One of the first soccer films was a silent film and was shot in Germany in 1927. He was followed by numerous other, many of them exciting film documentaries with fascinating insights into the world of soccer professionals, referees and fans. Female kickers played an increasingly important role on the screen lawn over the course of time. These films will give you the soccer-free time until the next kick-off.
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Best Soccer Movies
So, if you are looking to pump yourself up for your favorite game, here are 10 of the best football movies of all time you should watch in 2018.
The King of the Centre Forwards
Tull Harder was a popular kicker of the Hamburg sports club in the 1920s. “The King of the Middle Strikers”, one of the first soccer films ever, is a tribute to Harder and was shot as a silent film in 1927. Nevertheless, the dynamically filmed and skilfully cut scenes in the film by director Artur von Schwertführer are remarkably modern. The plot with Paul Richter, the star of Fritz Lang’s “Nibelungen” in the leading role, however, is no longer relevant. A restored version was released on DVD in 2006.
Germany. A summer fairy tale
Director Sönke Wortmann filmed a country in a state of emergency in 2006: Germany hosted the World Cup in a perfect summer and made it to the semi-finals. Wortmann was a constant companion of the national team for his film documentation with the then coach Jürgen Klinsmann and provides unusual insights behind the scenes, into the changing rooms, the team bus and the team’s accommodation.
The Miracle of Bern
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is flying to Brazil especially for the first German game of the 2014 World Cup and is a welcome guest in the kicker cabin. His predecessor Konrad Adenauer has not even listened to the 1954 World Cup final on the radio. And missed a historic event: the German kickers become world champions, an entire country awakens from post-war lethargy. In addition to the legendary soccer match, the focus of the plot is the homecomer motif based on a difficult father-son relationship. Director Sönke Wortmann shot the drama in 2003 with Peter Lohmeyer in the leading role.
Kick it like Beckham
The soccer comedy “Kick it like Beckham” by British director Gurinder Chadha was a surprise success in 2002. The focus is on soccer-crazy Jess, who wants to follow in David Beckham’s footsteps against the will of her Indian families. At the insistence of Jules, played by the then relatively unknown Keira Knightley, she joins the women’s soccer team. And is discovered by an American talent scout.
The other Final
On 30 June 2002, not only the two best teams in the world, Germany and Brazil, competed against each other. At the same time, the two worst soccer teams in the world kicked off in Bhutan: Bhutan was 202nd in the FIFA World Ranking, Montserrat was at the bottom of the table in 203rd place, while Dutch director Johan Kramer accompanied the kickers for his film documentary and touchingly captured the culture clash, but also the euphoria of two completely different cultural circles. Unforgettable the Buddhist sports presenter, who gives his compassion for the 0:4 defeated Caribbean kickers verbose free run.
German-Turkish woman Hayat (Karoline Herfurth) is a passionate soccerer – until a cancer throws her off course. She takes up the fight against the disease against her father’s will by kicking. Although he has cancelled her from the club, she secretly starts with the women’s team of Hamburg’s FC Schanze. A love story begins between Hayat and Toni (Ken Duken), who has been transferred to the women’s team. German-Turkish director Buket Alakus was awarded the Grimme Prize for “Another League” in 2005.
FC Venus – Attack is the best defense
Players’ wives are not to be trifled with. The eleven kickers of the village club Imma 95 have to experience this painfully when their women decide to compete against them on the grass. If the women win, Paul (Christian Ulmen) has to move back to Berlin with his soccer-hating Anna (Nora Tschirner). If the men win, the women must never complain about soccer again. With the professional support of national goalkeeper Kim (Anneke-Kim Sarnau), the men soon lose their laugh. “FC Venus” by Ute Weiland from 2006 is a remake of the Finnish soccer comedy of the same name.
In the film adaptation of the bestseller “Fever Pitch” by Nick Hornby, Paul (Colin Firth) has to choose between eleven men and one woman. Arsenal London’s ardent fan’s life gets pretty complicated when he enters into a relationship with Sarah (Ruth Gemmell) and unsuccessfully tries to reconcile women and soccer. “Fever Pitch” was first filmed in 1997, followed in 2005 by a remake with Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, which focuses on baseball instead of soccer for the US market.
Goal I – III
The trilogy “Goal” by British director Andrew Morahan is about three friendly soccer professionals. Santiago (Kuno Becker), Liam (JJ Feild) and Charlie (Leo Gregory) kick themselves to the top as young players until they want to fulfill the dream of competing with their national teams at the World Cup in Germany again in 2006. Especially the cameo appearances of real soccer stars like David Beckham, Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Miroslav Klose, Thierry Henry and many more are a lot of fun.
The Wild Guys
There are now five films about the adventures of the “Wilde Kerle”, a soccer-crazy boys’ clique that is sometimes joined by girls, and the sixth is planned for 2015. The leading roles are played by the sons of film star Uwe Ochsenknecht, Jimi Blue and Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht.
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