EXCLUSIVE: The fall of the Berlin wall, civil war raging in Yugoslavia and England’s problem with hooliganism… trailer for new documentary series explores why Italia ’90 ‘changed the world’ – with Paul Gascoigne and John Barnes starring
- A new three-part documentary film about Italia 90 is coming out this week
- Sportsmail can reveal trailer for ‘Italia 90: Four Weeks that Changed the World’
- Paul Gascoigne, John Barnes and Terry Butcher are all featured in the series
One moment Roger Milla is dancing for Cameroon and the next comes the harsh reality of civil war in Yugoslavia.
Italia ’90 was played against a backdrop of turmoil right across Europe and a three-part documentary series, entitled Italia 90: Four Weeks that Changed the World, explores all the drama on and off the pitch.
Paul Gascoigne, John Barnes and Terry Butcher are part of a star-studded line-up of former players brought together to reflect on a World Cup that many believe ‘changed football’ from then on.
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A new documentary film looking at the 1990 World Cup in Italy will be released this weekend
Italia 90: Four Weeks that Changed the World is a three-part series that will air on Sky
Sportsmail can reveal a trailer for the three-part mini-series with Germany icon Jürgen Klinsmann among those to feature.
Lothar Matthäus, Salvatore ‘Toto’ Schillaci, Milla and Dragan Stojković also interviewed as part of the documentary.
The film is as much about the football as it is the reality of life back home for five nations which the series focuses on – England, Italy, Cameroon, Yugoslavia, and eventual winners, West Germany.
Former England international John Barnes is among the star names to feature across the series
Paul Gascoigne discusses the tournament and why he did not ask for the attention he received
‘We were like popstars,’ Barnes says.
‘All I did was play football,’ Gascoigne added, ‘I didn’t ask for this.’
Barnes was part of the music video for New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ soundtrack for the summer but the rife hooliganism off the pitch was marring England’s tournament.
‘The game was in a terrible condition,’ says Butcher, who was a key member of Bobby Robson’s squad that finished fourth in Italia 90.
Yugoslavia, beaten quarter-finalists, losing to Argentina on penalties, were having to overcome the greatest difficulties back at home and the trailer gives the first nod to the war that was being waged in the country.
The series looks at the context in which the tournament was played amid civil wars in Europe
Morale was said to be fragile in the group and the documentary will provide fascinating insight into how much they had to fight against the war back at home.
And then there is winners West Germany – with the fall of the Berlin Wall helping set the political scene off the pitch.
Produced by Blast! Films, Italia 90: Four Weeks that Changed the World will unearth stories on a tournament that is still discussed to this day, 32 years on.
Italia 90: Four Weeks that Changed the World will air on Sky Documentaries on November 13, 20 and 27 at 9pm, and will be available as a box set on streaming service NOW