Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS

And the Oscar Goes to.....

On this Academy Awards Sunday, we celebrate soccer's famous -- and infamous -- ties to Hollywood. (Andrew Shue, need we say more!)

*Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), who attended Millwall matches in his youth. "The fans," he told the Independent, "all that shaven-headed aggression."

*James McAvoy ("Atonement"), who dreams of depicting Jimmy Johnstone, the legendary Celtic winger who passed away in 2006. "In my spare time, I play twice a week in London. My life is the same as it always was and I still try to play as much football as I can. It's just 30 guys and me in a sports complex. I have the black away Celtic strip and the green third strip which I wear at my five-a-side Sunday games."

*Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men"), who grew up in the Canary Islands, presumably as a Tenerife Las Palmas supporter, though he played rugby, not soccer.

*George Clooney ("Michael Clayton") does not have a club (we're guessing), but with a lakeside villa in northern Italy, he was asked a few years ago to invest in Calcio Como, currently in Serie D. (I never even knew there was a Serie D!).

*Of course, the host of the Oscars show, Jon Stewart, played at William & Mary, under his given name, Jon Leibowitz.

Among other Hollywood elite who reportedly pledge allegiance to clubs include Ralph Fiennes (Chelsea), Hugh Grant (Fulham), Sean Connery (Rangers), Tom Hanks (Aston Villa), Spike Lee (Arsenal), Cameron Diaz (Brentford), Kate Winslet (Reading), Peter O'Toole (Sunderland), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Swansea), Antonio Banderas (Malaga) and Jude Law (Spurs).

Let's not forget that Atonement's Keira Knightley was a footballer ("Bend It Like Beckham") before she was sailing the Caribbean with Capt. Jack Sparrow, Elijah "Frodo" Wood was an American hooligan in London ("Green Street Hooligans"), and Michael Keaton and Robert Duvall were in charge of a Scottish club in "A Shot at Glory". But how could we possibly ignore Sly Stallone and Michael Caine in "Victory", Rodney Dangerfield in "Ladybugs", Will Ferrell in "Kicking & Screaming" and Buddy in "Air Bud: World Pup"? (You're right, we can ignore them.)

Special recognition to Ian McShane, whose portrayal of Al Swearengen in HBO's "Deadwood" was one of the greatest performances in recent TV history. McShane's father, Harry, played for Blackburn, Bolton and Manchester United, among others.

We can also highly recommend several documentaries, including "The Other Final", a match between the two lowliest teams in the world, Bhutan and Montserrat, which was arranged by a Dutch filmmaker; "The Game of Their Lives," the story of the 1966 North Korean World Cup team that captured the hearts of the citizens of Middlesbrough; "Goal Dreams," which documents the struggles of the formation of a Palestine national team; and "Once in a Lifetime," the hip, '70s flashback to when the Cosmos ruled New York.

I'm sure I have overlooked many others ("Offside", "Pele O'Rey", "Gracie" and "Zidane: a 21st-Century Portrait"), so I turn to my loyal readers for contributions and reviews.....

By Steve Goff  |  February 24, 2008; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Misc.  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Horrible Injury to Eduardo
Next: United-Earthquakes Friendly

Comments

Also, the 1997 British film, "Fever Pitch" based on Nick Hornby's book. Starting Colin Firth.

Posted by: Sean G. | February 24, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The award for best comedy goes to Chelsea in the Carling Cup final. Cech punches it off of Woodgate's head and into Chelsea's goal in extra time. Classic. Avram Grant should be arrested for impersonating a manager.

Posted by: Peter Sellers | February 24, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse


"Just Wolves."

;-)

Posted by: Goff | February 24, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

thank you goffer for reminding us how truly horrible most soccer films are. You forgot the great 'Goal' trilogy featuring David Beckham and Alan Shearer.

and of course there is always the incomparable Dida

Posted by: diego r. | February 24, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow... this one was ugly.

Gamba Osaka just picked Houston apart in beating the 6 to 1.

Forget about comparing the J-League to MLS, these guys did not seem to be playing in the same age group...

The Brazilian duo up front for Gamba scored 5 of the goals and showed that we have a long way to go in MLS...

Posted by: Houston Schooled by Japanese Team | February 24, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Was that Houston game a movie? (Or horror film?) Why are you posting that here?

Posted by: DCU Fanatico | February 24, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow... this one was ugly.

Gamba Osaka just picked Houston apart in beating the 6 to 1.

Forget about comparing the J-League to MLS, these guys did not seem to be playing in the same age group...

The Brazilian duo up front for Gamba scored 5 of the goals and showed that we have a long way to go in MLS...

