Football hasn’t always been faithfully replicated on the silver screen. Either the passion and excitement of a full stadium are not portrayed realistically, or the football itself just looks plain wrong because the actors are – perhaps understandably – not quite as good as players like Lionel Messi.
There have been a few good films over the years though. As the FIFA World Cup has now begun, we thought we should take a look at some of the very best football movies. At least it will give you something to do between games, as well as checking the latest betting odds on sites such as BetUS. …
Escape to Victory (1981)
If you want to get the football action as realistic as possible it might be a good idea to get some of the best players in the world to be part of the cast. That’s what John Huston did for his WW2 movie about a group of allied prisoners using an exhibition game as a means of escape.
The movie boasts the acting talent of Michael Caine, Max von Sydow and Sylvester Stallone. But it is the prisoners played by Pele, Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardiles – and a whole host of Ipswich Town stars of the time – that make the sporting elements of the film believable. Do they eventually make it out of the POW camp? You’ll have to watch this classic to find out.
Looking for Eric (2009)
This Ken Loach drama is not so much about football itself, but how the game and its stars can help with escaping from the harsh realities of everyday life. Steve Evets stars as a Manchester United fan whose life is falling apart thanks to a combination of a backbreaking job and a strained relationship with his ex-wife and her son.
But once he smokes some cannabis stolen from his stepson, he starts having hallucinations of United legend Eric Cantona, who gives him advice on how to make his life better. There is very little actual football in this film but it is a typically brilliant slice of life portrayed by Ken Loach.
The Damned United (2009)
For fans of a certain age, Brian Clough was one of the greatest football managers ever. He brought success to Derby County before conquering Europe with a Nottingham Forest team that had been playing in the second tier just a few years earlier. But The Damned United tells the story of a brief, darker period in his career.
In 1974, English football was shocked by the appointment of Clough as the new Leeds United manager. He was already unpopular with the club and its fans and promised to change things immediately. He only lasted 44 days before being sacked. Michael Sheen’s portrayal of Clough is much more than just an incredible impersonation, as we enter the mind of a football genius at his lowest.
Figure 2 When filmmakers get football right, the result is very good
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006)
Zinedine Zidane is generally considered one of the greatest ever to play the game. His talent and skill were legendary. But he was an intense player whose passion sometimes escaped in more inappropriate ways – such as the red card he received for head-butting in a World Cup final that was also his final appearance for France.
This French documentary follows Zidane in a single La Liga match for his club Real Madrid. Seventeen cameras trained solely on the player follow his every move and show him in his most natural environment. Towards the end of the game, he even gets sent off – just to live up to his reputation.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Our final football film is perhaps not one for the purists. But if you always wondered what it would look like if you combined the beautiful game with spectacular martial arts, then Shaolin Soccer should be on your watch list. The phrase ‘sports comedy’ should, rightly, send shivers down your spine. But in this instance, it somehow works perfectly.
Stephen Chow directs and stars as a former monk who recruits his five brothers to help him play football using their martial arts skills to win a tournament in Hong Kong. The main character’s motive is to bring Shaolin kung fu to the masses – and this movie shows football action as you have never seen it before.
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