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Mourinho

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Mourinho

As Jose Mourinho approaches his 50th birthday, a new documentary from ITV Sport examines the methods and the mindset, the contradictions and the complexity of the man who has rewritten the rules of engagement for the 21st century football manager.

Starring the man himself, and featuring unseen archive and interviews, 'Mourinho' traces the Special One’s decade of dominance. The documentary features a rare, in-depth interview with Sir Alex Ferguson – the man Jose calls ‘The Boss’.Further poignant insight comes from the late Sir Bobby Robson – Mourinho’s mentor – and there are candid contributions from Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti and former Arsenal, Inter and France legend Patrick Vieira.

'Mourinho' is an unmissable profile of the greatest football coach of the 21 st century – a man, the programme reveals, who is determined to become the greatest manager of all time.

Cosmos - The Glory Years - 1977: "A Dream Fulfilled"

Cosmos - The Glory Years - 1977: A Dream Fulfilled

New York Cosmos "The Glory Years" Highlights from 1977-1982 NASL seasons. This episode: 1977 - "A Dream Fulfilled". For a decade, the New York Cosmos reigned as the flagship for professional football in America. The team dominated the domestic and international football scene with record crowds of 77,000+ for a single event at Giants Stadium.

The Cosmos achieved football supremacy by signing formidable talents of Brazilian legend, Pele; "The Kaiser", Germany's Franz Beckenbauer; Brazil's "King of Sweepers", Carlos Alberto; Italy's prolific goal-scorer, Giorgio Chinaglia... and the roster goes on and on including World Cup stars from England, Spain, the Netherlands and South America. Never in the history of football has such a team of superstars been assembled.

There's Only One Barry Fry

There's Only One Barry Fry

Fly-on-the-wall documentary from 1997 about football manager and owner Barry Fry, following him and his team, Peterborough United, through a dramatic season. There's Only One Barry Fry was billed by the continuity announcer as "an inside view of one football manager's traumatic season, containing all the agony and the ecstasy of football life, with strong language to match".

The noisy, hard-swearing Fry is a man made for television documentary. We met him previously when he was the manager of Birmingham City. That ended in his sacking, and he moved to Peterborough. This film charts his first year in charge. Putting his money into the club, as well as his non-stop mouth, Fry starts with high ambitions. Three wins in the first 17 matches scupper both - and as the team slides farther towards relegation, the dressing-room dressing downs get fiercer and Fry's language descends from bad to appalling. But his stoic wife ("my best signing") and six children provide a domestic respite. Narrated by Sean Bean

Third Half

(1 vote)

Third Half

"Third half" is documentary about football club Rekreativo from Banja Luka (Republic of Srpska - Bosnia and Herzegovina). Rekreativo is small amateur football club playing in the lowest division but its famous because of its famous honorary members like Lionel Messi, Ronald De Boer, Nele Karajlić, Emir Kusturica, Jelena janković, Nikola Karabatić ,Rubens Barichello and Bora Milutinović.

Unique in the world! Have players, don't have board, don't have coach, compete in the lowest active league because they can't be relegated, and have members which in their showcases have trophies that would make even Real Madrid envy them.

Director: Igor Tešić Director of photography: Danijela Barašin Camera asisstants: Dejan Grujičič, Dragan Miljić Editor: Žarko Kalaba

FC Barcelona Confidential

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FC Barcelona Confidential

A unique observational film about a year on the inside of the biggest football club in the world, at the worst moment of its history. FC Barcelona was on the verge of bankruptcy and struggling to keep its place in the elite of Spanish–let alone the world–football, when a bunch of impassioned 40-something enthusiasts won the club’s unique elections and started a revolution.

After signing Ronaldinho as the standard bearer of the new project, and Frank Rijkaard as coach, the team at first suffered even more defeats–and the boardroom and club massive tensions–before the results finally started to turn.

FC Barcelona took the first steps toward its meteoric comeback, to create the foundation of what is now one of the greatest clubs of all time.

