The best football movies in the world are those that portray a specific time or event in the world of the sport.

I know we all saw “Bend It Like Beckham”. But it’s not a football movie I would watch again or get home and post an inspirational review about. We all talk about that movie that makes us cry or we get sentimental at while watching it, those that make us feel bad for the player or the team, or the situation which the movie was portraying.

I’ve made a small recollection of 5 football movies you need to watch at some point in your life as sports and football fanatics. These films can give you a better understanding about football, not only in Europe, but also in other continents.

 

The Two Escobars (2010)

The 2 Escobars tell the story of Pablo and Andres Escobar.
The 2 Escobars tell the story of Pablo and Andres Escobar.

Colombia arrived to the 1994 World Cup with a magnificent team, ready to play against the best teams at the highest level. It was said that Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Cartel and the Cali Cartels were largely responsible for financing and building the Colombian National soccer team into one of the world’s best. But in an early match against the United States in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, a Colombian defensive player named Andres Escobar (no relation to Pablo) scored an own goal that led to the team’s elimination. Upon his return to Colombian, Escobar was gunned down outside a bar. He was shot 12 times, and the murderer shouted “goal” each time the trigger was pulled. This documentary shows the relation between Pablo Escobar and the Colombian National team, and what was going through the mind of each of the players before each game.

 

 

 

 

The Class of 92 (2013)

The Class of 92 inspired many of us to play football.
The Class of 92 inspired many of us to play football.

This football documentary details the rise of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers: David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville. The film covers the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United’s European Cup triumph in 1999 agains Bayern Munich. During the documentary, you get every secret, every thought of each of the players, and how they grew to become one of the greatest generations at any football club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos.
The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos.

Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, they were all great players who played a huge part in the history of the New York Cosmos. Our third choice for the best football movies every fan should watch, tells the story about the sudden rise and precipitous fall of the North American Soccer League, spanning its existence 1968-1984, as seen through the experience of its most famous club, the New York Cosmos. The club brought the best player in the world and the stadium was always full, to the point that when Pele announced his retirement in 1977 his final game drew the biggest crowd to ever see a soccer game in the US. Here it explains everything that happened before and after the great Pele retired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Night in Turin (2010)

One emotional documentary for the biggest fanatic.
One emotional documentary for the biggest fanatic.

When talking about football in England during the ’90s, people often speak about it as a disgrace, with the violence and hooligans, the nation, it seemed, were sick of it. The World Cup was just around the corner and Sir Bobby Robson was under a lot of pressure from the media, who described the team as “donkeys”. But, this is no ordinary team. Their heroic moments united a whole country behind the belief that they could win the World Cup. One of the most inspiring documentaries to ever hit the big screen, this movie brings the story of a team lead by a young Paul Gascoigne and one of the greatest English teams to ever step on a field.

 

The Damned United (2009)

The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough.
The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough.

This movie portrays the rivalry between Brian Clough and Don Revie. The former is remembered as the greatest coach England never had, because of his attitude and way of treating the owners of each of his clubs and the media. The FA couldn’t allow a man like that to lead the English team. Based on true events, the movie tells the story of a young coach who is appointed manager of Leeds United. But first he wants to beat them at their own game. The film also depicts the amazing story of how he takes a small team and brings them to the first division and to compete in the European Cup.

 

 

 

 

 

Every one of these football movies are made so that the viewer learns a little about football culture and to be entertained whilst watching them. They are inspirational films to be watched by fanatics and football devotees. Is there another movie we should watch and talk about in this blog? Let us know!