Release date:May 12, 2006
MPAA Rating:PG (language, sexual situations and some thematic material including partying)
Screenwriters:Adrian Butchart, Mike Jefferies, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
Starring:Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, Marcel Iures, Sean Pertwee, Alessandro Nivola
How far would you go to live your dream? When Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker) is given the chance of a lifetime, he must leave his family, his life in Los Angeles and everything that he knows to travel halfway around the globe to England and into a completely foreign world – the exciting, fast-paced and glamorous world of international soccer. As an underprivileged Mexican-American immigrant growing up in the poor section of Los Angeles, Santiago seemed destined to follow his father's path in life: laboring at menial jobs to earn just enough money to support his family. Naturally gifted, his amazing talent on the soccer field was wasted in recreation league games while he could only dream of playing on the world stage of professional soccer. But when a British scout (Stephen Dillane) discovers his talent and gets him a tryout with one of England's premier soccer clubs, Newcastle United, Santiago must choose between his father's fate and his own destiny. Now alone in a world where soccer is a religion and players are gods, this underdog must prove that he's got the talent and determination to make it amongst the best in the world. "Goal! The Dream Begins" takes audiences into the electrifying, heart-pounding action of the world's most popular sport and features cameos from the soccer's hottest superstars such as David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Raúl, and Newcastle captain Alan Shearer.