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Kids

Imaginative combo of parkour + soccer in ‘Teufelskicker’ (2010)

Teufelskickers (2010)

Teufelskicker is a kick of a football film. It is a well-crafted movie based on the eponymous German children’s books by Frauke Nahrgang.

Discovering Coach Dad to be unfaithful, Moritz and his mom move in with Grandpa. In an unfriendly new school, Moritz is bullied by the local club team. He has to find new friends and build his own team, which they name Teufelskicker (Devil’s Kickers).

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Drama

From Russian enslavement to ‘The Miracle of Bern’ (2003)

The Miracle of Bern (2003)
Das Wunder von Bern

Das Wunder von Bern is one of the top soccer movie money-makers. It portrays the WC 1954 final, known as the Miracle of Bern, from the standpoint of a struggling mining town post-Hitler. A German POW returns from 11 years in the Soviet Gulag to a young son he didn’t know existed, and to a family that has grown up in his absence. The young boy is a talisman for local striker Helmut Rahn, who is called up to play for Germany but has trouble getting playing time.

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Comedy

If Jurgen Klinsmann preferred ‘Guys and Balls’ (2004)

Guys and Balls (2004)

This German soccer movie, Guys and Balls, is predictable but very cute. Ecki, a small-town goalkeeper and baker, is kicked off his semi-pro team for being gay. In defiance, he organizes an all-gay team to play against his former team in their home stadium, resulting in a nice strike against homophobia.

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Suspense

‘Below the Earth’s Surface’ (2008) can this stadium be saved?

Below the Earth's Surface (2008)
aka Gaping Abyss

Below the Earth’s Surface (or Gaping Abyss) is a German TV action movie in a stadium, it is not really a soccer movie. But it has good production values and rolls along at a tense pace.

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Kids

‘Die Wilden Kerle 2’ (2005) seems inappropriate

Die Wilden Kerle 2 (2005)

Die Wilden Kerle 2, aka The Wild Soccer Bunch 2, is popular in Germany, and maybe there it is family friendly. Maybe you have to be raised in Germany and understand German fairy tales to appreciate this movie. I thought I had accidentally switched channels to a nightmare sequence in a Fellini movie.

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Comedy

‘Liberated Zone’ (2003) nihilistic sex and racism

Liberated Zone (2003)

Liberated Zone (Befreite Zone) left me speechless. Three words describe how bad this German comedy is, and what it is really about: Nihilistic sex and Racism.