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The Other Final

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The Other Final is a 2003 documentary film, directed by Johan Kramer, about a football match between Bhutan and Montserrat, the then-lowest ranked teams in the FIFA World Rankings. The game was played in the Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu, Bhutan. Bhutan won the game 4-0. The referee was Englishman Steve Bennett.

The movie was made after the Netherlands, a team that normally qualifies, failed to do so for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Kramer, the director, couldn't cheer on the Dutch side during the World Cup, so decided to make a documentary about teams that were worse than the Netherlands, and chose these two. The game was played on the morning of the 2002 World Cup Final between Germany and Brazil.

The hidden football disaster in moscow

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Back in the winter of 1982, one of the biggest disasters in football history took place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with an estimated 300 people losing their lives. Most people have never heard of this tragic event, thanks largely to the Soviet authorities who did everything in their power to hush up this disaster.

The official death toll to this day is 66, although many claim it to be as high as 340. Its circumstances are similar to that of Ibrox disaster and the Hillsborough Disaster.

Film-makers Thomas Blom and Jan Pieter Tuinstra, together with researcher Irina Anatsheva, have carefully reconstructed events during that dreadful evening in Moscow, featuring the exclusive stories of the surviving relatives and eye witnesses and following them during the first official memorial held in 2007.

That Was The Team That Was - Celtic 1997-98

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That Was The Team That Was was a Scottish television programme that documented successful time periods for Scottish football sides. The show was broadcast on BBC One Scotland every Friday night (when there was a series ongoing) and has recently ended its third series.

A documentary highlighting Celtic's 97/98 league and cup winning campaign. A season that saw Wim Jansen's Celtic famously stop Rangers from winning 10 league championships in a row.

That Was The Team That Was - Scotland 1974

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The team that was...Documentary about the Scotland team of 1974. As shown on the BBC

Group 2 of the FIFA WC 74 was a particularly close group. The group was decided by how many goals could Brazil, Yugoslavia and Scotland score to defeat Zaire. Every other game played in the group was drawn. So the three top teams all finished with four points. Yugoslavia hammered them 9-0. Brazil beat them 3-0. Scotland could only manage a 2-0 margin, and so were edged out of the tournament on goal difference. After holding the mighty Brazil to a goalless draw, and going through the group unbeaten, the Scots were entitled to feel very unlucky to be eliminated.

Scotland were the only side not to lose at game at the 1974 finals. No other side has ever won a match, remained unbeaten yet made a first phase exit.

That Was The Team That Was - Hibernian 1991-92

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The team that was...Documentary about Hibernian. As shown on the BBC

After mismanagement during the late 1980s, Hibs were on the brink of financial ruin in 1990. Wallace Mercer, the chairman of Edinburgh derby rivals Hearts, proposed a merger of the two clubs, which he believed would produce a club who could compete on a more even footing with the Old Firm. Hibs fans, however, believed that the proposed merger was more like a hostile takeover, and they formed Hands off Hibs to campaign for the continued existence of the club.

The campaign succeeded when a prominent local businessman, Kwik-Fit owner Sir Tom Farmer, was persuaded to acquire a controlling interest in Hibs. The fans were able to persuade him to take control despite the fact he has no great interest in football.[30] He has subsequently taken a "hands-off" approach to his ownership. Farmer was persuaded in part by the fact that an ancestor of his had been involved in the rescue of Hibs from financial ruin in the early 1890s. After the attempted takeover by Mercer, Hibs had a few good years in the early 1990s, winning the Skol Cup in 1991 and finishing in the top five in the league between 1993 and 1995.

Fascism and Football

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How has the Beautiful Game played into fascist ideology? In this 2003 documentary BBC Four explores how the 20th century's three most prominent fascist dictators, Mussolini, Hitler and Franco, seized upon football's massive popular appeal and ruthlessly exploited it as a vehicle for propaganda.

We explore allegations that Mussolini fixed the 1934 World Cup final; how Hitler saw the 1936 Olympics and 1938 World Cup as the defining moments of the superiority of his fascist regime and how General Franco used Real Madrid to cement himself in power, inspire national pride and win popular consent for his autocratic rule.

The documentary uses rare archive footage, eminent historians and trenchant contributions and testimonies from world-class players, past and present.

60 min

More Than a Game: The Story of the World Cup - France

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Tracing the World Cup story from the 1930s to 2002, this features the stories of football's greatest nations and teams including Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Germany, France, Holland and England. This episode: France. The history of French world cup-football from the beginning to the final against Brazil in 1998.

France was one of the four European teams that participated at the inaugural World Cup in 1930. In the 1980s, led by midfielder and captain Michel Platini, the team reached semi-finals at both the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, and won the 1984 European Championship.

France then reached an even higher status in international football by being especially successful at the end of the 1990s and in the 2000s; they won the World Cup as the host nation in 1998.

50 min

San Paolo in Galleria

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Scugnizzi, the children of Quartieri Spagnoli of Napoli, an old and degraded neighborhood, play football in the "Galleria Umberto I" of the historical center because they don't have suited spaces to play.

A very well done documentary of straight cinema.

By Andrea Canova

20 min

Do I not like that

(4 votes)

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Famous documentary from 1994 featuring former England boss Graham Taylor.

A behind the scenes look at the England football team and their former manager Graham Taylor.

Taylor resigned on 24 November 1993. He had also agreed to be filmed during the qualifying campaign for Cutting Edge, a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary series, in which his portrayal further undermined his authority. During the film, Taylor was heard to use foul language, and what became his personal catchphrase: "Do I not like that", uttered just before England conceded a goal to Poland.

70 min.

George Best Remembered

(1 vote)

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George Best died in November 2005, just six months short of his 60th birthday. Widely regarded as a footballing genius and one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game this rare and insightful programme gives an up close and personal look at the life and times of Best, both on and off the pitch as seen through the eyes of the people who knew him best. Signing for Manchester United at the age of 17 Bests career went from strength to strength going on to win the Football League Championship and European Cup as well as winning 37 caps for Ireland.

In 1968 Best was also named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association, the youngest player to do so at the age of 21 as well as European Footballer of the Year. Ultimately it was his celebrity lifestyle that started a steady decline in his career, his extravagant lifestyle leading to problems with alcoholism and his demise in 2005. In this definitive and in depth programme George's father Dickie Best tells his son's story, charting his journey from sporting hero to alcoholic.

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