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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Goal! (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 12 May 2006 (USA)
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The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.



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Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every Dream Has A Beginning


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goal! The Dream Begins  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£857,253 (UK) (30 September 2005)


$4,280,577 (USA) (4 August 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Features a cameo by David Beckham See more »


In the story Newcastle have 3 matches left and since they're trying to qualify for a place in a European competition, logically it is the end of the season. Yet, we see that Newcastle sign Gavin Harris around the same time (so that they could win the remaining matches) which is impossible because a club can only sign a player in the summer or winter break. They can sign a player during the season but he would not be eligible to play for the new club. See more »


Erik Dornhelm: So, when I say go, I want you to run as fast as you can to the goal, ok?
Santiago Munez: Yeah!
Erik Dornhelm: Go! Come back. Again, go! What did you learn?
Santiago Munez: That, that you can score from half way.
Erik Dornhelm: No, that the ball can travel faster than you!
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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »


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An All Time Favorite
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Right from the beginning this movie dose a great job of keeping your attention. It shows how hard it really is for any athlete, in this case a soccer player to make it pro. Even though the movie is not based off of a true story it feels as if it should be and there are many obstacles that(Munez)has to overcome throughout the movie. Overall the movie has become an all time favorite of mine and i have already seen it twice. It is a sleeper and if you are a fan of the English premier league or just of soccer in general you should definitely go and see this movie. Its worth your time and money and i think that you too will fall in love with it just like i have. So please go see the movie Goal cause you definitely won't be disappointed.

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