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Through exclusive interviews and unparalleled footage, this fantastic new seven DVD series provides both an in depth study for avid soccer fans and an enjoyable overview for new converts. It's exhilarating, passionate, glorious, inspiring, fantastic... it's frustrating, demanding, painful, violent, even tragic. A win can produce a mood of near-religious euphoria. A loss can plunge an entire nation into mourning.
Every society is affected by soccer and History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game provides an unrivalled insight into why soccer is so important to so many people across the world. Fans throughout the country can celebrate the international story of the game with this ground-breaking new documentary History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game, the definitive story of the world's greatest sport.
The breadth of enquiry is naturally impressive, as is the narrative structure, but it's the deft handling of the subplots that really sets this apart, including: analysis of the dominant club sides such as Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Milan (volume 2); the evolution of Brazil (volume 3); the superstar casualties, like Maradona and Garrincha (volume 5); football as an agent of social control in Victorian England (volume 1); the revolution in French football that created the 1998 World Champions (volume 4); and the failure, so far, of Africa to fulfil Pele's famous World Cup prediction (volume 6). There's so little material here that isn't memorable that it's difficult to pick highlights, but action aside (and it's hard to think of an historically important game that isn't featured), an emotional Maradona exposing the "conspiracy" that fixed the 1990 World Cup final (volume 2) is an unforgettable slice of soccer culture.
History of Soccer on DVD comes complete with a heap of extras (between 33 and 54 minutes' worth per volume) including, across the set, every single goal from every World Cup Final game; extended interviews with the likes of Pele, Maradona, Zidane, and Bobby Charlton; loads of "first-ever-recorded-on-film" material including the 1907 England-Scotland game; text-only biographies of the major interviewees; extended tournament highlights of past European Championships, African Nations Cups, World Club Championships, Asian Cups, and, of course, World Cup Finals. The picture itself is presented in widescreen, and there's a Spanish-language track plus an Easter egg of additional hidden material in every volume. --Alex Hankin
My son loved it. He is a huge soccer fan and loved watching all the history of the sport. Worthwhile purchasePublished 21 months ago by melody elliott
I got this for my fiance and he loves them!
What else can you say about classic football.
You can easily sit and watch every single DVD in a row = )
First saw this on TV and thought it amazing. Watched it on DVD and not so much. The extras are not superb. Read morePublished on July 23 2009 by Brian Maitland
Excellent overview for new coaches. Teaches practice drills, skills and other elements of the game like the ones we teach at our soccer facility the Vaughan Sportsplex. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2007 by vaughansportsplex.com
This series is great but I didn't buy the dvd as I can just watch it on tape which I taped from foxtel.I have a question for all soccer(football) fans. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Mathew Brentson