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STO Soccer Film Review: The Goal Trilogy

The Goal Trilogy will consist of three films: Goal: The Dream Begins (2005), Goal II: Living the Dream (2007), and Goal III, which will be released in 2009. The series has been made with FIFA’s cooperation, so the films feature actual teams and a slew of famous players, including David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldhino, Alan Shearer, and Steven Gerrard.

The films trace the meteoric rise through the soccer ranks of Santiago, a Mexican American gardener. In the first installment, he is noticed by a Newcastle scout and, against his father’s wishes, makes it to a tryout across the pond thanks to his grandmother’s generosity. He eventually overcomes many obstacles to make the first team.

Before Newcastle’s final game with Liverpool, his father dies, but he chooses to play in the match rather than return for the funeral. In the match, he assists the equalizer before notching the game winner on a free kick. In the beginning of the second film, Santiago is dealt to Real Madrid. He starts out well, but quickly begins to self-destruct.

He eventually is arrested for striking a photographer and his personal life implodes. He manages to get his life back on track though and scores in the Champions League Final, which Real wins on a David Beckham free kick (which underlies the fact this is fictional film). The second film features even more soccer stars than the first.

Goal III is scheduled to come out next month. In that film, Santiago plays in the 2006 World Cup for Mexico (geez, even in the movies the US can’t get people to choose their national team). I’m betting he helps them win it too (the producers have never worried about actual history when it comes to the plot). All in all, I’ll probably watch it, but just because I have already seen the other two.

If you have not seen these films yet, I would recommend you not waste your time. The first two were excrutiatingly predictable and I am surprised someone in Hollywood would even put up the big bucks to get these films made. Plus, the dialogue sounds stilted and employs far too many cliches. In their defense though, the cinematography of the soccer scenes is pretty good. Check them out if they’re on TV, but I wouldn’t recommend ponying up any of your hard earned cash to rent them.

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  • ye132 July 19, 2009, 4:38 pm

    in my opinion what inter needs is a strong midfield… there is where the money must be spent… we already have great strikers and now we have milito… in my opinion our midfield is more defensive rather than offensive, thus quaresma was purchased last season, yet he proved nothing…. poor guy so much skill and he did not show it… lets see what happens, i really hope this transfer seasons ends towarsds a posssitive future for internazionale! forza nerazurro!
    siempre interisti

    • David July 20, 2009, 5:12 pm

      Agree totally with your comments. It was apparent in the Champions League that Inter’s weakness was its midfield. With 40 million euros from the Ibra sale Mourinho should be able to add two quality midfield players to the team

  • intetimi July 19, 2009, 4:07 am

    ibra is good but he is big game floop he hasnt scored 3 years after group stage in champions league so eto is better than him he scored in champions league finals he has scored much more goals than ibra so inter will for sure be stronger with eto

  • David July 17, 2009, 9:30 am

    I agree Norman about Hleb. He never impressed me when he was at Arsenal. I like Eto’o but his huge wage demands have turned me off him this summer.

  • norman July 17, 2009, 8:22 am

    Many reports stated tat Barca may offer Eto plus 40m euro. I personally admire Ibra but if it is his desire to leave Inter, then it is his choice to do it and there is no stopping him. What Inter can do is to get so much return as possible to negate his loss.

    I suspect that Eto and Hleb plus another 20m euro may enough to convince Moratti to sell. Eto is great but Hleb is not. I also think that Maxwell had been sold too cheaply to Barca.

  • ye132 July 17, 2009, 7:45 am

    not in a million years… ibrah is the best striker out there… barca will have to give me iniesta and eto’o and at least 40 million for that deal… ibrah must stay at inter if we want to win the champions league

    • David July 17, 2009, 9:33 am

      Interesting comment about whether Inter can win the Champions League without Ibra. It is a big risk that Inter is taking here. It will be interesting to see who we biy for the 40 million Euros. That would take care of a quality center half and a couple of midfield players

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