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Football's Greatest Stage - S01:E01 - Platini, Pele

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Beauty is a defining characteristic on football’s greatest stage, certainly present in the careers of France’s Michel Platini and Italy’s Paolo Maldini. There was an element of the beautiful and the ugly for Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Pelé speaks for himself, but he had special sidekicks, too. And Germany’s goalkeeper Sepp Maier was the man in 1974, on Football’s Greatest Stage.
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Episodes in Season 1


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Episode 01 - Platini, Pele

15 Min
Beauty is a defining characteristic on football’s greatest stage, certainly present in the careers of France’s Michel Platini and Italy’s Paolo Maldini. There was an element of the beautiful and the ugly for Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Pelé speaks for himself, but he had special sidekicks, too. And Germany’s goalkeeper Sepp Maier was the man in 1974, on Football’s Greatest Stage.


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Episode 02 - Maradona, 1974 World Cup West Germany

15 Min
He is one of the game’s all-time greats. Flawed, yet adored across the globe. Diego Maradona’s footprint on football is unparalleled. The World Cup of 1974 - where Beckenbauer and Cruyff stole the show in West Germany. The heroics of Spain’s Iker Casillas, to the horror of Luis Suarez’s bite, this is Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 03 - Bobby Moore, Roger Milla, 1934 & 1938 World Cups

15 Min
"The story of England’s Bobby Moore is one to behold, as is that of Italy’s famed yet controversial back-to-back World Cup triumphs of 1934 and 1938. And then there were the three World Cup-winning Brazilian captains of ‘58, ‘62 and ‘70. And in more modern times, the revered Italian stopper Gianluigi Buffon. They became legends on Football’s Greatest Stage.”


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Episode 04 - Gerd Muller, 2010 World Cup

15 Min
A ultimate story of commitment, Gerd Müller was a footballer for the people. Marcello Lippi - tasked with lifting Italy’s fortunes, delivers the Azzurri a famous victory in 2006. German keeper Oliver Kahn played hero and villain in 2002, but we have to return to 1966 to witness true heroics on Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 05 - Pelé, Stockholm, Sweden, Eisenhower, The Beatles, World Cup 1958

15 Min
The story of Pelé taking the World Cup by the scruff of the neck at the age of 17 is legend. And we all know what we went on to do after that. On the cusp of reunification, West Germany triumphed in 1990, while a couple of French legends helped their nation to the peak of World Cup glory in 1998. It’s all in this installment of Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 06 - 1966 World Cup, Eusébio, Portugal, Ronaldo, Mozambique, Primeira Liga

15 Min
When people think of Portuguese football stars, it always seems to be Cristiano Ronaldo. But what about Eusébio? He was a World Cup star. Then there was the brilliant Italian Brains Trust of Vittorio Pozzo and Giuseppe Meazza. Can football survive without its stars? Brazil certainly didn’t cope without Neymar in 2014. So many storylines - on football’s greatest stage


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Episode 07 - Cruyff, Ajax, Barcelona, 1974 World Cup, Total Football, Netherlands

15 Min
From a Dutch footballing legend who made his name at the World Cup, to the greats of the game who never set foot at the world’s biggest tournament. We cast an eye over England’s fabled 1966 triumph, and a revered German manager - an apprentice who became a master on Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 08 - : Iniesta, Spain, World Cup 2010, Enrique, Barcelona, Tiki-taka

15 Min
The World Cup is full of heart-rending stories, but not many pull at the heart strings like that of Spain’s Andrés Iniesta and Xavi. Dino Zoff, the man who inspired Italy to victory in 1982 is another great tale. Then there’s the fun and games of Vuvuzelas, Mexican Waves and WAGS. There’s much to discuss on Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 09 - Platini, Maldini, World Cup All-Star, France, Italy, Ballon d’Or

15 Min
Beauty is a defining characteristic on football’s greatest stage, certainly present in the careers of France’s Michel Platini and Italy’s Paolo Maldini. There was an element of the beautiful and the ugly for Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Pelé speaks for himself, but he had special sidekicks, too. And Germany’s goalkeeper Sepp Maier was the man in 1974, on Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 10 - Beckenbauer, Der Kaiser, West Germany, 1974 World Cup, All-Star, Bayern Munich

15 Min
A World Cup hero for West Germany, Franz Beckenbauer is enshrined in his country’s football folklore. A captain turned coach, Dunga inspired Brazil to glory in 1994, but came up heartbreakingly short in 2014. And Gordon Banks - who kept it clean for England on the way to greatness in 1966. That’s this week, on Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 11 - World Cup 2014, Lahm, Beckenbauer, Germany, Bayern Munich, Guardiola

15 Min
The quiet, unassuming character of Germany’s Philipp Lahm - one of the best Germany has seen. The 1998 World Cup in France - one with some of the best storylines. Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert didn’t shy away from creating his own legacy. Whether is big a footprint as Alf Ramsey, or as small as Paul the Octopus, it all happened on Football’s Greatest Stage


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Episode 12 - Zidane, Materazzi, World Cup 2006, Jacques Chirac, Czech Republic, Zizou

15 Min
As we traverse the history of the World Cup, we revisit the wizard that was France’s Zinedine Zidane, and look back on Brazil’s Cafu, whose destiny on the world stage seemed preordained. For Northern Ireland’s Harry Gregg, his footprint was much more profound. And then there was Guus Hiddink - the brains behind South Korea’s inspired run on home soil, on Football’s Greatest Stage.


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Episode 13 - Rooney, England, Charlton, Three Lions, Manchester United, Ballon d’Or

15 Min
Bobby Charlton. One of England’s many heroes of 1966. A man who overcame so much to achieve great things. While the World Cup is revered by all who grace its stage, France self-destructed in 2010 in a manner unimaginable. And while he may have never won a World Cup, Chile’s Claudio Bravo made his nation proud on the Football’s Greatest Stage


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