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Encyclopedia > Goal! (film)
Goal!

Goal! film poster
Directed by Danny Cannon
Produced by Mike Jefferies
Matt Barrelle
Mark Huffam
Written by Mike Jefferies
Adrian Butchart
Dick Clement
Ian La Frenais
Starring Kuno Becker
Alessandro Nivola
Marcel Iures
Stephen Dillane
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) September 30, 2005 UK
Running time 118 min.
Language English
Followed by Goal! 2: Living the Dream...
IMDb profile

Goal! (also known as Goal! The Dream Begins in the United States) is a 2005 film directed by Danny Cannon. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Danny Cannon (born 1968, in Luton, England) is a film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Born in Liverpool, Mike Jefferies is a British screenwriter and film producer. ... Originally from Sydney Australia, businessman and film producer Matt Barrelle, was born in 1971. ... Born in Liverpool, Mike Jefferies is a British screenwriter and film producer. ... Adrian Butchart is a British screenwriter and film producer. ... Dick Clement (born September 5, 1937) is an English writer. ... Ian La Frenais, born 7 January 1937 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, is, in partnership with Dick Clement, one of the most influential television writers in Britain. ... Kuno Becker (left) in Lucía, Lucía Kuno Becker (born January 14, 1978 in Mexico City) is a Mexican actor. ... Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor, perhaps known for his roles in the films Best Laid Plans, Jurassic Park III, Face/Off, and the Goal! trilogy. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Stephen Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is a Tony Award-winning British actor. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Danny Cannon (born 1968, in Luton, England) is a film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ...


Thi is the first installment of a trilogy named Goal!. This film was made with full cooperation from FIFA, which is one of the reasons actual teams are used throughout the movie. The second installment, Goal! 2: Living the Dream..., was released in February 2007. The third and final installment, Goal! 3, is currently being filmed and follows Santiago as he participates in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. This article is about an international football organization. ... Goal! 3 is a forecoming film directed by Michael Apted and written by Mike Jefferies, Adrian Butchart and Terry Loane, It is the third and final installment of the footballing trilogy Goal! that stars Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola and Anna Friel. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...

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Plot

A young Mexican man named Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker) dreams of making it big in the world of football. When he crosses the United States–Mexico border illegally as a child with his family, he drops his football and leaves it behind, but brings his spirit and continues to play for a local team as a young man. He ends up living in a barrio in Los Angeles working a day job with his father doing landscaping work, and a night job as a bus boy in a Chinese restaurant. He wanted a promotion to waiter but was not allowed because he was not Chinese. Santiago Munez is a fictional character in the Goal series, he is the main character in Goal! The Dream Begins, Goal! 2: Living the Dream. ... Kuno Becker (left) in Lucía, Lucía Kuno Becker (born January 14, 1978 in Mexico City) is a Mexican actor. ... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... The border between Mexico and the United States spans four U.S. states, six Mexican states, and has over twenty commercial crossings. ... Look up barrios in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


His only relief comes in the form of his local soccer league, of which he is the star. When Glen Foy, a former scout for Newcastle United, sees Santiago's natural talent, he offers a try out for the team if only Santiago can make it to England. While that would fulfill his dreams, his father only wants a new truck to start his very own business. Both of their dreams come true, but at a cost. Santiago's father gets his truck, but steals Santiago's saving to help pay for it. Feeling sorry for him, Santiago's grandmother buys him a ticket to London, by way of Mexico City. Upon arriving, Santiago calls Glen, who puts him up for the time being. For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


The very next day, Santiago meets Erik Dornhelm, the manager of Newcastle. He agrees to let Santiago train at Newcastle's training camp. Santiago plays, all the while hiding his asthma and the frequent need for his inhaler that comes with it. Having never before seen the mud caused by England's infamous rainstorms, Santiago spends more time on his back than on his feet. Glen pleads with Mr. Dornhelm to let Santiago stay, and he agrees to give him a one month trial. At his physical, Santiago lies and tells nothing of his asthma, to the very beautiful Nurse Harmison. Santiago makes friends with reserve teammate Jamie Drew, and enemies with others. Although he is a skilled player, Santiago struggles learning how to pass the ball more. This article is about a city in the United Kingdom. ... An inhaler is a medical device used for delivering medication into the body via the lungs. ...


