SEATTLE UNITED TO HOST SCREENING OF SOCCER FILM THAT DETAILS THE STORIED HISTORY BETWEEN TWO OF THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR CLUBS
“El Clásico, More than a Game”
A film about the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona FC
The soccer rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is not only one of the most intense and most watched sporting events in the world, it is also the most deeply complex socially, politically and culturally.
“El Clásico – More Than a Game”, looks closely at what makes this rivalry what it is. The film examines Spanish history and the conflicts that have divided Spain and these two teams. We look at the distinct regions of Spain and how the fans have expressed themselves culturally through soccer. And we explore the ways in which political loyalties and different conceptions of Spain have impacted these respective teams and cities.
In this film you will meet the great stars of today: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and how they have impacted the playing styles of their teams. The film will examine how the teams changed in relation to Spanish and Catalan history and how the teams became not just symbols of a region but representative of a way of life. It looks at the emotional commitments of the fans and what drives their passion. And it covers the intense match-ups that have only grown more contentious in recent years.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the most widely recognized team “brands” in the world. Whenever they play, all of Spain stops to watch and countless millions in the rest of the world tune in to their television sets. “El Clásico” captures the history of Spain, the traditions, the regional identity and the passion that makes these matches some of the most exciting in the world.
The documentary is evenly divided between interviews in English and Spanish, with the current version having English subtitles for Spanish speakers.
Seattle United will be hosting this premier on Wednesday, June 27th, at the Seattle United offices at the John Marshall School. The show will begin at 7:00pm and is free to all Seattle United families.
A trailer for this movie can be seen at www.elclasico.org.