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9 Movies World Cup Fans Need to See

Michael Sheen in "The Damned United"
Michael Sheen in “The Damned United”

When the World Cup team you’re rooting for faces a crushing defeat, you’ll definitely need something to help ease the pain. The good news is the growing library of football movies can serve any World Cup fan well.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy some fictional films about football or FIFA-centered documentaries, here are 9 movies you should watch to help soothe your broken spirit.

United Passions

An English-language French film, United Passions tells the unique and interesting origin story of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).


The highly-rated 2006 film Offside follows a female Iranian football fan determined to attend a World Cup match in the country despite oppressive laws that forbid women from going into stadiums to attend games.

The Workers Cup

When a country gets awarded the World Cup, it can help put that nation on the world stage. The Workers Cup focuses on migrant African workers and football players building Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure as they look for a way to a better life.

Kicking It

Kicking It follows a few homeless men attempting to escape the poverty of their lives by attending the Homeless World Cup in Cape Town.

Africa United

Africa United is a British sports comedy-drama that features a group of Rwandan children and sports fans as they travel 3,000 miles across the continent to attend the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Damned United

The Damned United is the film adaptation of British author David Peace’s 2006 biographical novel about what happened to Leeds United’s manager after England failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1974.

Goal! The Dream Begins

The first in a trilogy of films, Goal! is a sports drama produced with full cooperation from FIFA. The movie tells the story of a poor young Hispanic immigrant who lands the opportunity to try out for a British football league.

Bend It Like Beckham

Co-starring Keira Knightley in what’s considered her early career breakout performance, Bend It Like Beckham centers on a young female football star (Parminder Nagra) whose traditional Indian parents would much rather see her follow a more traditional role in life.  

The Big Green

Yes, The Big Green did have rather poor ratings. But for those who need a dose of ‘90s sports movie nostalgia, The Big Green easily delivers in a major way.


Sam Cook, our guest contributor for today, has been writing about streaming and internet privacy since 2015. In a former life, he taught high school literature. Currently, he writes for

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