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Peter Drury produced his first bit of commentary magic in the 2022 World Cup

Josh Lawless

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Peter Drury produced his first bit of commentary magic in the 2022 World Cup

Peter Drury produced his first bit of commentary magic at this year's World Cup and set the bar high.

The 55-year-old is widely considered to be the very best in the business and describes the action in ways that other commentators could only dream of.

Drury is the man for the big occasions, perfectly capturing iconic and dramatic moments with epic monologues and phrases.

The Siphiwe Tshabalala opener for South Africa against Mexico in the 2010 World Cup is one of his best but Drury is still doing his thing 12 years on.

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Football's answer to William Shakespeare was in the booth for the Netherlands against Senegal on Monday and delivered the commentary goods for Cody Gakpo's opening goal.


"De Jong... Goalkeeper's come and Holland lead... the Netherlands. Gakpo is the name. A blur of youthful orange. The Dutch footballer of the year is the Dutch man of the moment."

On TikTok, a clip of Drury's description has garnered 1.5 million views

He also conjured up a classic line when Frenkie de Jong missed a golden chance, quipping, "He who hesitates, is lost".

As per usual, fans could not get enough of Drury's commentary.

One user wrote: "'A blur of youthful orange' Peter Drury is unbeatable".

Another asked: "Where can I watch Peter Drury in the United States?"

A third said: "Gotta love Peter drury!"

A fourth commented: "Guy this Peter drury he is the best ever".

We await more commentary art from Drury for the next few weeks in Qatar as he reports on the biggest matches and players.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Discussing his way of working, the two-time Commentator of the Year told SPORTbible: "I love football and I guess I love words. I love the language. I cover so many football matches that one of the dangers for me is becoming bored of myself and bored of saying the same things the same way over and over again.

"I do try to challenge myself to find different ways of articulating a football match. There are only so many and if you try too hard you get yourself into some silly situations.

"It's my job to articulate a football match. Every football match has its own narrative and context. I challenge myself to identify as best I can, in the sort of parameters I use, to bring that football match to life.

"I've never set out to have a style, that would be pretentious. The only thing I set out to be is authentic. What you hear is just me, like it or hate it."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@mxftbls2

Topics: Netherlands, Senegal, Football World Cup

Josh Lawless
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