‘The Match’ (1999) a small but classic underdog soccer movie

The Match (1999)

The Match is a sweet spin on the underdog theme. The story is set in a picturesque Scottish village, the teams represent two pubs in a 100-year competition, and this is the year that winner takes all.

For such a seemingly small film, it includes a number of big-time actors who contribute good performances: Richard E Grant, Ian Holm, Tom Sizemore, and Pierce Brosnan.

For some reason, the British reviews of this movie are quite harsh. But the soccer is good (although minimal), the story is well-told, and the cinematography is excellent. It is the classic sports movie plot of “inept team triumphs over elite bad guys after inspirational speech”.

7 Soccer Movie Mom Rating = 7

  • Resources:
  • Reease Date: 1999-08-13 (UK)
  • American title is The Match
  • In the UK, the title was The Beautiful Game
  • IMDB
  • WIKI
  • Director: Mick Davis