STAMFORD, Conn. – Telemundo Deportes’ Andres Cantor, the legendary fútbol announcer who is being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame this fall, will call soccer matches in English and Spanish at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, it was announced Monday.
Cantor, the only announcer to call Olympic soccer in both languages, will handle play-by-play for select matches in English in Tokyo. This summer’s Olympic soccer competition begins Wednesday, July 21 with the U.S. women’s national team’s opener on the networks of NBCUniversal.
“I am humbled and honored to join my excellent colleagues from NBC Sports in announcing games in English and I hope to bring my passion and love of the game to what will surely be a memorable tournament,” Cantor said in a statement.
Entertaining and educating fans with his in-depth knowledge of the game, unique phrases and legendary GOOOOOL! call, Cantor will tackle his fifth Olympic assignment calling soccer matches – including the men’s and women’s gold-medal games – for Telemundo Deportes. This summer will mark his second time calling Olympic soccer matches in English (2000 Sydney Games on the networks of NBCUniversal).
“Andres’ exciting play-by-play style and unforgettable goal calls are widely known by viewers, regardless of their native language. We are thrilled to have him join our English-language presentation,” Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer of NBC Olympics production said in a statement.
Added Telemundo Deportes executive vice president of sports content Eli Velazquez: “Andres’ love of the game and dedication to its growth in the U.S. comes through on every one of his calls. We are excited to see that he will be able to deliver his knowledge, passion and emotion to more fans of the beautiful game in both languages during the Olympic Games.”
Cantor joined Telemundo in 2000 and serves as the lead play-by-play announcer for Telemundo Deportes. A six-time Emmy Award winner who has been covering soccer for more than 30 years, he has called eight World Cup tournaments on television and radio, and two Women’s World Cup tournaments on TV.
Cantor will be presented with the Colin Jose Award by the NSHOF in October. for his excellence during his television career.