Football commentator John Motson is one of the most recognizable voices in Britain, as he has broadcasted since 1968.
In 1968 John Motson started working for the BBC as a football commentator.
He has covered so far 29 FA Cups, 10 FIFA World Cups, and 200 England games.
And he has some good tips for the future football commentators of the world.
“In a way, it’s more difficult to break into the business now,” he told Metro.
“There are far more people wanting to become football commentators now and it’s harder to make a name for yourself.”
He explained: “Those in my generation – like Brian Moore, Barry Davies, and Gerald Sinstadt – we stood out and what we did was quite unusual because there wasn’t many of us back then.”
“However, on the upside, there is now live football every night of the week and every one of those games needs a commentator.”
“Social media also offers opportunities – there’s no question about it,” he said.
“Some people study for media degrees but there are no specific qualifications needed, you don’t need any certificates or a degree (I didn’t have one).”
And how to become a sports commentator?: “Make an impression on people – that makes them think you can really do the job.”
“Research the players, the statistics, the facts, and figures – you have to be able to identify the players accurately and quickly, as well as refer back to previous events, while also lifting the occasion.”
Motson concluded: “Be persistent at the start of your career; bang on doors, do commentary in strange places, go and see matches when you’re not working.”
“Get the basics right, so that during a match your homework is just a backup.”
— TV Football 1968-92 (@1968Tv) August 3, 2019