ESPN will release a series of critically acclaimed 30 for 30 centered around football that will be aired beginning in April prior to the 2014 World Cup this summer.
30 for 30: Soccer Stories will consist of two feature length films and six 30-minute pieces on several historical events and people who have made an impact on the international soccer community. There will also be a collection of 10 vignettes "about Brazil’s rich culture will be featured throughout ESPN’s FIFA World Cup programming."
"With ESPN being the home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we know that sports fans will be looking forward to high quality content focused on what is perhaps the world’s most revered sport,” said Connor Schell, VP of ESPN Films and Original Content.
“We feel this is the perfect time to expand upon the success of our 30 for 30 series by focusing this collection on some of the incredible stories of soccer’s legendary past.”
The documentary topics are as follows...
Two feature-length films
Hillsborough, Directed by Daniel Gordon – based on the “human crush” disaster in Sheffield, England 25 years ago.
White, Blue and White, Directed by Camilo Antolini; Produced by Juan José Campanella – based on Ossie Ardiles and Argentinian-English political turmoil in 1982.
Six 30-minute films
Garrincha: Crippled Angel, Directed by Marcos Horacio Azevedo – on Brazilian legend Mané Garrincha.
Barbosa – The Man Who Made All of Brazil Cry, Directed by Loch Phillipps; Executive Producers: Jonathan Hock & Roger Bennett – on Barbosa in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.
Ceasefire Massacre, Directed by Alex Gibney and Trevor Birney – on the gunfire in Ireland vs Italy, 1994 World Cup USA.
The Opposition, Directed by Ezra Edelman; C0-directed by Jeffrey Plunkett – on Chile’s game against no one in the 1973 World Cup Qualifier.
Mysteries of The Jules Rimet Trophy, Directed by Brett Ratner – on the mystery of the first Jules Rimet Trophy’s whereabouts.
Maradona ’86, Directed by Sam Blair; Executive Produced by John Battsek – on Diego Maradona, the Hand of God.
Coraçao, Directed by Jonathan Hock; Executive Produced by Roger Bennett – on Brazil’s rich culture and geography.
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