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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Andres Cantor: The Gold Standard

Andres Cantor was born and raised in Argentina. He came to America during his youth. He attended the University of Southern California where he studied communications and journalism. If anyone can communicate, it is Mr. Cantor. He has been providing live soccer commentaries since the 1980s.
In 1994, he became famous for his passionate cries of "Gooooaaaallll". Mr. Cantor broadcasts the Futbol de Primera Daily Show and is the voice of soccer for the Telemundo television network.
Argentina players listen to national anthems before their 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match against South Korea at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
Andres Cantor is a lifelong fan of Boca Juniors and
the Argentinean national team.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure to interview Mr. Cantor for Soccerlens. Here was an interesting and very candid response:

Your passion, professionalism, and unbiased perspective for the sport are legendary. If I may ask, respectfully, how difficult is it for you to remain neutral when you broadcast a game involving Argentina? Do you have to separate “Andrés the fan” from “Andrés the commentator?”

"It is tough and I have always been very open about it. When Argentina or Boca Juniors, my team, plays, I have a different feeling inside. I would be a hypocrite if I say otherwise or if I give you the political correct answer that would be 'all the teams are the same for me'.

But I’m totally conscious of that fact and I try to keep my feeling inside. Seldom do I let my bias affect my work. I get as enthusiastic with those games as with any other and perhaps the fact that people know my allegiance to country and club lends to thinking otherwise. But, in that case, I’m as energetic as ever in most games."

Read more at Soccerlens: http://soccerlens.com/interview-with-andres-cantor/5459/#ixzz0rAMQFuA2
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