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John Motson | 13:28 UK time, Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Welcome to World Cup Motty.

I am delighted to announce I will be filing daily reports from my 10th World Cup finals in South Africa this summer here on the BBC Sport website.

You will also be able to follow me on Twitter.

I will be sharing my favourite goals, players and match commentaries from previous tournaments with you leading up to the big kick-off on 11 June.

Here are my favourite commentaries (For UK users only). Let me know what you think.

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  • 1. At 3:27pm on 25 May 2010, L-M-R FC wrote:

    was it not tina turner? not diana ross?

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  • 2. At 4:13pm on 25 May 2010, Arshavin the Russian Gooner wrote:

    http://goonviewblogspot.blogspot.com/

    Great blog Motty. I think your the best commentator ever!

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  • 3. At 4:53pm on 25 May 2010, Rabster wrote:

    Self indulgent nonsense. Best game of USA was Romania-Argentina.

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  • 4. At 4:56pm on 25 May 2010, sturge999 wrote:

    raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats.........


    great goal

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  • 5. At 5:01pm on 25 May 2010, sturge999 wrote:

    can we have another brasil team from 1982 glued me to the tv as a 12 year old best team ever to grace a world cup.

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  • 6. At 5:06pm on 25 May 2010, cameron murray wrote:

    Guess what!! Cannot watch!! In Yorkshire!! Apparently as our servers are "offshore" cannot watch.
    There, got the futile moan in early doors.
    Say lark

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  • 7. At 5:51pm on 25 May 2010, pitroddieloon wrote:

    To 3. Perhaps, but Motson is choosing the games he himself commentated on, so your criticism is unfair.


    I am pleased that it is acknowledged that 94 was better than 90. The Italian World Cup was fairly dull, but since England reached that famous final it always seems to be looked at through rose tinted glasses.


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  • 8. At 6:17pm on 25 May 2010, Sheffhomeoffootball wrote:

    Loving the blog, Motty.

    How do you rate this current crop to that of 1990? Personally I think we're lacking flair players(Tricky as opposed to fast). Although I think Adam Johnson could give us that, if he's taken. The lad looks so confident and has all the tricks in his locker. He's a must in my book; reminds me of a younger Joe Cole!

    Cheers,
    Tom
    C'mon England!

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  • 9. At 6:36pm on 25 May 2010, Pedsta wrote:

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  • 10. At 7:07pm on 25 May 2010, Pedsta wrote:

    As for England playing "well that night" - they only played well in the sense that Portsmouth played well against spurs in this year's FA Cup semi or a boxer boxes well despite being battered but throwing one (albeit knock-out) punch.

    Yes it was a gritty, backs to the wall performance but if memory serves me well Argentina pummelled England for nigh on 90 minutes - "played well"? I don't think so.

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  • 11. At 7:23pm on 25 May 2010, gloryofistanbul wrote:

    the brazil team of 1982 was the best team ever,amazing, some of my best memories of football, and john motson was the best commentator

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  • 12. At 7:28pm on 25 May 2010, Pedsta wrote:

    Oh and saying that Letchkov was of the smallest players on the Bulgarian side is misleading to say the least. The man is 5ft 10in (same height as Hristo Stoichkov) - hardly small!

    For the record there were three shorter players in that team: Emil Kremenliev (5ft 9 1/2 in), Ilian Kiriakov (5ft 5in) and Krassimir Balakov (5ft 9 1⁄2in)

    (There might be more but I couldn't find heights for Tsanko Tsvetanov, Zlatko Yankov
    Plamen Nikolov, Boncho Genchev, Petar Mihtarski or Petar Aleksandrov)

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  • 13. At 7:37pm on 25 May 2010, Oznaldo wrote:

    brazil v france 1986 was a tremendous game, got the whole game (inc ET and Pens) on dvd, where are the "all the goals of the .... world cup" dvds pre-1998, come on bbc release them (if you can)...

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  • 14. At 7:47pm on 25 May 2010, Bottomless_pit wrote:

    #6. If u emailed the bbc rather than sit here moaning then they can put your IP address on their safe list and you'll be able to watch the content.

    #7. England did not reach the final of Italia 90.

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  • 15. At 8:00pm on 25 May 2010, JamTay1 wrote:

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  • 16. At 8:04pm on 25 May 2010, Blip2097 wrote:

    I wish tv companies would just have the crowd noise (like the old sky option), although having heard South African crowds with that buzzing thing I will be watching with the sound off and blast some Mogwai out on the hifi.

