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Whatever you want to call it - soccer in the United States and Canada, or football in the rest of the world - the fact remains that there is no denying that this is, without a doubt, the most popular sport in the world! So, just how popular is soccer? Well not only is it played in more than 200 countries from all corners of the world, the sport is also played by no fewer than 250 million players from a wide array of skill levels, as well as an assortment of clubs, communities, and national teams.
Like anything that has achieved this level of immense popularity and is a part of so many people's lives, it is no surprise that there are countless depictions of soccer in fiction - including books, television shows, and film. There are so many great soccer movies that it would be impossible to list them all. So instead, we've taken a handful of the most iconic ones throughout history, from all over the world, and put them in this quiz for you true fans of the sport. So, let's see if you can score the right answers with this quiz!
"Shaolin Soccer" is a film that stars Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, and Yat-Fei Wong and also is directed by Stephen Chow. The film tells the story of a Shaolin follower who reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
"When Saturday Comes" is a film that stars Sean Bean, Emily Lloyd, and Pete Postlethwaite and was directed by Maria Giese. The film tells the story of a brewery worker who rises from the ranks of his local pub’s football team to being offered a chance to play for Sheffield United.
"Le ballon d’or" is a French film that stars Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah, Agnès Soral, and Habib Hammoud and was directed by Cheik Doukouré. The film tells the story of Salif Keïta, the first "Ballon d'or d'Afrique" (African Golden Ball).
"Football Days" s a film that stars Alberto San Juan, Ernesto Alterio, and Natalia Verbeke and was directed by David Serrano. The film tells the story of a group of friends in their 30s who set up a football team to try to rejuvenate their lives.
"The Damned United" is a film that stars Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, and David Roper and was directed by Tom Hooper. The film tells the story of Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club, Leeds United.
"United" is a film that stars Dean Andrews, Kate Ashfield, and Natalie Burt and was directed by James Strong. The film is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes," the youngest side ever to win the Football League.
"La gran final" is a film that stars Atibou Aboubacar, Adalberto Jr., and Ahmed Alansar and and was directed by Gerardo Olivares. The film tells the story of the comedic attempts of tribal groups around the world to watch a soccer match.
"Goal II: Living the Dream" is a film that stars Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel and was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film tells the story of Santiago Munez, a Newcastle United soccer star who accepts a spot with Real Madrid – as well as the money, fame, and troubles that come with his decision.
"Pilkarski Poker" is a film that stars Janusz Gajos, Malgorzata Pieczynska, Marian Opania and was directed by Janusz Zaorski. The film tells the story of the chairmen of several football clubs who have the ability to decide the outcomes of matches thanks to corrupt referees.
"Montevideo: Taste of a Dream" is a film that stars Milos Bikovic, Petar Strugar, and Nina Jankovic and was directed by Dragan Bjelogrlic. The film tells the story of a football team and their larger than life dreams in the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1930.
"Brother" is a film that stars Fernando Moreno, Eliú Armas, and Alí Rondón and was directed by Marcel Rasquin. The film tells the story of young men who have been raised as brothers and now look to their soccer skills as a way of getting out of their slum.
"Green Street Hooligans" is a film that stars Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, and Claire Forlani and was directed by Alexandra "Lexi" Alexander. The film tells the story of a wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad who moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.
"Gracie" is a film that stars Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue and was directed by Davis Guggenheim. The film tells the story of a teenage girl and her fight to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer.
"Fever Pitch" is a film that stars Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Luke Aikman and was directed by David Evans. The film tells the story of a sports fan's romantic relationship that clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team.
"Heleno" is a film that stars Rodrigo Santoro, Angie Cepeda, and Alinne Moraes and was directed by José Henrique Fonseca. The film tells the story of the tragic life of one of Brazil's greatest soccer players, Heleno de Freitas.
"Mike Bassett: England Manager" is a film that stars Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, and Bradley Walsh and was directed by Steve Barron. The film tells the story of the new manager of England’s football team and the comedic obstacles he faces.
"The Match" is a film that stars Max Beesley, Isla Blair, and James Cosmo and was directed by Mick Davis. The film tells the story of two Scottish pub football teams that end up playing each other in a football match to settle a century-old grudge.
"Linha de Passe" is a film that stars Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira and was directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. The film tells the story of four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their football dreams.
