The FIFA Films Official FIFA World Cup™ Film Collection is available for professional business users. Produced from 1954 onwards, it contains many of the outtakes and rushes material that has never been seen before. The collection is a unique record of the greatest sporting event in the world.
The films, which include award winning movies such as “Hero” narrated by Michael Caine, made at the 1986 FIFA World Cup™ in Mexico – add an important dimension to the Archive. Mostly shot in 35mm colour, filmed by cameramen who have unique skills and experience in the artistic filming of football, they provide a rich source of close ups, slow motion and defining emotional shots. As such, they are ideal for productions such as television commercials and documentaries where mood footage is needed.
A unique and historically valuable addition to the Official Films Collection, these 14 minutes of material predate television and provides both black and white and colour coverage of the first ever FIFA World Cup™. There are five minutes of material from the final in colour, providing a record of Uruguay’s victory in 1930.
Starting with the FIFA World Cup™ finals in Switzerland in 1954, we see the red-hot favourites Hungary, led by the legendary Puskas eventually beaten by West Germany 3-2 in a classic final.
The 1958 finals, held in Sweden, saw the emergence of a new superstar in Pélé. This 17-year-old wonder player led the Brazilians to a final triumph over the host nation 5-2. It is an indication of their brilliance that the Swedes took defeat so gracefully, knowing they had faced one of the modern era's greatest teams.
Chile was the venue for the 1962 finals, where FIFA World Cup™ holders Brazil were expected to regain their crown. The hosts Chile took them all the way in an epic semi-final, but the classy Brazilians eventually beat Chile 4-2 and went on to beat another surprise package, Czechoslovakia, 3-1 in a one-sided final.
The only full colour record of the 1966 FIFA World Cup™. England was expected to perform well in 1966, as the host nation playing on home ground. After tough, tense games against Portugal and Argentina, England eventually overcame West Germany in the final 4-2. The team was helped, in no small measure, by a historic final hat-trick by Geoff Hurst and superb defending and attacking from Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton throughout the tournament.
The 1970 finals saw the emergence of probably the greatest team the world has ever seen, in the all-conquering form of Brazil. Pélé was playing in his last finals and his touch, vision and goal prowess combined with Jairzinho's amazing feat of scoring in every round, propelled the Brazilians to an irresistible 4-1 final victory over an overwhelmed Italy.
The 1974 finals in West Germany saw the emergence of "Total Football" in the shape of the classy Dutch led by the legendary Johan Cruyff. The Dutch swept all before them until they came up against the solid hosts in the final, with a Franz Beckenbauer led West Germany eventually emerging triumphant in a tense 2-1 victory.
Argentina, as hosts in 1978, were under great pressure to succeed. Amidst passionate ticker-tape throwing supporters, they progressed to the finals with a wonderful blend of attacking football and tough defending. The unlucky Dutch, now lacking Cruyffs' sublime skills, were the fall guys once again in the Final, losing 3-1 in a classic clash of styles.
Spain fell early as hosts in 1982, but this did not stop a wonderful tournament unfolding, with the Brazilians again fielding a magnificent team. Brazil was expected to beat Italy with ease in a group decider, but did not count on Paolo Rossi wrecking their plans with two great opportunist goals, enabling Italy to win a classic game 3-2. The Italians eventually went on to win the tournament with a 3-1 victory over a West German side which included the European footballer of the year, Karl Heinz Rummenigge.
Mexico had just recovered from a devastating earthquake before hosting the 1986 finals, but the nation put on a great tournament and Argentina, inspired by Maradona, rightly justified "favourite" status. An epic quarter-final with England was graced with the greatest FIFA World Cup™ goal ever from Maradona, not to mention the most controversial goal as well. France and West Germany staged another epic semi-final re-run of 1982, with the Germans perhaps leaving their best performance a round too early. Maradona's Argentina were waiting for them in the final. He inspired his team to win a classic final 3-2, to fulfil his expected destiny and lift the FIFA World Cup™ trophy once more for Argentina.
Italia 1990 was another fascinating tournament, a melting pot of different styles, culture and technique. The biggest tournament to date, it saw the emergence of the African nations with the free-flowing Cameroon capturing everyone's hearts with a worthy quarter-final run. England and West Germany yet again produced another epic game, with the Germans victorious. The final was tight and not for the squeamish, but the well-drilled and better-disciplined Germans prevailed 1-0 winners to claim the crown for the third time.
In 1994, The FIFA World Cup™ came to the USA for the first time in history and set the country alight, giving soccer a tremendous boost in the world's biggest market. Audiences were treble the previous highest ever achieved for soccer in the USA. This film offers an original view of the razzmatazz and vigour of the first US-staged event and captures the agony of the penalty shootout between Brazil and Italy that decided the world title.
The French team was on home soil was always going to be in contention for the title of World Champion. It did not disappoint its expectant fans. France '98 was not short on drama and controversy, in equal measure. Both were on display in the England v Argentina match, the match of the tournament, with Argentina emerging eventual winners after David Beckham's sending off. France continued its wonderful ride unchecked, meeting and finally beating Brazil 3-0 in the final. A watching world was left wondering about the controversial omission and subsequent re-selection of their superstar player Ronaldo. Pure drama! The 1998 film was shot on Super 16 mm film and included the most complete and extensive coverage ever, with each match being filmed from more angles than any previous film. All of these classic, historic moments can be re-lived again with the incomparable FIFA World Cup™ Film Collection. A Collection that tells the story of the world's greatest football tournament with the style, experience and coverage that it deserves, capturing all of the passion, tears and triumph for future generations of football fans.
2002 FIFA World Cup™ Korea/Japan was a World Cup of shocks and surprises, making history from start to finish. It was the first World Cup in Asia and the first to be co-hosted by two countries. The official film of the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ Korea/Japan captures the unique spirit of this event in 120 minutes of football on the pitch and behind the scenes. This is one of few official films able to offer a hint of the secret world behind the dressing room door Senegal's victory celebrations, Mexico's prayer and team talk, the referees debriefing.
The memory is refreshed with the twists and turns of the action, from Papa Bouba Diop's sensational start to Ronaldo's emotional finish. The story is told chronologically, capturing in detail the successes of Turkey, the USA, Senegal; the demise of France, Argentina, Portugal and Italy and how both Korea and Japan beat the pressure and the odds, against some notable opponents. The film is special in a number of areas offering a highly personal view of incidents like Aghahowa's eight handspring goal celebration; Beckham's penalty; Zidane's tears; Trappatoni's frustration; Kahn's steel and Ahn's ecstasy as well as bench shots which express the full agony and excitement of the experience of the team managers. The film also captures the colour and passion of Korea and Japan's welcome to the world. We join four million Koreans on the streets of Seoul; we see how Belgium's campaign took them to the edge of a volcano and what Grade AAA security really meant to the USA squad.