Since the first broadcast of the Chinese Super League by Sky Sports in 2016, British fans can still watch the Chinese Super League matches through the "genuine" channel-and among these "foreigners" who explain the Chinese Super League games, Dan O'Hagan (Dan Ohagen) 'Hagan) has become a "Chinese Football Player" with his professional attitude. No matter how the Chinese Super League’s broadcasting platform in the UK goes around, what remains the same is Ohagen’s conscientious figure in the commentary. 自从2016年天空体育首次播放中国超级联赛以来，英国球迷仍然可以通过“正版”频道观看中国超级联赛的比赛，而在这些解释中国超级联赛比赛的“外国人”中，丹·奥哈根（丹·奥哈根（Dan Ohagen））'哈根（Hagan）以他的职业态度成为“中国足球运动员”。无论中国超级联赛在英国的广播平台如何发展，评论中的奥哈根有责任心的人物都保持不变。
Since the first broadcast of the Chinese Super League by Sky Sports in 2016, British fans can still watch the Chinese Super League matches through the "genuine" channel-and among these "foreigners" who explain the Chinese Super League games, Dan O'Hagan (Dan Ohagen) 'Hagan) has become a "Chinese Football Player" with his professional attitude. No matter how the Chinese Super League’s broadcasting platform in the UK goes around, what remains the same is Ohagen’s conscientious figure in the commentary.
What kind of experience is it for a "foreigner" to explain the Chinese Super League? We chatted with him himself.
Interview / Beili
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Editor / Yin Haonan
Opportunity of the times
According to Dan Ohagen, he has been in football commentary for more than ten years. He commented on an average of 120-150 games per season, and the total number of games is close to 2,000. And he explained that the total number of games in the Super League is close to 100 games.
Ohagen (right) preparing for the pre-match show
But no matter which country the game is, and no matter what level of competition it is, before the game, Ohagen will post on Twitter his homework notes handwritten for the game.
Speaking of his connection with the Chinese Super League, Ohagen mentioned an important point in time: 2016—that year, Sky Sports, one of the UK’s largest broadcasters, announced that it would win the Super League in the next three years from Sports Power. Exclusive broadcasting rights in the UK.
At that time, in the eyes of many domestic fans and practitioners, "making the Super League broadcast abroad" was an important step in the history of the Super League's development.
However, this was not the only major event that happened in the Super League. With the capital wave of the year, Hulk, Oscar, Ramirez, three Brazilian foreign players who are well-known in European football, have transferred to the Super League, arousing heated discussions at home and abroad. With the arrival of these three people, the Chinese Super League’s reputation for "attracting only second, third, and fourth-tier players or over-balloon stars" began to gradually change.
At that time, Ohagen followed the steps of these three stars and was attracted by the Super League. He started to contact the company that produced the Sky Sports Super League broadcast signal, hoping to comment on the Super League game. As a result, in the 17th round of the 2016 Chinese Super League, Hangzhou Greentown vs. Shijiazhuang Yongchang, Ohagen got his wish and ushered in his debut in the Super League.
"It was a 0 to 0 dull."
When recalling his first game four years ago, Ohagen clearly remembered the details of the game. "It's a pity that the second game I explained was also a 0-0"-these two games obviously did not impress him. In answering my question, Ohagen used "Very disappointing" to describe these two games.
It was the Guangzhou Derby in the first round of the 2018 season that made him "wow" at the Super League for the first time.
Zahavi, who scored in the opening minute, consolidated his reputation as a "Hengda killer" with a hat trick. Although Alan in the Evergrande team also used a hat trick to retaliate against Zahavi, he did not serve the ball. The team brought a victory. In the end, R&F overthrew Evergrande’s "aircraft carrier" with a score of 5 to 4. This wonderful game also left a place in Ohagen's heart.
In Ohagen's own words, this game "has all the elements that should be in a football game."
Zahawi who showed great power in the game (second from right)
From 2016 to 2020, the identity of "China Super League Commentator" has accompanied Ohagen for four years. But for most Chinese fans, thanks to a pre-game commentary manuscript, they heard of the name for the first time.
A month ago, his pre-match commentary manuscript suddenly became popular on Weibo. It was a match between Beijing Zhonghe Guoan vs Hebei China Fortune. The basic information, season data, honors, etc. of the players on both sides were written on the manuscript. The densely packed text is hard to distinguish with the naked eye, telling the dedication and hard work of the narrator.
As the saying goes, one minute on stage, ten years of work off stage. Football commentary tests not only the ability of the commentator to adapt to the situation on the field, but also a test of basic skills. For a 90-minute game, the narrator may need to prepare several times or tens of times longer. The level of familiarity with the players determines the quality of the final interpretation.
It is true that in today's Internet age, there are more ways for viewers to obtain information. But if the narrator is not prepared enough, fans can quickly tell the difference between narration and commentary, often in these details.
"When I prepare for the game, in addition to collecting data on the goals and assists of the players, I will also check various articles about them. This allows me to better present the personality of the players when I explain The audience, so that they can enjoy the game more completely.”
Ohagen's Interpretation Manuscript
In addition to the completeness of the information, Ohagen's manuscript has another eye-catching feature, that is, it is completely handwritten.
In this age of technology, this approach seems to be an antique. However, according to an "old school" commentator like Ohagen, handwriting can better help him remember information points than typing on a computer, which is why he has always maintained the habit of handwriting.
