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Euro 2020 has left us on the edge of our seats, but the same can’t be said about the many movies that have tried to replicate the drama on our screens. By Paul Whitington

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Action:footballer Pele and actor Michael Caine in Escape to Victory

Action:footballer Pele and actor Michael Caine in Escape to Victory

Michael Sheen as Brian Clough in The Damned United

Michael Sheen as Brian Clough in The Damned United

Dee Hepburn in the film Gregory’s Girl

Dee Hepburn in the film Gregory’s Girl

Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra in Bend It Like Beckham

Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra in Bend It Like Beckham

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane

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Action:footballer Pele and actor Michael Caine in Escape to Victory

With apologies to those who don’t like football, the Euros have been a godsend. With little new on telly, the competition has provided us with searing highs and lows, from the excellence of the Italians to the melodrama of England vs Germany, from the bizarre penalty-fest as Portugal took on France, to Christian Eriksen’s horrifying on-field collapse and his side’s emotional comeback to qualify for the quarter-finals.

At its best, football is theatre, an emotional rollercoaster that leaves audiences reeling. Odd, then, that the sport has signally failed to inspire any great movies.


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