Football's a squad game these days, so it's always wise to have some decent replacements on the bench.
The undoubted highlight of Ken Loach's enduring adaptation of Barry Hines's rite of passage is the games lesson in which teacher Brian Glover imagines he's Bobby Charlton.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Disney blended live-action and animation for the Royal Cup match between the jungle animals representing the Dirty Yellows and the True Blues in this flying visit to the Isle of Naboombu.
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)
Sporting action's at a premium in Wim Wenders's provocative take on Peter Handke's novel. But it does provide insights that might prove valuable in the event of a penalty shootout.
Fever Pitch (1997)
Teacher Colin Firth finds himself torn between a romance with a new colleague and Arsenal's stuttering progress towards the league title in this engaging adaptation of Nick Hornby's bestseller.
Purely Belter (2000)
A couple of Geordie lads resort to stealing Alan Shearer's car in their increasingly desperate bid to raise money for a pair of Newcastle United season tickets.
Kuno Becker scored a hat-trick, as he played Mexican footballer Santiago Muñez in both this rags-to-riches saga and its sequels, Goal 2: Living the Dream (2007) and Goal 3: Taking on the World (2009).
One Night in Istanbul (2014)
Getting to the match proves more difficult than fighting back from 0-3 down in this riotous comedy set against Liverpool's 2005 Champions League triumph over AC Milan.
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