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
The role of main character Santiago was originally going to be played by Diego Luna but he left to work on other projects. Kuno Becker actually called Diego before he took the role to hear Diego's reasons for not taking the role. See more »
Right before the last game, Santiago practices free shots in the stadium. When Dornhelm calls his name, he proceeds to kick what appears to be the last ball remaining. However as Santi is shown kicking the "last ball", the shot changes to him kicking one of the many balls that are aligned next to him. When the scene changes back to Santiago walking toward Dornhelm, the balls are gone. See more »
Well, you're the new kid on the block, son. You've got something he never had - flair. Aye. because they don't believe they're risks. Put your coat down here. Three and in. You're in. All righty. They control the ball, the ball doesn't control them. Here. Look at this. Two jackets and a ball. It's all you need.
You know, most players, myself included, they play within themselves. They play to their strengths so they don't expose their weaknesses. The great players, the ones with flair, ...
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US version was cut for commercial reasons to a PG rating (the original version had a PG-13 rating). See more »
I would say this film is 'Bend it Like Beckham' meets 'Gattaca'
In 'Goal' Kuno Becker plays Santiago Munez, an illegal alien living in Los Angels. Despite his hardships, Santiago loves to play soccer. So much so, that he is really quite good. Good enough to get the notice of a former scout of Newcastle United. Santiago gets the opportunity to go to England and try out for this premier football team. But if he does not make it, he will not be able to return to Los Angels.
This is a heartwarming tale of one man's struggle to become something more. Despite the obstacles and the disapproval of his father (Tony Plana), he goes for the goal. Only to find that it is not going to be that easy after all.
I would say this film is 'Bend it Like Beckham' meets 'Gattaca'. Not that Santiago needs to meet any DNA tests, but he is in a world that is virtually unknown to him. He has to keep secrets about himself in order to fit in because most expect him to fail. Some will even try to make him fail.
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