Posted by: Houston Schooled by Japanese Team | February 24, 2008 12:32 PM

--------------------------------------

One pre-season game on a crappy surface should not be the ultimate measuring stick between two leagues. Yeah, they got killed, but DC United dominated Celtic once and I hardly think that means we belong in the Champions League.

Posted by: Brian | February 24, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Re: Serie D
Read The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, one of the best books ever written about soccer, which ought (back on topic) to be made into a movie.

Posted by: Doug Dobey | February 24, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Steve Gutenburg and Olivia d'Abo in The Big Green. A plucky teacher introduces the game of soccer to a bunch of kids in Texas.

Posted by: Worst Movie Ever | February 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

u forgot the movie hotel rwanda in which they used soccer to triumph over all other things

Posted by: nate | February 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and speaking of Hollywood and footie, have a look at this from 2006 SI:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/jonah_freedman/01/17/chelsea.casting/index.html

Posted by: Doug Dobey | February 24, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Jude Law must be a happy man right now.

Posted by: Red Devil | February 24, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

o and the documentary i am legend about the up and coming legend cristiano ronaldo

Posted by: george | February 24, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Rumor mill: Sean Connery almost trialed with ManU. Read it here http://www.mi6.co.uk/news/index.php?itemid=5917
Knew he was a pretty good player at one time, but didn't know he was that level.

Posted by: Larry | February 24, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

yea and the movie edwin almighty. about the godlike abilities that the goalkeeper edwin van der sar

Posted by: evan | February 24, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

yes and that other documentary called 300. it was about the evolution of soccer over its 300 year history

Posted by: mike | February 24, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Kiera Knightley is a Hammer! Respect!

COME ON YOU IRONS!!!

Posted by: Dannyc58 | February 24, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

this movie better win some awards. its called american gangster and its about how gangster clint dempsey is when he came out with that rap song. u know dont tread on this.

deuce baby

Posted by: eddie | February 24, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

ashamed to say i've seen this:

Rodney Dangerfield in LADY BUGS!!

Posted by: wnt fanz | February 24, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

u cant forget about that one crazy movie they came out in the middle of last year. its called the number 23 and its about david beckham and u see him everywhere with his number 23 jersey

Posted by: jim | February 24, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when numbers 2 and 3 of the Goal trilogy will hit the 'States? I have been watching Netflix for like a year hoping that they would at least come out when Beckham came over.

Posted by: T. Henry | February 24, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I take it there is absolutely nothing happening on the DC United front these days.

We all gave in,
We all complain,
We sit and wait,
For this to change,
Worrying,
Worrying.

Posted by: seahawkdad | February 24, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Goff, come on, Sean Bean, he's a huge Sheffield Wednesday supporter and even argued for blades in the FA court of appeals over the whole Tevez ordeal and Sheff. getting relegated. Respek to Boromir for supporting them.

Posted by: Chris | February 24, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Has it come to this?

Goff stealing an idea from an anonymous rumors site...i'm shocked. shocked.

Posted by: M. Shocked | February 24, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't DC play San Jose in San Luis Obispo today?

Eric Cantona played a non-soccer role in "Elizabeth" - Cate Blanchett as QE 1.

And Mike Ditka played a soccer coach alongside Will Ferrell against the evil Robert Duvall in "Kicking & Screaming".

Posted by: garbaggio | February 24, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What about that other "Game of their Lives," the one based on the US team that beat England in Belo Horizsonte? Granted, I think it went straight to video, but...

Posted by: Juan-John | February 24, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"On this Academy Awards Sunday, we celebrate soccer's famous (and infamous) ties to Hollywood. (Andrew Shue, need we say more!)"
----

And oh yeah, Goff, you still haven't explained (or maybe I should say your EDITORS still haven't explained) how it is that their baseball beat writer gets to interview the lovely and talented Elizabeth Shue on WaPo Live while the soccer beat writer had to cover a baseball game?!? :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | February 24, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Goff: What time does DC United kick off vs San Jose? Will you have some news as it goes?

Posted by: Delantero | February 24, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Re: Javier Bardem --

According to Wiki he was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. If that's the case he's more likely to be a Las Palmas fan -- mortal rivals of CD Tenerife, who are from a different island in the archipelago!

Posted by: Canary Islands | February 24, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Has it come to this?

Goff stealing an idea from an anonymous rumors site...i'm shocked. shocked.

------------------

Excuse me? Another footy site did an Oscar-themed thread with actors supporting foreign clubs, soccer movie reviews and documentary references? Do tell.......

