- Extraordinary story of forgotten footballing heroes and an amateur side’s pilgrimage to honour them
- BT Sport Films once again demonstrates the highest quality of premium sports programming on BT Sport
BT Sport has announced that Brothers in Football, the next film in its award-winning series of original BT Sport Films, will premiere at 9pm on Saturday 10th November on BT Sport 1 to coincide with the Centenary of Armistice.
A centenary ago, Corinthian FC of London were to many the world’s greatest side – sporting geniuses credited with popularising football around the world while championing fair play. Having first toured Brazil in 1910, they were returning in 1914 when news reached them of the outbreak of World War One. They returned home without kicking a ball – dodging torpedo fire en route - and to fight on the battlefields of France, losing more men than any club in history.
A hundred years later, the Corinthian name lives on in two very different corners of the world: Corinthian-Casuals FC play beside the Surbiton dual-carriageway as amateurs in the semi-professional eighth tier of English football; while SC Corinthian Paulista – a club inspired by the legendary Corinthian FC visit in 1910 – are Brazil’s richest and most successful professional club.
Brothers in Football tells the extraordinary true story of how South London amateurs Corinthian-Casuals, set-out on a pilgrimage to finally play the historic match that was abandoned on the eve of the Great War. Little do they know that their pilgrimage will take them 6,000km across the world, from playing in front of 30 fans one week to 30 million the next.
This touching documentary is a timely reminder of the unifying power of the Beautiful Game. Celebrating long-forgotten football missionaries, the game’s true amateur grassroots, and how one team inspired two very different stories across the world, on the opposite ends of the footballing spectrum.
Director, Chris Watney, passionately follows the Corinthians’ journey and speaks to some of football’s biggest names. Contributors include legendary players: Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Edu Gaspar, Roberto Rivellino, Martin Tyler, Sid Lowe as well as Brazil manager Tite and South American football expert Tim Vickery.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Brothers In Football builds on an exciting period for followers of sports documentaries, with BT Sport Films releasing several exciting films over the coming months. Brothers In Football is a truly inspiring story and one which is set to captivate sports fans and the general public alike.”
Brothers In Football is the latest in a series of several excellent new films that customers can look forward to this season on BT Sport, which already offers an exciting line-up across multiple platforms.
The film is a co-production between BT Sport and Creativity Media, directed by Chris Watney, produced by Chris Watney and Jay Barrymore, and executive produced for BT Sport by Sally Brown and by Jasmin Moradian and Adam Shakinovsky for Creativity Media.
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