Movies

Passion of the Sepp: Just Say No To United Passions

FIFA’s biopic is even worse than expected, but how is that possible? United Passions is an actuarial exercise masquerading as a film. It is the story of successive generations of FIFA officials attempting to secure and manage the organization’s finances. For these men — and they are all men — FIFA’s coffers and football’s future are one and the …

World Cup film series: 1986

“Hero” shows the myth of Maradona being made Diego Maradona shimmies and jukes. He drags the ball with him. The camera pans from his feet to his face, tracking him as he goes. Is he heading toward the goal or dribbling harmlessly across the field? I can’t tell, and neither can the English defenders he …

World Cup film series: 1994

Two Billion Hearts: Official film of the 1994 World Cup   The 1990 World Cup had so played to script, four heavyweights grinding out results in what was at the time the center of the European game, that change afterward felt impossible and yet inevitable. Change would come in the form of the 1994 World Cup. It …

World Cup film series: 1982

G’OLÉ! Official film of the 1982 World Cup There’s a moment in G’olé!, the official film of the 1982 World Cup, that is pure travelogue, not an Adidas Tango to be seen. It’s a quiet interlude after the frenetic conclusion to the second round — Italy had just stunned Brazil — that documents life in Spain that summer: old men …

World Cup film series: 1970

The World at Their Feet: Official film of the 1970 World Cup Early on while watching The World at Their Feet, FIFA’s chronicle of the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, I dozed off. In my somnolence, I wondered if a saucy old British sex farce from the early 1970s was playing instead, a film full of …