History kicks off World Cup summer with History of Football special

History is marking the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a two-week festival of football documentaries, debates and fascinating short films.

Get your footie fix in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup exclusively on History (formerly the history channel).

History is running a 14-day long, 24/7 television event leading up to the 2018 World Cup that will feature 40 hours of unique football-related content.

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Airing in over 160 countries, including the UK and Ireland, History of Football has the backing of 2010 World Cup winner, Spanish international David Villa.

Programmes exclusive to the UK and Ireland will include a doucmentary on Britain’s Greatest Managers, while at the heart of the event are three original series:

History’s Greatest Moments in Football

The stories behind the teams and great moments in World Cup history, episodes will include Pele and the Boys from Brazil and Argentina; Pavarotti, Gazza and the Lions of Cameroon; Bring Me the Head of Diego Armando Maradona; and Seven Goals That Shook the World.

Football Godfathers

This series delves into the minds and strategies of some of the most legendary club managers in international football history. Their achievements will be examined both on and off the football field, using archival and interview material with those who knew them first-hand.

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Football’s Greatest: Head to Head

Legends of football’s past will be compared to the biggest football stars of today to determine who are the greatest football players of them all. With an expert panel of World Cup players and winners and using football statistics to back up their arguments, this exciting series aims to solve this age-old debate once and for all. 

These features will be complemented by a series of short original films about aspects of the game such as the origins of the ball, what it's like to be a top photographer and profiles of Spain's superfan, England's only female Muslim referee and a four-year-old Brazililan prodigy.

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History of Football will air from May 28 to June 10, 2018 on History.

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