Sunday, July 1, 2012

Euro 2012 Final Today!

Well, we're down to the final match today, Spain v. Italy!  Which nation do you think will win it? Visit the UEFA website for stats, news, & more!  You can also play European Final Bingo, courtesy of The Telegraph.

I always get so excited when there's a major tournament to watch. If you're suffering from some soccer withdrawal after Euro 2012 ends today & looking for something soccer-related to watch, try one of these soccer films! (Or check out some recommended pre-season friendlies, like Real Madrid v. AC Milan at Yankee Stadium in August!  Another important match to catch is the U.S.A.- Mexico mens' friendly in August - the U.S.A. has never beaten Mexico in Mexico.  Can we make history?)

Based on the true story of how Manchester United, the youngest championship team in English soccer history, rose from the ashes of a tragic plane crash that devastated the team. Powerfully acted, United is a tale of overcoming-the-odds; a triumphant film not to be missed by sports fans.

A chance encounter in Berlin sparks an affair between an Israeli man and a Palestinian woman when handsome Eyal and gorgeous Rana meet when their backpacks get swapped on the subway during the 2006 World Cup finals, and over six days they get swept away by romantic desire, soccer mania, and competing political loyalties, but when Rana suddenly returns to Paris, Eyal must make some bold choices that could alter their lives forever.

The Cup
World Cup soccer fever sweeps into a remote Himalayan monastery and centuries-old traditions are threatened. The young monks will do just about anything to watch the final match, posing a unique challenge to the venerable lamas in charge.

The Great Match
This film tells the adventurous story of three heroes, none of whom have ever met, but who nevertheless have two things in common: first, they all live in the farthest-flung corners of the planet and, secondly, they are all three determined to see on TV the final in Japan of the 2002 World Cup between Germany and Brazil. The protagonists in this 'global' comedy are: a family of Mongolian nomads, a camel caravan of Tuareg in the Sahara, and a group of Indios in the Amazon. They all live about 500 kilometres away from the next town - and the next television - making their task a particularly daunting one. Nevertheless, these inventive people possess the resourcefulness and the willpower to achieve their goal.

The Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men and only men. According to Islamic custom, women are not permitted to watch or participate. The ambitious girls who manage to sneak into the arenas are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes these young men and women adversaires, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity.

Goal!: The Dream Begins
Santiago Munez, an immigrant from Los Angeles, is given the chance to go to England to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. This underdog must prove he has the talent, passion, and determination to triumph against all odds.

The Art of Soccer with John Cleese
Comedy legend John Cleese hosts this A-Z look at soccer's greatest kicks, goals, saves, bloopers, plays, and penalties of all time.

Bend It Like Beckham
Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team.

Soccer Made in America
Disc 1: In the beginning (61:40) -- Disc 2: Possession game (50:54) -- Disc 3: Art of finishing (56:00) -- Disc 4: Demands of the modern game: attacking (55:47) -- Disc 5: Demands of the modern game: Defending (52:55) -- Disc 6: Tactics of the modern game (47:48).

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