One of Telemundo’s most famous soccer announcers is a proud Peruvian Jew

Sammy Sadovnik is one of Telemundo’s main soccer play-by-play announcers. He visits Israel every year. (Telemundo Deportes)

Viewers of soccer on Telemundo are likely familiar with the “gooooooooaaaal” call that their announcers helped make famous. Those who’ve watched that American Spanish language network during a World Cup, Olympics or other major soccer tournament have probably heard Sammy Sadovnik call a game.

Sadovnik is a play-by-play announcer who has been with Telemundo since 2007, but he’s covered sports since 1989. He’s also a proud Jew from Peru who visits Israel every year, and a mentee of Andres Cantor, the Jewish Telemundo announcer who perhaps is most responsible for popularizing the “gooooaaaal” call in the English-speaking world.

Starting early next month, Sadovnik will be part of the network’s crew for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, where the U.S. team will try to defend its title.

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