ScreenAnarchy's Favorite Football Films

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After the long four-year wait, today is the day for a new World Cup to kick off. 

It's a very particular edition for football's major event, as the world's top champion, Brazil, is the host country for the first time since 1950 (when the famous "Maracanazo" happened). At the same time, incredibly immense complaints against this year's Cup have been an everyday thing and, hopefully, won't be ignored during the next month. Brazil 2014 means both football and serious sociopolitical problems.

For the ScreenAnarchy gang, it is also a perfect excuse to talk about some of the most remarkable cinematic efforts that have taken the world's most beloved sport as subject of exploration. We have put together a list that answers to a simple question: which are your favorite football films? The picks were made by six contributors, aside of myself, and are displayed in the gallery below. Dramas, comedies, documentaries, and even a short film are included. Feel free to chime in with your own personal favorites!


Shelagh Rowan-Legg, Ryland Aldrich, Stuart Muller, Kwenton Bellette, Ernesto Zelaya Miñano and James Marsh contributed to this story.

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  • FDB

    I'd add THE FIRM with Gary Oldman. And while Shaolin Soccer is an incontestable choice, I'd still like to see CHAMPIONS aka ONCE UPON A RAINBOW with Yuen Biao added, too.

  • Eric Ortiz

    thanks for your recommendations! I don't know about the rest of the writers, but personally I have yet to catch up with these two titles.

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