Ned Zelić is one individually brilliant man.

Every time Ned is part of the commentary team, you know you probably won’t be getting bored throughout the match. The following is a curated list of Mr. Zelić’s finest work.

5. Shock

In 2014, Melbourne City were playing Sydney FC, and Ned had reason to believe that Graham Arnold was fuming on the bench. This exchange between Zelic and Brenton Speed follows.

Ned: “Sydney FC players doing everything they possibly can to frustrate Graham Arnold! Arnie must be going ballistic on the bench!”

Speedy: “He’s actually quite calm, I can see him sitting below us here.”

Ned: “Well he’s calm cause he’s in shock!”

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4. Disguise

In the same game, Sydney’s goalkeeper at the time, Vedran Janjetović charged out of his box sweeping up behind the backline.

Ned: “It’s Manuel Neuer in disguise!”

3. Teddy

Ned shares his opinion of Former Adelaide United manager Josep Gombau with this beautiful description.

Ned: “He’s like a giant teddy bear with an attacking philosophy isn’t he? What a wonderful combination!”

You’d have to agree with this. Nothing worse than a giant teddy bear that parks the bus.

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2. Gangsta Rap

During a particularly fiery game, Ned had a theory as to why the tensions were so high.

Ned: “A few of the boys really fired up aren’t they Dom? Maybe listening to a bit of gangsta rap on the way to the stadium – on those big headphones.”

It has been theorised that Ned wasn’t listening to much gangsta rap on ‘those big headphones’ in his playing days.

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1. Vineyards

Finally, the top spot goes to another exchange between Zelić and Brenton Speed. The cameraman was getting a nice shot of a sunset over Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (which by the way, is the dumbest possible name for a stadium), and Speedy commented on the serenity of the evening.

Speedy: “Lovely looking night”.

Ned: “Just admit it you love vineyards, don’t you? Don’t you? You love rainbows and ponds and things like that… the morning mist!”

There is one thing missing from this list. It’s his iconic and passionate delivery that makes all the difference. Watch the video below for the complete Zelić experience.

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