10 Flicks for Your Post-World-Cup Soccer Fix

The World Cup might be all over, but you can still have a ball with these soccer-themed classics.

And, just like that, it's gooooooooooooone. After a month of being glued to your television and right when you just starting to call it "futbol," the 2014 World Cup is over. Germany emerged victorious over Argentina with a score of 1-0 in extra-time thanks to a stellar goal from substitute Mario Gotze. While Argentinians, unquestionably, get bragging rights today for Most Bummed Out, we're all collectively going to miss the thrill of the games and the agony of penalty shootouts. So what will we all do with our time now? We've picked ten, ah, futbol movies that will fill the soccer ball-shaped hole in your heart.

Fever Pitch

Not to be mistaken with the Jimmy Fallon-loves-the-Red-Sox baseball movie of the same name, this one is the Colin Firth-loves-the-Arsenal's-First-Division futbol movie.

Green Street Hooligans

Elijah Wood doesn't exactly scream soccer hooligan, but that doesn't mean watching him become immersed in the violent world of soccer fanaticism isn't bloody entertaining. Who knew Frodo had it in him?

Shaolin Soccer

This ludicrously hilarious action comedy from Hong Kong will desperately make you wish that soccer always infused Shaolin kung fu.

Kicking & Screaming

Not Will Ferrell's best outing by far, but it still involves Will Ferrell as a youth soccer couch yelling at youth soccer players, so there's definitely a few genuine laughs to be had here.

The Damned United

It doesn't get much more British than this: Michael Sheen as the real-life legendary footballer turned (brief) Leeds United manager Brian Clough in the movie based on the British book of the same name.

Bend It Like Beckham

This funny crowd-pleaser about a girl's football league in London is so much more than an excuse for you to gawk at Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra in sports gear (no, really, ya creeps.)

Mean Machine

The British version of The Longest Yard replaces prison football with, well, you know, prison futbol.

The Big Green

Kids sports movies were a big deal in the 90's and what The Sandlot did for baseball and The Mighty Ducks did for hockey, The Big Green did for soccer. (Admit it, you joined pee-wee leagues after watching these flicks.)

Escape to Victory

If you're still feeling bitter about Germany's World Cup victory, then watch Sylvester Stallone play an American POW who mops the floor with the German National Team during a match in World War II.

Looking for Eric

Perhaps the best movie to deal with your post-World Cup blues, this dramedy finds a man dealing with his own depression by having hallucinations of his soccer hero Eric Cantona. Hey, whatever works.

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