on 3 May 2007
This documentary film is both informative and highly entertaining and should be compulsory viewing for any football (soccer) fan in Britain. It tells the story of the rise and fall of the Cosmos. This team was founded in 1971 and was backed by the Warner Communications Group. Money became no object. Need a class player? Then take a jet to either Europe or South America. Pele not sufficient, then go for Carlos Alberto. Still need more talent? Then fly to Germany and sign the Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer. Throw in Coventy's Steve Hunt and Manchester City's Dennis Tuert plus a sprinkling of North Americans and bingo! A Championship winning team...Now were I have I seen that happen in recent years? To cut a long story short the Cosmos (pronounced 'Coes-Moes')ended up playing to nearly 80,000 people every home game in the Giants' Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. Sadly, like the NASL (North American Soccer league) this was not to last much into the 1980s. In 1984 the league collapsed with only a handful of franchises (teams) remaining and the New York Cosmos was effectively wound up. The South Sea Bubble had well and truly burst with soccer only existing as an indoor professional sport until the launch of Major League Soccer only a handful of years ago. The English Premiership Chairmen should collectively take note of the bitter lessons learnt twenty years ago in the States
Ironically, at the beginning of the 1978-79 English season the New York Cosmos came to London and played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Weird, given latter day comparisions that have been made. Pele has long fulfilled his contract with them so guess what? To boost interest the Cosmos recrruited a guest star player, none other than Johan Cruyff.
Was New York Cosmos football or showbiz? I suppose they were a mixture of the two. What is certain is that they were 20 years ahead of their time when one considers today's English Premiership. They had big money backing and were intent on scouring the world for the very best players available plus the league negotiated a network TV deal.
I cannot recommend this title highly enough. The soundtrack is also a complete blast!
on 12 October 2009
This is a brilliant sports documentary, in fact, it's just a brilliant piece of film-making whether you're a football fan or not. Soccer comes to New York, along with some of the world's top players (if a little past their sell-by dates) including Pele. This is an exhilarating story, full of the excitement and hope for this new start for soccer in the US, populated by fantastic characters. Talking heads from the era intercut by judicious use of film clips, it's a great story well told.
on 22 February 2012
* How football, and footballers, and all their cronies and hangers on, were back in the pre Sky TV 70s
* Where Sky and Premier League got their ideas and inspiration from (New York Yankees were years ahead of their time from a marketing sense)
* Why US will never really make "soccer" their sport
Plus great visuals, funky soundtrack and one of the best individual goals I have ever seen, in terms of skill and context, by the great Carlos Alberto
on 8 April 2014
THE GREAT GOALSCORER PASSED AWAY IN 2012, BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE MICHAEL KEATON WILL HAVE HIS WORK CUT OUT!!!!I WAS LUCKY TO SEE HIM LIVE BACK IN THE DAY,GETTING THE BUS OUT TO EAST RUTHERFORD,TO SEE CHINAGLIA 'S 2 GOALS BEAT THE DETROIT EXPRESS..IT WAS A SUPERB EXPERIENCE!FOR SOMEONE USED TO AS RODNEEEEE ONCE SAID A 'GREY GAME PLAYED AND WATCHED BY GREY PEOPLE IN THE U.K'. IT WAS ALL TAILGATE PARTYS, FREEFLAGS AND BADGES THE SIZE OF PLATES,AND SO MUCH WAS GOING ON YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO LOOK.BUT I LOVED EVERY MOMENT.AND THIS IS REFLECTED IN THIS STUNNING DVD. THE INSIGHT INTO