The Match (1999) - The Beautiful Game

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

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