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  • 17. At 8:05pm on 25 May 2010, Bottomless_pit wrote:

    #10. So what if Argentina pummlled England that night. Football is about goals and if my memory serves me correct Argentina failed to scored in that match. Playing football well is about defending as much as attacking.

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  • 18. At 8:28pm on 25 May 2010, Czechmate wrote:

    Pedsta

    Also missed of that footage is David Beckham rolling around on the floor after going down like he had been shot only to leap back up again when Owen got the penalty and take it.

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  • 19. At 8:46pm on 25 May 2010, Digger wrote:

    Pedsta wrote:

    Yes it was a gritty, backs to the wall performance but if memory serves me well Argentina pummelled England for nigh on 90 minutes - "played well"? I don't think so

    God knows what game you were watching old son (perhaps through some rose tinted spectacles), but I remember a game of great football from both teams with England having the edge, especially in the second half. I remember this so well because most England fans were expecting Argentina to give us a proper thrashing...didn't work out that way..and please stop whinging about penalty awards..you win some, you lose some.

    Btw..I agree that it wasn't revenge for England..for that to happen properly they will have to knockout Argentina in South Africa with Crouch punching the ball into the net from a corner..that would do me fine :).

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  • 20. At 8:47pm on 25 May 2010, Zeemo wrote:

    Pedsta - come on fella. Are you a big Argentinian fan or what? Sound very bitter to me.

    They were both clear penalties. Clear!! Fouls committed inside the area. Resulting in penalties being awarded!

    Plus, wasn't there a handball back in 1986 between Eng-Arg that has gone down in history as the biggest 'CHEATING' incident a player has got away with world cups ever!!!

    Mmm.....

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  • 21. At 8:56pm on 25 May 2010, rjaggar wrote:

    You should do one of these for the European Championships in 2012, Mr Motson.

    Lots of good material from almost all of them since 1976. 1980 was a bit boring but the rest of them were great! I learned in 1984 about bitter English fans' Schadenfreude. Watching at college after exams, Spain beat West Germany 1-0 in injury time to send the Germans home at the Group Stage and from the roar in the room you'd think England had won the World Cup! Sad really...

    If you could take Schumacher's assault of Battiston out of it, I thought France-West Germany in 1982 had it all as a World Cup finals match. 4 goals in extra time for starters - how often do you see that now? And I seem to remember one of the Germans actually missed in the shoot-out, which must be a collectors' item. Shame they still won.........France-Italy probably a better match up? I'm sure Dino Zoff doesn't care.......

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  • 22. At 8:58pm on 25 May 2010, Edward_de_Bonehead wrote:

    Pedsta

    Do you recall Batistuta diving to win Argentina a penalty in St Etienne? I do, and the Danish ref falling for it....Owen went down the other end, fell over and the Danish ref fell for that. England got robbed that night by the very same ref, who disallowed a Campbell header for the golden goal after Shearer had looked at the goalkeeper in the wrong way.
    I would have glady done time for that ref.

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  • 23. At 9:05pm on 25 May 2010, thomas wilson wrote:

    I think Motty is a bit old hat now! I think commentators should be more passionate like their Latin counterparts! same dull tired BBC format although not quite as bad as the ITV Andy 'not a world class player not a world class opinion' Townsend i think the commentary team and pundits should be able to express themselves more freely like the sky soccer Saturday team! that's where my licence fee would be well spent...

    Stelling, keep Hansen and shearer, Chris Kamara and bring back Ian Wright!!!

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  • 24. At 9:12pm on 25 May 2010, Oznaldo wrote:

    1. - it was diana ross
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    14. I think he meant world cup finals not the actual final you picky so and so

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  • 25. At 9:22pm on 25 May 2010, Oznaldo wrote:

    going back to the argentina game in 1998 i seem to remember simeone diving over seaman to get the first penalty...
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    its part of the game nowadays and most of it is to make sure the ref sees/knows that contact has been made (bar klinsmann who just wanted to con people), some players can be running with the ball get fouled but stay on their feet and carry on lose the ball and get nothing, I can definitely appreciate why they go down easily sometimes.

