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Soccer videos at the world's greatest video store located in Soccer City USA!

With the 2012 Major League Soccer season gearing up in the states (go Sounders!), European football winding down and prime movie watching season upon us—actually here at Scarecrow Video it is always prime movie watching season—we thought it would be a good time to spread the word about the stupendous soccer cinema available for your viewing pleasure at Scarecrow Video.

Like many sports there are a bunch of great fictional films based on the beautiful game. As is the case with other sports films you don’t really have to know much about soccer or even like the sport to become engaged in these films. Just as you don’t have to be a boxing fan to watch Rocky or a hockey fan to enjoy Slap Shot this list of films has a broad range of appeal and, I think, soccer has the highest number of good movies related to the sport. Here is a small sample of the titles available for rent here at Scarecrow:

  • The Damned United - Micheal Sheen leads a superb cast in this excellent film based on the true story of of a volatile coach and his 44 day tenure with Leeds United.
  • Bend It Like Beckham - This movie helped make David Beckham a household name and served as Keira Knightly's breakout role.
  • Shaolin Soccer - A very silly Hong Kong movie starring (and directed by) Stephen Chow. Both a customer and staff favorite here at Scarecrow.
  • Victory - One of several films that combine football and war. This one is directed by John Huston and co-stars soccer phenom Pele.
  • Offside - A surprisingly humorous film that is just as much about women's rights in Iran as it is about passion for soccer.
  • The Cup - A charming film from Butan that deals with World Cup fever in a Buddhist monastery.
  • The Boys in Company C - An underrated Vietnam War film that serves as an excellent companion to Full Metal Jacket.
  • Gracie - Loosely based on actress Elizabeth Shue's teenage years this is a modest little film about a young woman trying to get a little respect on the pitch.
  • All Stars - A Dutch film about a group of friends who grew up playing soccer together who now have to face "adult" problems.
  • The Match - Two Scottish pub's soccer teams face off in a battle of the bars.
  • Hotshot - Low budget but entertaining film about a young soccer player whose mentor is portrayed by the one and only Pele.
  • Mean Machine - A soccer based remake of Robert Aldrich's The Longest Yard.

No soccer fan should visit the store without taking a look at our impressive soccer section in the sports area. Out of the hundreds of titles available in this section some are actual complete matches. Others include documentaries on fans, clubs, hooligans and players while some even lay out the fundamentals of playing the game. There are World Cup, UEFA Champions League and MLS highlights. While some of these DVDs and tapes are definitely for footie-fans only there is a lot of rewarding viewing even for novices.

  • Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait - Just as much of an art film as a soccer documentary.
  • Two Escobars - This riveting documentary was produced by ESPN and explores the volatile, and interconnected, worlds of Colomian football and drugs
  • History of Soccer - A seven disc look at (duh) the history of soccer that is good for both fanatics and new converts. Narrated by Tarrence Stamp.
  • Football Undercover - An amazing story about an amateur female team that travels from Berlin to Iran with the hopes of staging the first all-female match in Iran.
  • Once in a Lifetime - Traces the spectacular rise and gradual fall of the New York Cosmos and, in particular, their star player Pele.
  • Sigi Schmid: Offensive Soccer Tactics - An instructional video featuring the Seattle Soudners coach.
  • Bobby Moore: Hero - Tony Palmer's excellent documentary about the legendary footballer who lead the English National Team to the top of the 1966 World Cup.
  • Carrott Gets Rowdie - An oddball film about a British comedian who explores American soccer fever circa 1980 by way of the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
  • Kicking It- A remarkable documentary about an international soccer championship for the homeless.
  • Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team - The title pretty much explains everything.
  • Blue Moon Rising - Perhaps the definitive documentary about what it means to be a sports fan.
  • Roy Keane: As I See It - Legendary Irish footballer looks back at his remarkable career.
  • Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrance Fasion - A study of a very specific footbal related fashion trend that took off in 1980s England.
  • UEFA Champions League Final - Barcelona and Messi and some of the best players in the world.
  • Clough - This is about the legendary player/coach that was portrayed by Michael Sheen in The Damned United.
  • Futebol - Brazil's passion for soccer and its impact on the rest of the world is thoroughly examined in this film.
  • One Night in Turin - Narrated by Gary Oldman this film is about the British National Team's pursuit of national redemption and the 1990 Wold Cup.
  • Pele O'Rey: Man of 1000 Goals - While Pele shows up in many of the films mentioned in this blog post this one is exclusively about the legendary player.
  • Art of Soccer with John Cleese - Like Cleese's similar documentary about wine, this film offers an overview of the sport combined with some good-natured humor.
  • FC Barcelona: Champions of Europe - The title explains it all.
  • The World at Their Feet - Another look at the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team that emphasizes their triumph at the 1999 World Cup.
  • Livepool Football Club - Match highlights featuring one of the best comebacks ever.

Okay, so now you’ve watched all these DVDs and Video Tapes and you want to play some soccer but you don’t want to leave your couch. Scarecrow has video games for both PS3 and X-Box available for rent. In FIFA 2011 and 2012 you can play as a huge variety of national and international teams. So if you’ve dreamed of being a Sounder or scoring a goal for Manchester United these games are probably the closest you will get to doing it in real life. Now let’s get to watching.

 

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