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Gooooaaaal: Telemundo Sets New Pact With Soccer Announcer Andres Cantor

The World Cup wouldn’t be the same without him. NBC Deportes has set a multi-year contract extension with lead soccer sportscaster Andres Cantor, known for punctuating his play-by-play coverage with a booming cry of “goooooaaaaaaal.”

The extension with NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language sports division assures that Cantor will serve as Telemundo’s lead broadcaster for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. Securing Cantor’s services was key as Telemundo has ponied up some $600 million to snare the U.S. Spanish-language rights to the World Cup away from rival Univision starting with the 2018 tournament.

It’s just great that I get to do it with my Telemundo family.” Cantor told Variety. “I am very, very thankful for Telemundo to give me that trust in signing me to such a contract and to put me in the spotlight to be the main broadcaster of the next World Cups and next Olympics.”

On Tuesday, Cantor will cover the World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and Honduras, sure to be a highly rated broadcast for Telemundo.

A native of Argentina, Cantor is known for his emotional coverage of soccer. “I get energized not only when there is a goal scored, but also I’m always pumped up and have a lot of energy during the game,” Cantor said. “Obviously when a goal is scored I let that emotion go out. It has been something that has been with me since the very first game I did in 1987 and it became my trademark.”

“Andres Cantor is the indisputable voice of soccer in this country,” said Eli Velázquez, exec VP of NBC Deportes. “In addition to his amazing work delivering the emotion and passion of the game that means so much to our audience in his play by play and commentary, Andres is also an accomplished journalist.”

Cantor joined Telemundo in 2000 and has called four successive summer Olympic Games, starting in Sydney (2000) and continuing through Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012). The three-time Emmy winner has also covered every FIFA World Cup since 1990. Cantor’s Hollywood appearances include cameo appearances in the “The Simpsons” and 2014’s “Muppets Most Wanted.”

Cantor also owns Futbol De Primera Radio and broadcasts a daily radio show.

“We, as in the Hispanic people, are distinct for making soccer a religion. We take soccer very, very seriously,” Cantor said.

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