jesus (Navas) to be their saviour.

BBC backs Mark Lawrenson over ‘Eric the Eel’ racism row

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The BBC has given its support to co-commentator Mark Lawrenson over what sounded to OTP's ears to be a casual racist comment he made during the match between Germany and Portugal. Spotting a spectator wearing an all-over black lycra outfit, Lawro compared him to celebrated Olympic swimming flop Eric the Eel.

Euro 2012: Czech Republic 2-1 Greece

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Greece's manager Fernando Santos knew what was coming – in the first half at least. He had his head down, his eyes shut and his hand wiping a furrowed brow (a neat facial trick if your eyes are closed). The speech bubble "oh no, here we go again" wrote itself. I'm sure it has been noted somewhere that Santos would be a shoo-in for any Greek remake of the Inspector Wexford Mysteries.

Arsenal

Is This The Time To Sell Walcott?

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Let me start by saying, Stewart Robson is a man of courage. I'm not just saying that because I agree mostly with his recent comments deriding Theo Walcott. I sometimes disagree with his opinions during matches and on talksport and Arsenal World. I say it because he is employed by Arsenal, and I'm sure they were not pleased with his outspoken opinion against a current player.

Is This The Time To Sell Walcott?

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Let me start by saying, Stewart Robson is a man of courage. I'm not just saying that because I agree mostly with his recent comments deriding Theo Walcott. I sometimes disagree with his opinions during matches and on talksport and Arsenal World. I say it because he is employed by Arsenal, and I'm sure they were not pleased with his outspoken opinion against a current player.

Where were you when ….. ?

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Johnny Jensen scored?  No, not the one-off on that sunny afternoon defeat to QPR, the one which prompted the " I was there was Jensen scored"  t-shirts. No, I am talking about the one which led to our signing Mr Jensen, that phenomenal shot which won Denmark Euro '92.

It was 20 years ago today (good opening line for a song!

Where were you when ….. ?

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Johnny Jensen scored?  No, not the one-off on that sunny afternoon defeat to QPR, the one which prompted the " I was there was Jensen scored"  t-shirts. No, I am talking about the one which led to our signing Mr Jensen, that phenomenal shot which won Denmark Euro '92.

It was 20 years ago today (good opening line for a song!

The Rest

Classic Commentary Clanger: Peter Drury Prematurely Roars THE NETHERLANDS Into 2014 World Cup Final (Video)

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With his premeditated prose and propensity for meretriciousverbiage, Peter Drury is a commentator who tends to split opinion.

Some regard him as a footballing poet of sorts. Others think he's just a bit of a simpering gas bag.

Drury: Poet or gas bag?

Regardless, Drury is responsible for one of Pies' favourite commentary clangers of recent years, specifically the wonderful ricket he dropped while chuntering away over the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 12-13 January

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1. Reading vs West Brom up first on Match of the Day? A clear indication that something special is afoot. 2. Jonathan Walters needs to accept that Chelsea have signed Demba Ba and don't need another striker. His live audition for the role of a Blues goalscorer was shameful. 3. Laurent Koscielny can now cross [.

Ending the Hornet Hoodoo: Ipswich vs Watford match review

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Town's first 3 points of the season are an absolute relief.
When the fixture list came out in June there was a real consideration that we may not pick up any points for the first 3 games of the season.
I hoped for a draw against Blackburn, but did not expect it, and I fully envisaged us coming home from Watford empty handed: how could we dare to think about anything else against the 'bogey team'!

Houston Dynamo Highlight: Dixon's Joy and Yardley's Delight

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Ideally sports provide us with an escape from our day to day lives, a chance to see friends, support our team and have fun. Every once in awhile, sports can give us a moment that sticks with us and we can look back to year and year and say, wow, that was a really great moment.

I remember a number of moments like that from my childhood.