A story about one team that decides to follow a dream that takes them on a journey to the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. A dream that allows them to become true stars and living legends.
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Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic,
I am a football fan and widely travelled but I did not know the story of the Yugoslavia football team in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay and I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. I am a little uncomfortable with the reference to the Yugoslav team being entirely Serbian but I acknowledge why it was referenced in the way it was and i empathise with the analogy if a British team competing was comprised entirely of Englishmen.
Superbly filmed, excellent dialogues, loaded with comic moments, touching moments of romance and suspense but I wonder if the romance was true between the Yugoslav football player and Dolores? In years there has not been a football related movie to get even remotely close to 'The Damned United' and the Brian Clough story but this, given it is a foreign language film, exceeds that and you are missing a jewel of a movie at your absolute peril.
It is a weird kind of agony that Yugoslavia beat the favoured nation Brazil in their first match which nation also supplied the reference for that eventful semi=final with Uruguay and the irony extends to the 1950 final when Uruguay beat Brazil on their 'patch'.
The film itself was in my view faultless but I would have liked some reference at the end as to what happened in the lives of those Yugoslav football players. Did they return to Serbia? By the way, reference to Coca Cola was a little odd because I thought the soft drink was not marketed aligned with Santa Klaus for red and white until the Christmas of 1936.
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