Goal Movie Review

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“I’ve spent muddy days watching young lads beat the hell out of each other. But once in a while, there’s one that comes along and lifts your heart.” --Glen Foy in “Goal! The Dream Begins”

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Like every kid, Santiago Munez has a big dream. But unlike every kid, he’s given the rare opportunity to make that dream come true—if he’s willing to put his fears aside, travel thousands of miles from home, and hold his own with some of the best in the world. The intense pressure and personal sacrifice prove costly for Santiago on his quest—but will they be enough to keep this gifted, determined young athlete and fledgling hero from his ultimate “Goal”? When Santiago crossed the border into America at the
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Novices to show business, Jefferies and Barrelle had the opportunity to sit down with an Oscar®-winning director and pick his brain. As a result of the meeting, Barrelle, Jeffries and Stepper boarded a plane to Paris to meet with officials at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association—better known around the world as FIFA. “We met with FIFA to gain access,” explains Jefferies. “We wanted to be able to use these football properties, be able to film in stadiums and receive clearances, to be able to mitigate the problems we might have with licenses or image rights. We needed FIFA to hold our hand and help us navigate those channels.” Cementing the deal with FIFA was critical to securing the involvement of the squads and enhancing the authenticity of the film. “Doing a deal with FIFA was incredibly important to us, and doing deals with the teams and actual players was critical as well,” explains Barrelle. “We wanted to use real teams because the fans really know what’s going on, and football fans are obviously the most fanatic fans in the world. You can’t cheat them. We didn’t want to do that, and hopefully you’ll see that on the screen.” After considering several teams, the filmmakers opted to go with Newcastle United—based in a one-club town where footballers are
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