HUGE EGO,S BACKSTABBING,A HUGE CAST OF THE BIGGEST STARS THAT EVER WALKED THE EARTH!!!!MONEY ,SEX,THE PREMIER LEAGUE IN 2014 AND MADRID/BARCELONA DO NOT COME ANYWHERE NEAR THE PROTOTYPE THAT WAS THE NEW YORK COSMOS!!!!THE WARNER BROTHERS VISIONARY STEVE ROSS IS THE MAN WHO DOMINATES AND EVERYBODY WANTED TO HANG ON HIS TAIL,AND ITS FUNNY LISTENING TO A LOT OF AGED MEN STILL CLAIM CREDIT,WHICH COULD BE VERY UGLY LIKE TODAY, BUT THE STORY AS ALWAYS IS SAVED BY SOMETHING BIGGER THAN ANY OWNER,PLAYER OR FAN!!!WHICH IS UNLIKE BRITAIN, IN THAT FROM NOTHING THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO NOW PLAY AND WATCH THE OLD GAME IN THE STATES! WITH A NATIONAL TEAM THAT IS MORE THAN A MATCH FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD,WHICH IS A FANTASTIC LEGACY,FOR THE LIKE'S OF PELE AND ALL THE REAL STARS OF THE NASL GORDON BRADLEY AND CLIVE TOYE...FOOTBALL'S PILGRIM FATHERS.IT WAS SO SAD TO SEE THE GIANTS STADIUM DEMOLISHED IN 2010...AND I DON'T LIKE THE WAY SOCCER FANS IN THE STATES 2014 ARE COPYING THE UGLY ULTRACHURCH OF THE REST OF THE WORLD WAVING SCARVES ABOUT!!!!I WANT TO GO TO SEE THE FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS SEEING LOTS OF FAMILIES,CHILLING OUT! BUCKET OF BEER AND A PORN STAR SIZE HOTDOG!!!!SITTING IN THE SUN,NOT REALLY GIVING A STUFF WHO WINS!!!THATS THE U.S.A. AT ITS BEST!!!GREAT DVD GREAT- STORY ONCE IN A LIFETIME. FROM AMAZON .U.K.
on 14 June 2011
Amazon asked to write a review - my first. Fascinating documentary on Cosmos in '70s and into '80s - Pele, Alberto, Chinaglia and the big German chap. Some good action clips (mainly goals) including Pele calling the legs away from Rodney Marsh (in Cosmos v Tampa Bay Rowdies - apparently that's as near as it got to Rangers v Celtic).
Got a fright with the Cosmos goalie posing for scud books to earn extra cash before the big investment and then Pele arrived, so if you're watching in polite company be prepared to close your eyes at that bit. Great story on friendly vs (I think) Haiti, who all defect before the game, so the Cosmos win the final by a distance, playing against a scratch select who hadn't played together before.
Recommended as history. Easy to tak a high tone and mock it all, but they've qualified for more World Cups recently than Sccotland, so not a bad legacy.
on 26 May 2009
how could the world's greatest football player (at the time) join and a bunch of american pub players playing a sport that the majority of the country had never heard of??? well once in a lifetime will shed light on it all, this is the remarkable tale of the new york cosmos told with a tremendous passion by all, just look at the smiles on the faces of the kaiser and carlos alberto as they reminisce (i know they all got paid well)but they all enjoyed it whilst it lasted!from the humble beginnings on a spray painted pitch in front of a hundred fans to the mayhem of 1977 which saw them play in front of 80,000 at giants stadium. the biggest shame about this dvd is the lack of any input by pele,which is a real shame as the whole success of the nasl was mostly down to him, but rumours of pele's insistence of being paid $150,000 probably put pay that!this is the ultimate rags to riches to rags sports story which is well worth a watch for any sports fan. its worth watching just for pele's tackle on rodney marsh!!! only in america.
on 14 April 2011
Might not be everyones cup of tea but I thought it was excellent, basically its the very fun and amazing story of how a completely crap league signed the great Pele and many others turning the game of soccer from a few hundred fans in 70,000 sell out crowds, plenty footie footage......... its just an amazing story.......... it cost me about a 5er and it was well worth it. I think most footie fans over 35 will love it plus anyone who remembers cosmos or has an interest in them will love it also.