Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and the FIFA World Cup Final is the event which is watched by the highest number of people throughout the world. Since the sport is so widely popular and is played by many countries, it is bound to be one of the most important cultural phenomena in the world. It cannot be exactly said when the sport started, but organized soccer (known as football throughout the world except USA and Canada), was first started in England under the authority of the Football Association. Since then, the game has spread rapidly across the world. The first ever soccer club dates back to somewhere around 1860.
Soccer has influenced generations, caused national celebrations, riots, heartbreaks, displays of passion, skills, glory and has influenced millions of people throughout the world. Naturally, it has also given birth to numerous movies in various languages, and the streaming giant, Netflix has a good collection of them. So, here’s the list of really good soccer movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
7. Lorai: Play To Live (2015)
‘Lorai: Play To Live’ is an Indian movie made in Satyajit Ray‘s native language, Bengali. It is directed by Parambrata Chattopadhyay, who is also a renowned actor. The movie centers around a small Indian village in the state of West Bengal. The village is infested with criminals and violence is a daily norm. The youth of the village, who are from law-abiding homes, are afraid to get out of their houses after nightfall. In such a tense situation, the youngsters form a soccer team and a former player called Sebastian Ryan is brought in to coach them. An alcoholic, Ryan refuses to coach the team and spend his days in such a remote village.
However, their motivation and heart in the game makes him change his mind and he agrees to train them. With Ryan’s expert professional guidance, the team gets stronger. Their promise is to bring glory to their village and not let it be a place only known for violence and misrule. The movie is well-appreciated by critics, and some have also appreciated the fact that movies are being made about rural India away from the glossy urban, song and dance and melodrama which Bollywood generally saturates its movies with.
6. Rembat (2015)