This week’s Video Of The Week is a curio from the 1980s. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is a video that features… every goal of the 1986 World Cup. At the time, FIFA’s official films of the tournament were still relatively big business. After the success of “G’olé” (narrated by Sean Connery) in 1982, FIFA really went to town in 1986 with the Michael Caine narrated “Hero” in 1986, which fused occasionally artistic footage of matches with a synth rock soundtrack. Twenty-three years on, “Hero” retains a cult following, but “Every Goal Of Mexico ’86″ is a somewhat more prosaic affair. Narrated by Martin Tyler (who had been involved in a similar production four years earlier), it runs through each of the groups one by one, before going on to the knock-out stages.
The music is as bad – if not worse – than that on “Hero”, but it doesn’t go away from the occasionally florid language used in “Hero” – some of Michael Caine’s script in which crashes through a tape with “pretention” written across it in big, bold letters – and sticks to the action. Tyler (who wrote the script that he narrated) is a decent enough commentator to keep things going along without the viewer losing too much interest and, of course, the tournament itself provides enough excitement to sustain itself over ninety minutes. As it is on YouTube, it is divided into handy ten minute segments. Perfect for those amongst us that wish to waste a little time at work on a grey Monday morning.