Posted by: Goff | February 24, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

check out "Gregory's Girl" an english flic fom 1981 about a boy in high school trying to date the hot girl on the soccer team.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082477/

Posted by: anon | February 24, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

23 days to the first home match!

Posted by: Curious | February 24, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Good on you for ignoring "Gracie." It sucked.

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | February 24, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't ignore Gracie, I was married to her for 38.5 years.

Posted by: George | February 24, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know if Zidane is ever going to come out in this country?

Also, Football as Never Before. German film that predates Zidane, same concept but focused on George Best.

http://www.goethe.de/ges/spr/prj/tor/film/fpw/dok/en827345.htm

Posted by: Colm | February 24, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

How about the opposite of LadyBugs and Amanda Bynes' soccer skills in She's the Man ?

Posted by: emanon | February 24, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget about Goal: The Dream Begins. It was a little campy and they actually had Newcastle qualifying for Champions League spot number 4, but it was a good story nonetheless. One thing that's sort of cool is that there is a game where they play Fulham and if you pay attention, you can see McBride and Boca arguing with the ref in one scene.

Posted by: JC | February 24, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So...um...Milan v Palermo

Posted by: sitruc | February 24, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Just as a point of interest, Jimmy Johnstone also played for the NASL Quakes.

Posted by: JJH | February 24, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Kes...

Posted by: Bill Urban | February 24, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Kate Winslate is so hot!

Posted by: td | February 24, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Another Hollywood to famous football link.

Mercedes McNab, who played Harmony in both television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", is the daughter of Liverpool player Bob McNab.

I'd stake that..

Posted by: A Rickey | February 24, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What's the Tom Hanks connection to Aston Villa? Seems kind of random. . .

And Spike Lee to Arsenal?

Posted by: Touchliner | February 24, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Goff, what's the status of the game vs. San Jose??

Posted by: BigWave | February 24, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Rocky/Rambo/Judge Dredd became an Everton supporter upon a visit to Goodison last year.

I've read that LFC claim Mike Meyers, Sam Jackson, and Angelina Jolie as Reds...

Posted by: Chase | February 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

If Clooney had invested, maybe Como wouldn't have dropped to D in 5 years!

Calcio Como is an Italian football club, based in Como. The club was founded in 1907. Como currently plays in Serie D, having last been in Serie A in 2003. The team's colors are blue and white.

The club, relegated in Serie C2 at the end of the season 2004/05 after having lost a playoff (2-1 on aggregate) to Novara Calcio, was then cancelled from Italian professional football because of bankruptcy, before being admitted to Serie D, that is the top level of non-professional football in Italy.

Posted by: RK | February 24, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Not really related, but I read on BBC the other day that Obama is a West Ham fan after attending a match (or matches) a couple of years ago.

And the Oscar for Dramatic Performance by a Leading Man goes to... Any member of the Italian National Team. Their dives alone are worthy of gold statues.

Posted by: napoleondynamite | February 24, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I remember seeing a Como v AC Milan Serie A game a few years ago. They had Alvaro Recoba on loan.

The funny thing was their shirt sponsor. They had "Temporary" in large letters across their chests. Presumably it was a reference to a temp employment agency but it looked more like a commentary about the expected length of their stay in Serie A.

Posted by: garbaggio | February 24, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when numbers 2 and 3 of the Goal trilogy will hit the 'States? I have been watching Netflix for like a year hoping that they would at least come out when Beckham came over.

Posted by: T. Henry | February 24, 2008 01:25 PM
-----------------------------------------
Goal 2 was released on DVD in the UK, June 2007, and I bought it off amazon.uk for like $30 US incl shipping to US. You'll need a region free player and/or PAL player as they haven't officially released in for North America.


Posted by: la_chingada | February 24, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

check out "Gregory's Girl" an english flic fom 1981 about a boy in high school trying to date the hot girl on the soccer team.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082477/

Posted by: anon | February 24, 2008 02:54 PM
==========================================

This is a SCOTTISH movie! There was a sequel, "Gregory's Two Girls," in which football was not so central. It did not get a wide release in this country; I saw it at Filmfest DC one year.

Posted by: tri-village | February 24, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

What about that other "Game of their Lives," the one based on the US team that beat England in Belo Horizsonte? Granted, I think it went straight to video, but...

Posted by: Juan-John | February 24, 2008 02:01 PM
==========================================

It had a brief theatrical run before going to video, mostly in Regal (Anschutz-owned) theaters. (Another AEG subsidiary made the film.) Bypass the video store and go to the library to read the book by Geoffrey Douglas on which the movie was based. (I discovered it quite by chance in a used book emporium long before it was adapted for the silver screen.) Douglas' understanding of the game is a bit shaky, but he was smart enough to let the surviving members of the team tell their story in their own words.

