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The John Charles Story

The John Charles StoryJohn Charles is considered by many to have been the greatest all-round footballer ever to come from Britain. This 2002 documentary tells the story of John's career & follows him on his visit to Turin to say goodbye to his Juventus teammates for the final time.

In August 1957 he joined the Italian club Juventus F.C. for a then-British-record £65,000 transfer fee, almost doubling the previous record. The transfer was notable as Charles became one of the first British professional players to be signed for an overseas team after John Fox Watson led the way moving from Fulham to Real Madrid in 1948.

He was never cautioned or sent off during his entire career, due to his philosophy of never kicking or intentionally hurting opposing players. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, he was nicknamed Il Gigante Buono – The Gentle Giant.

Football's Greatest - Johan Cruyff

Football's Greatest - Johan Cruyff Documentary from Sky about Johan Cruijff. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, which is a record jointly held with Michel Platini, Marco van Basten and Lionel Messi.

Cruyff was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in association football. After his retirement from playing in 1984, Cruyff became highly successful as manager of Ajax and later FC Barcelona; he remains an influential advisor to both clubs.

Cruyff played for Ajax, FC Barcelona, Los Angeles Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante UD, and Feyenoord during his career.

The World Cup Wonder Goal of All Time

The World Cup Wonder Goal of All TimeDocumentary from 2006 with a top fifty of the best ever World Cup goals from tournaments since 1958. Produced and directed by Jos Cushing, presented by Colin Murray.

Colin Murray is a Northern Irish sports and music radio and television presenter. In 2010, he became host of BBC Television's Match of the Day 2 on BBC Two, while still anchoring shows on BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sport and Fighting Talk and was still presenting on BBC Radio Ulster.

Goals from Ronaldo, Gerd Müller, Pelé,Jürgen Klinsmann, Gabriel Batistuta, Gary Lineker, Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri, Eusébio, Diego Maradona and many more.

World Cup Heaven and Hell - 40 Years of Blame

World Cup Heaven and Hell - 40 Years of Blame

World Cup Heaven and Hell is a 2006 documentary that appeared on ITV as part of their build up to that year's World Cup.

The other episodes are: Goals That Shook The World, Red Hot Matches, Divine and Damned and Dirty Rotten Scandals

This episode: 40 Years of Blame - Examines all of the excuses for England's failure to add to their solitary World Cup win on home soil in 1966.

20 Football Transfers That Shocked the World

20 Football Transfers That Shocked the WorldShocked the World series - ITV Sport Football documentary (45min)

Building on the success of "20 Football Transfers that Shocked the World" ITV Sport offers more documentaries about some of the biggest stories in Football.

- 20 Football Scandals that Shook the World, 20 Football Goals that Shook the World, 20 Football Matches that Changed the World, 20 Managerial Appointments that Shook the World,20 Referee Decisions That Shook the World, will also be shown as part of this season.

This episode: 20 Football Transfers That Shocked the World - ITV Sport's Gabriel Clarke recalls the transfers that sent the biggest shockwaves rippling through the football world.

20 Managerial Appointments That Shook the World

20 Managerial Appointments That Shook the WorldShocked the World series - ITV Sport Football documentary (45min)

Building on the success of the documentary "20 Football Transfers that Shocked the World" ITV Sport offers five more documentaries about some of the biggest stories in Football.

- 20 Football Scandals that Shook the World, 20 Football Goals that Shook the World, 20 Football Matches that Changed the World,20 Referee Decisions That Shook the World. 20 Football Tranfers Which Shocked the World will also be shown as part of this season.

This episode: 20 Managerial Appointments that Shook the World. A look back at high-profile, surprising and controversial appointments featuring the likes of Brian Clough, Don Revie, Kevin Keegan, Diego Maradona and Jack Charlton

Gazza - My Italian Job

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Gazza - My Italian Job Narrated by the brilliant James Richardson, this documentary charts Gazza’s time at Lazio, including his rise in wages from £2,000 to £22,000 per week and belching at reporters. (He was interviewed by a Norwegian TV reporter, prior to England playing them, for a message to the people of Norway. His infamous reply was "Fuck off, Norway")

Gascoigne joined Lazio for a fee of £5.5 million, making his debut on 27 September 1992 in a match against Genoa which was televised in Britain as well as Italy. His form was inconsistent in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico, but he scored his first goal in the 89th minute to equalise during the Rome derby against A.S. Roma. He failed to fully settle in Italy and was beset by media interest and injury.

Warnock

Warnock One of the most entertaining managers in the game, Neil Warnock didn't disappoint in this 2005 documentary of a season at Sheffield United.

This is the award winning, critically acclaimed documentary about one of the most controversial figures in football. With cameras following him from beginning to of the 2004/05 season it captures all the emotions of Warnock's battle to lead the Blades into the Premier League.

In this Sky Sports documentary, Warnock agreed to be filmed in a personal documentary about his life on and off the pitch. During a match at home to Ipswich Town, Warnock was seen to swear at and verbally abuse one of the assistant referees (also telling the then Ipswich manager that the assistant 'had been his best player'), perhaps revealing why Warnock is seen as one of the more controversial football managers in England.

Orient: Club for a Fiver

Orient: Club for a Fiver Legendary Channel 4 documentary from 1995 telling the story of John Sitton’s time as manager of seriously troubled Leyton Orient. In 1994, film student Jo Trehearne began making a documentary about her local football club, Leyton Orient. But it soon became obvious that 1994-5 was no ordinary season. Shot roughly on a low budget, her film quickly attained near-legendary status among aficionados of the game.

1994-5 would be one of Orient's worst seasons ever. The team failed to win away from home all season and suffered a run of eight games where they failed to score at all. Finishing bottom of the table, they ended the season with a run of nine straight defeats.

The drama off the pitch was no less compelling. Late chairman Tony Wood's coffee business collapsed due to the war in Rwanda and the club found itself unable to pay the milk bill, with their coach company demanding payment upfront before away trips.

The Ref

El Árbitro El Arbitro (The Ref) tells the story of Miguel Pérez Lasa, a referee in Spain’s La Liga, as he prepares for and then takes control of the Barcelona-Espanyol derby match.

This documentary offers a unique, revealing portrait, brought alive by hearing the ref and his assistants audio during the games, of the experience of being a top ref and trying to keep control of fiercely contested games with the likes of Messi, Eto’o and their Barcelona teammates, or Seville’s centre forward Kanouté, on the pitch.

Following him before during and after the games, we get to know the pugnacious Pérez Lasa amid the pressures and insults, the training and technical expertise, and the battle for control and advantage which is played out in every game – and usually only guessed at by spectators - between top players and the ref on the pitch.

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