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History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game
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    This DVD collection takes you beyond great goals and classic match action, to focus on every aspect of the game - on and
    off the pitch, along the corridors of power, from its humble beginnings to the billion dollar industry it is today.

    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 entire history of the world's favorite game? It's an extraordinary challenge that could go have gone
    horribly wrong, but History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game is a class act. It boasts top-drawer production values,
    including narration by Terence Stamp, access to everybody who has really mattered in the game, ever, plus loads of
    famous, rare, and never-seen-before footage, each volume offering a blend of narrative, action, and illuminating
    interviews. This is a polished product: part celebration, part commemoration, but always with a sharp investigative
    sense, digging around the misty-eyed, good ol' days tradition, to explore in the company of those interviewed the
    reality behind some of soccer's myths and legends.

    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