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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Clarence Seedorf Calls the Final in Two Languages for ESPN and ESPN Deportes

In a very wise move, ESPN elevated the bar to new heights for their game commentary of today's Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea FC.

Clarence Seedorf of AC Milan, the only man to win this competition four times with three different sides, provided English language commentary during the first half. And then used his prolific language skills to provide commentary in Spanish during the second half on ESPN Deportes. According to USA Today, he provided pre-game previews in Portuguese for other ESPN outlets.

He joined Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth. And very quickly called out Smyth on some nonsense about Didier Drogba.
"If you are saying all of those things, Tommy, I won't be able to concentrate on the game... (I'm used to it, Clarence). I feel for you, Derek."

He also challenged the referee's decision (Lubos Michel of Slovakia) on an early challenge by Claude Makelele on Paul Scholes. "I don't understand that at all."
No doubt, this display was a first in live world football commentary, and another achievement in a very diverse list for Mr. Seedorf:
  • He has a foundation dedicated to young people, Champions for Children, and has begun ON International, which is an entertainment and sports management company.
  • He has won the UEFA Champions League more times than any other player (4) with three different clubs: Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, and AC Milan.
  • He was the first European to win the Intercontinental Cup twice: Real Madrid in 1998 and AC Milan in 2007.
  • He has played over 100 games in the Champions League.
  • He has 87 caps (11 goals) for The Netherlands, and has been a part of their player pool since 1994.
  • He has featured at three European Nations Cups, along with one World Cup.
  • He was named to the 125 Best Living Players List in 2004.
  • He speaks six languages with intriguing candor and fluency.
  • He makes visits, such as to New York Red Bull last year, to see rather than read about developments in world football.
  • He has designed his own jewelry line.
  • He has sponsored a professional motorcycle team.
  • He has been an editor.
He is a true renaissance man of World Football.

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