With his inhaler crushed by a teammate before his reserve game debut, Santiago suffers greatly against Manchester United. He's fired and goes to say goodbye to Roz Harmison. While in the cab to the train station, Santiago is sidetracked when his cab has to pick up Gavin Harris, the Newcastle United star who's very late to training. Santiago tells Gavin of his asthma, and the resulting consequences. Gavin goes out on a limb for Santiago and talks to Mr. Dornhelm about letting the kid stay. Santiago is back on the field with some medical help, another chance, and a new friend. In the reserve game against Queens Park Rangers, Santiago scores his first goal, and gains even more standing among his teammates. Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... Queens Park Rangers are an English football team, from Shepherds Bush, London. ...


Santiago continues training and scores another goal against Middlesbrough F.C.. He even moves in with Gavin, who introduces him to the party lifestyle. Santiago calls home, but his father refuses to speak to him. Middlesbrough Football Club (commonly known as Boro) are an English football club based in Middlesbrough. ...


For the next game in London, Santiago is moved up to the first team. He plays as a substitute in place of an injured teammate, but is again chastised by his manager for not passing (though he does win a penalty for his team). His father even proudly exclaims, "That's my son" from the bar where he is watching the game. Gavin takes him out for a night on the town, but pictures end up in the papers of his partying. Confronted by Mr. Dornhelm about the identity of his partying teammate, Santiago doesn't give up Gavin, repaying Gavin's previous help. Trying to explain to Roz, Santiago sees Jamie, who tore up his knee (which was found out during an MRI scan), and found out Jamie will never play football again. Bonaventure Kalou of the Ivory Coast takes a penalty against Dragoslav Jevrić of S&M during the 2006 World Cup. ... The mri are a fictional alien species in the Faded Sun Trilogy of C.J. Cherryh. ...


Santiago tells Gavin to clean up his act, and gets thrown out for it. Back at home, Santiago's younger brother finds their father slumped over in the yard. Facing the news of his father's death by heart attack, Santiago sits in the airport on his way home to LA and decides to stay in England, and stick it out. He becomes more confident in himself, able to escape the negativity his father bestowed on him. Gavin confesses to Dornhelm about dragging Santiago to the party, and takes on the responsibility of being a good role model. In the final game deciding Newcastle's chances of being in the UEFA Champions League, Santiago is moved up to starter. Gavin scores a goal, but Liverpool F.C. equalise and then take the lead. With Santiago's assistance, Gavin scores another goal to tie things up. Santiago scores from a free kick, with his grandmother and brother watching on TV in a Los Angeles bar. They learn that his father saw Santiago's professional debut in the previous game, letting Santiago finally let his father go in peace. European Cup redirects here. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ...


Cast listing

Kuno Becker (left) in Lucía, Lucía Kuno Becker (born January 14, 1978 in Mexico City) is a Mexican actor. ... Santiago Munez is a fictional character in the Goal series, he is the main character in Goal! The Dream Begins, Goal! 2: Living the Dream. ... Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor, perhaps known for his roles in the films Best Laid Plans, Jurassic Park III, Face/Off, and the Goal! trilogy. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Stephen Dillane (born 30 November 1956) is a Tony Award-winning British actor. ... Anna Louise Friel (born 12 July 1976) is an English actress from Rochdale, in Greater Manchester. ... Kieran OBrien is a British actor. ... Sean Pertwee (born June 4, 1964) is a British actor. ...

Cameo appearances

The film was notable for the large number of cameo appearances, most of them by football players playing themselves: Since its first use in 1851, a cameo role or cameo appearance has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. ...

Others with a connection to football made brief appearances: David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Zidane redirects here. ... For other uses, see Raúl González (disambiguation). ...   (IPA: , born 5 February 1948) is a Swedish football manager. ... Alan Shearer OBE (born 13 August 1970 in Gosforth) is a retired professional English footballer who played as a striker for the England national team and Premiership clubs, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Australian figure skater, see Stephen Carr (figure skater). ... Lee David Bowyer (born January 3, 1977 in Newham, London) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for FA Premier League side West Ham United. ... Laurent Robert (born May 21, 1975 in Saint Benoît, Réunion) is a French left winger who currently plays for Benfica of the Portuguese SuperLiga. ... Jermaine Anthony Jenas (born February 18, 1983 in Nottingham) is an English football midfielder currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur, in the English Premiership. ... Kieron Courtney Dyer (born 29 December 1978 in Ipswich, England) is an English footballer, currently playing for West Ham United. ... Titus Malachi Bramble (born July 21, 1981 in Ipswich, Suffolk) is an English football player, currently playing for Wigan Athletic in the FA Premier League. ... For other uses, see Brian Johnson (disambiguation). ... Michael Chopra (born 23 December 1983 in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English footballer playing professionally for the Premier League side Sunderland. ... Jean-Alain Boumsong (born November 14, 1979, in Douala, Cameroon) is a professional football defender who currently plays for Juventus and the French national team. ... Robert Rob Martin Lee (born February 1, 1966 in West Ham, London) is a retired English football player. ...