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  • 26. At 9:41pm on 25 May 2010, Oznaldo wrote:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVPc-lzT38A

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  • 27. At 9:55pm on 25 May 2010, ForestJedi wrote:

    Have to agree Motty, the best World Cup game I ever watched was Italy 3-2 Brazil. Of course there was the Rossi hat-trick but my abiding memory was the celebration of Falcao - veins popping out of his forearms running away from goal. Fantastic.

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  • 28. At 10:25pm on 25 May 2010, Greg wrote:

    No Rob deffo Diana Ross....a bit of an overblown ceremony in my view and sadly lacking England yet again

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  • 29. At 10:27pm on 25 May 2010, Greg wrote:

    Well done Motty on ur fav players... Beckenbaur, Charlton, Platini, Maradona, Pele all would have made my top ten

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  • 30. At 10:38pm on 25 May 2010, NadalsLeftBicepCoach wrote:

    Speaking of this years world cup, i think some of it will have 2 be watched on mute, the fans mosquito impressions are annoying enough but if I have to listen to Mr mark bright moan about every little thing I will go mad, somebody please stuff a large sock down his throat! I dont mind someone opinionated but not when they are wrong 99% of the time, plus his voice is extremely nippy! We dont need opinions, just someone to commentate simply on what is happening!get desailly back though for the comedy value!
    I would switch over to 3 but andy townsend is just as bad!
    also....why why why is Adebayor now suddenly a hero and being treated to a place on the bbc team!?and thinking about his wage demands I wonder what the bbc (we) are paying him?

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  • 31. At 10:42pm on 25 May 2010, Edward_de_Bonehead wrote:

    Correction.....It may have been Simeone who tripped over that blade of grass for the Argentina peanlty in 98, not Batistuta. Come to think of it the free kick that led to Argentina making it 2-2 was also very suspect.

    Motty knocks spots off some of todays commentators, especially those on ITV who have a habit of shouting out some players name when he has a half chance...Very un-Motty like and very annoying.

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  • 32. At 10:43pm on 25 May 2010, Bloodriver wrote:

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  • 33. At 10:57pm on 25 May 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

    Looking forward to the rest of your blogs, Motty.


    *Shame on you BBC Sport, bring back 'Quotes of the Week'*

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  • 34. At 11:16pm on 25 May 2010, AScottishGooner wrote:

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  • 35. At 11:17pm on 25 May 2010, johnbarnesrightfoot wrote:

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  • 36. At 11:20pm on 25 May 2010, Mr Chelsea wrote:

    i cant stand motty commentating on anything

    every single time rooney touches the ball its an exquisite touch
    or every time he shoots, its a equisite shot
    or everytime he makes a run. its an exquisite run
    or everytime he loses the ball. oh its an exquisite misplaced pass by englands saviour WAYNE ROONEY AKA JUST LET THE DAMN BOY PLAY FOOTBALL

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  • 37. At 11:21pm on 25 May 2010, Gavelaa wrote:

    The best World Cup was 1998. In my memory, the worst was 2006 - there was not one memorable game, a World Cup where the pressure and expectation had finally cripled flare and enjoyment. '78 and '82 were very enjoyable, with moments of outstanding quality in '82 especially.

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  • 38. At 11:24pm on 25 May 2010, Gavelaa wrote:

    Oh, and Pedsta you need to get a life mate. Why criticise this blog? What good is it doing for anyone? It's only a bit of fun, the video was enjoyable, and it was spoken from Motson as the first person, not some narrative invisible voice over artist, so take your anti-English diatribe and leave.

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  • 39. At 11:52pm on 25 May 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

    Good to see the Scots out in force on this blog, moaning about England. Guess they don't have much in the way of football to look forward to... but why not pick another team to support instead of defining yourself by who you 'hate'? Sad really.

    I for one am really looking forward to it, too easy to predict a Spain v Brazil final, just look at the last Confed cup played in SA where the USA knocked out Spain...

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  • 40. At 08:32am on 26 May 2010, lukeycafc wrote:

    cant believe motty is not commentating the world cup....it wont be the same without you motty! oh well at least we've got peter drury on ITV...................

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  • 41. At 08:46am on 26 May 2010, The El Dude Brothers wrote:

    #10

    Where do you get 90 minutes from? The game went to extra time and penalties. And England had a man sent off early in the second half. Despite being pummelled with only ten men for almost 75 minuyes, England still still found time to get up the end other end of the pitch to put the ball in the net for a disallowed goal.

    How good is your memory? Do you also remember that Argentina's penalty was a dive.

