Sep 6, 2013; San Jose, COSTA RICA; United States midfielder Jermaine Jones (13) battles for the ball with Costa Rica player Celso Borges (5) in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional. Costa Rica defeated the United States 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN announces new 30 for 30: Soccer Stories films


ESPN Films, creators of the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, will premiere a new series in April surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories will include a mix of standalone feature-length and 30-minute-long documentary films from an award winning group of filmmakers telling compelling narratives from around the international soccer landscape. In addition, a collection of 10 vignettes about Brazil’s rich culture will be featured throughout ESPN’s FIFA World Cup programming.

“With ESPN being the home of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we know that sports fans will be looking forward to high quality content focused on what is perhaps the world’s most revered sport,” said Connor Schell, VP of ESPN Films and Original Content. “We feel this is the perfect time to expand upon the success of our 30 for 30 series by focusing this collection on some of the incredible stories of soccer’s legendary past.”

The series will consist of two feature-length films and six 30-minute films along with the 10 vignettes.

The first feature film will examine the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 which resulted in 96 deaths and 766 injuries. The second film will follow the career of Argentinian Ossie Ardiles and how his career was put in jeopardy in 1982 when Argentinian troops descended on the British-ruled Falkland Islands, asserting rightful sovereignty.

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