7 feel-good football movies to watch this week
Lately, Klang Valley has been hit by extreme thunderstorms especially in the late afternoons/evenings as we move into our yearly Monsoon season. Because of that, we either get stuck in traffic to get from one place to another or wait patiently for the rain to stop (it usually doesn’t), potentially ruining our bola activities in the evening due to the downpour.
So to kick things off this week, here is a list of football-themed movies to watch every day for the rest of the week, just to keep that football fever in tact despite the rainy days:
MONDAY – SHE’S THE MAN (2006)
Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey
To cure your Monday blues, this 2006 comedy features Viola (Amanda Bynes) disguising herself as her twin brother, Sebastian, at a new boarding school. Things start to get a little complicated when she starts to fall in love with her handsome roommate, Duke (Channing Tatum), who in this case thinks Viola is actually Sebastian. Yeah, it’s really confusing but a fun movie that tickles your funny bones nevertheless.
TUESDAY – SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001)
Starring: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong
Shaolin Soccer features an extremely skilled Shaolin Kung-Fu devotee, Sing, who caught the eye of a soccer coach thanks to his ‘leg of steel’. Together with their unlikely mix of martial arts and soccer skills, they assemble a squad of Sing’s Shaolin brothers to battle against the dreaded Team Evil in the national soccer competition.
WEDNESDAY – BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002)
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Who says girls can’t play football? Bend It like Beckham is a British-Indian romantic comedy sports movie (phew!) that features 18-year-old daughter of an orthodox Sikh, Jesminder “Jess” Bhamra, who has so much love for football. The movie plays around Jess who has to lie to her parents due to their traditionalism just to be able to play for a local women’s team.
Also, she falls in love with a white coach of hers at the end. Rebel at its best, Jess!
THURSDAY – GOAL! (2005)
Starring: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel
The 1st part of a trilogy, Goal!, follows Santiago Muñez, a poor Mexican-American immigrant cook living in Los Angeles, who is given a chance to follow his dream of playing soccer professionally after being spotted by a talent scout who offers him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to tryout for the Newcastle United team!
FRIDAY – GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS (2005)
Starring: Elijah wood, Charlie Hunnam, Marc Warren, Leo Gregory, Geoff Bell
Green Street Hooligans is the perfect movie to watch with you mates over a pint (or two) of beer. The British-American independent drama film revolves around an expelled Harvard journalism undergrad from America, Matt Buckner, who moves to London and meets Pete Dunham, who introduces him to the violent underworld of football hooliganism. Things get messy when Pete’s friend suspects Matt’s motives and eventually reopens a years-old rivalry between Pete’s brother and the leader of a rival gang.
SATURDAY – OLA BOLA (2016)
Starring: J.C. Chee, Luqman Hafidz, Andy Darrel Gomes
It is a story set in the 1980s during the Malaysian tumultuous economic times, about an unlikely team of footballers whose disagreements have left them with a streak of embarrassing losses. Personal issues have caused each of them to crack under pressure while the team slowly falls apart. They have only one chance left for international glory, and this multicultural team has to find it in their hearts to overcome their individual odds and unite for the sake of an entire country.
SUNDAY – MEAN MACHINE (2001)
Starring: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings
The British sports comedy film stars former footballer Vinnie Jones playing Danny “The Mean Machine” Meehan as a former captain of the England national football team. Danny was banned from playing football for life as he was caught fixing a match they played against Germany and is sentenced to 3 years in prison for assaulting 2 police officers after a rough night at a local bar. In prison, he assembles murderers, thieves and madmen, and leads them in the ultimate battle – a soccer match! Just imagine The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler but instead of American football, it’s… well… the real football.
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