Rafael (Rafa) Benítez Maudes (born 16 April 1960, Madrid, Spain) has been the manager of Liverpool F.C. since June 2004. ... Patrick Stephan Kluivert (born July 1, 1976 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch international football striker. ... Paul Martyn Konchesky (born May 15, 1981 in Barking, London) is a professional English football player currently playing for Fulham in the left-back position. ... Milan Baroš (born 28 October 1981 in Vigantice, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) is a Czech international footballer. ... Steven George Gerrard MBE (IPA: []) (born 30 May 1980, Whiston, Merseyside) is an English football player. ... John Arne Semundseth Riise (born September 24, 1980 in Ålesund) is a Norwegian football player who currently plays for Liverpool F.C. Riise is renowned for the shooting power and accuracy of his favoured left foot, as well as his excellent physical conditioning, most notably his outstanding stamina levels. ... James Jamie Carragher (born 28 January 1978 in Bootle, Merseyside) is English footballer playing his club football at Liverpool where he is at present vice-captain, behind teammate and fellow Liverpudlian Steven Gerrard. ... Igor Bišćan (born May 4, 1978 in Zagreb, Croatia) is a Croatian football player, who plays primarily as a defensive central midfielder. ... For Frank Lampard Jr. ... Joseph Joe John Cole (born 8 November 1981 in Romford, East London) is a professional footballer who plays for Chelsea of the English Premier League and the England national team. ... William Gallas, (born 17 August 1977 in Asnières-sur-Seine), is a French international footballer of Guadeloupian descent who currently plays for and captains Arsenal in the English Premier League. ...

Release dates

The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and territories and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...

Trivia

  • Michael Winterbottom was originally signed to direct the film.
  • AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, made a cameo appearance.
  • Santiago Muñez has a profile on the footballing community Joga.com.
  • The final scene where Santiago scores to win the game against Liverpool F.C. is the actual goal scored by Laurent Robert in real life. It is noticeable that Santiago, a right footed player throughout the movie, shoots with his left foot in this scene.
  • The first reserves teamlist that Santiago features on (versus Manchester United) also includes Darren Ambrose, Shola Ameobi and David Edgar, all players that have played in Newcastle United's first team.
  • The one thing the movie ignores is how Santiago Munez manages to maintain a work permit, considering he is relatively unknown non-EU player. Notable players with special talent such as Ronaldinho (for FC Barcelona.), and Nery Castillo (for Manchester United) have failed to gain work permits to play in the EU.
  • Alejandro Tapia who portrayed the part of Julio was age 19 at the time of filming.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Michael Winterbottom (b. ... This article is about the band. ... For other uses, see Brian Johnson (disambiguation). ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... Laurent Robert (born May 21, 1975 in Saint Benoît, Réunion) is a French left winger who currently plays for Benfica of the Portuguese SuperLiga. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... Darren Paul Ambrose (born February 29, 1984 in Harlow, Essex) is an English professional footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Charlton Athletic. ... Foluwashola Shola Ameobi (born October 12, 1981 in Zaria, Nigeria) is an Anglo-Nigerian football player. ... David Edward Edgar (born May 19, 1987 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian football player. ... Santiago Munez is a fictional character in the Goal series, he is the main character in Goal! The Dream Begins, Goal! 2: Living the Dream. ... Work permit is a generic term for a legal authorization which allows a person to take employment. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ... Nery Alberto Castillo Confalonieri Jr. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ...

External links

  • Official Goal! Website
  • Official Goal! The Dream Begins Website
  • Goal! at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official NUFC Website
  • Variety.com Review
  • BBC Film Review
  • UEFA Perspective

 
 

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