Espn is planning heavy coverage of the 2014 World Cup. In addition to live coverage of every game from Brazil, the sports network is launching a series of documentaries under its "30 for 30" banner in the lead-up to the tournament.
"30 for 30 Soccer Stories
" will premiere April 22 with "Hillsborough," a feature-length film about the 1989 disaster in Sheffield, England, that killed 96 fans in an overcrowded stadium. Directed by Daniel Gordon
("9.79"), the movie chronicles the tragedy and also what emerged from it, including the birth of the Premier League several years later.
The series includes one other feature-length film, "White, Blue and White," about Argentinian stars Ossie Ardiles
and Ricky Villa going to England to join Tottenham Hotspur in 1978 -- and Ardiles' decision to leave the club when the Falklands war broke out. It's set to air July 1. Six 30-minute films will also be part of the series, airing back-to-back in the weeks following the debut of "Hillsborough.