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  • 42. At 08:49am on 26 May 2010, The El Dude Brothers wrote:

    #10.

    hang on, are you talking about the 2002 game. I don't remember England being pummelled there either, except for maybe the last 15 minutes.

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  • 43. At 09:24am on 26 May 2010, 2 pennies worth -Only got one Billong- wrote:

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  • 44. At 09:28am on 26 May 2010, yajustdonsavethose wrote:

    it's so funny how your perspective is changed as you get older. i was 9 for the 1990 world cup and it was the greatest month of my life. i always remember baggio against the czechs and roger milla against rene higuita......but looking back at the games now, they were dreadful! Nessun Dorma still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck though.

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  • 45. At 10:41am on 26 May 2010, rseman wrote:

    John - Zaire were not the second African team to play at the World Cup - they were the third. Egypt played in the 1934 World Cup.

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  • 46. At 11:06am on 26 May 2010, Avellino wrote:

    Gavelaa - not one memerable game in 2006?? how about the semi final between Germany and Italy? one of the greatest world cup matches of all time

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  • 47. At 11:06am on 26 May 2010, matchwinner wrote:

    Great to have Motty back on the site - he's the best commentator by far!

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  • 48. At 12:31pm on 26 May 2010, ANT4LFC wrote:

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  • 49. At 12:51pm on 26 May 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    Great to see the goals again from Italy v Brazil and Bulgaria v Germany. But the blog seems to have turned into England v Argentina which is a shame because some really good matches were highlighted. #48
    I agree that #9 comments were a bit extreme but really poor comment about immigration and 'benefits'. And of course you don't have your own 'issues' to seek with Argentina!?!

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  • 50. At 1:14pm on 26 May 2010, johnboy41 wrote:

    Thank you for the fantastic memories Motty - you are a legend never to be bettered.

    Any chance you could update your 'Boys from Brazil' DVD with the exploits of the Brazillians at World Cups since 1986?

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  • 51. At 1:30pm on 26 May 2010, Andrew wrote:

    18

    I think you will find it was Owen who was fouled against Argentina and yes he did indeed go down like a sack of spuds, similar to in France 4 years earlier.

    Whilst I admire Motty's passion for the game and he was a very good commentator in his day, I agree with his decision not to be at this world cup, I think times have changed and the over excited attitude no longer cuts it...as for constant reference to it being breakfast time during 2002, a big error

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  • 52. At 3:05pm on 26 May 2010, Tit4Tat wrote:

    When will us lonely folks in the USA be able to watch BBC content like this?

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  • 53. At 4:00pm on 26 May 2010, Lucas wrote:

    Never ;)

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  • 54. At 5:31pm on 26 May 2010, delightfulfutbol wrote:

    There taking it in turns to give an exhibition, Jarzinhio No 7.... Pele... Up comes Carlos Alberto on the right....its four.... and that was sheer Deelightful futbol!
    Kenneth Wolstenholme tribute! nobody else comes close.

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  • 55. At 5:32pm on 26 May 2010, NaeemRashid wrote:

    Note to Video Editor: If you're going to show clips of the 86 Brazil-France match, and have to choose between Platini's rather fortunate equalizer (the ball coming to him deflected off a Brazilian defender) and that great first goal, with Careca of Brazil scoring in one of the World Cup's best ever team goals, then surely you would want to pick the latter... no?

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  • 56. At 7:25pm on 26 May 2010, gypsyola wrote:

    I can't help rejoicing whenever I see Domenech clapping the referee, thinking of what was still to come...

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  • 57. At 01:32am on 27 May 2010, mr_hag wrote:

    30. At 10:38pm on 25 May 2010, NadalsLeftBicepCoach wrote:
    Speaking of this years world cup, i think some of it will have 2 be watched on mute, the fans mosquito impressions are annoying enough but if I have to listen to Mr mark bright moan about every little thing I will go mad, somebody please stuff a large sock down his throat!
    _________________________________
    Watcha talking about, the vuvuzela is fantastic - stop moaning, fella.
    All you get at Pemiership games is tuneless howling from a bunch of witless hooligans, no atmosphere at all, compared to the African version.

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  • 58. At 08:28am on 27 May 2010, Andrew wrote:

    #37

    Argentina vs Mexico in 2006 was a great game, including a fantastic winner from Rodriguez in extra time.

