April 7, 2000
Andres Cantor, whose `GOOOAL' call helped bring the sport of soccer to national consciousness during the 1994 World Cup, will call soccer during NBC's coverage of the 2000 Olympic Games, Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports and Olympics, announced today. This marks the first time in his career that Cantor will call games in English.
"This was a real SCOOORE for NBC," Ebersol said. "Andres is a great addition to NBC's Olympic team. He will make the viewing experience extremely enjoyable and fun for both families and die-hard soccer fans. What makes his play-by-play so enjoyable in his passion for the game. It was inevitable that he would call games in English. A lot of people who speak very little Spanish listen to him now anyway."
In 1994, Cantor was named Sports Personality of the Year by the American Sportscaster Association and won an Emmy for individual achievement for play-by-play of the 1994 World Cup. He was also listed as one of the top-10 most influential people in the game of soccer by Soccer America Magazine. Cantor has covered the last five World Cups (Spain - 1982, Mexico - 1986, Italy - 1990, U.S. - 1994 and France - 1998). In 1994 and 1998 he called all 52 World Cup matches. He has also covered two Copa Americas (Brazil - 1989 and Chile - 1991) and two European Cups (Germany - 1988 and Sweden 1992). Cantor calls over 100 games per year on television.
"I am very proud to be part of the NBC Olympics team and to be able to bring to NBC the passion I feel for the sport of soccer," Cantor said. "For years, the fans have asked if I would ever call games in English and I am honored to have this opportunity on such a fantastic network. I covered the 1984 Olympics as a print journalist and I cherish every moment from that event."
Cantor can be heard on his syndicated radio program Futbol de Primera, broadcast in over 40 markets in the U.S. and Latin America. His first book, GOOOAL: A Celebration of Soccer, was published in 1996. Cantor was the first Hispanic personality to have commercial campaigns appear simultaneously on Spanish and English television. He has appeared in commercials for Budweiser, Pepsi, Volkswagen, Snickers and Chevrolet.
Cantor worked for Univision Sports for 13 years. Prior to Univision, he covered the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics as a correspondent for Radio Mitre of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His career began in 1979 when he covered international soccer for Editorial Atlantida, a magazine publisher.