Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ESPN 30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Whilte, Blue and White

I watched White, Blue and White. This is one of the longer 30 for 30 soccer stories that ESPN was running leading up to the 2014 World Cup. An episode guide is here.

This film focuses on the life of Argentintian soccer star Ossie Ardiles. After anchoring their victory in the 1978 World Cup, Argentinian players Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa joined Tottenham Hotspur. At the time, overseas players playing in the English league was still a new concept. Helping lead the Spurs to victory in the 1981 FA Cup, the Argentinian stars became cult heroes in England.

On April 2, 1982, everything changed. Argentinian troops descended on the British-ruled Falkland Islands. The film follows Ardiles' struggles as he deals with the impact of the war. This cousin was a pilot killed during the war.

The last section of the movie was shot in the Falkland Islands. It has some unique twists and turns. Jack watched the film after I did. Jack was intrigued because he is a Tottenham fan. Both he and I were surprised at where the last section of the film goes.

It is an interesting film. I didn't find it as compelling as most of the 30 for 30 Volume I and II films…

White, Blue and White is available on iTunes.

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