What a match! This, folks, is why soccer is so exciting, why so many people around the world devote themselves so passionately to following the Beautiful Game. Because things can change so quickly and so suddenly, no lead is safe until the final whistle. Whether you listen to the RealExciting Play-by-Play or not, leave your reaction to the match in the comments section.
So, I’m in my living room calling the play-by-play for Portugal-USA and my wife interjects with a comment, “Dude. What are all these fake ads you throw into your play-by-play? Maybe you need to explain those to your four listeners.” She has a point.
My play-by-play is influenced heavily by Brazilian radio broadcasts, which throw ads into the middle of their broadcasts all the time. One of my ads, about “keeping out of danger by always constructing your homes at least three meters from the power lines,” is stolen directly from the Brazilian ad. The Brazilian ad is a public service announcement by the power company in Sao Paulo, EletriPaulo. Instead of saying my ad is brought to you be EletriPaulo, which it clearly is not, I bring you my ad from “the Mysterious Electric Paul.” What does that mean? I have no idea. Anyway, those are the fake ads you might be hearing.
Enjoy the second half and then check back at RealExcitingSoccer.com later tonight for the play-by-play for the match in RealExciting Style!
We’ll be stepping up our coverage of the World Cup over the next few days as the Group stage finishes up. RealExcitingSoccer.com will feature at least one play-by-play per day. Here’s a rough schedule:
Sunday, June 22, 2014: United States vs. Portugal in Group G
Monday, June 23, 2014: Cameroon vs. Brazil in Group A
Tuesday, June 24, 2014: Italy vs. Uruguay in Group D
Wednesday, June 25, 2014: Ecuador vs. France in Group E
Thursday, June 26, 2014: United States vs. Germany in Group G
Stick with us! We’ll change the rhythm at with you experience The Beautiful Game!
What a match! I spent part of the day jokingly going back and forth on Facebook with a friend of mine who is not a soccer fan. In fact, he regularly expresses a certain level of disdain for the sport. It’s all good. We were all soccer haters at some point in our past. But after the match today, I got a text from him saying that the match, which he apparently watched, was “epic” and “entertaining even.” I’m glad he, and so many others enjoyed it. It was a fun match to call. Click the link below to experience the match the RealExciting way!
I recognize that EVERYONE in the USA is currently watching Ghana-USA right now. That said, despite many interruptions from kids during the course of the match, I was able to get through the full play by play for Germany-Portugal.
Brought to in RealExcitingSoccer style! Synch up your DVR and have a listen to our play-by-play of the match that took place earlier today in Salvador at the Arena Fonte Nova!
Group G is the “Group of Death” in this year’s World Cup. With an average FIFA World Ranking of 13.5 (Germany 2nd, Portugal 4th, USA 13th, and Ghana 37th), it is the toughest group by that measure alone. The USA has a tough road ahead if it’s going to get out of the Group stage, where only the top two teams in the group advance to the knockout round. But stranger things have happened.
In honor of the magnitude of Group G play today, I’ll be doing play-by-play in RealExciting fashion and will post them later today. If you’re unable to watch the matches live, watch this space and synch up your DVR to watch the match with RealExciting play-by-play.
Yesterday I promised an audio surprise for the readers of this website. This audio surprise is, in fact, the reason I created this website. I have talked a little bit about my experience watching the 1998 World Cup in Brazil with Brazilians here. One of the most enchanting things about that experience for me was listening to Brazilian play-by-play. Fast paced. Passionate. Rhythmic. Goal calls that would give you goose bumps.
When I got back to the United States to watch the rest of the 1998 World Cup, something was missing. It didn’t feel quite the same. I didn’t realize until later that the play-by-play that I experienced in Brazil was part of what made soccer so exciting for me. After recognizing the difference some years later, I came to the realization that soccer play-by-play in English is rather boring. Either you have Englishmen who are reserved or Americans who have converted over from other sports. And neither one of them delivers the passion and rhythm that our Latin American and Brazilian neighbors do. I’ve listened to A LOT of Brazilian play-by-play over the past couple of years. Which then caused me to sit in my living room to see if I could do what they do in English. I’m still pretty green. But it’s coming along. It’s to the point that I’m tired of sitting in my living room feeling silly by calling soccer matches for nobody. It’s time to get my play-by-play out there. Which is why I started this website. Technical difficulties have now been resolved.
So without further ado, I give you my RealExcitingSoccer play-by-play of a certain soccer match that took place yesterday. If you still have it on your DVR, watch it RealExcitingSoccer style. Any feedback you wanna give me in the comments section would be much appreciated. Enjoy!