Three Iconic Soccer-Themed Movies

Victory

Victory

Three Iconic Soccer-Themed Movies

Celebrating the airing of the Slovakian drama Broken Promise, about a young soccer fanatic and player who, thanks to his skills and luck, survives WWII, we have selected three iconic soccer-themed films no one should miss.

Victory

How likely would it be to have Pelé, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Max Von Sydow starring in one movie? The answer is . . . not very likely! However, director John Huston managed to get them in front of his camera for the American film, Victory.

This movie follows a group of Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during WWII. The team is coached by a professional footballer for West Ham United before the war and agree to play an exhibition match against a German team, only to find themselves involved in a Nazi propaganda stunt.

The film received great attention upon its theatrical release, as it also starred professional footballers like Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, and, of course, the one and only, Pelé.

Bend it Like Beckham

Starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, Bend it Like Beckham follows the 18-year-old daughter of Punjabi Sikhs in London when she becomes obsessed with football but, because she is a girl, is forbidden to play by her parents. She joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league.

The film's title refers to the football player David Beckham, and his skill at scoring from free kicks by curling the ball past a wall of defenders. A stage musical version opened at London's Phoenix Theatre on 24 June 2015.

Looking for Eric

Eric Cantona is part of the golden worldwide rolls of soccer thanks to his great skill and impetuous character. But he also turned into a movie star when he became the subject and protagonist of Looking for Eric.

Directed by Ken Loach, the movie tells the story of Eric, a football-addicted postman whose life is descending into crisis. He receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical and soccer star of Manchester United, Eric Cantona.

The film competed in the main competition at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival and had its UK premiere on 1 June in Salford Quays, attended by Eric Cantona.

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