Hollywood movies

Movies to get you in the FIFA World Cup mood

The World Cup is right around the corner and if you’re not excited enough already, here’s something that might help.

Football is a truly global sport, and naturally, several films attempt to capture the real magic of the sport in real life.

Here are some of the best movies to watch while preparing for the World Cup:

Trilogy of goals

This trilogy introduced a whole new generation to the beauty of football in 2005. The story follows Santiago Munéz as he grows from a gardener in the USA to playing in the Premier League in the UK and beyond.

Play it like Beckham

A story about the challenges women face in a sport dominated by men, Bend it like Beckham is a tribute to the beautiful sport and the film‘s namesake.

shaolin football

One of the camper entries on this list, Shaolin Soccer follows a ragtag group of dummies as they battle against the odds to win against a juggernaut. And of course there are martial arts involved.

Escape to victory

Released in 1981, Escape to Victory stars Sylvester Stallone, Pelé and Michael Caine as a group of POWs forced to play a match against Nazi guards during World War II.

medium machine

This story tells how a former professional footballer is thrown in jail and is forced to play a game against the guards. This film was later remade into “The Longest Yard” in the United States.

The game of their life

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of the upset surprise the American team had against the English team in the 1950 World Cup.

She is the man

A Disney romantic comedy about a girl who pretends to be a boy, so she can pursue her dream of playing soccer.


Ted Lasso

A true fish out of water story about an American football manager who comes to England to coach a beleaguered English football club. Ted Lasso received rave reviews from critics and audiences. Although not a movie, this football TV series should be a must-watch for everyone.