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FIFA Futbol Mundial Coming to an End

Oliver Tse from is reporting that IMG Media has announced it will discontinue its soccer magazine TV show FIFA Futbol Mundial at the end of 2007 as part of IMG’s latest restructuring effort.

Since its launch in 1994, the show has been one of the best soccer programs on television with comprehensive reports and interviews from all corners of the globe. Each 30 minute weekly episode featured interesting news stories and the quality of the production was second to none.

For many years, especially in the United States, Futbol Mundial was the only source for regularly scheduled soccer news and features on television. In fact, it’s been the longest running soccer program on U.S. television (as well as being available in countries around the world).

For IMG to finish this show after 14 years is a devastating blow for soccer fans such as myself. Sure, there’s so much soccer content on television these days but there are few shows as interesting as ones like Futbol Mundial and Fans United. Because of the nature of the show, bringing news stories from around the world, the cost to produce the story was probably quite expensive, but the quality and content were superb.

In the past few years in the United States, GolTV has broadcast the Futbol Mundial show.

If you want to express how disappointed you are with IMG deciding to pull the plug on the show, email IMG today at

In the meantime, enjoy the remaining episodes of Futbol Mundial on GolTV between now and the end of the year. If you’ve never seen the show before and you’re a soccer fan, you have to watch it.

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  1. Anonymous

    October 12, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Correct and Gerry Harrison’s irritating interview dubbing voice overs don’t help, plus they stupidly changed the theme tune. I await a best of.

  2. Anonymous

    October 12, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    The biggest problem with the show: none of the TV networks want to pay for it.

    The 2nd biggest problems: the rights to highlight clips of major matches to be included in the show have gotten too expensive.

    IMG hasn’t made money on the show for years.

    In this era of subscription soccer channels, Internet video pay-per-view, and millions of websites, a magazine TV show such as Futbol Mundial has been squeezed out of existence due to market forces.

  3. Kartik

    October 12, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Sad sad news. That show was a lifeline for many of us into the world of football during the dark days here stateside. I’ll miss the show.

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