Video Of The Week: Football, Fussball, Voetbal – Part One

By on Dec 6, 2010 in European Club Football, History, Non-League | 3 comments

This week’s Video Of The Week is a very special find from YouTube, the first part of the BBC’s 1995 documentary series on the history of European football, “Fussball, Football, Voetbal”. Recorded as part of the build-up to the 1996 European Championships, this two-parter, narrated by John Motson, traces the history of European club football, with the first episode coming at the subject from the point of view of British clubs, and the second from the point of view of some of the major continental powers. If you can get past the slightly oversentimental tone of some of it, it features one of the finest collections of archive footage of European football that can be seen in any single place. Our thanks go to the original uploader of this wonderful documentary series.

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  1. Thanks so much for this! I remember its original run in 95. As a 13 year old just discovering football beyond out shores, it was the first time I’d seen much of the European club competition footage and it left a lasting impression. Though I’m sure I remember it being narrated by James Bolam…for some reason.

    Tim Vickerman

    December 7, 2010

  2. Tim, there was another excellent series on the history of football on the BBC at about the same time called “Kicking and Screaming”, and that was narrated by James Bolam. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it on YouTube, mainly I suspect due to the Will Ferrell film dominating the search engine, but I live in hope that I’ll stumble across it.

    Gervillian Swike

    December 7, 2010

  3. Kevin, I have a copy of that here. It’s not a very good copy, but it does exist. Drop me a line if you want a copy.

    admin

    December 8, 2010

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