10 hand-picked movies for football fans
We all have extra time on our hands at the moment, so what better way to spend it than some great football movies?
Goal! The dream begins
Goal! The dream begins is an important watch for anyone who enjoys football. As an illegal immigrant to the United States, Santiago Muńez gets the unlikely chance to achieve his dream when a Newcastle United scout sees him play.
What this film lacks in realistic gameplay and ball physics, it compensates with an inspiring story and professional players from real life. Definitely worth a visit.
Goal 2 To live the dream
You can not have goals without goal 2. This is the follow-up to the first goal film, where Santiago Muńez gets a transfer to Real Madrid to play with David Beckham and against players like Ronaldinho. Santi finds out that the glamorous life of a football megastar can come with its share of difficulties.
Pelé: The birth of a legend
Pelé, birth of a legend is an incredible drama that tells the dramatic story of the Brazilian icon traveling from a childhood of poverty to a world championship. This movie is non stop drama and suspense throughout!
Victory is a World War II movie in which Nazi officers set up a football game between an All Star German team and Allied prisoners of war. A star-studded cast includes Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé and more!
Kicks and screams
Can you have a list of football movies without Kicks and screams? Probably not. This funny movie about a father with very little knowledge of football and even less knowledge about winning takes over his son’s team, which is full of outcasts. Despite the lack of football realism, this film makes you laugh like only a Will Ferrell movie can.
No, this was not an accidental recording. Early man is the most kid-friendly movie on this list. Seen in prehistoric times, this pottery masterpiece follows Dug’s fairy tale, and his tribe tries to save their community from enemy attackers in the only possible way, a football match. There are football Easter eggs throughout this movie for the whole family.
The Damned United
This film follows the story of Brian Clough and his takeover of English football league champions Leeds United after achieving incredible success with a failing Derby County team. As it turns out, taking on a winning team is not easy, especially when you are known to call your new players “dirty” and “bad champions” in the past. Basically Jose Mourinho before Jose Mourinho … Especially with quotes like: “I would not say that I was the best manager in the industry. But I was in the top.“
The game of their lives
The game of their lives follows the overachievable American football team of 1950 and their journey to the World Cup in Brazil. This heartwarming story features several players from the “Hill” neighborhood of St. Louis and has stars like Gerard Butler. It is one not to be missed.
The class of ’92
David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville, shall we say more? This film documentary tells the story of the triple Manchester United team, which consisted of a group of young players who all came together for the first team. Packed with jokes, stories and comments, this is a great trip throughout.
Which list of football movies is complete without the inclusion of Shaolin Football? This over-the-top football comedy depicts a group of Kung-Fu experts who are convinced to turn to football and participate in a big money tournament.
More movies to check out:
Bend it like Beckham
All or Nothing: Manchester City
She’s the man
Tell us your favorite in the comments, or let us know if you have a favorite football movie that is not on this list!