Posted by: tri-village | February 24, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

The Post's resident Scottish (by way of AU) film critic, Desson Thomson, has observed that football is almost impossible to choreograph, and that the best films don't even try, instead focusing on the off-the-pitch story. One exception, which was included in a pre-World Cup film series at the Goethe Insititute in early 2006, was a low-budget flick from Guinea called "The Golden Ball" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109201/).

On a transcontinental flight some years back, I was exposed to a mostly forgettable movie called "Pay It Forward" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/). The protagonist, a 12-year-old Nevadan, was identified as a DCU fan, and his bedroom was decorated with Black and Red paraphernalia.

Posted by: tri-village | February 24, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I also forgot to mention, "The Cup," which takes place in Bhutan.

Posted by: Goff | February 24, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Goff, come on, Sean Bean, he's a huge Sheffield Wednesday supporter and even argued for blades in the FA court of appeals over the whole Tevez ordeal and Sheff. getting relegated. Respek to Boromir for supporting them.

Posted by: Chris | February 24, 2008 01:32 PM
------------------------------------
Boromir? Pah -- Sharpe, son! Sharpe!

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 24, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Re: Serie D
Read The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, one of the best books ever written about soccer, which ought (back on topic) to be made into a movie.

Posted by: Doug Dobey | February 24, 2008 12:44 PM
----------------------------------------------
I strongly second that, great book, and one that pretty much removes any doubt as to how crooked Italian footie is.

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 24, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Many years ago, at the now long-defunct Biograph in Georgetown, I saw "Cup Final" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101959/), about an Israeli soldier and his Palestinian captors, all rabid fans of the Italy MNT, at the time of the 1982 WC.

Posted by: tri-village | February 24, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Forget that awful "Green Street Hooligans" film and check out Millwall supporter Gary Oldman as a hooligan top man in 1988's "The Firm"!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095158/

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 24, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Purely Belter (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246875/) and Studs (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452866/).

Posted by: Gene | February 24, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

edinburgh's favorite son (sean connery) doesnt support hearts or hibs? say it aint so jock.

Posted by: Lowland Pride | February 24, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

McShane is still on Broadway, I think, in Harold Pinter's "The Homecomig" (real cheery!). He's superb. If his old man was as good a soccer player as Ian is an actor, the cxck-sxckxr must have been one hxllxvx a player.

Posted by: Dave | February 24, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't that impressed with The Firm, Oldman is his usual crazy badass self in it, however it really smacks of low budget late 1980s British television, really poor quality. And it mostly revolves around his character trying to organize a super Firm for the '88 Euro Championship in West Germany.

And Green Street Hooligans really ripped off Football Factory which was made a year earlier and was about a Chelsea firm. Football Factory spawned a really interesting reality show in Britain called Real Football Factories, as well as its spinoff, International Football Factories. If you wanna see something scary, check out the episode forcusing on the firms of the Balkans on youtube. Crazy f-ing dudes

Posted by: Chase | February 24, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Chase wrote: "I wasn't that impressed with The Firm, Oldman is his usual crazy badass self in it, however it really smacks of low budget late 1980s British television, really poor quality."

In terms of production value it's definitely weak, and it was indeed made for TV. However Oldman is reason enough to watch it, and according to people more in the know than me, it remains the most accurate portrayal of its kind. And speaking of older Brit hooligan films, there's 1995's "I.D." which has its moments.

Chase also wrote: "And Green Street Hooligans really ripped off Football Factory which was made a year earlier..."

That's true enough, although Football Factory wasn't a whole lot better (other than the absence of Frodo). It's a shame, because the novel it's based on ("The Football Factory" by John King) is very good, as is its sequel ("Headhunters"). The third in the trilogy ("England Away"0 is less good but still worth reading.

Other hooligan films include an Italian one called "Ultra" and a Czech one called "Non Plus Ultra" neither of which I've seen.

Posted by: edgeonyou | February 25, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

thanks, soccer blogger. maybe some respect for spurs' new hardware?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

You forgot about Vinnie Jones, who played in the Prem for a few years, and his role as the head ManU fan in Eurotrip (very funny, especially when they ask the kid to sing the ManU song).

Also, Formula 51 has Robert Carlyle wearing a Liverpool shirt and parts take place at Anfield during Liverpool-ManU.

Posted by: wmsiii | February 25, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned "The Football Factory" which I recommend. A good laugh if nothing else.

I've tried finding "I.D." but can't seem to get a hold of a format compatible with US DVDs. Anyone know where to get it?