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  • 59. At 09:20am on 27 May 2010, Andrew wrote:

    #55 and in the penalty shoot out France's rather fortunate penalty that hit the post then bounced back in off the diving keeper.

    That was a proper world cup clash though, I think Brazil might have given the Germans a better game in the semi though and lets be honest a Brazil Argentina final would have been awesome.

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  • 60. At 11:14am on 27 May 2010, Gavelaa wrote:

    There were a couple of good games in 2006, but none of them great. Germany v Italy was very entertaining, but I wouldn't call it one of the World Cup's great games, not like a Brazil-Italy or even Argentina-England from 98. The final was poor, one of the semis was poor, all of the quaters were poor, the last 16 games were a joke in general. I remember thinking at the time after how poor the group stages were that at least things will liven up in the knockout rounds. They didn't. A complete disappointment, topped off by how dismal England were.

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  • 61. At 12:15pm on 27 May 2010, Andrew wrote:

    The final was poor, one of the semis was poor, all of the quaters were poor, the last 16 games were a joke in general. I remember thinking at the time after how poor the group stages were that at least things will liven up in the knockout rounds. They didn't. A complete disappointment, topped off by how dismal England were.

    -----------------------------------------

    May I sugest you watch Wimbledon this summer and leave the World Cup to those who enjoy it for what it is, a four yearly football tournament that's second to no other sporting event on the planet.

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  • 62. At 12:23pm on 27 May 2010, Avellino wrote:

    Gavelaa - your assessment of the 2006 tournament is a joke - a bad one - you just lost interest as soon as England went out - Italy v Germany was a monumental game, played by 2 attacking teams in a wounderful stadium with a wounderfull atmosphere - and the two goals Italy scored were the best seen in any previous semi final

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  • 63. At 12:34pm on 27 May 2010, artisan998 wrote:

    Brasil V France 1986 was my fav game when growing up. Couldnt believe Platini's spot kick. Quality game

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  • 64. At 12:34pm on 27 May 2010, JoC wrote:

    Great commentaries Motty. Demonstrates just how much memories of specific games and situations are so heavily coloured and influenced by decent descriptive narratives, especially those that capture the intense emotions of the moment.

    I think I had a BBC tape years back of various commentaries mixed with Lightening Seeds music inc. 'Lucky You' and 'Marvellous'. It was fantastic, especially the radio commentaries - transported you instantly back to the moment you first heard it...even the crackles on the Eastern European games.

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  • 65. At 1:43pm on 27 May 2010, simon wrote:

    Football fans rejoice, no more "Motty" commenting on the world cup. How many games has he spoiled over the years with his awfull commentating. It's a close run thing who is the more irratating. Alan Green on 5 live radio or Motty on the TV. Both seem to think that their opinion is so important. The bbc has got it so right with other sports cricket, golf, boxing and rugby but gets it so wrong with our national sport.

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  • 66. At 1:56pm on 27 May 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    #65
    Motty was miles better than David Coleman who was just annoying. He has nothing of the drama of Archie McPherson though!

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  • 67. At 1:58pm on 27 May 2010, Andrew wrote:

    John Motson is a commentry legend and anyone who thinks otherwise should hang their head in shame. In commentatory terms, he's a bit like Ronseal.

    It'll be a sad day when he finally hangs up his mic.

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  • 68. At 2:07pm on 27 May 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    #65

    The BBC has not got Golf right you have to say: major tournament programmes presented by that well known golfer, Gary Lineker and the mumbling 'stream of consciousness' commentary of Peter Allis. Peter Allis makes Motty look like a commentary god!

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  • 69. At 2:26pm on 27 May 2010, simon wrote:

    Brian Moore took some beating and the Sky combination of Martin Tyler and Andy Gray are also very good. Motty should have gone years ago and is as out of date as his old sheepskin coat!

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  • 70. At 3:08pm on 27 May 2010, Andrew wrote:

    #68 Peter Allis is brilliant too!

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  • 71. At 3:58pm on 27 May 2010, simon wrote:

    Peter Alliss may be turning into an old cumudgeon but Sam Torrance, Ken Brown and Wayne Grady are first class. Gary Lineker plays off 4 handicap and is keen as mustard. Which well known football team did Motty play for? He has very little pure football knowledge and has made a living being an irratating statistician. GOOD RIDDANCE!

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  • 72. At 3:58pm on 27 May 2010, SPECKY wrote:

    Germany v France in 82 was my fav , Shumachers challenge on Battiston

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  • 73. At 4:07pm on 27 May 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    #70
    Thought someoner might say that so fair play!!