Rooney: Goal Machine

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Rooney: Goal Machine

Featuring an exclusive interview from the man himself, Rooney: Goal Machine is the perfect Docu for fans of United’s number 10. Relive every goal from his first season at United up to the crushing 8-2 defeat of Arsenal, as well as insights from those who work with him every day, including Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson.

With over 150 goals to his name, there are plenty of strikes that can be regarded as the pick of the bunch. Was it the hat trick that started it all? Or perhaps his Kop beater at Anfield in April of 2007? What of his winner against AC Milan, his chip against Middlesbrough or his outstanding volley against Newcastle?

Maybe you agree with Wayne himself, who regards his stunning overhead winner in last season’s Manchester derby as the best goal he’s ever scored. You can make up your own mind as Rooney: Goal Machine showcases over 150 goals from one of Old Trafford’s finest.

Kings for a Day - Football's Giantkillers

(3 votes)

Kings for a Day - Football's Giantkillers

Narrated by Steven Berkoff and featuring John Motson, Martin Keown and Patrick Barclay, ESPN and Budweiser present a documentary looking at the magic of the FA Cup.

This documentary focuses on the unique David vs. Goliath aspect of The FA Cup. Using a mixture of behind the scenes footage from the 11/12 competition, plus archive material from previous years, the film provides a unique insight into the psyche of the underdog which is so key to the competition.

The show was broadcasted on FA Cup Final day as part of ESPN’s build-up to its live coverage of that match, features interviews with the likes of FA Cup giantkillers Ronnie Radford and Vinnie Jones plus legendary FA Cup commentator John Motson.

Is Football Racist?

Is Football Racist?

Following a season in which football has been rocked by allegations of racism, former Premier league defender Clarke Carlisle explores how far his profession has really progressed since the dark days of banana throwing on the terraces in this BBC documentary.

Nicknamed 'Britain's brainiest footballer', Clarke has played at all levels from the Premiership to the fourth division, and as the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association he feels he has a good grasp of the issues confronting football today.

Setting out with the belief that racism has been largely eradicated from the game and that the frenzy surrounding the recent allegations shows the issue is being taken seriously by the authorities, Clarke begins to face a stark realisation on a journey which sees the issue of racism in football come very close to home.

David Beckham's LA Story

(3 votes)

David Beckham's LA Story

Looking back at the first five years of Beckham's MLS career, from the announcement of his Los Angeles Galaxy move in 2007 to his January decision to resist European offers and remain in the USA.

Predictably, the announcement made top news all across the globe. Though many worldwide media outlets reported the deal to be worth US$250 million, the astronomical figure was soon revealed to be something of a PR stunt engineered by Beckham's media handlers.

In order to maximise the media effect, in the press release they decided to list the potential sum that Beckham could make over the 5-year period from all his revenue sources, which in addition to his Galaxy pay also include his personal endorsements. Beckham's actual deal with the Galaxy was a 5-year contract worth US$32.5 million in total or $6.5 million per year.

Close up North - Two Tribes

Close up North - two tribes

BBC documentary about the Tyne & Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland. It was filmed before, during and after the derby where Shearer missed that penalty and Newcastle lost 2 - 1 at St. James' Park.

Sunderland and Newcastle fans agree on only two things. One, the Smogs don’t count, and two, this is the biggest derby in the country. Close up North’s “Two Tribes” programme, which went behind the scenes of football’s biggest fixture, superbly demonstrated this to anyone who disagrees. The BBC’s cameras travelled to Sid James’s Park to gather the opinions of both sets of fans, before, during and after what turned out to be a historic day for SAFC.

The Tyne and Wear derby is a local derby between the association football clubs Newcastle United and Sunderland. The derby is an inter-city rivalry in North East England with the two cities of Newcastle and Sunderland just ten miles apart. The first meeting of the two sides took place in 1883, with the first competitive fixture being an 1888 FA Cup tie, which Sunderland won 2–1.

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