By Kuldeep Rathore 


An Illustrious Soccer Announcer Has Passed Away At 77

Legendary commentator John Motson passed away today, leaving the soccer world without one of its all-time greatest sounds. Age-wise, he was 77.

Until his departure in 2008, Motson's five-decade-long work as a soccer broadcaster included his comments on numerous other soccer games as well as 10 FIFA World Cups, 10 UEFA European Championship competitions, and 29 FA Cup Finals in England.

His main client was the BBC, who sent their sympathies.

"Rest in peace, John Motson," the BBC said in a statement. "The legendary commentator, who had an illustrious 50-year career with the BBC, has died aged 77."

Motson was frequently chosen as England's favoured broadcast voice for all sports, and is frequently regarded as having one of the greatest accents in English soccer history.

His comments on the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy and the chaotic events at the 1998 World Cup when Brazil's Ronaldo was left off the squad sheet for the Final were two of the high points of his tenure.

The Prince and Princess of Wales expressed their condolences to Motson's relatives and friends in a communiqué.

"Very sad to hear about the passing of John Motson - a legend whose voice was football. My thoughts are with his family and friends,"

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