This inspiring tale of defiance and heroism follows events during World War II. When some Swiss inspectors inspect one of the camps, one of the Germans accompanying them sees that the inmates play football (soccer). Interest when he recognizes one of the men, Colby as a former player for England, he suggests that his men play against a team of Germans. Colby agrees, provided that his players be provided with certain amenities.
At the same time, one of the prisoners, an American, Hatch is planning to escape. But his plan hits a snag because of the football game. He joins the team because it's the only way his plan can work.
The officers at the camp want him to go to Paris, where the game will be held, so that he can contact the underground and see if its possible for the team to escape. Hatch makes it and after meeting them, they think there's a way but Hatch has to get caught so that he could be sent back to the camp. It is imperative that he is able to inform the team of the plan. Will he succeed in getting caught? Can Colby convince the Germans that he needs him for the team so that he could be released?
Did you know?
The movie was inspired by an actual series of games in Kiev, during the German occupation of the city. Several members of Dynamo Kiev, the top soccer team in Ukraine, found work in a bakery. There they formed a soccer team with other bakery employees. They began playing in a new league against teams supported by the Ukranian puppet government and German military. After they beat a team from a local German Air Force base, the league was disbanded and several of the team members arrested by the Gestapo and four were executed. Read More