Goooal!: A Celebration of Soccer

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Simon & Schuster, 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 297 pages
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"For Andres Cantor, making people understand his passion for soccer has always been an uphill battle. Even in his native Argentina, where soccer is as much a part of daily life and culture as baseball is in the United States, no one loved soccer as much as the young Andres. That is, until they heard him scream the one word that has made him famous throughout the soccer world: GOOOAL! Since that day, Cantor's name and voice have become synonymous with soccer for Spanish-speaking fans in the United States and Latin America." "In 1994, Cantor got his chance to preach his love of the game to all Americans when the United States hosted the World Cup for the first time. With soccer never having been a strong sport in the States, many doubted whether American fans would embrace the Cup, or for that matter, even show up. Despite the pressure and controversy, Americans did show, breaking attendance records and ushering in a new wave of soccer fanaticism. Leading the charge was Andres Cantor, commentating for every game via the Spanish-language Univision network and infecting the American soccer audience - newcomers and die-hard fanatics, Spanish- and English-speaking alike - with his inimitable rallying cry and overpowering enthusiasm for the game that is, in his opinion, "the most beautiful sport in the world.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I thought this book would be a collection of thoughts and stories about soccer from the life experiences of the famous sports’ announcer, but it turned out to be exclusively a year-by-year history of ... Read full review


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Cantor is a play-by-play announcer for the Univision Network and is seen live every week on Domingo Deportivo, where he commentates up to seventy-five games a year. He can also be heard daily on his syndicated radio program, Futbol de Primera. In 1994 he was named Sports Personality of the Year by the American Sportscasters Association, and he also won an Emmy for his play-by-play coverage of the 1994 World Cup.

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