Presented by Alan Green, a 'History of Football' captures more than 100 years of the drama, passion, excitement and despair that only The Beautiful Game can evoke.
Coming into the 20th century Preston North End were the finest team in the country. As we move into the New Millennium it is another team from the North West of Engalnd, Manchester United, who, along with London club Arsenal, are dominating the game.
In the intervening 100 years the game of Association Football has produced a galaxy of stars, thrilling games and controversy from the early years of the White Horse final through to the emergence of Michael Owen, whose goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup shook the world, and David Beckham, whose move to Real Madrid in 2003 was easily the biggest news of the decade so far.
Along the way we pay tribute to Herbert Chapman's sensational Huddersfield and Arsenal sides of the 30's; explore the era of Finney and Matthews; relive England's World Cup victory of 1996; rejoice in the skills of the fantastic Brazil side of 1970; chart the rise of Liverpool as the dominant force in European footabll in the 70's and 80's; and examine the sweeping changes in the game in the 90's culminating in an English team, Manchester United, once again being crowned Champions of Europe in 1999, completing an incredible Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup treble.
The New Millennium saw France add the 2000 European Championship trophy to their 1998 World Cup and Liverpool match Manchester United's treble with one of their own in 2001. On the domestic front Arsenal continued to challenge Manchester United winning the 2002 FA Cup on their way to a domestic double but narrowly missing out to Manchester United in the 2003 race to the Premiership title.
'History of Football' is a remarkable story of our national game, featuring rare archive footage, exclusive interviews, incredible matches and all the most memorable moments. Presented by Radio 5 Live's Alan Green, it is an essential addition to the DVD collection of any football fan.
This programme is an updated version of 'Century of Football' and 'Story of Football'.