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  • 74. At 4:57pm on 27 May 2010, Sandy wrote:

    I am delightful to find this blog, specially surprised with the photo from 1982 Brazilian team. I agree with #11"gloryofistanbul":
    "the brazil team of 1982 was the best team ever,amazing, some of my best memories of football, and john motson was the best commentator"

    That were the most skillful team ever.Poetry in form of football . The real "jogo bonito". There were players like Zico, Socrates, Falcão, Eder, Junior, Cerezo, Leandro, Oscar. The coach: Telê Santana.
    They didn´t win like Brazilian team in 1970.That´s a pity! But as an English journalist said: "The 1994 and 2002`s Brazilians Teams(winners)are forgetful, but the 1982 ones are unforgetful"
    Almost 30 years after the World Cup in Spain, we always remember and talk about this team in Brazil, specially now that Dunga´s team have another mentality that is not the tradition way of Brazilian football. This year, when we wanted to remember a bit of this type of game, we watched Santos game, the team of young players like Ganso, Neymar, , Robinho.They played in attack with joy. On August, 4th 2010 they are going to decide the Brazilian Football Championship (Copa do Brasil).Only Robinho is in South Africa.

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  • 75. At 5:17pm on 27 May 2010, Sandy wrote:

    I am delightful to find this blog, specially surprised with the photo from 1982 Brazilian team. I agree with #11"gloryofistanbul":
    "the brazil team of 1982 was the best team ever,amazing, some of my best memories of football, and john motson was the best commentator"

    That were the most skillful team ever.Poetry in form of football . The real "jogo bonito". There were players like Zico, Socrates, Falcão, Eder, Junior, Cerezo, Leandro, Oscar. The coach: Telê Santana.
    They didn´t win like Brazilian team in 1970.That´s a pity! But as an English journalist said: "The 1994 and 2002`s Brazilians Teams(winners)are forgetful, but the 1982 ones are unforgetful"
    Almost 30 years after the World Cup in Spain, we always remember and talk about this team in Brazil, specially now that Dunga´s team have another mentality that is not the tradition way of Brazilian football. This year, when we wanted to remember a bit of this type of game, we watched Santos game, the team of young players like Ganso, Neymar, Wesley, Robinho.They played in attack with joy. On August, 4th 2010 they are going to decide the Brazilian Football championship (Copa do Brazil).

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  • 76. At 5:22pm on 27 May 2010, ewanwhoelse wrote:

    Can't believe people are knocking Motty as a commentator - the man is a walking encyclopedia, and he knocks spots off Tyler, Tyldseley and the rest. As for injecting some Latin enthusiasm?? Pur-leeeeezzzze! I do not want 3 minutes of Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool? every time the ball goes in the net. Where's the quality in that?

    #65 - the BBC has not got it right on Rugby - Butler & Moore? you must be joking. Put Andrew Cotter on the key matches and relegate Butler to the highlights on any game involving Italy.

    For my money Barry Davies was the man! - his best commentary, however, was hockey rather than football: Seoul '88, after Imran Sherwani's goal to seal the gold for GB - "And where were the Germans? ... But frankly, who cares?" )

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  • 77. At 5:50pm on 27 May 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    #74
    Agree they were a lovely team to watch and as a team they stick out for everyone who watched the 82 WC. Scotland managed to play them well for 45 minutes! But football is more than attacking and the great teams have to defend as well. The Brazil of 82 couldn't do it and eventually came unstuck (very sadly as I like many people were devastated!).

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  • 78. At 7:55pm on 27 May 2010, ben wrote:

    i hope england win

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  • 79. At 7:57pm on 27 May 2010, ben wrote:

    I hope england win

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  • 80. At 9:14pm on 27 May 2010, ghostsigns wrote:

    Three Lads gunning for England: http://www.threelads.com

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  • 81. At 11:21pm on 27 May 2010, marklv wrote:

    I have seen every world cup since 1978 (a good competition), and 1982 was certainly the best one. It had drama, controversy and great goals. Almost every game was absorbing to watch. 1986 was mostly OK, but 1990 was the absolute nadir of the competition - one game in particular sticks in my mind: Argentina v Yugoslavia - possibly the most boring world cup game ever. 1994 was a surprsingly good one and 1998 even better, but 2002 and 2006 were both pretty disappointing from an entertainment point of view. We are due a decent competition.

