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A year in the life of Michael Owen

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A 46 minute documentary following Michael Owen the year after his devastating injury in the 2006 World Cup finals, through to his triumphant international return for the England national team.

At just 27 years of age, Michael Owen has already achieved more than most sportsmen achieve in a lifetime - winning major trophies with Liverpool, being capped 80 times for England, playing in three World Cup tournaments and winning the coveted European Footballer of the Year title. But his career was cruelly interrupted with a horrific knee injury, when he ruptured his cruciate ligament playing for England at the World Cup, keeping him sidelined for a whole season.

Liverpool, Texas

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A 47-minute documentary by Yusuf Manjoo about the American takeover of Liverpool FC. George Gillett and Tom Hicks, who acquired the club on 6 February 2007 from previous chairman David Moores. The deal valued the club and its outstanding debts at £218.9 million. The pair paid £5,000 per share, or £174.1m for the total shareholding in the club, and £44.8m to cover the club's debts.

Disagreements between Gillett and Hicks, and their lack of the fans' support, have precipitated rumours that Dubai International Capital (DIC), who were interested in buying the club before Gillett and Hicks took over, would bid for the club.

Mike Bassett: England Manager

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Mike Bassett: England Manager is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by Steve Barron, following the fortunes of the manager of Division One football club Norwich City, Mike Bassett, who having led his side to the 'Mr Clutch Cup', is appointed England manager.

The film takes the form of a fly-on-the-wall fictional documentary (mockumentary) following Bassett (played by Ricky Tomlinson) as he starts his international management career. Martin Bashir, well known as a journalist and presenter in real life, plays the interviewer and provides the voice-over, and the film features cameo appearance s from Pelé and Ronaldo. The film satirises many targets, such as the mysterious figures who run the Football Association, the stereotypical view of an old-fashioned manager, and the tabloid press 's unfailing habit of building the England team up so they can knock them down hard.

In the Hands of the Gods

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In the Hands of the Gods is a 2007 documentary. The film follows five English freestyle footballers as they try to raise money by showcasing their skills, in order to fund a trip to Buenos Aires to meet their idol Diego Maradona.

Their names are Sami Hall, Danny Robinson, Paul Wood, Jeremy Lynch and Mikey Fisher. They have no money for food travel or accommodation, two of them are actually living on the streets prior to starting on their mission. Their journey takes them through North, Central and South America and tests them both physically and mentally. It is a journey that takes them far from their homes on a trip that will change their lives forever. The title is a reference to Maradona's famous Hand of God goal.

CITY!

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CITY! is a 1981 documentary which went behind the scenes at Manchester City Football Club during the turbulent 1980/81 season. Those of us old enough to remember will have mixed feelings when the likes of Malcolm Allison, Asa Hartford, Gary Owen and Peter Barnes all return to our screen.

The 1981 behind-the-scenes Manchester City documentary begins with City in the bottom three with no wins from the first eight games of their 1980/81 season and champions Liverpool visiting Maine Road. Malcolm Allison's job is hanging by a thread...

Soccer's Hard Men

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Soccer's Hard Men is a 1992 football video by Video Vision, presented by then-footballer and current actor Vinnie Jones.

This video, which was pretty controversial when it was released, is a tribute to the hard men of English soccer over the last 30 years. In other words the players who did not become famous because of their technical skills, but because of their hard tackles and sometimes downright dirty style of play. You know, the players who give everything in a tackle, without fear of injuring their opponents or themselves. Some of the players featured are Ron "Chopper" Harris, Tommy Smith, Norman Hunter and Steve McMahon.

Shouts for City!

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A film from the ITV regional programme collection held at MACE is to be released on DVD to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the demolition of Stoke City FC's Victoria Ground. 'Shouts for City!' was produced by ATV in 1975 for transmission in the Midlands. A documentary about Stoke City, its players and supporters, the film includes interviews with football giants such as Jimmy Greenhoff, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton. Also included are interviews with fans, both on the terraces of the Victoria Ground and at home.

Frontline Football - Palestine vs. Iraq

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Frontline Football - Palestine vs. Iraq

Ben Anderson travels to the Middle East to highlight the unenviable predicament of the Palestinian football squad, as they look to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

The war-torn country's involvement in the sport faces a bleak future as pitches are bombed on a daily basis, and team members are unable to train together due to travel restrictions - so organisers must even resort to advertising on the Internet to recruit players.

Frontline Football - Bosnia vs. Serbia

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BBC Documentary about the fans of Bosnia & Hercegovina and Serbia & Montenegro meeting in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup 2006.

Ben Anderson travels to the former Yugoslavia as the national football teams of two countries that fought a genocidal war only ten years ago meet on the football pitch for the first time, in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup.

The Team

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The Team

A cinema verite documentary about the homeless soccer team from New York City who travel and compete at the 1st Annual Homeless Soccer World Cup in Graz, Austria in July 2003.

The Homeless World Cup is an international football tournament, where teams made up entirely of people who are homeless compete. The event has been held annually since 2003. The latest Homeless World Cup was held in Milan, Italy in September 2009.

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