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10 soccer movies you need to watch

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Now, we all need plenty of things to watch to keep us going through the current coronavirus pandemic and here are 10 soccer movies you should add to your list.

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With no live games going on across the vast majority of the world right now, it feels good to at least watch soccer of some kind.

Below are trailers and explainers on 10 movies which differ vastly. From serious documentaries to comedies, we have you covered. There’s something for everyone in the list below. Trust me.

In no particular order, let’s take a look at which soccer movies are essential viewing.


Maradona

Asif Kapadia, the director of Senna, has produced the best-ever documentary on Diego Armando Maradona. There have been plenty of films which have detailed one of the greatest players in the history of the game but this is just stunning. Kapadia had hundreds of hours of never before seen footage and this docudrama focuses on Maradona’s tumultuous spell at Napoli when he delivered to Serie A titles and was beloved by Neapolitans across the globe. But, like most things in his life, his genius on the pitch got him into trouble off it. Watch this. You will not regret it. One of the great soccer movies ever made.

Escape to Victory

Pele. Check. Bobby Moore. Check. Michael Caine. Check. Sylvester Stallone. Check. Need I say more? Perhaps the greatest soccer movie in history. Escape to Victory (which is known officially as Victory) is set in France during the Second World War and focuses on a team of star players playing against the German army amid the background of (you guessed it) an escape. Stallone’s antics as star goalkeeper, Pele’s bicycle kick and a rallying cry from Caine are just some of the great moments from this classic movie.

Damned United

Brian Clough is perhaps the greatest manager England has ever produced. He won two European Cups with Nottingham Forest and league titles with Forest and rivals Derby County and did it all while making everyone laugh. This movie, starring Michael Sheen, focuses on his infamous 44-day spell in charge of Leeds United. Sabotage, player revolts and tremendous team talks. Just like the outspoken genius that was Brian Clough, this is top-notch entertainment.

We Must Go

An incredible documentary on Bob Bradley taking charge of the Egyptian national team after being fired by the USMNT in 2011. Amid the uprising against the government in Egypt, the Port Said massacre and huge unrest, people were united by one thing: Egypt reaching the 2014 World Cup for the first time in 24 years. This story about Bradley and his young team coming so close to their goal is emotional, dramatic and full of poignant moments. A reminder that Bradley, the current LAFC head coach, is the bravest coach in American soccer history.

Bend it Like Beckham

Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra star as aspiring young female players in London as their team, against all the odds, prove they belong. A truly uplifting movie as curling free kicks like David Beckham’s famed right foot is still the main aim for every young English girl and boy growing up.

She’s the Man

Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum star in this comedy about high school soccer as Bynes pretends she is a boy to play on the varsity team but there is plenty of drama along the way. Another inspirational story about women proving antiquated attitudes are no longer welcome in the beautiful game.

Mike Bassett: England manager

Think of every single British soccer cliche you can. Okay? Put that in a movie with plenty of British comedy actors and it is hilarious. Not one of the most intellectual soccer movies out there but Ricky Tomlinson (who plays Mike Bassett) plays the part perfectly. Who would be the manager of England!?

Kicking and Screaming

Will Ferrell is a rising figure in the soccer world as part-owner at LAFC and this movie is a lovely crossover between his comedy genius and his love for the game. Coaching a team of underdogs which includes his young son, Ferrell transforms into a coach who is consumed by the game. Was this the inspiration for Ted Lasso?

United

The tragic story of the 1958 Munch Air Disaster is told in a compelling and gripping manner, as Manchester United’s famous Busby Babes are still revered to this day. One of the greatest teams English soccer has ever seen, the plane carrying United home from their European Cup clash at Partizan Belgrade crashed in Munich, Germany over a stop. Star players perished as the grief was felt by the entire soccer world.

One Night in Turin

Every single England fan out there will tell you they should have won the World Cup in 1990. Paul Gascogine’s tears. Gary Lineker’s goals. More penalty kick heartache. This was typical England. Set against the backdrop of hooliganism on the rise in England once again, Sir Bobby Robson led his unfancied Three Lions squad to the brink of their first World Cup final since 1966.

Maradona resigns as manager of Gimnasia

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Diego Maradona has resigned as boss of top-flight Argentine club Gimnasia, the club president told domestic media on Tuesday.

According to Argentine journalist Juan Pablo Varsky, Gimnasia president Gabriel Pellegrino told Radio La Red on Tuesday that Maradona had stepped down as boss with just three matches to go in the league season. The 59-year-old has reportedly been disillusioned that Pellegrino will not be running for another term as club president and has thus decided to end his tenure early.

Maradona’s contract was set to run through the end of the league season, which concludes December 8. The election for club president takes place this coming Saturday.

Maradona has only been in charge of the club since early September, and while he lost his first three matches in charge, he has since won three of the last five. The club sits 22nd in the 24-team league table.

 

Pellegrino has been in charge of the club since 2016, with elections taking place every three years.

The legendary former player has previously managed Liga MX side Dorados de Sinaloa, UAE club Fujairah, and the Argentina national team.

VIDEO: Maradona celebrates win with wild dance moves

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Diego Maradona is a coach in Argentina’s top-flight and he led Gimnasia to their first win of the season on Saturday.

How he celebrated in the locker room was quite something, even for El Diego.

Gimnasia beat Godoy Cruz 4-2, who they leapfrogged to move off the bottom of the table.

Two goals in the final seven minutes secured the victory for Gimnasia, as Maradona’s side now have a stretch of winnable games coming up.

Watch the video below as Maradona breaks it down.

Diego Maradona named new Gimnasia boss

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Diego Maradona has returned to Argentina as a manager.

Maradona, 58, has been named as the new boss of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, who are struggling at the wrong end of the Primera Division.

The legendary Argentine player left Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa in June, citing poor health, but he is now ready to coach again and this should be interesting.

“Finally it’s now official. I am very happy to be the new coach of Gimnasia. I want to thank the president Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and say to all the fans that we are going to work with our hearts and souls for El Lobo.”

Nicknamed El Lobo (the Wolf), Gimnasia have one point from their first five games and Maradona will now be tasked with pushing them up the Argentina top-flight and away from a relegation scrap.

After leading Argentina to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup as La Albiceleste’s manager, Maradona had two stints as a coach in the Middle East with Al-Wasl and Al-Fujairah.

His spell as Dorados boss was eventful and Diego isn’t shy in sharing his opinion.

If he can make a success of this, who’s to say he can’t return to take charge of his beloved Boca Juniors one day?

Diego Maradona reveals he has three children in Cuba

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So, Cuba should have a pretty good national team in a few years…

All joking aside, the lawyer of Argentine legend Diego Maradona has released a statement confirming that his client has three children in Cuba that he is willing to recognize.

Maradona, 58, spent five years living in Cuba from 2000 to 2005 as he underwent treatment for drug addiction. During his time in Cuba he became close friends with Fidel Castro and has a tattoo of the former President of Cuba on his leg.

His lawyer Matias Moria released the following statement about the previously unknown children of Maradona.

“Maradona has three children in Cuba and they are going to be recognized. There are three children from two women. There has never been any problem. A claim has been lodged, but with lots of respect. Diego is going to take charge of whatever he has to take charge of.”

Maradona now has eight children, one of whom, Gianinna Maradona, joked on Instagram: “You only need three more to make 11, you can do it!”

Dalma Maradona, Diego Sinagra, Giannina Maradona, Jana Maradona and Diego Fernando Maradona Ojeda are the children we previously knew about, and they are aged 31, 32, 29, 22 and six respectively.

He currently coaches a second-tier team in Mexico, Dorados de Sinaloa.