Meet The Soccer Announcer That Made Screaming ‘Gooooaaaaal’ Famous In America And Started The Trend

It’s all coming to a close, my dudes. I can say without a seed of doubt that the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been the best, most fun World Cup of my life even though the USA wasn’t in it. In fact, I think the USMNT not being in the tournament might have even made this a better tournament because I wasn’t waking up at at the literal ass crack of dawn to crawl into a pack NYC bar and drink myself stupid before watching Team USA shit the bed and lose big games.

Sure, an England-France 2018 FIFA World Cup Final would’ve been one of the greatest World Cup Finals in history but Croatia has been playing their asses off and has been one of the most fun teams to watch in this tourney. The World Cup Semifinals were down to four European teams so obviously the Finals features an all-European matchup.

In Europe, it’s not super common to hear the announcer screaming ‘GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!’ after a goal is scored but throughout Central and South America it’s been long ubiquitous. The phenomenon of an announcer screaming ‘goooaaal!’ came to the United States in 1994 thanks to Andrés Cantor, a man who changed soccer in America forever. Great Big Story caught up with Andrés Cantor to hear his tale of how that iconic play call changed the game:

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