Kick-off football mania with some of best movies inspired by the game

The entire world is gripped in the soccer mania as the much awaited FIFA World Cup 2014 is about to begin. This global sport extravaganza will take centre stage this month. In India, the fan following for football is rapidly increasing and sports enthusiasts are gearing up for the excitement. Be it FIFA inspired T-shirts, wristbands, cocktails and special menus everyone wants to soak in the football frenzy.

Real life has always inspired cinema and this global sport has inspired some great movies.  This FIFA season it’s time to experience the reel life excitement with some best football inspired movies on home video.

Home Entertainment Services by Sony DADC’, the leading home entertainment content provider, picks 5 best movies based on the game that you must watch:

Goal! The Dream Begins

It is a 2005 film directed by Danny Cannon. The movie is about Santiago Munez, a skilled footballer in a regional club. The son of a gardener who lives in SPAIN barrio section of Los Angeles, Santiago works as a bus boy in a Chinese restaurant and helps with his father’s gardening business. His ultimate dream is to play football professionally. Due to his poverty and the fact that he plays solely for a club made up of Hispanics from a local car wash, he feels his chances are slim.  He later gets scouted and transferred to Newcastle United.

It is the first installment of a trilogy also named Goal!. This film was made with full co-operation from FIFA, which is one of the reasons actual teams and players are used throughout the film.

Director: Danny Cannon

Star-cast: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Marcel Lures, Stephen Dillane

What to watch for: Spot actual teams and players who are part of the film

Goal II: Living the Dream

It is the second part of the football film trilogy Goal! The film depicts fictional events in the 2005-06 football season, involving Real MadridNewcastle United and other major European clubs like Arsenal and BarcelonaGoal! II carries on from Goal! in which Santiago Muñez, who is now a successful footballer, gets transferred from Newcastle United to Real Madrid. But the move – accompanied by big money and fame – tests his ties and loyalties to family, friends and business acquaintances.

 

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Star-cast:  Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Stephen Dillane

What to watch for: Cameo appearances by David Beckham, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldinho and others

We are MarshallVictory

It  is a 1981 film about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II who play an exhibition match of Association football against a German team. The film received great attention upon its theatrical release, as it also starred professional footballers.

Director: John Huston

Star-cast: Michael CaineSylvester StalloneMax von Sydow and Daniel Massey.

What to watch for: Real time footballers like Bobby MooreOsvaldo ArdilesKazimierz DeynaPaul Van HimstMike SummerbeeHallvar ThoresenWerner Roth and Pelé.

The Blind Side

The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. The movie is based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first-round pick in the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens.

Director: John Lee Hancock

Star-cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates

What to watch for: Sandra Bullock’s Oscar winning performance and appearances by several current and former NCAA coaches. Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy is very fascinating. The movie was the highest–grossing sports drama of all time.

We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall is a 2006 American drama film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team, along with five coaches, two athletic trainers, the athletic director, 25 boosters, and a crew of five. It also addresses the rebuilding of the program and the healing that the community undergoes.

Director: McG

Star-cast: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie

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