Derek Rae

Derek Rae


International ⚽️ commentator on major TV networks. Scot. Lead CL voice on @EASportsFIFA, 2018 World Cup/2019 WWC on Fox, Bundesliga Intl/NBC/Prime Video & more.

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One last point about ESPN+. I’ve been watching it these last few days. Can say if you had the power to offer that kind of service to UK customers for 5.99 dollars a month, they would bite your hand off! A must for Bundesliga fans as you get every game on & much more.

Reminder for US viewers, full coverage of the Eröffnungsspiel, Bayern-Schalke today. 2pm ET on @espn  & ESPN+. @KayLMurray  in the chair for pre-match with guests. @archiert1  reporting from pitchside. @TaylorTwellman  with me for match comms. Los geht‘s #FCBS04  @FCBayernUS  @s04_us 

For Bayern & Liverpool fans this is not just your average departure/arrival. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge‘s emotional farewell to Thiago. I’ve translated the whole thing in various parts below. But watch the German version for context as you read it.

Transporting you to #FIFA21  “ Studio A.” 😀

At a time when countries in a pandemic are effectively shutting down travel & more & more declared risk areas, not unreasonable to ask this. As case numbers inevitably increase, is it morally right to be flying international footballers around the world for national team duty?

My oldest friend, now a doctor in Singapore, gave me the lowdown on life there now. Most aspects normal amid effectively zero Covid. However no travel & yes masks/distancing/hygiene/respect. Sounds familiar to those of us who follow @devisridhar . In the west, we wanted it all.

Rae 2020: How did Freiburg line up in midfield?

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Schalke-Stuttgart on Friday will be a Geisterspiel (no fans at all.) The 7-day incidence per 100,000 in Gelsenkirchen stood at 140 on Tue, so the local health authority has denied permission to even allow 300 inside as per the recent custom in NRW. #S04VFB 

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Congratulations to @CelticFC . Don’t care what people who never watch Scottish football say. You don’t just casually win a treble treble. Think about it for a moment. They deserve all the plaudits coming their way.

To argue that managing Bournemouth is a bigger job than Rangers would be like arguing that Augsburg is a bigger one than Ajax, or that Alaves is bigger than Benfica. Objectively it’s nonsense but if you never come out of the Premier League bubble to see what else exists......

Today’s country is Nigeria, whose distinctive shirt I enjoyed having on for a recent PR day. Interested in hearing from fans of on Gernot Rohr, his team, tactics, strengths, weaknesses, anything you like. Will come back later with own views.

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Just imagine if the EU had said “it would not allow” the UK to have a referendum on staying a member. He would have called them all the names in the world. Are all unions equal? Whatever your views are on independence, do you want politicians using language like Mr Hubristic?

Sorry fellow Aberdonians in my old constituency of Aberdeen South but you have elected an ignoramus, as you will find out. Just my opinion.

Every commentator has his/her own way of preparing. This is how I do it no matter the league/country I’m working in. #IRNvPOR 

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Bravo, Jamaica. A country of 2.8 million knocks out a country more than 40 times bigger, population wise. Hope for small nations everywhere.

If Arsenal are signing Sead Kolasinac, they are getting an absolute workhorse. Committed, combative. Arguably Schalke's best this term.

Average age of Germany Confed final starters: 24 years/244 days. Average age of Ger U21s starters in Euro Champ final: 22 years/275 days.

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