“Football Rebels” (2012), directed by Giles Rof and Gilles Pérez and presented by ex-footballer Eric Cantona, inaugurates the new section that will be published these days dedicated to the film gems shown throughout the seven editions of the Thinking Football Film Festival. The series received a Premio del Público (Audience Award) in 2003, the first year the festival was celebrated, in which a total of twelve films form countries such as Germany, Sweden, Argentina, Uruguay, the US, or Ukraine were screened.
The series, produced by the prestigious French TV channel ARTE, is a five-episode documentary that reviews the lives of five ex-footballers who were noted for their involvement in political and social action in their respective countries: Didier Drogba, Carlos Caszely, Rachid Mekhloufi, Predrag Pasic and the legendary Sócrates. The first series was followed by a second, “Football Rebels 2” (2014), which was screened in the second Thinking Football festivalin 2015*. We have selected two episodes, one from each series, available on YouTube, to open this film section that will continue for the next few days.
The first episode is dedicated to Carlos Caszely’s story and his fight against the military dictatorship of Chile. Caszely, who played for Levante UD and RCD Español, is regarded as one of the best Chilean footballers in history and one of the most eminent Colo-Colo’s players of all time, a club he belonged to for 15 seasons. This is his “Football Rebels” episode: watch it here.
The second episode is dedicated to Alfonsinho (Alfonso Celso Garcia Reis), who visited us in the 2016 edition. Alfonsinho, a psychiatrist by profession, became a national icon in his fight against the Brazilian military dictatorship. Gilberto Gil’s celebrated song “Meio de campo” and the film “Passe Livre” directed by Oswaldo Caldeira reflect some of these aspects about him. He was also the first player to fight for footballers’ social rights, demanding the permission to change teams in case they were not given a valid contract. His episode, which belongs to “Football Rebels 2”, can be found here.
* In ‘Football Rebels 2’, the ex-footballers chosen to tell their stories outside of football were Honey Thaljieh (founder of the Palestinian women’s national team), Claudio Tamburrini (the Lanus’ goalkeeper that was imprisoned and tortured during Videla’s Argentinian dictatorship and escaped from the infamous torture centre Mansión Sere), Cristiano Lucarelli (symbol of left-wing politics in the Italian football for the last few years), Alfonsinho (one of the pioneers in the fight for footballers’ employment rights) and Saturnino Navazo (republican prisoner at Mauthausen, the Nazi concentration camp, where he organised a prison football tournament for the inmates).
Ten years from the laying of the first stone at San Mamés
On May 26, 2010, there was an emotional act that included the presence of authorities, Athletic Club footballers, former players and fans
Reopening of the shop in Max Center
The hours will be from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Digital questionnaire for the Club’ s Statute reform
Athletic Club opens a participative process for its members through the website’s Txoko of members to gather their contributions and suggestions
New official Athletic Club app
The Athleticket app will be incorporated from today into the renewed athleticzale app, which will offer soon new versions
The legend of Aduriz illuminates San Mamés
The Cathedral was illuminated last night on the occasion of the announcement of the retirement of the legend of the red and white club
Rivals by country: SCOTLAND AND WALES
Athletic Club has faced five Scottish clubs and two Welsh clubs throughout its history, the first of them was Dundee FC, today , 97 years ago
San Mamés lit up in rainbow colours
On the occasion of the International Day against LGBTIQ-phobia, our stadium was lit up the night of May 17
Athletic Club Museoa, on the International Museum Day
Bizkaia Regional Government is staging a virtual exhibition on Monday to which Athletic Club’s museum is contributing with the Copa de la Coronación won in 1902
New shop in the tourist heart of Bilbao
Athletic Club is opening a new venue in Mazarredo 65 and joints the ones of San Mamés, Alameda Rekalde and Bidebarrieta
San Mamés, lit up in blue on the International Nurses Day
The stadium will be lit up to support and raise awareness about the role of these professionals within the healthcare system