Brazil is synonymous with the world game, and it is this passion that has produced some of the worldʼs best players. But here is only one man who is known as the King of Football. Known simply as “Pelè”, he joined Brazilʼs World Cup team at the age of 17, fulfilling the promise he made to his father to “win a World Cup” for him. He starred, scoring twice in the final against Sweden. From then on he was targeted with rough treatment from opponents who feared his influence on the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been described as the “perfect footballer”, for his leadership on the field; his power running, and his uncanny ability to “find the back of the net”. Off-field he is the ultimate marketing machine,loved by young and old, male and female football fans. This program looks at the achievements of Manchester United’s famous midfielder, as well as the scandals that threatened to derail his brilliant career
Global phenomenon, fashion icon, multi-millionaire– these are only some of the labels given to one of the best soccer players of all time, David Beckham. Such is his fame that the average bystander will be able to tell you who he plays for,who he’s married to, and the names of his children in chronological order! Remarkably though, he hasn’t let his status go to his head. He recognizes that he is a role model to his young fans, and keeps it real by never refusing to sign an autograph.
From an early age, David Beckham wanted to be a soccer player and not just any soccer player - he wanted to play for Manchester United and become a leading name in the sport. By the young age of 28, he'd become one of the most well-known names around the world, worn the coveted 'No 7' shirt in the most successful United squad ever, captained the England team in a World Cup tournament and signed a multi-million pound deal with another major name in soccer, Real Madrid. This is an extraordinary story of success which includes rare footage both on and off the pitch....this is The Rise and Rise of David Beckham.
Just one decade after apartheid ended, South Africawon the right to host the 2010 World Cup.The announcement turned the dreams of the Rainbow Nation into a reality, becoming the first African country to host thebiggest single sport event in the world.This comprehensive documentary leaves no stone unturned as it investigates South Africa’s incredible journey to hostthe World Cup
Brazil has gifted the football world with names like Ronaldinho, Pele and Ronaldo, but during the last decade one player has emerged, with a name no one is likely to forget in a hurry!Sixty-eight million Euros was the transfer fee paid by Real Madrid to secure the services of Riccardo Isaacson Del Sato Lete, or Kaka, from former team AC Milan. The attacking midfielder has been likened to Brazilian greats in just his first few years playing for the premier league, with his pace and creativity exciting football fans everywhere.
We Are United: an unauthorized story on Manchester United will take viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the peaks and troughs of the Man U story – from the second division struggles of the 1920s and the Post-War glory days of Matt Busby’s reign to the heart-rending tragedy of the Munich Air Disaster and the long haul back to the top with the help of Bobby Charlton and the sport’s first superstar, George Best
Zinedine Zidane loves football. Even after a stellar career spanning 20 years, he admits to still being in the thrall of the game he started playing as a disadvantaged youth In Marseilles, France. In many ways his childhood helped him prepare for the pressures of the world game. It taught him to dream; and to not give up on that dream when the going got tough. However, it also provided him with his Achilles heel – his quick temper, which seemed out of character with the normally docile young player. He seemed unable to back down after being provoked, which eventually lead to him earning the dubious honor of becoming the first player to be sent off during extra time in a World Cup Final.