As the agreement between Sky Sports and Sports Dynamics has expired in 2019, Ohagen is now continuing his tour of the Super League in Premier Sport as a "part-time". He also expressed his views on the development of Chinese football:
随着Sky Sports和Sport Dynamics之间的协议于2019年到期，Ohagen现在将继续他在Premier Sport中的超级联赛之旅，作为“兼职”。他还表达了对中国足球发展的看法：
"I think Chinese football is developing. Players like Oscar, Hulk and Augusto have greatly improved the standard of the Super League. At the same time, I am also very happy to see local players like Wei Shihao shine.
"However, after Wu Lei leaves, the Chinese Super League needs to have the next local superstar. Perhaps Wei Shihao will work harder, he can become the next Wu Lei."
Explain this "career"
Ohagen, 42 years old, was born in a small town called Stourbury in West Midlands. Not far from this small town, lies a city named Wolverhampton. In this city known for its industry, there is a Premier League team that has made rapid progress in recent years-Wolves.
The Wolves, it is Ohagen himself who has supported the home football team for many years.
"When I was young, my dad often took me to watch Wolves matches. It was a Wolves or a second-level league team, which is very different from now."
In 2016, Fosun Group from China announced the acquisition of Wolves, putting this team in a Chinese coat. The Chinese background of the Wolves also gave Ohagen a second level of contact with China.
However, as a loyal Wolves fans, Ohagen initially had mixed feelings about this acquisition.
"When Fosun first acquired Wolves, I was skeptical. Because I was not familiar with them, and the original boss was a good local. But what Fosun Group has done in recent years is incredible. They took the Wolves to a height that fans could not have imagined."
Ohagen's words are not unreasonable. Since the acquisition, under the leadership of the Fosun Group, the Wolves first rushed to the Premier League with points that broke the record of the British Championship, and then rose steadily every year, and broke into the European game last season. For Ohagen, this is a memorable moment.
"It was a dream come true to see Wolves appearing in the European War. And I was fortunate to explain the first European War in their history."
However, as a loyal Wolves fans, Ohagen's commentary career began with another British team.
22 years ago, the young Ohagen read in the newspaper about the Bournemouth recruitment team commentary. At that time, Bournemouth was still a team in the third division. With a "interpretation dream", it immediately recommended itself to the team and successfully became a commentator on a local radio station in Bournemouth.
Ohagen in the commentary before the game (right)
Thanks to his outstanding performance, Ohagen's career took a huge leap within a few years. He joined Manchester United TV and completed the jump from the Premier League to the Premier League. This "transfer" also gave him the opportunity to get in touch with famous coaches and stars like Ferguson, Beckham, Keane, etc. Such experience has also accumulated rich industry experience and influence for him.
During this period, Ohagen, who had dreams of Premier League interpretation, began to make videotapes of his commentary clips and mailed them to the heads of various TV stations. In December 2004, he ushered in his Premier League debut. According to the normal career path of commentators, Ohagen's next step could have been the permanent commentator for industry giants such as Sky Sports and BT, but Ohagen has a unique plan for himself.
在此期间，梦Premier以求的英超联赛解释的奥哈根（Ohagen）开始制作他的评论剪辑的录像带，并将其邮寄给各个电视台的负责人。 2004年12月，他迎来了英超联赛的处子秀。根据评论员的正常职业发展道路，奥哈根的下一步可能是为Sky Sports和BT等行业巨头提供永久性评论员，但奥哈根有自己的独特计划。
In 2005, he chose to become a freelancer football commentator who does not depend on any platform.
The role of Freelancer did not slow down his career development, on the contrary it gave him more freedom. Whether it is the Premier League, the Champions League, French Ligue 1, Bundesliga or the Chinese Super League, they have all become part of his commentary.
After learning about his rich commentary career, I naturally asked Ohagen a question: "Which is the most impressive game in your commentary career?"
As a commentator who has commented on heavyweight matches such as World Cup finals, Ohagen's answer was completely beyond my expectation.
"The game I most impressed me was the final of the U17 World Cup in 2009. In that game, Spain won the championship with a score of 2-1. At that time, they had young players such as Isco and Roberto in their team. It’s not as famous as it is now.”
When talking about the reasons, he said that before explaining his identity, he was a football fan first. The excitement of the game is determined by the content on the field, not its magnitude.
"The premise of the commentary is because you love the sport, not because you want to be famous. Never lower your standards. Whether it's the preseason or the World Cup final, you should treat it the same."
"For spectators, the game they choose to watch is the most important game in their minds. Therefore, you must ensure that you give due respect to the game."
Ohagen interviewed Norwich striker Pucky in the Premier League show
The professional view is so, even the cliché "being a football commentator is my lifelong dream" seems to be untrivial to come out of Ohagen's mouth. Since he can remember, commentary has indeed become the only official job he has ever engaged in.
It is also true that he has high demands on himself. "A diligent commentator explains the most important characteristics. Spending hours at home looking at information is an unknown aspect of this business, but it is part of the work that must be done."
The sound of the final whistle marked the end of a game for fans. For Ohagen, this high-decibel sound means that he needs to go home, take out his pen and paper in the smell of coffee, turn on the computer, and start looking up the complicated information of the next game. Then, write down these things with a pen little by little, so that you can easily comprehend them during the explanation.
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