Come June and the world will see the epidemic of soccer fever. And spreading the bug already are various channels that have lined up an array of programmes in the run up to the FIFA World Cup. Discovery Channel will be airing a six-part series featuring the six giants of the game – Brazil, Germany, France, England, Argentina and Italy – beginning April 28, 2006 at 9 pm. Each episode will be repeated on the following Saturday at 10 am.
The series chronicles the emergence of international football’s greatest teams and players interwoven with the story of how the World Cup evolved into a tournament and shaped the nature of football worldwide.
Speaking on the series, a Discovery Channel spokesperson said, “‘More than a Game’ showcases how the World Cup has been a carnival of innovation, advancing both the game and the business of football. It presents the fascinating account of the extraordinary brillance and the gallant failures of the superpowers of world football. Identifying and capturing the defining moments of the football World Cup is what makes ‘More than a Game’ so captivating.”
Brazilian Ambassador to India, Jose Vicente Pimental, said, “I am delighted to be part of this special programme by Discovery Channel, which will provide football enthusiasts in India an insight into the history of the World Cup. Each of the six nations covered in the programme represent football in its truest form. Each episode will give viewers an insight into the various manifestations of the sport and how single-handedly football can bind an entire nation.”