In the mood for the World Cup: 7 football movies you need to watch

With the Qatar World Cup in full swing, people all over the world can only think about football! Therefore, there is no better time to watch movies about the sport. There are several productions that every football fan needs to see – between stories of struggle, overcoming, resilience, victory and defeat.

The 2022 World Cup, as mentioned above, is held in Qatar. This is the first edition of the event to take place in a country in the Middle East.

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The tournament started on November 20th, and the final will air on December 18th. With an estimated cost of US$220 billion, this is also the most expensive World Cup in history.

In the mood for the World Cup, we’ve listed 7 football movies you need to watch below; check out.

Dribbling the Destiny

Driblando o Destino is definitely one of the most famous football movies of all time. Released in 2002, the film follows the story of Jesminder (Parminder Nagra), a young British woman of Indian descent who dreams of following in the footsteps of her idol David Beckham.

The protagonist’s biggest goal is to become a professional soccer player. However, to fulfill her wish, Jes must deal with the expectations of her family, who want her to follow traditional Hindu customs. That’s when Jes must choose between tradition and her biggest dream.

duel of champions

Duel of Champions hit theaters in 2005, with Gerard Butler (The Phantom of the Opera), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) and Patrick Stewart (X-Men) in the cast. The story begins in 1950, in the small town of St. Louis. The film follows the journey of a group of young men who do everything to visit Brazil and enjoy the World Cup.

Football, it should be remembered, is not very popular in the United States. Therefore, the characters struggle to convince their families of the sport’s potential. Duel of Champions is loosely based on a true story. The plot culminates in an emblematic match between the protagonists and a talented English team.


The British film Hooligans (Green Street in the original title) addresses one of the most controversial aspects of football: hooliganism. This expression, for those who don’t know it, refers to the destructive and unruly behavior of organized supporters, mainly in England.

Starring Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings), Hooligans follows the story of Matt Bruckner, a young misfit who, when approaching his brother-in-law Peter, is introduced to the underworld of hooligans in English football – where he creates great friendships and gets involved in terrible ones. acts of violence.

eternal skin

Launched in 2004, the Brazilian documentary Pelé Eterno addresses the trajectory of Edson Arantes do Nascimento – Pelé. Directed by filmmaker Aníbal Massaini Neto, the film tells the story of Pelé from his childhood in the Minas Gerais town of Três Corações to the athlete’s success in the World Cups.

The journey of the “King of Football” is narrated by testimonials from former players, colleagues, friends, celebrities and sports journalists. In Pelé Eterno, you can check out the King’s most impressive goals, his main moves and the most important events of his career.

Escape to Victory

Escape to Victory hit theaters in 1981, directed by John Huston (The Living and the Dead) and Sylvester Stallone (Rambo) in the lead role. This unusual football adventure also features Michael Caine (The Dark Knight) and Pelé himself in the cast.

Set during World War II, Escape to Victory tells the story of a group of prisoners of war who agree to face the Germans in a soccer match. While the Nazis do everything to win the game, the prisoners come up with a risky escape plan.

The Marriage of Romeo and Juliet

The film O Casamento de Romeo e Julieta is not exactly about football – but it does address the effect of sport on Brazilian families. Launched in 2005, directed by Bruno Barreto (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands), the film stars Luana Piovani (The Invisible Woman) and Marco Ricca (Tropical Paradise) in the lead roles.

In The Wedding of Romeo and Juliet, the titular protagonists live an intense love story. However, in order to get married, Romeo and Juliet need to overcome the families’ resistance. Julieta’s family is from Palmeiras, and Romeu’s relatives are notorious Corinthians fans.

Goal! The Impossible Dream

The movie Goal! O Sonho Impossível (also found only under the title Gol!) hit theaters in 2005 – a great year for football fans. The film follows the story of Santiago, a talented young man who dreams of becoming a professional soccer player.

However, living in Barrios, a Latino neighborhood east of Los Angeles, Santiago’s dream is almost impossible. Everything changes when a series of unpredictable events makes Santiago sign a contract with Newcastle United, a British team that plays in the 1st Division of the English Championship.

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Alexandre Guglielmelli

Alexandre Guglielmelli

Graduated from PUC Minas, I specialize in horror movies, reality shows and pop culture. In my spare time, I like to write and offer movie and series recommendations to friends.

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