A+E Networks International
launches a worldwide broadcasting first - the History of Football,
24/7, mega television event - will air from May 28 to June 10, 2018. In Africa, the dedicated pop-up channel will
air on DStv channel 187. The channel will be available to DStv customers on DStv
Premium, Compact Plus and Compact.
The History of Football
pop-up channel will showcase the event that will
capture the anticipation and excitement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Outside of Africa, History of Football
will air in over 160 territories around the
world. Every major territory will see over 40 hours of content which will be a
blend of global and local programming. David
Villa, World Cup Winner and one of the most decorated players in the world is
the global press spokesperson.
Said David Villa, “As a passionate football player, I’ve been lucky
enough to see first-hand how much football means to so many people and how it
affects people’s lives. History of Football
, told so comprehensively by such a well-loved and highly respected
global brand as HISTORY, is a remarkable initiative. I am thrilled and honored
to work with HISTORY on this fantastic television event, because it gives my
fellow players, coaches, and myself, an opportunity to talk about what the game
means to us and to re-live so many incredible memories.”
As part of the 14-day programming event, HISTORY will air a slate of original,
globally-focused premium documentary series, short form specials and a
selection of FIFA World Cup films. HISTORY
channels around the world will also broadcast locally-sourced television series
and documentaries that will offer a unique lens into each country’s passion for
football. Supported by Villa and many other established players, coaches,
journalists and experts, History of Football
be a deep exploration of the sport from multiple perspectives.
Yolisa Phahle, CEO for General Entertainment for MultiChoice: “The story of football is great family entertainment and we’re delighted
to be part of HISTORY’s global event. This pop-up channel is exclusive to DStv
customers in Africa and is the perfect build-up to the full-on action that will
unfold during the football World Cup tournament that we’ll be broadcasting in
June, on several dedicated SuperSport channels.”
of the talent line-up for History of Football
, the only player
to win three FIFA World Cups; Ryan Giggs
the most decorated player in British history and current manager of the Wales
national team; Gary Lineker,
record holder for goals scored in finals; internationally renowned sports
broadcaster, Louis Van Gaal,
former manager of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax Amsterdam and Holland;
, captain of Germany
during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and current Bayern Munich player; Claudio Ranieri,
of Leicester City, during their 2016 English Premier League win and current
head coach of Nantes; Roy Hodgson
current manager of Crystal Palace in the English Premier League and former
manager of England; and Michael Owen
former striker for Manchester United and the England national team; together with
a number of players from the FIFA World Cup winning teams of 1970, 1978, 1990,
1998 and 2014, including the likes of Rivellino,
Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Paul Breitner, Toto Schillaci, Emanuel Petit,
Christian Karembeu, Manuel
History’s Greatest Moments in Football
the teams and players in recent World Cup history.
presents five powerful
documentaries delving into the minds and strategies of the world’s greatest and
most revered club managers, revealing how they rose - often from relatively
undistinguished playing careers - to become the global superstars of the sport
we know today.
Greatest: Head to Head
matches up the greatest players
of yesteryear with the greatest of today, to find out once and for all, who is
the greatest of them all. Every
generation has an opinion on who is the world’s greatest player. With an expert panel of World Cup players and
winners, and using hard science of statistics, as well as the romance of style
and passion, this series will set out to resolve the most vexing question in
No matter where you watch History of Football
world, there will be local programming particularly focused on that respective
market. The local content will hone in on the cultural nuances which drive the passion for the game for some of
football’s most avid fanbases. Below is a small glimpse of the localized
African programming set to roll out:
The History of Football in Africa.
The 48-minute documentary explores the origins
of the beautiful game on the African continent.
It captures how a sport forced on the people by their colonial masters
became a tool for nation building and developed into the most popular game on
the continent, giving rise to some of the world’s most renowned footballing
greats, and spoiling audiences with some of the most memorable moments the
greatest game has had to offer.
Making World Cup History -
special event tells the story of the first ever FIFA Soccer World Cup to be
held on the African continent. Exploring the turbulent political and sporting
past of the host nation, South Africa, with key insights from those involved in
dragging a new democracy from the fringes of sporting obscurity and thrusting
it into the glare of the world’s greatest show, successfully pulling off the
best FIFA World Cup in history in spite of the magnitude of the task.
HISTORY will also unveil
short form original specials which will focus on
everything but the game…from the origin of the ball to the insanity of the
superfan, the acumen of photographers and so much more. The shorts will provide
deeper insights into the sport of football.
Greatest African Rivalries
focuses on some of the greatest African football rivalries as talked about by
some of the players involved through the years. From international clashes to
local derbies, our commentators give their views of these blood and thunder
is a series of short
factual/graphics driven info segments giving viewers a small insight into the
facts and figures that illuminate the growth of African football and
footballers over the last century.
Piet De Visser is considered one of the greatest football scouts in the world.
He is credited with finding global footballing superstars such as Jaap Stam,
David Luiz, Marc Overmars, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Eden Hazard and Kevin de
Bruyne. Here, he reveals his secrets for
the first time.
– Jawahir Jewels has been described as one of the
most remarkable referees in England. At 23, she is the only FA-qualified female
ethnic Muslim official currently working in the game, where she regularly
tackles rowdy players at pitches on the infamous Hackney Marshes in East
Marco Antonio might be young, but his football skills have many already calling
him the next Neymar. His parents see his skill with the ball as a ticket out of
one of Rio de Janeiro’s toughest favelas. But his promising future career hangs
perilously in the balance due to severe intestinal problems that require
medical expertise not available in his country.
Nadhi Kalili | Public Relations Officer
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