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The Big Match

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The Big Match We have been studying and analyzing the big match which was between England and Chile. The match was played in February of 1998 and was leading up to the world cup. It was played in Wembely, which is known as the heart of English football. I, while analyzing the Big Match have focused on commentary as well as some technical aspects of the game. In the first fifteen seconds of the title sequence, the words 'Big Match' were repeatedly shown. These words stood out because of their font and colors, which were red and blue. When a viewer views the title sequence s/he is ment to feel as though, "This is it, the biggest most important match ever." Behind this logo was a football. This football was changing its shape to a heart, and then back again to a football over and over again. This to me to symbolizes that football is life. This also symbolizes passion as well as the effort the players put in to the game. Another symbol that came up in the first fifteen seconds of the title sequence was an eye. ...read more.


The match starts with the panning of Micheal Owen, which was then followed by a close-up of the 'young star'. During this period of time, the main commentator who is Brian Moore, informs the viewer about background information on Micheal Owen. He informs the viewer how Owen is the youngest player to "wear the three lions," since Ducan Edwards. The commentator says 'Three Lions,' because it makes the players on England's team sound brave and makes them look as though they have a lot of courage, this indicates a sense of pride on the English side. Brian Moore then introduces Kevin Keegan, this is because there is nothing much going on in the match, (only passing between the players.) Moore invites Keegan by saying: "An early thought from Kevin Keegan." The reason this invitation is so that Moore has the backing of Keegan about what he (Moore,) has said. The reason being is that most of the second commentators in a match are experts in knowing about future and past details of football players and clubs. A high angle shot is used to show the whole pitch. ...read more.


The commentary in the Big Match I s balanced between Kevin Keegan and Brian Moore, because of coordination. They both have a set table of when to come in (speak) and when not to talk. The time for Keegan to talk is when nothing much is happening on the viewers screen, or when Moore wants a professional opinion from him (Keegen). Brian Moore's voice depends on what is happening on the viewers screen. For example when there is some good passing or there is a chance of a goal occurring. On these occasions is voice becomes more lively. He starts to emphasize what is happening on the screen and the pace of his voice goes up. In other words there is excitement in his voice. He gets this excitement across to the viewer through the tone of his voice. I think that watching a match on television is more preferable than watching the match live in the stadium. I conclude this because in a stadium the spectator does not get the chance to tune in with the finer details of the game. But on a television, the viewer gets commentary which informs the viewer. S/he also gets replays and information about the teams playing, e.g. Player Line-up, Substitute line-up and player formations. ...read more.

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