A tender bond has turned into a fierce love affair.
Soccer and film discovered their similarities – the “soccer film” has established itself as a genre in its own right. The astonishing variety of film themes shows that the social phenomenon of “soccer” has now grown far beyond its historical dimension. The films show the social and cultural backgrounds of sport, which can mean norm and rebellion, wealth and poverty, community spirit and fanaticism in different places at the same time.
Viewers are now prepared to get involved with soccer films, with soccer film material. Of course, this also has to do with the fact that soccer is reaching ever broader sections of society.
And good stories are now also being told. There are wonderful pictures, actors for whom you have great sympathy or antipathy, there are victories, triumphs, bitter defeats, tragic heroes – everything is there in both. Soccer is one of the few remaining overarching topics in society. All vested interests disappear behind the ball. Patterns and identification models can also be found here to tell cinematic stories.