Goal!: The Dream Begins (2005)

Director
Danny Cannon

Main cast
Kuno Becker; Alessandro Nivola; Anna Friel; Stephen Dillane; Gary Lewis

Genres
Drama

Description
Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer...However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for Premiership club Newcastle United.


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