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Video Trailer For Subbuteopia, the Documentary About The World Famous Table Soccer Game

Subbuteopia – teaser 01 from L@SocietàSintetica on Vimeo.

If I had to pick three of my fondest “toys” from my childhood, it would definitely be my leather football I got for Christmas, as well as the Commodore VIC-20 computer and my Subbuteo collection.

Launched in 1947, Subbuteo is a two-player table soccer game that is played on a green felt pitch. The tactics are very similar to a real game of football. The main feature of the game, which is still popular today around the world, is the flicking of the football players to connect with the ball (for dribbling, a pass, tackle or a shot on goal).

In the above video, the Italian filmmakers show a preview of the documentary which looks incredibly well done. The film should be released in 2012. At this time, they’re asking for donations to help fund the completion of the filming of Subbuteopia. More information can be found on their website at

Out of curiosity, I checked the American Subbuteo Association website (yes, there is one) to see if there are any Subbuteo clubs in my area. There are several across the United States, but none near me. View the list of Subbuteo associations near you.

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3 Responses to Video Trailer For Subbuteopia, the Documentary About The World Famous Table Soccer Game

  1. Dennis O'Neil says:

    I had the game as a kid growing up in the 80′s. My 4 brothers and I would play hours and hours at a time. I wish I would of kept my set from back then. One of the best board games if you can call it that around. I have been thinking about purchasing another so my son and I can play. Great article.

  2. Lee says:

    Oh this gets me chuffed. Can’t wait for this.

    Never been a keeper myself, but i have made some world class saves on Subbuteo.

  3. Bishopville Red says:

    Still have my Subbuteo stuff somewhere. If I had the space I’d gladly put it out and share with the daughters. Manchester United vs. Ireland, anyone?

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