30 for 30: Soccer Stories

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History Documentary hosted by Edward Norton and Alex Gibney, published by ESPN in 2014 - English narration

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-- A feature-length episode "White, Blue and White" is not included in this set -- ESPN Films, creators of the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, presents 30 for 30 Soccer Stories, the series premiere surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories include a mix of standalone feature-length and 30-minute-long documentary films from an award winning group of filmmakers. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories is a collection of eight films about the world's most popular sport, and various untold stories of accomplishment, hardship, and disaster within soccer. From Maradona's genius in the 1986 World Cup to the mystery behind one of the most coveted trophies in sports, an award-winning group of filmmakers, including Brett Ratner and Alex Gibney, offer compelling narratives from around the international soccer landscape.

[edit] Hillsborough

On April 15, 1989, 96 people died, hundreds were injured and thousands traumatized at Hillsborough Stadium. See the tragedy through the eyes of those there that day, many of whom spoke publicly for the first time.
25 years ago, on April 15, 1989, the worst disaster in British football history occurred in an overcrowded stadium in Sheffield, England, 150 miles north of London. 3,000 fans flocked through the turnstiles to head to the area reserved for standing, despite a capacity of less than half of that. The result was a "human crush" that killed 96 people and injured 766. Beginning on the fateful day in 1989, "Hillsborough" explores what happened and why. It offers a detailed examination not only of the horrific loss of life but also of key developments in the preceding years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes leading to the disaster. Featuring first-hand accounts of fans in attendance as well as police officers -- many speaking on camera for the first time -- the film also explores the tragedy through the experiences of families who lost their loved ones and undertook a painstaking journey in a quest for justice that is still ongoing.

[edit] Maradona '86

In the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona, the world's greatest football player, reached his apotheosis, redefining what is possible for one man to accomplish on a football pitch amidst unprecedented fervor. His ability to take control of the ball -- the game -- an entire tournament -- split the world in two.
It was both illuminating and an affront, beguiling and an outrage, and the fervor that surrounded him was unprecedented, bordering on the religious. Constructed from archive material, "Maradona '86" is an ode to this ultimate footballing idol, basking in the operatic intensity of his performance in Mexico as he wrote his name on football history forever.

[edit] The Opposition

In the wake of the 1973 military coup in Chile, American-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet transformed Santiago's National Stadium into a concentration camp where political opponents were tortured and assassinated. Only months later, that same stadium was scheduled to host a decisive World Cup qualifier between Chile and the Soviet Union. Despite protests, FIFA's own investigation, and the Soviet's eventual boycott, the Chilean team still played the game as planned, qualifying for the 1974 World Cup on a goal scored against no one.

[edit] The Myth of Garrincha

In Brazil, Pele is "The King." But his teammate, Mane Garrincha, is also remembered as the one of the best soccer players of all time. In a country where the sport grants its protagonists such royal deference, Garrincha is the jester -- an entertainer who amused crowds and turned soccer into an irresistible spectacle, all while helping Brazil capture two World Cups. This, despite his legs being so bent that early in his career doctors deemed him unfit to play professionally. Match after match, he proved them wrong. But his unpredictable moves were of little assistance after his playing career came to an end.
Abandoned by the soccer establishment, Garrincha died a victim of alcoholism in 1983. But his fans did not forget him. His body was brought to a cemetery, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Garrincha's relatives had to borrow a grave, which turned out to be too small for his coffin. Thousands of people flooded the tiny burial ground, much more than the place could accommodate. After 49 years of a brilliant career and tumultuous life, the man who turned soccer into a "Beautiful Game" was memorably laid to rest. His legend lives on.

[edit] Ceasefire Massacre

New Jersey, June 18, 1994. Giants Stadium is awash with green as Irish soccer fans arrive to watch Ireland's opening World Cup match against the mighty Italy. The sense of optimism is infectious. Jack Charlton's team walks onto the pitch before 75,000 fervent spectators who've traveled from across the globe for this game. Amongst the fans is Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds who is sitting with leading Irish-American businessmen who've been working behind-the-scenes to end the 25-year-old conflict in Northern Ireland. The electrifying mood is shared by the supporters watching the match in the Heights Bar, a tiny pub in the tiny Northern Irish village of Loughinisland, 24 miles south of Belfast. At the half, the Irish have taken a surprising 1-0. Shortly after the second half begins, two masked gunmen belonging to a Protestant terror group burst into the Heights Bar. Thirty rounds are fired and six innocent men watching a soccer match were killed. Ceasefire Massacre reveals how the jubilation felt inside Giants Stadium juxtaposed against the horrors of what happened in the Heights Bar, encapsulated the mood of the time. The British government said it would hunt down the killers and ensure they were brought to justice. However, 20 years later, the relatives of those that died believe the British government has questions to answer about its own role in the massacre. In fact, they now believe the British helped the perpetrators and ensured they were never caught. The question remains: Why?

[edit] Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy

Inspired by Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, the Jules Rimet trophy was awarded to the nation that won FIFA's World Cup and was among the most coveted prizes in all of sports. It is also the sports prize shrouded in the most intrigue -- with the whereabouts of the original trophy unknown to this day. This film focuses on the great prize's first brush with crime -- a Nazi plan to steal the Rimet trophy from Italy during World War II. The story unfolds like a great caper film, where our hero, Ottorino Barassi, a mild-mannered Italian soccer official, attempts to protect a valued treasure.

[edit] Barbosa: The Man who Made Brazil Cry

In a play that lasted only moments, goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa forever earned the title: The man who made Brazil cry. But of course, no man can be summarized by a single event. Given the opportunity to host their first World Cup in 1950, Brazil has high hopes of establishing the country as both an economic and soccer powerhouse. To establish the former, they have erected the Maracana in Rio, the largest stadium in the world, to host the majority of the home team's games. The latter seems a statement of fact given that the team features known stars like Ademir, Zizinho and Moacir Barbosa, widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The pressure on Barbosa and the team is intense but on the eve of the last game, against much smaller Uruguay, it seems poised to deliver the championship. With 11 minutes remaining in the game, everything unravels. Alcides Ghiggia, a small and dangerous forward, tucks a ball between Barbosa and the near post to win the game for Uruguay. Brazil goes into a state of mourning and Barbosa becomes an anti-hero in his own country. Even today, having won five subsequent World Cups, Brazil's wound remains fresh. Barbosa himself never plays in another Cup and, in a supreme irony, winds up spending most of his working life as an administrator at the site of his lowest moment: the Maracana. By nature a happy man, Barbosa's life is haunted by one bitter moment to the end.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
Video Bitrate: 4 073 Kbps
Video Resolution: 1280x712
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 23.976 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 448 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 6
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 23 min - 1 h 46 min
Number Of Parts: 7
Part Size: 640 MB - 2.70 GB
Source: HDTV
Encoded by: BALLS

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