Barca Dreams (2015)
Barca Dreams explores the turbulent 115-year history of one of the greatest clubs the world has ever seen. From its humble beginnings to the most testing times during the Spanish Civil War, to the glory days of Messi, Iniesta and Xavi. It’s an emotional journey through the club’s victories, rivalries and challenges – even if you’re not a fan of the team, this is stirring stuff and pays homage to the beautiful game. Interviewees include Gary Lineker and Graham Hunter.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Sisters are doing it for themselves in this fantastically feel-good story of a girls’ football team powered by blood, sweat, tears and a bucket load of determination. Jess (Parminder Nagra) is football mad and David Beckham is her ultimate hero, but her traditional Indian family object to Jess’ footballing ambitions, forcing Jess to make some tough decisions. Bend It Like Beckham is the film that made a star of Keira Knightley and got girls everywhere reaching for their football boots.
Football icons don’t come much bigger than Bobby Moore, the man who led England to victory in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany. 50 years on this moving documentary tells the story of the ‘66 World Cup and Bobby’s rockstar lifestyle in the late ‘60s when he was the nation’s hero. It also reveals Bobby’s darker days after the limelight faded, and his death at a tragically young age. Bobby’s fans and friends share their memories of the great man, including Pele, Sir Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Ray Davies, Ray Winstone and Russell Brand.
The Class Of ’92 (2013)
The Class of ’92 is a nostalgic look back at the rise of six talented working class lads - David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville – who became the heart and soul of Manchester United when the team were at the top of their game in the 1990s. Covering the years 1992-1999, this was the era of Cool Britannia and the birth of the WAG. The six players share their memories, alongside Tony Blair, Danny Boyle and Eric Cantona. Essential viewing for Man Utd fans.
Escape To Victory (1981)
Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max von Sydow and Pelé star in this 1981 classic about a ragtag team of Allied Prisoners of War taking on an elite Nazi football team at the height of WWII. For the Nazis it is the ultimate propaganda opportunity – for the prisoners it means a chance to escape. Escape to Victory is the perfect film choice for a lazy Sunday afternoon, a good old-fashioned underdog story capturing the beautiful game in all its glory.
During the 1990 World Cup, Paul Gascoigne captured the heart of the nation with his spirit and rare footballing brilliance – this is his story, in his own words. As well as celebrating Gazza’s genius on the pitch, this film delves into the controversies and personal demons in Gascoigne’s life off the pitch. His struggles with alcoholism and mental illness reveal the troubled but resilient man. It’s an emotional journey - expect tears, and not just from Gazza.
Next Goal Wins (2014)
Meet the worst football team in the world – American Samoa, a tiny Pacific Island with a big love for the game. Infamously beaten 31-0 by Australia in 2001, in 17 years they scored only twice. Undeterred, in 2014 they dream of competing in the World Cup. Cue Thomas Rongen, the maverick coach brought in to whip the team into shape. This gloriously entertaining documentary is so heartfelt and uplifting it’ll have you punching the air. Maybe for the worst football team in the world, the only way is up…
One Night in Turin (2009)
The definitive story of England’s nail-biting campaign during Italia ’90, when the World Cup final came oh-so-close. Using archive footage and narrated by Gary Oldman, One Night in Turin puts you at the heart of the action as Gazza, Lineker and co. race across the pitch with the hopes of a nation resting on their shoulders. It may have been a near miss for England, but it restored pride and hope in the game, making heroes of the squad. Come on England!
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Football meets martial arts in this entertaining action comedy film. Sing (Hong Kong’s superstar comic Stephen Chow), a modern-day Shaolin monk, sees an opportunity in uniting his Shaolin skills with football to give his team a unique edge. Only one problem… he doesn’t have a team. Time to reunite his downtrodden friends and embark on a footballing adventure. Shaolin Soccer is knockabout goofy fun, an enjoyable guilty pleasure.
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