Exactly one year from today, the World Cup kicks off in South Africa. So its a good time to post about football. Good time to talk about football and film.
One of the teams trying to make it for South Africa 2010 is France. They currently lie second in their group in the European qualifiers for the tournament. Serbia looks set to take top spot in group play with France having to enter a knockout competition for 2010. In 1998 the French were in a worse position, but won the final of the tournament in Paris against a lackluster Brazil in Paris. (You can watch the goals–including two by Zinedine Zidane–in the video above.)
If you’re in New York City, you can relive that 1998 campaign on screen in the documentary “Les Yeux Dans Les Bleus” (The Year of the Blues), which will be shown as part of the inaugural edition of “Kicking and Screening,” a film festival about football in New York City next month.
The other films are “Once in a Lifetime: The extraordinary story of the New York Cosmos,” “FC Barcelona Confidential,” and “In the Hands of the Gods.”
The festival also includes a panel discussion about David Beckham’s impact on soccer in the United States.