As soccer fever hits an all time high in the run up to the FIFA World Cup 2014, we pick flicks made about the game that you should catch today.
United is based on the true story of Manchester United's "Busby Babes".
The youngest squad ever to win soccer's European Cup. The story became even more unforgettable when eight members of the team were killed in a 1958 plane crash also referred to as the Munich air disaster. The screenplay was written by Chris Chibnall, who conducted extensive interviews with surviving team members, coaches and followers. It was originally made-for-TV production, but critical acclaim and public clamor delivered it to the big screen. The film pays a tribute to man's never ending spirit to triumph all odds.
Goal!:The Dream Begins (2005)
The first installment of a trilogy also named Goal! You should catch this one for its inspirational story, and also for an opportunity to spot actual teams and players who are part of the film because FIFA co-operated and lent its support for it. Best describes as a sports-themed drama, this flick looks at the journey a young man takes because of his quest to play the game and the lessons he learns on the way.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
The story of two girls - an Indian and a Brit, battling stereotypes makes it to our list of must-watch soccer flicks because of its entertainment quotient. Both have to bend rules to make their dreams come true. The film has its set of cliches, but touches a chord because of convincing performances that resonate with individuals fighting hard to excel at something they love despite the obstacles in their way.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Bizarre yet entertaining, this flick mixes soccer and kung-fu to give you madness at its peak. Don't even think about analysing it too much. You are better of leaving your brains in cold storage. The story revolves around a group of Shaolin monks who use kung-fu to play soccer and defeat the evil team. Why you should watch it? To laugh out loud at the insane plot that holds its own because you can't help but chuckle at the madness that hits an all time high.
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Bend It Like Beckham had Bollywood tadka, sports action and a medley of human emotions thrown in for the right effect. Shaolin Soccer combines matrix like stunts to enhance the visual appeal of watching a combo of kung-fu and soccer. Green Street Hooligans differs by taking a more serious path, and dwelling on the darker side of soccer. The film looks at soccer hooliganism in England, and is based on the madness that grips fans. While the teams battle it out on the pitch, their fans beat the pulp out of each other, making it a bloody blood bath off the pitch. The fight scenes are refreshing and the content is thought provoking.
The Damned United (2009)
Based on David Peace's brilliant novel this flick attempts to look at one of the most controversial episode in soccer history in the UK, when Brian Clough's joined reigning champions Leeds in his infamous 44 days in charge. The film has its dramatic moments that keep you glued to the seat.