Probably the best documentary ever about the best competition in sports
The World Cup is a competition that occurs once every four years. As the name of this competition entails, the best soccer teams in the "World" get the opportunity to prove themselves as the very best on the planet. This is not a "highlight" film as much as it is a glimpse inside many cultures of the world and the sport that brings them all together.
You see it all! Two very different, and yet ironic, beginnings of young careers: Maradona's first World Cup for Argentina and the young Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland. The perennial greats: Italy, West Germany, Brazil and not to mention the great Michel Platini of France. The wacky and weird: Kuwait, and how the Sheikh stops a match! The long-shots: Cameroon and their musical culture, as well as New Zealand and their desire simply to stay alive.
The commentary by Sean Connery is brilliant and poetic once intermingled with the action and scenic views of the host country, Spain, as well as the spectators who let themselves go while cheering on their own countries.
For anyone who enjoyed this film, you must absolutely also see the highlight film of the 1992 European Championship (in Sweden) - exhilarating soccer from beginning to end and quite possibly on of the best ever semi-final matches, as well as one of the most dramatic final matches of all time.
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