"Lessons of a Dream" is a film that stars Daniel Brühl, Burghart Klaußner, and Thomas Thieme and was directed by Sebastian Grobler. The film tells the story of an English teacher who brings soccer from England to Germany in the late 19th Century by teaching it to his class.
"All Stars" is a film that stars Danny de Munk, Antonie Kamerling, and Daniël Boissevain and was directed by Jean van de Velde. The film tells the story of players from a Dutch amateur soccer team who struggle with juggling their love of football and their other responsibilities.
"A Shot at Glory" is a film that stars Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Andy Gray and was directed by Michael Corrente. The film tells the story of a North of Scotland Highland Football League club that attempts to reach its first-ever Scottish Cup Final.
"El portero" is a film that stars Carmelo Gómez, Maribel Verdú, and Antonio Resines and was also directed by Gonzalo Suárez. The film tells the story of a goalkeeper in the Spanish Premier League and the effect that the Civil War has on his life.
"Mean Machine" is a film that stars Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, and David Hemmings and was directed by Barry Skolnick. The film tells the story of a soccer star who is jailed for assault and the group of inmates he leads in a match against prison guards.
"Goal! The Dream Begins" is a film that stars Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, and Anna Friel and was directed by Danny Cannon. The film tells the story of a talented young footballer who is given a chance at professional football after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.
"Kicking & Screaming" is a film that stars Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, and Josh Hutcherson and was directed by Jesse Dylan. The film tells the story of a dysfunctional family man who takes on the coaching duties of a children's soccer team.
"Yesterday’s Hero" is a film that stars Suzanne Somers, Ian McShane, and Adam Faith and was directed by Neil Leifer. The film tells the story of a has-been, alcoholic former soccer star determined to make a comeback.
"Will" is a film that stars Damian Lewis, Bob Hoskins, and Rebekah Staton and was directed by Ellen Perry. The film tells the story of an orphan’s journey across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.
"Victory" is a film that stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, and Pelé and was directed by John Huston. The film tells the story of allied POWs who prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team in Nazi-occupied Paris, and the resistance officers making escape plans for them.
"Offside" is a film that stars Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, and Ayda Sadeqi and was directed by Jafar Panahi. The film tells the story of girls who try to watch a World Cup qualifying match but are forbidden by law because of their gender.
"Bend It Like Beckham" is a film that stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and was directed by Gurinder Chadha. The film tells the story of a young woman who rebels against her strict parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.
"The Game of Their Lives" is a film that stars Wes Bentley, Gerard Butler, and Gavin Rossdale and was directed by David Anspaugh. The film tells the story of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
"Rudo y Cursi" is a film that stars Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Guillermo Francella and was directed by Carlos Cuarón. The film tells the story of two siblings who take their life-long rivalry into the world of professional soccer.
"The Football Factory" is a film that stars Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, and Tamer Hassan and was directed by Nick Love. The film tells the story of a Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs, and alcohol.
"The Year My Parents Went on Vacation" is a film that stars Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, and Daniela Piepszyk and was directed by Cao Hamburger. The film tells the story of a boy left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in 1970, when both the World Cup and dictatorship were happening in Brazil.
"Sixty Six" is a film that stars Charlie Clark, Nick Shirm, and Thomas Drewson and was directed by Paul Weiland. The film tells the story of a boy's bar mitzvah and the problems that arise when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final.
"Purely Belter" is a film that stars Chris Beattie, Greg McLane, and Charlie Hardwick and was directed by Mark Herman. The film tells the story of two teenage boys who will do anything to get money to buy season tickets for their local team.
"There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble" is a film that stars Lewis McKenzie, Jane Lapotaire, and Gina McKee and was directed by John Hay. The film tells the story of a shy and bullied boy who gains confidence and success through playing football.
"Her Best Move" is a film that stars Daryl Sabara, Leah Pipes, and Lisa Darr and was directed by Norm Hunter. The film tells the story of a female teenage soccer prodigy and how her home and romantic lives are turned upside down when she has a chance to join the U.S. National Team.
"The Miracle of Bern" is a film that stars Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, and Johanna Gastdorf and was directed by Sönke Wortmann. The film tells the story of a post-war German family and West Germany's victory in the 1954 World Cup Final.