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The series investigates the factors that have enabled soccer players to become culturlal icons and millionaires, recognized throughout the world. Through exclusive interviews filmed in over 50 countries, it explores the tremendous influence soccer holds over our lives.
Every aspect of the sport is covered with exclusive footage, ground-breaking interviews with icons of the game - past and present and revealing insights into why soccer generates more excitement, passion, and wealth across the world than any other sport.
With amazing DVD extras including rare and previously unseen footage, extended interviews and player profiles, this is must-see viewing for every true fan of the game!
Collect all six volumes plus a bonus seventh DVD in a special limited edition DVD box set:
Vol. 1: Origins / Football Cultures
Vol. 2: Evolution / European Superpowers
Vol. 3: Brazil / South American Superpowers
Vol. 4: For Club and Country / The Dark Side
Vol. 5: Superstars / The Media
Vol. 6: Africa / A Game For All / Futures (2 DVDs)
Approximate Running Times:
Six Volumes (Seven Discs): 11 hrs, 16 mins
DVD Extras: 3 hrs, 50 mins
**Spanish-language version also included.**
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
This set is loaded with excellent documentry.
Also the political climates are discussed, as pertaining to the development of Soccer, in each country, in which politics has effected the game.
If you don't know the game, you will learn about it (after enduring HOURS of monotone talk), but you will not fall in love with the game.
My husband loves this collection. He asked for it for Christmas, and he has really enjoyed it. It goes into fascinating detail about the history of soccer in several different... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Priscilla
I am very happy to have purchased this product. It was exactly what I was looking for. I will definitely recommend this product.Published 7 months ago by LUKE P HOVEY
The production quality is pretty good for the first several episodes, but it leaves so much to be desired with regard to team strategy, transfer markets, player development, and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Haynes
very well done.if nothing else for turn of the century footage.for me it is much more than that.being a soccer nut i reccomend it.Published 17 months ago by pittodrie
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 December 21, 2011 by Brian Maitland
for such a huge topic, this was exceedingly well done and I would recommend it without hesitation.Published on July 30, 2010 by Brian S
Soccer played such a vital role in the lives of my four sons. One participated in an international tournament in Denmark when he was 12. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by K. DeLuca