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10 Hand Picked Movies for Soccer Fans

We’ve all got extra time on our hands at the moment, so what better way to spend it than some awesome soccer movies?

Goal! The Dream Begins

Goal! The Dream Begins is an essential watch for anyone who enjoys soccer. As an illegal immigrant to the US, Santiago Muńez is given the unlikely chance to achieve his dream when a Newcastle United scout sees him play.

What this movie lacks in realistic gameplay and ball physics, it makes up for with an inspiring story and real life professional players. Absolutely worth a watch.

Goal 2 Living the Dream

You can”t have Goal without Goal 2. This is the follow up to the first Goal movie, where Santiago Muńez gets a transfer to Real Madrid to play with the likes of David Beckham and against players like Ronaldinho. Santi finds that the glamorous life of a soccer megastar can comes with its share of difficulties.

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Pelé, Birth of a Legend is an incredible drama that tells the dramatic story of the Brazilian Icon’s journey from a childhood of poverty to a World Cup champion. This movie is non stop drama and excitement all the way through!

Victory

Victory is a film set in World War 2, where Nazi officers set up a game of soccer between an All Star German team and Allied prisoners of war. A star-studded cast includes Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, and more!

Kicking and Screaming

Can you have a list of soccer movies without Kicking and Screaming? Probably not. This hilarious movie about a dad with very little knowledge of soccer and even less knowledge of winning takes over his son’s team that is full of outcasts. Despite the lack of soccer realism, this movie is sure to make you laugh like only a Will Ferrell movie can.

Early Man

No, this was not an accidental inclusion. Early Man is the most kid-friendly movie on this list. Set in prehistoric times, this claymation masterpiece follows the adventure of Dug, and his tribe trying to save their community from enemy attackers in the only way possible, a soccer game. There are soccer Easter eggs all 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 gaining incredible success with a failing Derby County team. As it turns out, taking over a winning team isn’t easy, especially when you are known for previously calling your new players “dirty” and “bad champions.” Basically the Jose Mourinho before Jose Mourinho… Especially with quotes like: “I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one.

The Game of Their Lives

The Game of Their Lives follows the over-achieving 1950 United States soccer team and their journey to the World Cup in Brazil. This heartwarming story features several players from “the Hill” neighborhood in St. Louis and has stars like Gerard Butler. It is a can’t miss.

The Class of ’92

David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville, need we say more? This cinematic documentary tells the story of the treble winning Manchester United team that was made up of a group of young players who all made it into the first team together. Packed with jokes, stories, and commentary, this one is a great ride all the way through.

Shaolin Soccer

What list of soccer movies is complete without the inclusion of Shaolin Soccer? This over-the-top soccer comedy portrays a group of Kung-Fu experts who are convinced to turn to soccer and enter a big money tournament.

More movies to Check out:

Bend it Like Beckham

All or Nothing: Manchester City

Becoming Zlatan

Ronaldo

She’s the Man

Tell us your favorite in the comments, or let us know if you have a favorite soccer movie that isn’t on this list!

 

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