Blaze takes a look at the beautiful game with two footie documentaries

Join BLAZE for some Monday Night Football action, with back-to-back shows exploring the beautiful game in Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen followed by Football’s Greatest Moments.

The way we were, Jimmy Hill hosts the 1970 ITV World Cup coverage.

First up is Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen, who travels around the UK exploring the history of football in a journey that takes him from the game’s humble beginnings to the multi-billion-pound industry it is today.

Having played at Arsenal’s youth camp, Alfie regularly turned out for charity football matches until he damaged his knee (that old chestnut). The actor also sang backing vocals on his dad Keith’s 1998 England World Cup song Vindaloo, so there’s no doubting his footballing credentials.

Alfie interviews several former footballers during the series, including Sol Campbell, Andy Cole, the England Women’s football team and one of the first prominent black players to play in England’s top division, Cyrille Regis. Other notable football personalities Alfie meets along the way include PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, former chairman of the FA Greg Dyke, Celtic fan Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne in Game of Thrones) and his dad, Keith Allen.

Following Football: A Brief History, the action continues as BLAZE® chronicles some of the best stories from World Cup history in Football’s Greatest Moments.

This series explores five significant episodes from World Cup history, featuring personalities from the 1970s through to the present day, and examines international football through archive footage and candid interviews with players, officials, commentators and pundits.

From the unbelievable circumstances surrounding the World Cups in Mexico (1970) and West Germany (1978), both won by South American teams under the yoke of right-wing military dictatorships, to England’s infamous semi-final defeat at Italia 90, Football’s Greatest Moments explores not only the football but the context in which these stories unfolded.

Conversations with some of the most iconic players in the history of the game feature heavily, with legends including Pele, Romario, Philip Lahm, Juninho, Emerson, Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Emmanuel Petit and many others talking openly about pivotal moments from their careers.

The five-part series Football’s Greatest Moments premieres on BLAZE® from the 18th of November at 10pm, while Football: A Brief History, a two-part series, premieres on December 2nd at 9pm.

Football is a big money-maker.

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