With Christmas fast approaching and the cold snap beginning to bite, let’s take a look at five films soccer related films that you can enjoy over the festive period without leaving the comfort of your house, thanks to the joy that is iTunes.
5. The Football Factory
Based on a novel wrote by John King, this film is a fair reflection on the hooliganism epidemic that caused huge problems in England. The film follows the story of Tommy Johnson (Danny Dyer), a Chelsea supporter who has become involved with the clubs infamous hooligan group the ‘Headhunters’. The film is a must see for any soccer fan wanting to get a greater understanding of why there is so much violence associated with the beautiful game.
4. Bend it Like Beckham
This award winning film is perhaps the most successful soccer film of all times in terms of awards. Starring Parminder Nagra as Jess, a soccer obsessed girl who has dreams of making it as a top female player. The story follows the trials and tribulations of Jess and her Sikh family who don’t agree with her career plan. And it also marks an early film for Keira Knightley. Hubba hubba.
A distinctly more cheery film than The Football Factory, this World War Two film has a star-studded cast with the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine appearing alongside footballing greats Pele and the late Bobby Moore. Released in 1981, the film follows a group of Allied prisoners who take on a German side in a soccer game where everything is against them; however with Luis Fernandez (Pele) in fine form, things won’t be that easy for the Germans.
Pelada is a remarkable soccer documentary that follows two Americans on a journey around the world in pursuit of pick-up games. It’s a simple premise, but the experiences and people they encounter around the globe are wonderful to watch. If you consider yourself a soccer fan, this is one documentary that you must seek out. If you’re not convinced, listen to the interview on the EPL Talk Podcast with one of the stars of the film.
1. The Damned United
Tom Hooper’s controversial film tells the story of the legendary Brian Clough’s brief spell in charge of Leeds United. Based on the Damned United Utd book by David Peace ,the film provides a fascinating insight in to one of the most iconic managers in the history of English soccer. Michael Sheen stars as Clough in a film which caused anger amongst several former Leeds players who were far from happy about the way they were portrayed in the film.
If there are any soccer films available on iTunes that are missing from the above list, please include your suggestions in the comments section below.
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