Despite what they might tell you, football isn’t just a sport – it’s a passion that transcends borders and cultures. It’s a worldwide phenomenon that is beloved by people of all ages and backgrounds.
Unsurprisingly, this global love for the game has inspired numerous filmmakers to create movies that capture the drama, excitement and the emotion that football inspires in us.
From heartwarming stories of triumph over adversity to thrilling sports dramas, here are our five favourite football-themed movies:
Escape to Victory -1981 Bend It Like Beckham – 2002 The Damned United – 2009 Goal! The Dream Begins – 2005 The Class of ’92 – 2013
While not a traditional football movie, per se, The Class of ’92 is an incredibly interesting and captivating documentary
that gives us a closer look at the rise of Manchester United’s legendary Class of ’92 players. Directed by Ben Turner and Gabe Turner,
the docu-film features interviews with legends of the game including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville.
It chronicles their journey from youth team prospects to becoming the biggest players in one of the most successful periods in Man U’s history.
These five football-themed movies all give us a taste of how the game can impact people from all over the world –
as they fight the enemy, fight against financial restrictions – and fight the weight of gender and cultural expectations.
Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or simply someone who enjoys a good sports drama, these are all well worth a look.