From Ray Houghton’s winning header against England in ’88 to Robbie Brady’s fantastic strike against the Italians in EURO 2016, Irish football has enjoyed some iconic moments at the European Championships over the years.

To mark Dublin’s status as one of the proud hosts of the UEFA EURO 2020 finals next Summer, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, in conjunction with Dublin City Council’s EURO 2020 Project Office, the FAI and the Dept. of Transport, Tourism & Sport, announce a season of football films to run from the finals draw in late November right up to tournament time in June!

Bringing together a wide range of football films, from much-loved English-language classics like The Van, The Damned United and Bend it Like Beckham, to arthouse gems like Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, The Beautiful Game offers a smorgasbord of football-themed films for fans to enjoy.

November 28 2019: The Van

Virgin Media DIFF 2020 screening: Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

May 9 2020: Studs

UEFA Football Village screenings: Shaolin Soccer, The Damned United and Bend it Like Beckham

Each film will be preceded by archive footage of a classic Irish football moment, right from the earliest international recorded on film (Ireland v Wales in 1906) to the iconic penalty that put Ireland into the quarter finals at Italia ’90.

With each screening featuring stars from the world of film and football, The Beautiful Game is an exciting celebration of one of the world’s great sporting events.

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