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Ger Canning Bringing GAA Lexicon To Euro 2020 Is An Absolute Joy

Ger Canning Bringing GAA Lexicon To Euro 2020 Is An Absolute Joy

The best commentators are not restricted to bringing their talents to one sport.

There have been countless examples in this country over the years, with Jimmy Magee and Geroge Hamilton just two examples of people well able to dip in and out of various sports.

Ger Canning is another one.

While he is synonymous with RTÉ's GAA coverage at this stage, he has also lent his voice to a number of other sports over the years. That is what is happening at the moment, with the 70-year old on duty for Euro 2020.

There is something comforting about hearing Canning on the mic, but what is perhaps most notable about his appearances in the tournament thus far is how he has managed to bring some GAA lexicon to the beautiful game.

He was back on our screens for Portugal vs Germany this evening, coming up with a number of lines that wouldn't be out of place on All-Ireland final day.

Be it referring to players getting 'a nudge in the back' or getting excited by a 'huge ball in' towards the opposition goal, Ger was on top form.

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Even something as simple as referring to one of the players as 'playing in his 24th ever International match' has a serious bang of GAA off of it.

As did saying that referee Anthony Taylor had seen 'that type gesticulating many times before' at one point in the second half as Toni Kross protested a decision. He even called Emre Can a 'full back' when he moved into the centre of a back three.

When he said that Renato Sanches' shot had come 'off the upright and back into play', we were expecting Bernard Brogan to be standing there to palm it into the net.

One of the GAA's most contentious topics even came up in conversation.

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When the two sides stopped for their 'cooling break' to get some fluids on board in the second half, the commentator couldn't help but compare it to debate surrounding water breaks in Gaelic football and hurling.

There is a debate in the GAA of course about the water break in each half and many people aren't in favour of them.

And of course, he couldn't go without using his favourite phrase of 'once again' on a number of occasions.

Never change Ger.

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