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  • 82. At 9:19pm on 28 May 2010, SilverRam wrote:

    The world cup is the best competition ever and motty your a legend!
    motty sent my bro a wedding card cause his lad is a ram!!

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  • 83. At 00:59am on 29 May 2010, Stephen Ryan wrote:

    The 1982 France v Germany semi final was by far the greatest game of football I have ever witnessed. How France lost 4-3 in extra time is beyond me. Their midfield of Platini, Giresse and Tigana was incredible.
    The greatest team by some distance was Brazil 1970 with Pele, Tostao, Carlos Alberto,Rivelino and Jairzinio.
    The current England team full of over-hyped, over-rated and over-paid Sky 4 prim-donnas are the pits.
    Come on Everton!!!

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  • 84. At 1:15pm on 29 May 2010, cliff wrote:

    Correction Mr Motson!
    Zaire were the 3rd of 13 world cup qualifiers from Africa (and the only ones to have been out of their depth). Egypt were the continent's first qualifiers in 1934.

    Also John is only talking about games he personally commentated on, not all world cup games, so maybe that is why some other games people are tallking about are not there. There are up to 4 world cup games a day and Motty can only be at one of them!

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  • 85. At 11:01am on 30 May 2010, webspyhotmail wrote:

    great blog i hope we win it seems that there a real english spirit that comes out during the world cup. theres this guy on facebook giving away free england flags.

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  • 86. At 00:01am on 31 May 2010, Amanda Cerasale wrote:

    Great blog Motty can't wait until the world cup now,

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  • 87. At 09:09am on 31 May 2010, footy_analysis - play beautifully - wrote:

    Motty is the World Cup

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  • 88. At 11:59am on 31 May 2010, Rev wrote:

    What about the 2006 semi final between the hosts and the azurri? With Grosso getting the injury time winner with a minute to go to send the Germans crying in to their bratwurst? That for me was the HIGHLIGHT and best moment of the 2006 world cup.

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  • 89. At 7:10pm on 31 May 2010, gerrypanter wrote:

    Given that most current commentators have actually played football and know what they are talking about, do we have to put up with John Motson for yet another world cup. He constantly gets everything wrong, then retracts it, cannot see obvious fouls and then guesses. He also 'rabbits' too much and is only slightly better than Brian Moore who never stopped talking and ruined every match for me.

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  • 90. At 8:39pm on 31 May 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Where has Robbo Robson gone?

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  • 91. At 8:47pm on 31 May 2010, TerryFBH wrote:

    Fave commentaries - eh??? Great goals ye - great games ye - great players ye - but great commentaries - a tad self obsessed???

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  • 92. At 08:44am on 01 Jun 2010, billu wrote:

    ME with all my frnds and most of my countrymen will shout for brazil!we wanna be mesmerized by dazzling messi and full samba team!
    I am a atheist,so i willnot pray to god,but all of my bestest wishes r wid brazil,messi and spain

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  • 93. At 1:37pm on 01 Jun 2010, panamaroadotahuhu2 wrote:

    I had the dubious fortune of going to the World Cup Final in 1990 - like much of the rest of the tournament, a dreadful game.

    It's a pity Motty can't include his commentary - was it France Portugal - from the 1984 Euro Champs. I can imagine his head exploding "Scanners" style when Platini scores...............GOOOOALLL ( bang, splodge )!!

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  • 94. At 10:19am on 10 Jun 2010, PhilipM wrote:

    I largely Agree with Motty, but not fully.

    Group stage
    Uruguay & Mexico
    Argentina & Nigeria
    Germany & Serbia
    Netherlands & Cameroon
    Italy & Paraguay
    Brazil & Ivory Coast
    Spain & Chili

    R2 winners
    Uruguay, England, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy & Spain

    QF winners
    England, Brazil, Argentina, Spain,

    1st Spain, 2nd England, 3rd Brazil, 4th Argentina

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  • 95. At 11:48pm on 13 Jun 2010, Albie25 wrote:

    Well done Motty, you have been a very good commentator over the years (particular the World Cups between 1978-1990) and glad you are doing some stuff for this World Cup.
    Also, I think it is better to have a dignified "stand down" from commentary duty, rather than being unceremoniously shunted off as we have seen with other BBC commentators over the years, who perhaps had been at the mike rather too long (e.g. David Coleman).

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