Saturday 20 January 2018

Stars lit up cosmos

Once in a Lifetime (2006)

Paul Crowder and John Dower's 2006 documentary brilliantly evokes the madness of the North American Soccer League in its 1970s heyday, as exemplified by the New York Cosmos.

In the mid-1970s, when New York was bankrupt and crippled by power cuts and strikes, the city briefly went soccer mad, and the New York Cosmos found themselves playing to adoring crowds of almost 80,000 in Giants Stadium.

The Cosmos were an all-star team of highly paid greats like Pele, Carlos Alberto and Franz Beckenbauer, and Once in a Lifetime shows the excesses that went on behind the scenes and ultimately contributed to the club's -- and the league's -- downfall.

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