Posted by: BK | February 25, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0476240/
Gran final, La (2006)

Posted by: Sarah | February 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

tri-village:

this is why you get baseball movies (it's fairly easy to use camera tricks to make anyone remotely athletic look like a baseball player) and football movies (everyone's in pads and helmets, stunt doubles are easy) and even basketball (which is about set plays quite often) Soccer is much more fluid, more improvisational, at its best, that is almost impossible to choreograph.

Posted by: northzax | February 25, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This is a SCOTTISH movie!

Posted by: tri-village | February 24, 2008 06:27 PM
==========

Was that you picketing the Library of Congress?
:-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 25, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Nice call with Gregory's Girl, above. Goffer, nice save, getting around to "The Cup", which is the best.

Wikipedia has a list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Football_(soccer)_films

Unfortunately (amusingly?), the list does not include Victory. Werner Roth should take much umbrage at this insult. Not to mention Pele.

Posted by: FischFry | February 25, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0476240/
Gran final, La (2006)

Posted by: Sarah | February 25, 2008 10:14 AM
==========================================

Sarah: This flick screened at the Smithsonian a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to see it, but I had a conflict. Did you or anyone else see it, at the Smithsonian or elsewhere?

Posted by: tri-village | February 25, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

this is why you get baseball movies (it's fairly easy to use camera tricks to make anyone remotely athletic look like a baseball player) and football movies (everyone's in pads and helmets, stunt doubles are easy) and even basketball (which is about set plays quite often) Soccer is much more fluid, more improvisational, at its best, that is almost impossible to choreograph.

Posted by: northzax | February 25, 2008 10:15 AM
=======================================

Yeah, that pretty much tracks what Desson Thomson said, and he's a professional movie critic.

Posted by: tri-village | February 25, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Was that you picketing the Library of Congress?
:-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | February 25, 2008 11:26 AM
=======================================

No, I'm a French/German/Irish mongrel. However, those of you of Caledonian heritage who failed to join the picket line should be ashamed of yourselves.

Posted by: tri-village | February 25, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

FischFry: Thanks for the Wikipedia link. There is at least one omission, a French comedy called "Coup de Tete," which was marketed in Anglophone countries under the title "Hothead". I remember that it played in Washington back in the NASL era, and it got good reviews, but I never got around to seeing it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079002/

Posted by: tri-village | February 25, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I heard that John Huston went out of his way to make the footage in Victory look as realistic as possible.

Posted by: v for victory | February 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What about the movie that (I think) came out recently about the Iranian female soccer fans who dress as boys to get admitted to the stadium? Does anyone know the name of this one?
Thanks,
David

Posted by: David | February 25, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Both Knightley and Elijah support West Ham as well as Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

To add to the Sean Bean and Sheffield connection: When Saturday Comes (1996)

Posted by: Paul H. | February 25, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Iranian film is "Offside" which Goff briefly mentioned above

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

what about the 2008 Sundance film, "Kickin' It" about the Homeless World Cup held last summer?

It has Colin Farrell as a narrator and RSL GM Garth Lagerwey calling some play-by-play action of one of the games.

I think the producers are from the DC area.

Posted by: RSLfan | February 25, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Iranian film is "Offside" which Goff briefly mentioned above


Posted by: | February 25, 2008 04:09 PM
=========================================

This is out on video, and I highly recommend it. It is very slyly subversive. It can be thought of as sort of like the Iranian equivalent of the Alice's Restaurant Massacree.

Posted by: tri-village | February 25, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

www.imdb.com/title/tt0165384/ - 55k "The Match" a charming Scottish film about two rival pub teams. The prize, the winning team gets the losing team's pub. Alan Shearer had a cameo (when doesn't he?)

Posted by: Karen | February 25, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Viggo Mortensen is a big fan of Argentinian club San Lorenzo and even brought the club's flag to display in case he won the Oscar last night. Since he didn't win he ended up using it to pose for a post awards picture covering the pregnant belly of Cate Blanchett:

http://www.ole.clarin.com/notas/2008/02/25/futbollocal/01615308.html

By the way there have been other articles in the past in the Argentinian press about Viggo Mortensen's devotion to San Lorenzo.

Posted by: enganche | February 25, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

How about "Romeo and Juliet Get Married," in which the title characters are rabid supporters of Corinthians and Palmeiras, respectively. It apparently never got shown in this country much outside the film festival circuit (I saw it at Filmfest DC a couple of years ago), which is a shame, as it was delightful. Incidentally, the director is Bruno Barreto of "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" fame. I got to meet him at the screening; that was a real treat.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429743/

Posted by: 22201 | February 26, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company