BT Sport announces new Brothers in Football film
BT Sport has announced that Brothers in Football, the next film in its award-winning series of original BT Sport Films, will premiere at 9pm on Saturday 10 November on BT Sport 1 to coincide with the Centenary of Armistice.
A century ago, Corinthian FC of London were to many the world’s greatest side – sporting geniuses credited with popularising football around the world while championing fair play. Having first toured Brazil in 1910, they were returning in 1914 when news reached them of the outbreak of World War One. They returned home without kicking a ball – dodging torpedo fire en route – and to fight on the battlefields of France, losing more men than any club in history.
A hundred years later, the Corinthian name lives on in two very different corners of the world: Corinthian-Casuals FC play beside the Surbiton dual-carriageway as amateurs in the semi-professional eighth tier of English football; while SC Corinthian Paulista – a club inspired by the legendary Corinthian FC visit in 1910 – are Brazil’s richest and most successful professional club.
Brothers in Football tells the true story of how South London amateurs Corinthian-Casuals, set-out on a pilgrimage to finally play the historic match that was abandoned on the eve of the Great War. Little do they know that their pilgrimage will take them 6,000km across the world, from playing in front of 30 fans one week to 30 million the next.
Director Chris Watney followed the Corinthians’ journey and spoke to some of football’s biggest names. Contributors include Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Edu Gaspar, Roberto Rivellino, Martin Tyler, Sid Lowe, as well as Brazil manager Tite and South American football expert Tim Vickery.
Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Brothers In Football builds on an exciting period for followers of sports documentaries, with BT Sport Films releasing several exciting films over the coming months. Brothers In Football is a truly inspiring story and one which is set to captivate sports fans and the general public alike.”